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“No delays, no worries”: The Marvels of Modular Building

2018-10-22T11:07:14+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Architecture, Design, Modscape, Press/Media|

Words from The New Daily - www.thenewdaily.com.au When the roads around your home have been closed, the neighbourhood bus re-routed and 12 semi-trailers, a 250-tonne crane and 30 or so people turn up, you know something special is happening. For Simon and Kate Hutchings, this was the extension to their Californian bungalow in Ivanhoe being delivered. Designed and built by Melbourne modular manufacturer, Modscape, it would be fair to say the extension is a long way from the boxy dullness [...]

‘Planning’ it safe

2018-10-19T11:43:21+00:00 October 19th, 2018|Architecture, Design|

Too often, security is an afterthought – contemplated once your home or holiday home is built, or once something has gone wrong. But security should never be an add-on after the fact – or worse still, after an act – rather it should be considered at every phase of the design and building process. And, though most people don’t want to spend their time entertaining thoughts about threats to their family or themselves, the time taken to consider both real [...]

Site Works and Your Modular Home – an Overview of the Process

2018-10-03T09:21:27+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|Architecture, Design|

So you’ve found and purchased a site and are ready to build your dream home – congratulations, the exciting part can now begin! But before you rush off and start selecting fittings and fixtures, it’s important to think seriously about how you are going to build it and be mindful of the fact that the method of how you decide to build your new home can have a significant impact on your finances, your stress levels and your end result. [...]

Design series: Laundries

2018-09-24T11:02:23+00:00 September 24th, 2018|Architecture, Design|

An all too common occurrence is an overflowing laundry basket (or two), assorted linen drying by the heater and never being able to find a pair of socks that match. With a little careful planning you can streamline your laundry space to maximise its efficiency and make washing clothes feel like less of a chore. Take a load off – here’s four tips for a high-functioning laundry. […]

Modscape Open Day 2018

2018-09-27T08:35:35+00:00 September 19th, 2018|Architecture, Design, Modscape, Press/Media, Sustainability, Things We Love|

We love design and construction and we love weekend entertaining. So we’re combining the two and inviting you to our modular construction hub in Brooklyn for lunch. On Saturday 13 October 2018 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, we’ll be throwing open our doors and inviting the team from Beatbox Kitchen and Taco Truck to whip up some burgers and tacos. […]

What to do on a south facing block: layout tips and tricks

2018-09-14T14:08:41+00:00 September 7th, 2018|Architecture, Design, Sustainability|

For Australian conditions the north and north-east facing block has always been the most popular option when orientating your home – receiving the most direct sunlight throughout the day and bringing the benefit of passive heating. But what if you have found a site with a wonderful view to the south? Or the site on the south side of the street is thousands of dollars cheaper? These days the favoured north facing block is getting harder to obtain or may [...]

Project Windermere Display Suite

2018-09-14T14:22:46+00:00 September 6th, 2018|Architecture, Design, Modscape, Projects|

As the largest prefabricated display suite in Victoria, the Windermere display suite in Mambourin succeeds on making an ambitious statement. Property developers, Country Garden, engaged Modscape and DKO Architecture to design and construct a sales gallery that would reflect the design intent, ideals, vision and over-arching scale of the future development. The result is the largest prefabricated sales gallery in Victoria – boasting over 500 square metres of space and 5.5 metre high ceilings. The 24 modules were constructed off-site [...]

Things we love: Fun House

2018-09-06T12:52:31+00:00 September 4th, 2018|Architecture, Design, Things We Love|

The National Building Museum in Washington is alive with activity – all thanks to Fun House. Designed by architecture and collective practice, Snarkitecture, the collection of installations seek to bring people together to explore and engage the senses, encouraging play by transforming the familiar into the extraordinary. The installation inspires active participation as visitors are invited to interact with a sequence of rooms and well-known Snarkitecture environments that are whimsical and quirky. Inspiration evolved from the image of a traditional [...]

Off-grid in Arizona

2018-09-06T10:21:34+00:00 September 1st, 2018|Architecture, Design, Sustainability|

Passive design methodology responds to local climate and site conditions to maintain a comfortable temperature in the home. By implementing passive design principles, auxiliary energy usage is dramatically reduced as temperature fluctuations are fewer and indoor air quality is improved. Casa Caldera by DUST Architects in southern Arizona’s San Rafael Valley, is a wonderful example of passive design at work and showcases the benefits of being self-sufficient in a beautiful and secluded landscape. Exemplifying holiday living, the off-grid home responds [...]

Choosing the Right Hot Water System

2018-08-30T09:05:56+00:00 August 30th, 2018|All, Architecture, Design, Sustainability|

Whether long, hot showers are a guilty pleasure or your family wouldn’t know how to survive without the dishwasher, hot water systems have enormous demands placed on them and account for nearly 20 percent of a home’s energy costs. Choosing the best hot water system for your home can therefore be a difficult task and needs to be carefully considered to ensure it matches your usage pattern, budget and long term priorities. […]