Modular magic cuts costs

FLEXIBLE AND COST EFFECTIVE: The beauty of a modular home is you can have a vacant site one day and the next you have a 90 per cent completed home on it.
FLEXIBLE AND COST EFFECTIVE: The beauty of a modular home is you can have a vacant site one day and the next you have a 90 per cent completed home on it.

When it comes to constructing a granny flat, a cabin or even a home, it pays to think modular.

Flexible in design, with greater control over construction and the elements, modular homes offer compelling economic and aesthetic reasons to consider.

"Essentially a modular home is built in either one, two or three or more pieces in a secure factory environment, then delivered to the site and joined back together ready for the client to live in," according to Amelia O'Dell, Sales Operations Manager and also qualified Building Designer with Hunter Valley Homes. "The beauty is you have a vacant site today and tomorrow you have a 90 per cent completed home on it."

Based at Heatherbrae, Hunter Valley Homes constructs modular homes perfect for granny flats, dual occupancies, cabins for caravan parks and rural blocks, homes for retirement villages, town and country homes and small commercial buildings that can't be permanently fixed like offices or display buildings. Hunter Valley Homes also builds on site if access is a problem.

"Our clients use us because we service areas where other builders will not go," Amelia said. "We deliver the home to the site and finish construction quicker than the average builder.

"They can be transported at a later date which gives flexibility for future developments and our clients can change the floor plan, inclusions, colours and exterior look to how they like it."

Because homes are constructed in an under-covered facility, there are rarely delays due to rain or heat and the experienced Hunter Valley Homes construction team is there everyday meaning no costly waiting.

"Getting trades people willing to travel and or who are capable of catering to your needs in remote areas can be an issue," Amelia said. "With modular, it's all done on site in our factory and then transported and put in place on adjustable concrete piers, thus reducing site costs. Our build radius is NSW and we also go to the sites with farms or bushland."

A manufactured home is covered under the Local Government Manufactured Homes Regulation and generally exempt from the requirement for a BASIX certificate meaning no unexpected and potentially expensive compliance issues during construction. (Terms and conditions apply)

Modern modular homes are not only efficient to build, they can have efficiency built in to them according to individual client requirements.

"Things like solar, insulation, glazed windows and so much more," Amelia said. "And we involve the client in the process by giving them a dedicated consultant for each build and great advice along the way."

For more information call Hunter Valley Homes on 02 40280111 or visit www.huntervalleyhomes.com.au.

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