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7 Simple Landscaping Tips for Your New Modular Home

April 13, 2018
Laurie Raikes

Options, Planning

Buying a block and building a new modular home gives you the chance to start with a clean slate, and this goes for your garden too.

A blank canvas is an exciting prospect, but it can also be daunting. Whether you choose to do the hard work yourself, or call in some professionals, you’ll first need to identify what you want to achieve. Do you want an attractive front garden to add street appeal to your home? Or a backyard with plenty of room for the kids?

There’s lots to consider - so to help you create your dream garden, we’ve put together 7 top tips for landscaping your new modular home.

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How to Choose the Right Colours and Finishes for Your New Modular Home

March 02, 2018
Laurie Raikes

Options, Planning

You’ve finalised your house design, completed the pre-contract stage, and if needed, organised your planning permit. The next step before construction begins is to choose the colours, specifications and finishes for your new modular home.

Choosing a colour scheme that looks great, and features and fittings that reflect your unique tastes and personality is an essential part of creating a home you’ll love. To help you get it right, our colour consultant will guide you through the process and offer expert design advice along the way. In this article we’ll explain what to expect in your consultation and offer some tips to help you come prepared, so you can be comfortable and confident in your decisions.

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2 of the Best Rural Modular Homes to Inspire Your Next Project

If you’re ready to build your dream house in the country, modular homes are a great choice. The off-site construction methods make them a cost-effective option for rural builds, and the flexible designs mean there’s a floorplan and style to suit every need and budget.

Over the years, we’ve completed some stunning modular homes in the country, and today we’re sharing two of our favourites. Read on to find out how our clients created their dream rural homes – and be inspired to create your own.

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What You Need to Know About the Changes to BMO Mapping in Victoria

February 16, 2018
Laurie Raikes

News, Options, Planning

The Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) applies to properties throughout Victoria that are situated in areas that may be significantly affected by bushfire. Late last year, the Minister for Planning approved a significant revision of BMO mapping across the state – so what does this mean for you if you’re building a new home?

Understanding if your property falls within a Bushfire Management Overlay is important as it can be the difference between requiring town planning or not. The town planning process can add extra time and cost to your project, and it’s a good idea to know from the start if the BMO applies. So, if you’re planning on building a new home in Victoria, here’s what you need to know about the changes to BMO mapping.

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Building a Modular Home? Here’s How to Find True Value in Inclusions

February 02, 2018
Laurie Raikes

Process, Options, Planning

When it comes to choosing a builder for your modular home project, one of the biggest factors is price – and to make a smart choice, it’s important to look closely at the inclusions.

Each builder has a unique list of inclusions and a different pricing structure. Because of these variations, it’s important to read the inclusions list carefully, as the cheapest price may not always offer the best value.

For example, if the price doesn’t include everything you need, or the standard inclusions are a lower quality than you expect, you could be up for extra costs to complete your project. As there are so many things that make up a new home, it can be difficult to know what to look for – so here are a few tips to help you find true value when you build your new modular home.

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Process Focus: the Pre-construction Phase of Modular Home Building

September 01, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Planning, Process Focus

If you’ve decided to build a new home, chances are, you can’t wait to get started!

But the reality is, before construction can begin, there are lots of things that need to be taken care of. Whether you’re building a modular home or a conventional one, the requirements of the pre-construction stage (and the length of time it takes to organise) are much the same. If you’ve got the right support and are fully prepared, you’ll get things sorted in the shortest possible time and save yourself a mountain of stress in the process.

In this article we'll look at everything you need to know about the pre-construction phase of modular building...

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Building on a Rural Block? Here’s Why You Should Choose a Modular Home

August 18, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Options, Planning

Whether you’ve grown up in the country, or are leaving the city for greener pastures, building on a rural block offers many benefits.

The opportunity to be closer to nature and to escape the hustle of city living is certainly an attractive prospect. But while this is great news in the longer term, building a new home on a rural block, does present some challenges.

But building in the country doesn’t need to be a headache. Modular home construction in rural and remote locations can minimise the challenges and make the process faster, easier and more economical. So, if you’ve found yourself the perfect block and are ready to build in the country, here‘s why building a modular home is a great choice.

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How Do I Build a Modular Home in a High BAL Area

August 11, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Options, Planning

Building a new home in a high Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) area can be daunting – and although it does pose some challenges and additional costs, with careful planning, it’s definitely achievable.

In Victoria, there are designated Bushfire Prone Areas. If your land is located within one, you’ll need to obtain a BAL rating and adhere to the specified bushfire construction standards that apply. These standards aim to improve the level of bushfire protection on homes and will affect the types of materials you can use and include other site-specific requirements.

So how does your rating affect the construction of your new home? Here we’ll explain how to build a modular home on a property with a high BAL rating, in three simple steps.

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How to Choose the Right Cladding for Your Modular Home

August 04, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Options, Planning

When you build a new modular home, you have a multitude of options available, both inside and out. From the tiling to the tapware, and the cabinets to the benchtops, each choice you make will give your home a unique and personal touch.

Your exterior features are the most obvious elements and should be chosen with care. And while your house design and façade are key, it’s your choice of cladding that ties it all together.

Here we’ll discuss the four main cladding options available to help you choose the best fit for your new modular home.

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4 Top Tips for Securing Finance on Your New Modular Home

July 28, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Options, Planning

If you’re building a new home, whether it’s a conventional or modular home, securing finance in today’s market can be a challenge. But by arming yourself with the right knowledge and seeking out some expert advice, it’s a challenge that can be overcome.

Understanding which factors lenders are currently focusing when assessing loan applications, and what their attitudes and processes are when it comes to modular homes will give you a big advantage. Plus, if you’ve identified your own borrowing power, and discovered where to get independent expert advice, you’ll put yourself in the best position to secure the right loan for your needs.

So here are four simple but essential tips to help you get finance to build your dream modular home.

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10 Things to Consider When Designing Your Next Bathroom

July 21, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Options, Planning

Getting your bathroom right is a key aspect of a well-designed home. When your layout and fittings are a good match for your family’s needs, you’ll create a functional space that makes your morning rush that much easier. But if it turns out not to your liking, it’s costly and inconvenient to change.

Here we’ve highlighted 10 important areas to consider when planning your new bathroom.

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4 Best Modular Home Designs for Urban Living

July 14, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Options, Planning

If you’re ready to build a new home in the suburbs or city, modular homes are a great option. Whether you need a compact house for solo living or a large family residence, there are stylish modular designs to suit every taste.

There are many contemporary modular home designs that are ideal for urban living – here we’ve chosen four of the best.

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How to Custom Design the Perfect Modular Home

July 07, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Options, Planning

These days, modular homes are available in a vast array of stunning designs. Offering a fast, simple and cost-effective way to build a new home, you’ll find everything from compact 1-bedroom to luxurious 4-bedroom homes in both contemporary and classic designs.

But of course, we all have our unique tastes, preferences and needs. So, although the standard range is large and diverse, if you have your own ideas, you can custom design your dream modular home to perfectly suit your lifestyle. Here’s a snapshot of the process.

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Can I Move My Modular Home Again?

June 23, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Options, Planning

We often get asked if it’s possible to move a modular home again once it’s been installed on site – and while it definitely can be done, it’s not all that often that it is.

And while even conventional homes can be dismantled and moved, the more likely choice for a relocatable house is a portable home, also known as a manufactured, transportable or mobile home.

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Can I Build a Modular Home on a Sloping Block?

June 16, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Options, Planning

There are many important factors to consider when choosing a block of land to build your new modular home - it’s got to be affordable, the right shape and size, and in a top location.

So, you search high and low until you finally find the perfect piece of land that ticks all those boxes and more – only problem is, it’s a sloping block. But is this really a deal breaker? Or can you build your modular home on a sloping block?

The short answer is yes. The process is not without its challenges, but when you do it right, the end result can be truly spectacular. Here’s what you need to know.

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How to Choose the Best Hot Water System For Your New Modular Home

June 02, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Options, Planning

If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t thought much about where your hot water is coming from, unless it suddenly stops.

But the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the average Australian home is water heaters - so when choosing a hot water system for your modular home, it’s worth putting some time into comparing the options.

Look for energy efficiency, low running costs and of course, a system that can meet the needs of everyone in your home – both now and in the future. Here’s an overview of hot water system options to help you find the best match for your new modular home.

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Best Modular Home Designs for Country Living

So, you’ve found the perfect rural block - now all that’s left is to find the right design and build your dream home!

If you’re looking for a fast, stress-free and affordable way to construct a quality new home in the country, modular homes offer an ideal solution.

The off-site building process means there’s no need for tradesmen to be on-site for months on end, and this can save you plenty of money and hassle. And, when it comes to choosing a modular home design - whether you’re looking for modern, traditional or something in between - there are plenty of options.

Here, we’ve hand-picked four of our favourite modular homes - all of them have been tried and tested, and are a great fit for any country setting.

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How to Nail Your Modular Home Design Brief

So, you’ve decided to build a new modular home – and you can’t wait to get the ball rolling.

You start looking at designs, inclusions, and upgrades… and all of a sudden it can seem a tad overwhelming. That’s why you need a design brief!

Taking the time to really think about what you need in your new home gives you direction and helps make sure you end up with a home you’ll love that has all the features you need.

When writing up your brief, it’s not just the big stuff like the number of rooms and layout that needs to be considered. It’s often the smaller details that bring everything together and give your home a personal touch. Plus, if you plan to live in the house long-term, you’ll need to imagine what life will be like in five or ten years, and make sure you choose a design that will grow with you.

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Considering Downsizing? Here are 3 of the Best Small Modular Home Designs

April 21, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Options, Planning

If the kids have moved out and you’re finding your family home just a little too spacious, it might be time to consider downsizing.

Whether you’re planning on staying local or relocating to the country or beach, building a modular home is an affordable option. Better still, your new home can be built in as little as 14 weeks!

Here we’ve selected our favourite smaller modular homes that are perfect for those looking to downsize.

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Considering Becoming an Owner-Builder? Here’s What You Need to Know

When it comes to building a new home, there’s a few different options - and one is to buy a kit home, take on the role of owner-builder, and organise construction yourself.

On the surface, it can seem more affordable, but there’s always the potential for building costs to blow out. Plus, you’ll be solely responsible for bringing the whole project together, which is a lot more work than most people realise.

So, what exactly does it mean to be an owner-builder? And is it something you should consider? Let’s take a closer look at what's involved.

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