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Modular vs. Conventional Home Building – Pros and Cons (Updated)

If you’ve decided to build a new home, one of the first choices to make is whether you’ll opt for a modular home or a conventionally built one.

Modular homes are built with the same materials and abide by the same building codes as conventionally constructed homes. The difference lies in where they are built.

Modular homes are built to around 90% completion off-site in a manufacturing facility, then transported to site to be installed onto the prepared foundations and connected to services. Conventionally built homes on the other hand are built from start to finish on-site.

So how do you discover which is the best option for you? In this article, we’ll share 7 key considerations to help you compare construction methods and find the right fit for your project.

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The Step-By-Step Guide to Building a Modular Home

If you’re like most people who build a new home, you want to know how it all comes together. Understanding how the process works assists with planning, keeps you in the loop, and ensures your project goes smoothly from start to finish.

In this article, we’ll provide an overview of how your new modular home is built. From first contact to the handover of your keys, we’ll step you through the process, so you can understand how we transform your ideas from concept to your dream home.

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7 Simple Steps to Prepare Your Home for Sale

March 09, 2018
Laurie Raikes

Process, Options

If you’re ready to sell your house and build your dream modular home, taking the time to prepare your property for sale is essential. When you impress your potential buyers from the minute they arrive, you give yourself the best chance to sell your home fast – and for a price that exceeds your expectations.

Presenting your house well takes work and it can be hard to know where to start. Get it right, and you’ll attract plenty of attention, get it wrong and your sale might drag on. To make it simple, we’re sharing 7 top tips to help you get your home looking it’s best.

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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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3 Ways Your New Modular Home Can Save You Money on Your Power Bills

January 26, 2018
Laurie Raikes

Finance, Process, Options

With the price of power continuing to rise, everyone is looking for ways to reduce their energy bills – and when you build a new modular home, there are some key features that help you do exactly that. With the right design, energy-smart inclusions, and thoughtful appliance choices, you can cut the power usage in your new home and enjoy long-term savings.

The good news is, you don’t have to break the bank or add extra time and stress to your project to achieve this. With some early planning and the help of your builder, you can incorporate simple and effective features that will make a big difference to your household’s overall energy usage. Here are three important considerations when building a modular home that will help you save money on your power bill.

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10 Reasons a Modular Home is the Best Choice for a Knockdown Rebuild

November 17, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Process, Options, Planning

If you’ve outgrown your home, or it’s in need of some serious work, you essentially have three choices: sell, renovate, or knockdown and rebuild. Traditionally, selling or renovating have been the preferred options, however, there has recently been a strong trend towards knockdowns, especially when using modular construction methods for the rebuild.

So, if you’re keen to avoid the expense and stress of selling and buying, and the headaches of renovating and extending, then a knockdown rebuild might be the way to go. Plus, if faster construction times, less site impact and more design flexibility appeals, then building a new modular home may be the answer. Here are 10 reasons why.

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What You Need to Know About Modular Home Foundations

November 03, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Process, Options, Planning

The foundation is probably not the first thing that springs to mind when you picture your new home, but it is a critical component of a strong and long-lasting house. When it comes to foundations, there are several options to consider. Each have their own benefits, and are particularly suited to certain site or design requirements.

Today we’ll look at your foundation and footing options when building a new modular home. We’ll explain how they are constructed and installed on site to create a solid base that will stand the test of time.
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5 Key Considerations When Building a New Modular Home

October 27, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Process, Options, Planning

If you’re like most people who are considering building a new modular home, you’re probably hugely excited - and if it’s your first time, maybe a little apprehensive too. Building a house is a big project, with many decisions to be made along the way. But the good news is that with careful planning and some tips from the experts, you can pull it off in as little time and with as little stress as possible.

We’ve built hundreds of modular homes and have learnt a lot along the way. Today we’re sharing our top five considerations when building your new home to ensure a smooth and successful project from start to finish.

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Why Solar Hot Water Is a Smart Choice for Your Modular Home

October 20, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Process, Options, Planning

If you’re building a new home, it makes sense to research your options carefully – especially when it comes to your hot water service.

After all, water heating is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from the average Australian home and can account for 25% of your household’s energy usage.

For your hot water system, there are four main choices: electric, gas, heat pump and solar. When building a new modular home, both gas instantaneous and electric storage systems are available as a standard inclusion. Both are good options, but if you’re serious about long-term benefits you can’t go past solar. 

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Process Focus: Construction Phase [With Photos]

So, you’ve finalised your design, organised the required preliminary reports and planning applications, and your contract and building permit are signed off and ready to go... it’s now time to build!

The construction phase is where modular homes really excel, as typically, this part of the process only takes around 8 weeks, which is generally much faster than a standard conventional build.

This 8-week timeframe, from factory commencement to delivery on site, is based on an average-size standard home – but every project is unique, and so it can vary. For example, smaller homes can be built even faster, while larger or custom designed homes can take longer.

Here we’ll take a closer look at what’s happening with your home during those 8 weeks, so you can see how it comes together.

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5 Ways to Boost the Energy Rating on Your Home

When you’re building a new home, you have the perfect opportunity to create a home that’s energy efficient. But what does that actually mean and how can you achieve it?

An energy efficient home is able to maintain an optimum internal temperature with minimal use of artificial heating and cooling. Ideally, this means that the house is comfortable in both summer and winter, without relying heavily on heaters or air conditioners.

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How to Declutter Your Home Before You Move

April 28, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Process

Moving house is never much fun – but there are some simple things you can do to make it easier and stress-free. An important first step is to declutter your home. By giving away, throwing out or selling your unwanted belongings, you’ll have less to pack, less to move and less to unpack at the other end.

In fact, it’s the perfect chance to take stock of all the items in your home, and rid yourself of the things you don’t need. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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7 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Modular Building

March 24, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Process, Planning

Modular, or prefabricated construction has been around for centuries, and is widely used throughout the world, for both residential and commercial buildings.

Modular buildings come in all shapes and sizes, from the elaborate to the refined. You’ll be surprised by both the innovative construction methods, and the amazing end results.

There’s more to modular than you think - here we share 7 interesting things you probably didn’t know about prefabricated buildings.

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What are Planning Overlays and How Do They Affect Me? [Victoria]

If you’re looking to build a new home in Victoria, you may need to submit a planning application to your local council before you canstart.

How straightforward (or complicated) this process is will depend on where your property is located, the features of the land and surrounding areas, and the type of dwelling you wish to build.

For some property owners, planning overlays will also apply. The purpose of an overlay is to make sure that any development is compatible with the land and the surrounding environment. Planning overlays set out the conditions your building needs to comply with - and they can have a significant impact on your plans.

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Project Focus: Eden - Seaford 16

March 03, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Process, Projects

We recently completed a modular home on a rural bush property in Bald Hills, just north of Eden, NSW.

Our clients wanted a stylish, low-maintenance home, that felt spacious and light, had plenty of shared living space, and could be customised to suit their site restrictions and personal tastes.

The answer was the 3-bedroom Seaford 16.

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4 of the Best Kitchen Layouts for Your New Home

February 24, 2017
Trudi Sedman

Process, Options, Planning

When you’re designing a new kitchen, there’s lots to consider – colour, style, materials and appliances to name a few.

But before you start looking at benchtops and splashbacks, you need to decide on the most important element: your layout. The layout of your kitchen is about more than just where your appliances will go, it’s also the critical factor that determines how your kitchen will be used and enjoyed.

The best fit for you will depend on the size of your kitchen, and how you intend to use the space – some layouts suit the serious cook, others lend themselves more to socialising and entertaining. There are four popular options – the Galley, U-shaped, Single-wall and L-shaped – so let’s take a closer look at each.

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How to Create a Beach Feel in Your New Modular Home

February 17, 2017
Trudi Sedman

Process, Options, Planning

Modular homes are a stylish and affordable way to build your dream home by the sea. Whether you plan to live there full-time, part-time or use your home as a holiday rental, bringing the essence of the beach inside is the perfect way to create a relaxed and sunny vibe all year round.

To achieve a coastal look in your modular home, you’ll need more than just driftwood and shells - the colours, textiles, furniture and décor are all important elements in the overall look and feel. Here are our top tips to help you bring it all together.

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How to Build a Self-Sufficient Modular Home

February 03, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Process, Options, Planning

Whether you’re looking to include eco-friendly features, or want to live completely off the grid, modular homes are ideal for self-sufficient living.

If you’re looking to build a modular home that’s self-sufficient, you’ll need to address four key areas: power, heating and cooling, water and waste management.

Modular homes include many sustainable features as part of their standard build and as optional extras - but if you want to go a step further and build a modular home that’s off the grid, you’ll need to find alternative sources for your energy and water needs and set up a system that deals with your waste.

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How to Create an Outdoor Space You’ll Love

January 27, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Process, Options, Planning

Our top tips for building the best deck or alfresco area

A deck or alfresco area adds value and style to your home, and is the perfect place to relax, entertain and take advantage of the warm Australian climate.

If you’re thinking of adding one to your existing house, or including one in your new home build, there’s a few important design elements you should consider if you want your deck to live up to it’s potential. So, to create a deck that looks great, is functional and most of all, is somewhere you and your family love being, here’s our top tips to help you build an amazing outdoor space.

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How to Turn Your House into the Perfect Holiday Rental

January 13, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Process

Top tips to maximise the earning potential of your holiday home

It’s every Aussie’s dream to have a holiday house to call their own. But what if your weekend retreat could also generate income for you when not in use? Well, you can achieve this – but it requires some careful planning and a few important adjustments in the way you design and present your home. You’ll need to think about things from your guest’s point of view, and make sure your house has everything they need to have a relaxed and happy stay. So, if you’re thinking about dabbling into the holiday rental property market, here are our top tips to help you make it a success.

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