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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 [...]

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. […]

3 Factors to Consider When Purchasing Land for Your Future Modular Home

2018-08-21T14:32:28+00:00 August 21st, 2018|Architecture, Design, Modscape, Sustainability|

An empty block of land is a blank canvas giving you the freedom to design your future home exactly how you want it. Your needs, tastes, lifestyle and goals can all be taken into consideration and the final ‘masterpiece’ will reflect your personality. We encourage you to keep in mind a few important factors when you’re looking for the perfect piece of ground for your modular home. Considering the following factors will ensure that you purchase land that is going [...]

10 Commonly Asked Questions About Modscape’s Modular Homes

2018-07-25T09:21:10+00:00 July 24th, 2018|All, Architecture, Design, Modscape, Sustainability|

Despite the growing popularity and greater appreciation of the prefabricated construction industry, there are still a lot of questions and misconceptions about modular homes. Here are 10 of the most commonly asked questions we get at Modscape.   1. What are modular homes? Clients who are new to the concept of modular construction often ask Modscape, “is a modular home the same as a prefabricated build?” And, “what are the main differences between a modular home and a traditional home?” [...]

In the Process of Beggining a Knockdown Rebuild Project?

2019-01-15T15:30:17+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Architecture, Design, Sustainability|

These days trying to find the perfect block of vacant land in your desired location can be like looking for a four-leaf clover. In increasing numbers, people are choosing to knock down their existing house and rebuild on their current block. They are already in a suburb they desire, a street they like, near a school they want their kids to go to or close to ageing parents. Choosing to rebuild your home on the block you currently reside in [...]

Design Series: Baths and Bathroom Fixtures

2018-06-05T14:20:37+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Architecture, Design, Modscape, Sustainability|

The profile of the bathroom continues its rise thanks to the advancements in high tech bathroom accessories and the stunning bath, vanity and tile options now available. The bathroom is where most of us start our day. We clean away the night and prepare ourselves for battle. The shower offers busy people the only chance they have all day for some solace. It can be where you steal a moment to put on your make-up like a mask of strength [...]

3 Reasons Why a Modular Home Is a Great Option for a Country Block

2018-07-25T14:59:05+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Architecture, Modscape, Sustainability|

In regional and rural areas, the costs associated with building a new home can be compounded by factors pertaining to a site’s isolation and exposure. Labour supply, weather conditions and accessibility tend to impact on the ease and financial feasibility with which rural construction can take place.  However, contrary to traditional onsite construction methods, modular building is ideally suited to regional areas thanks to the control, predictability and accessibility achievable through an offsite factory build. Given the difficulties traditionally associated [...]

6 Benefits of Solar Power (And How To Make The Most Of It)

2019-04-15T18:43:58+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Sustainability|

An increasing number of Australian households are turning to renewable energies to create more eco friendly homes. Solar power – the most widely consumed renewable energy – boasts a host of benefits for both the environment and for households. And by pairing your solar energy unit with a battery storage system, you can strive for carbon neutrality while reaping the financial rewards of self-sufficiency.  […]

5 Ways to Improve the Sustainability of Your New Modular Home

2019-04-15T18:41:45+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Sustainability|

Australian households are responsible for one-fifth of the nation’s greenhouse emissions while homeowners struggle to stay afloat in a sea of rising energy needs and costs. But as this drives us to innovate and improve the efficiency of our homes – both for individual rewards and environmental wellbeing – running a carbon-neutral household is becoming an increasingly realistic goal, especially for those seeking to build rather than buy their next home. Choosing to design and build your home rather than [...]