Modular Homes Designs

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

Modular Homes Designs


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This series of transportable homes designs focuses on the country homes style. Again, I believe the greater majority of traditionally built homes have the capacity to be built in a modular fashion, from  country retreat to  family homestead.


Country Modular Homes Designs

Small Country Retreat

As a retreat for out in the country, this modular home is made from low-maintenance materials, is a simplistic design and very cost effective. What I really like about this relocatable home is the minimal impact on the land. You would be surprised at how roomy a small structure like this can feel inside when decorated appropriately. At approximately 4.5 x 14 meters wide, this style of portable home could easily have 2 small bedrooms, with fully amenities and a decent sized living area with fold out sleeping arrangements for guests. The large windows leading out into the decked area brings the outside into the home so you can fully absorb the country atmosphere whilst relaxing.


Country Style Affordable Housing

This type of country style portable home is very reasonably priced. Notice how the front verandah and the side door add character to what would otherwise be a box shape. Obviously placed on a concrete slab, this type of building is ideal for people with disabilities, hip problems, or for the aged as the small entry steps can easily be transformed into ramps for easy access. Some 3 bedroom country homes following this style have a spare room removed and an interior car-shed built instead; turning this type of home into a unit for investors or granny flat for a family member.


Country Lifestyle for a Growing Family

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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.


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.



History of Transportable Homes

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 2, 2010 under Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

The History of Transportable Homes


Transportable Homes are not a new idea. In 1910, Sear-Roebuck sold over half a million relocatable homes throughout the United States of America over a thirty year period. In the beginning this  affordable housing was  plain and humble. However, after much refinement the designs of these portable homes offered became very attractive; featuring 2-storey options with continuous balconies and verandahs. For just over USD$1200, 2-storey pre-manufactured homes with 3 bedrooms were in hot demand by soldiers returning from the war.

Today, technology has pushed the modular homes industry to dizzying heights where there is very little transportable homes can not feature. The size and shape only determining the number of modules to be transported and assembled. Portable homes have advanced so far that the concept is being used in some of the most unexpected industries like the Queen Mary II. Where the ship’s designers chose to integrate modular concepts by having the passenger rooms and VIP suites  made in individual pods which were lifted into place as the world’s most expensive luxury cruise liner was being built.

For more information, click on The History of Transportable Homes.



Transportable Homes Specialist

Posted by Transportable Homes on June 9, 2010 under Granny Flats, Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Prefab, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

Transportable Homes Specialists


This is a blog website with valuable information about the transportable homes industry within Australia. Written independently by Tracey Carter, an avid fan of modular homes.


The Purpose of this Website

1.   Give you as much information as possible so you can make informed, confident decisions when contemplating buying a transportable home.

2.  Broaden your horizons; so you can look at a traditionally built home and recognise the very real potential for it to be constructed using modular building methods.


Answering Your Questions

There are many advantages and benefits to buying relocatable homes; and many questions needing to be answered. Some of the questions answered in this website include:

Can I use my own floor-plan and design?

How big can I build a relocatable home?

Can I make alterations to a standardised granny flat plan?

Can I build a 2-storey modular home?

How do I personalise my new portable home?

How quickly can I get a prefabricated house?

Can I have disabled facilities included in my granny flat?

Who looks after the building permits and Council?

What are my insulation options?

Can I have a granite bench top?

Can I change the oven and range-hood combination?

… and much more!

You will find all your answers on this website about –

  • Transportable Homes
  • Prefabricated Homes
  • Relocatable Homes
  • Modular Homes
  • Portable Homes
  • Prefab Homes
  • Granny Flat


Click here to learn more about Transportable Homes Specialist.