What is the difference between Prefabricated Modular homes and Kit homes?
A modular home is constructed within a factory in modules, or, “pieces”. These modules form large sections of the home which are then joined together on site to form a fully finished home. The joins are completely unnoticeable inside and out and have the added benefit of creating a home with a well defined interior layout.
The modular home is exactly the same as any other home, it just uses a more efficient, more sustainable and more cost-friendly process to complete. Once we have finished installing your modular home, you have nothing left to do except to move in.
Kit homes on the other hand are supplied as the essential materials and a plan to build a house up to a frame or lock-up stage. Once the kit has been supplied, the onus is then on the owner to acquire council applications, service connections, and all of the other paper work required to satisfy local regulations. Then the owner must build their house from the supplied components and/ or organise sub-contractors and trades people.
Kits may not include the necessary components to make a house livable – items such as floor and wall coverings, plumbing, electrical, and cabinetry. These items alone and the labour required to install them represent a very significant portion of the cost of building a home.
Do you sell kits?
No, we do not sell kits. As our construction method is a unique and patented system our homes are sold as a fully finished product, ready for you to move in.
What is included in your standard price?
Please refer to our Standard Inclusions page. Pricing is normally based on a fully erected and finished home, ready to move in to, on a level site in our local regions. Inclusions will vary depending on your design and requirements, we will specify these when you receive a quote from us.
Where do you deliver and build?
We build in our Sunshine Coast factory and can deliver to almost anywhere in Australia. We have transported homes to Dalveen, Blackwater, Rockhampton, Springsure, Agnes Water and Macleay Island to name a few.
Can your homes be built on sloping sites?
Our standard designs are set on 400mm steel posts on level blocks, and can be raised to legal height as high set homes. By simply adjusting posts, bracing and footings to suit, we can accommodate almost any difficult site. This method does end up cheaper than extensive earth works and retaining walls and is also kinder to the environment.
How long will it take to build my home?
After building approval has been attained from council, construction can be 8 – 10 weeks in factory and from 1 week site installation including connection to services and final finishes. Some projects may require more time depending on the level of complexity in the design or the land. We also offer the option to construct on site for unique projects and land challenges.
Can your designs be modified?
All of our designs can be customised to suit your needs. We are happy to work with you to adapt any of our designs or to develop a truly unique house all of your own devising.
Can I choose my own colours and finishes?
Yes, we can create new colour schemes and modify the external finishes based on your requirements. We have a full range of samples available to choose from within our factory. Our suppliers have professionals on hand to help you finalise your selections. We also have our own in-house cabinetmaker which means we can customise to your needs.
What are the payment arrangements?
A series of progress payments starting with a preliminary deposit approximately 1% (which is included in the total deposit) followed by percentages of the total contract price.
Total Deposit – 5%
Frame – 20%
Enclosed – 20%
Painted – 25%
On-site – 20%
Practical completion – 10%.
Should your financial institution be unfamiliar with modular homes and the modular building process, we are more than happy to facilitate a meeting with them, including a tour of the factory where they may see first hand what we do and how we do it.
Do you offer fixed price contracts?
Yes we do. This is subject to a site inspection, and there may be some exclusions in the contract such as site clearing and rock excavation.
Is it possible to see a copy of your contract?
We use the standard Queensland Master Builders contract.
Will the house have the usual insurance with QBCC?
Yes it does – as a licensed builder we offer the statutory full 6 ½ year structural warranty and 6 month defect warranty.
What proof of ownership of the land do you need?
A rates notice or title deed.
What proof of finance or ability to pay do you need?
A finance approval letter from your bank and / or a bank statements.
What are your transport costs?
Our transport costs will vary from job to job and will depend on three things:
- The number of modules
- The transport method required
- The distance to travel
We are committed to doing whatever we can to keep transport costs at a minimum. The best way to get an estimate of the costs involved are to contact our sales team.
Can I add to my home in the future?
Yes, as our homes are modular it is extremely easy to add to your home.
I am interested in ‘living off grid’ can your homes facilitate this?
How are your homes environmentally sustainable?
Our innovative building system and designs achieve maximum energy efficiency and above average energy efficiency ratings. Our homes are built to be sustainable and include:
- Post footings contribute to small environmental floor print
- Elevated floors to harness and circulate naturally cool air-flow circulation
- Optional: Hollow walls (breathable walls) permits cool air-flow circulation
- Energy efficient lighting
- Energy efficient appliances available
- Solar hot water and heat pump available
- Integrated onsite power generation available
- Factory production minimises construction impact on site
For more information please refer to our Sustainability page.
What are the benefits of choosing a transportable modular home instead of a traditionally constructed home?
- Quick turnaround time
- Controlled environment (factory build – avoids most weather delays)
- Less travel for workers means more time on construction