MODSCAPE HOMES IN MELBOURNE AND VICTORIA
Modscape has been designing and constructing innovative, sustainable, beautiful modular homes in Melbourne and across Victoria for over a decade. See a selection of our Victoria homes below, and to see more, click here.
ST KILDA, VICTORIA
Modest and understated, the St Kilda home does everything a good home should, with just an added touch of luxury.
The client’s brief was for a generous and simple home with a minimal footprint, allowing ample backyard space to relax in and grow vegetables.
The open plan kitchen, living and dining space features a double-height ceiling, which opens up the home and enhances the feeling of space. However, the void also serves a second purpose. The site’s orientation meant the living area faces south – less than ideal for achieving optimal sunlight. Modscape’s architects countered this challenge by specifying skylights as well as highlight windows, which work to open up the living space and allow ample natural light to enter the home throughout the day.
Utilising modern construction techniques, this two-storey addition to the rear of a mid-century home in Melbourne’s Elsternwick is sympathetic to its origins, but unashamedly modern, fulfilling the needs for a growing family.
The owners loved their home, but in its poor state – cluttered layout, leaky windows, rotting frames and lack of storage – the house simply wasn’t working. The new floor plan retains the essence of the original, with a modern open-plan kitchen/living/dining space that maximises on the northerly aspect, while the restrained yet rich and textured material palette takes cues from mid-century modern trends. The result is a comfortable and appealing family home that celebrates its original qualities, while providing every amenity for modern family living.
Tucked neatly behind a weatherboard house in Melbourne’s leafy north-east sits a two-storey modular extension that is bold yet refined and has transformed the way the clients live. Sustainably-sourced blackbutt timber, dark-stained timber and Colorbond Diversaclad marry in harmony in this home. Yet it’s when the first-floor timber form starts to curve and becomes a battened screen that the house’s personality really gives way. As well as capturing, this screen is practical too – it provides additional sun shading and privacy, ensuring there are no overlooking issues into the neighbour’s backyard.
Located at Franklinford in Victoria’s Central Highlands, this four-bedroom modular home is shared between two families, providing a gathering place for everyone to relax and relish the joys of rural life.
Living and entertaining spills outdoors thanks to expansive floor-to-ceiling glazing that opens up to a north-facing, sun-drenched deck, while views of the surrounding paddocks and creek are captured the moment you walk in the front door.
The house is completely off-grid with all services systems designed to not compromise on the clients’ lifestyle. A nearby shed hosts the solar panel and storage system and a large 80,000L water tank is in use.
PHILLIP ISLAND, VICTORIA
Set on a windswept hillside overlooking Bass Strait is a modular home that allows its epic coastal location to be experienced in all its many states.
The four-bedroom home is organised around a central kitchen/living/dining space. With plenty of glass, the space captures a spread of incredible views, from the sandy beach to the west, to the rocky heads in the south. For the clients, a desire to sit in the bath and look out to the untamed coastline was a must and the end result certainly delivers – a quiet retreat from the bustle of their Melbourne lives.
Situated on a vast property on the southern banks of the Murray River in Tintaldra, this unique home serves as an Australian base for a client living overseas and offers a secluded yet intimate existence from which the surrounding environment can be observed and revered.
As a boutique project, the design brief required a cabin that was completely off-grid and easily maintained during long periods of vacancy throughout the year. A cladding system was developed to create a salvaged, shed-like exterior, consisting of a base layer of new zincalume and a top layer of recycled zincalume, which was applied for effect.
When viewed from the road, the cabin recedes into the landscape by looking like any number of sheds in the area and appears as a small silhouette against the main range of the snowy mountains on the horizon.