Transportable Homes Designs

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 29, 2010 under Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

Evolution of Transportable Homes Designs


There was a time, not long ago, when the only deterrent for purchasing relocatable homes was the lack of design options. Companies used to have a standardised group of floor-plans and designs so they could keep the costs down to make more affordable homes readily accessible. However, these designs were plain, featureless and frankly quite boring. But as consumers discovered the benefits of modular homes and the demand increased, so did the need for homes to have more character and fabulous living spaces.

Although large transportable homes are an emerging yet steadily growing market in Australia, mid-range affordable housing in the form of relocatable homes is increasing at a rapid rate. The portable homes phenomenon is driven by the fact they include all the mod-cons of traditionally built homes and the inability to detect the difference between the two build methods.


Today’s modular homes can have –

  • splendid kitchens with central islands
  • bars
  • saunas
  • spa-baths
  • skylights
  • fireplaces
  • split-levels
  • home theaters
  • grand staircases
  • twin walk-in-robes
  • entire walls of glass
  • twin bathroom vanities
  • granite and marble features
  • very wide concertina doors
  • central vacuum cleaning units
  • and much, much more …


If you are designing your own dream home and having it built using modular building methods, then your options are limited purely by your budget. If you are creating your own design, it would probably be a good idea to look for architects with experience in modular homes design.


For people looking at standardised floor-plans, your options are vast. From a small 7 square home, up to 20 squares; which is a good sized family home with generous bedrooms and spacious living areas. Some of the homes I have seen have left me struggling to find anything I would like to change as they seem to have everything included. It is all up to preference, budget and what makes you happy.


Top 100 Modular Homes Designs (1 to 10)

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 28, 2010 under Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Prefab, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

Modular Homes Designs


TOP 100 Series (1 to 10)

As a fan of transportable homes, I believe the greater majority of traditionally built homes have the capacity to be built in a modular fashion. This series of TOP 100 homes gives you an idea of what is possible and an overview of what already exists in the marketplace.


Modern Modular Homes

A great example of bringing the outdoors in. The glass dining area is suspended to give the feeling of eating outside.

Utilising stone and neutral colours, this home blends into the natural environment.

The suspended portions of this home create less impact on the fora and fauna.

Elevated access to this modern modular home gives a unique and relatively cost effective entrance.

This home is very quite plain in design and yet has the ‘wow factor’.


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New Generation Transportable Homes

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 27, 2010 under Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Read the First Comment

21st Century Transportable Homes


Long gone are the days of relocatable homes being referred to as trailers and thought of as housing for the poor and unemployed section of the community. No, The trailer-park mentality has gone.

Introducing the new generation of transportable homes that make architects go all hyperactive and revved up like a purebred. The new breed of relocatable homes are exciting living spaces. Living spaces suitable for an independent teenager at the back of the lawn, granny living independently, or for the whole family in glorious modular mansion.

The growth of relocatable homes in Australia and overseas has forced the building industry to seek better building solutions. Demands for faster delivery times, and most excitingly, … modular homes with the WOW factor! Large and small, budget conscious or wreckless financial abandonment; they are a far cry from twenty years ago.



What’s all the Modular Homes fuss about?

What used to be a living space resembling a plain box, is now a sophisticated, bright and airy home. Some houses consisting of up to 8 modules for a luxurious modular home, where people would never know it had arrived on a truck in several pieces and was assembled like a giant puzzle.

With the fast pace of life comes the solution of modular homes; where foundations are poured at the same time the portable home is being constructed. Making for more efficient building processes. Even the banks are happier as transportable homes are more systemised; less likely to compromise bridging loan arrangements and deadlines, if approved. Also, home-owners are not having to store their furniture and live in an expensive rental property for months on end.

Weather isn’t a factor. It could be snowing or having a heat-wave; it makes no difference to modular homes. When relocatable homes are built undercover, the internal structure of the home is protected. How many times have you seen the frame of a new home standing out in the wind and rain for weeks waiting for the weather to be more favourable? This doesn’t happen with portable homes.

The great advantage to having transportable homes is when you are growing weary of your surroundings, you just load your home modules onto trucks and move to a better location. With computers, the internet and the ability to work online; people are becoming more and more transient. Even the older generation in Australia is increasingly mobile and choosing to live in smaller modular homes with large sheds attached to accommodate their motor-homes. Motor-homes are predicted to reach 4.1 million seniors exploring Australia within the next 10 years (according to KPMG and Sixty Minutes).

It seems everybody wants the stress and inconvenience of home building to become a faster and stress-free experience; leaving people free to enjoy their life.


Transportable Homes Internal Walls

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 25, 2010 under Granny Flats, Portable Homes, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | 2 Comments to Read

Double Walled Insulation of Modular Homes


In general, relocatable homes have more building materials included in the construction. Built to withstand the riggers of multiple moves and demanding conditions.

Once the modules of a portable home are assembled, there is a ‘double wall effect’. Where the modules meet, as each module is a mini building in it’s own right, when sandwiched together, the internal walls are effectively doubled.


The benefits of doubled internal walls are –

  • extra insulation properties
  • sound proofing effect
  • additional structural strength


These insular properties are especially valuable if you live in a hot or cold climate, as the extra insulation helps to further regulate internal temperatures. Providing a more comfortable living space whilst reducing your heating and cooling costs. Or, if you live near an airport, highway or industrial area with high noise, the double walling makes your home a lot quieter inside. Great for night-shift workers who sleep during the day, or an elderly family member who is poorly and frail.

An exception to the rule would be granny flats, as they are usually one module and therefore do not have the doubled wall effect.




Land Access for Transportable Homes

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 24, 2010 under Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

Can A Truck Deliver Your Portable Home Easily?


Many blocks of land are a challenge to access without causing potential damage to relocatable homes. It is important to discuss the accessibility to your block of land with your building contractor well in advance of signing contracts.

A portable home on a steep section of land can pose problems and even a road entrance for a level site can have its problems.


Some things to look out for include –

  • letterboxes
  • fences
  • deep storm-water drains
  • gates
  • overhanging and close trees
  • mud or soft land
  • power lines
  • water ways
  • trenches
  • utility paths (power, water, gas, etc)
  • french drains or other sewage lines, tiles or tanks
  • under ground tanks
  • swamp or soft soil
  • garden
  • other buildings
  • pergolas
  • narrow driveways
  • concrete/brick/stone walls


If your building contractor is unable to visit your block of land, consider providing video-footage of the site,  photographs, maps and an indication of soil type and drainage. The more information you provide your building contractor with, the better. Obviously a site visit would be preferable.

Solutions to problems may include –

  • temporarily removing letterboxes, gates and fences
  • pruning or rope-down tree branches
  • reinforcing deep storm-water drains and building a makeshift bridge
  • making a new alternative driveway entrance to the property, specifically designed for the delivery of modular homes.


How Long to Get a Transportable Home? [VIDEO]

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 23, 2010 under Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

From Signing a Transportable Homes Contract to Having it Delivered.


Transportable Homes Video – Tracey explains the ordering process.



Once you have signed a contract to have a Transportable Home built by a pre-manufactured homes building contractor, it usually takes 3 months, (on average) to have it delivered to your block of land.

There are however, circumstances which can make the process of building modular homes much faster. For instance, if you were to select a relocatable home from a standardised floor-plan and not alter or modify it in any way. Also, depending upon the  manufactured homes factory scheduling, as they may be producing similar modular homes in a run. If this was the case and everything fell easily into place, you could get a transportable home in as little as two weeks!



What Size Are Transportable Homes? [VIDEO]

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 22, 2010 under Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

Transportable Homes Are Any Size You Want


Transportable Homes Video – Tracey talks about the various sizes of portable homes.



The size of modular homes is purely determined by what is required; there are no limitations as such.

Anything from a small, budget, one bedroom, open-plan, self-contained studio; to a  luxury 4 bedroom 3 bathroom 3-storey abode featuring an enormous kitchen complete with island in the center, floor to ceiling windows down the entire north-facing side  and a  master bedroom with a top of the range ensuite.

It is up to you. If you want something custom-made, it all depends on your floor-plan, budget, and property access.

There are transporting laws, for example in Tasmania you can’t exceed 4.8m wide and anything larger requires an escorted journey by an approved pilot vehicle; which alerts on-coming traffic of the wide-load ahead. If your custom design is wider than allowable for your State, talk to your Contractor about the freighting and segmentation of your building and the transportation laws.



Differences between Granny Flats and Cabins [VIDEO]

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 20, 2010 under Granny Flats | Be the First to Comment

What is the difference between a Cabin and a Granny Flat?


Transportable Homes Video – Tracey describes characteristics of Granny Flats and Cabins.




A cabin is small with limited facilities. Most commonly found in tourist parks, they normally have a small bathroom and toilet facilities. Cabins tend to be plain in design with a verandah at the front and a sliding door for access. The living area is small because cabins are designed for people to sleep in, instead of ‘live in’. Cabins ideally suit tourists, as they only require a comfortable place to refresh themselves and sleep after a big day of sight-seeing.

Granny Flats

Granny Flats on the other hand are a small complete home with all amenities inclusive. Usually one or two bedroom with a couple of external doors. Granny flats are merely a miniature version of a normal family home, just with smaller rooms; designed for one person, … usually a grandparent.

Today, granny flats are more popular as an extra source of income for people with room on their block of land. Granny flats are low in price but command the same rentals as normal units making them very affordable housing for tenants and a source of extra income for landlords.



Transportable Homes Maintenance [VIDEO]

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 19, 2010 under Portable Homes, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

What about Transportable Home Maintenance?


Transportable Homes Video – Tracey discusses the importance of relocatable home maintenance.



Transportable homes are designed to require the bare minimum of maintenance, leaving you to enjoy your new lifestyle.

The warranty and guarantee of relocatable homes will have conditions which include the completion of maintenance in order to remain covered.

Ask your building contractor –

  • exactly what maintenance is required
  • how often the maintenance is needed
  • if proof of maintenance is required

There are some finishes that increase the amount of maintenance. An example would be having the exterior of a portable home in solid timber which is oiled. Obviously, oiling the timber to keep it waterproof and for wood preservation would be essential; requiring more frequent maintenance than other exterior finishes.



How Far Can Relocatable Homes Be Transported? [VIDEO]

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 18, 2010 under Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

Distances Travelled by Relocatable Homes


Transportable Homes Video – Tracey talks about transport distances of relocatable homes.



You can freight modular homes very long distances; from Melbourne to Darwin if need be. Obviously, the further the distance, the greater the transport costs. Also, the number of portable homes modules have to be taken into consideration.

Basically, the deciding factor is budget.

If you are thinking about transporting your portable home some distance from the pre-manufactured homes factory; then remember you may find it harder to hire good local Tradesmen in remote locations and/or the Tradesmen you do hire have little or no experience assembling that particular design of relocatable home.

As for very remote or difficult locations; transportable homes can travel by road on a truck (which is normal), on a train, barge or via helicopter in extreme cases.