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.

 

 

Transportable Homes Travelling Unsealed Roads [VIDEO]

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 17, 2010 under Portable Homes, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

Are Transportable Homes Strong Enough to Travel Over Unsealed Roads?

 

Transportable Homes Video – Tracey talks about transporting relocatable homes.

 

 

Yes. Apart from being designed to the safety and strength standards outlined in the Building Code of Australia, relocatable homes have extra reinforcing to cope with several moves over their lifetime.

A reputable contractor who builds portable homes will build each module on a heavy-duty galvanised steel chassis, which has been designed by structural building engineers to withstand –

  • unsealed roads
  • undulating surfaces; like on a new block of land
  • high wind gusts and flexing during transportation
  • stress when lifting and lowering the module by crane, hydraulics or jacks.

 

 

How are Joins Disguised on Modular Homes? [VIDEO]

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 16, 2010 under Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

Disguising Joins in Modular Homes

 

Transportable Homes Video – Tracey explains techniques used to hide joins.

 

 

There are many different ways to disguise the joins when placing the modules of  relocatable homes together.

One way is to design modular homes with interlocking pieces. When assembled on-site, the interlocking modules mesh together and look natural.

An example of disguising the join on the inside of a portable home may be the use of plastering on interior walls and ceilings. Plastering is used in the greater majority of traditionally built homes and is a very good way to cover joins so they are undetected.

Carpet, tiles and floating timber floors disguise the joins in the floor.

The exterior of portable homes have the natural and obvious joins like any other traditionally built home; like corners or when a full length of timber joins another matching length. Rendering covers joins very successfully and the matching of other building materials. The roofing is also matched and interlaced for make the roof line seamless.

In most cases, depending on the interior and exterior materials of your house; Builders should use the same materials using technologies to completely cover the fact the building is modular. Nobody should be able to see obvious joins. A well finished modular home should appear seamless with undetectable joins.

 

 

How are Transportable Homes Built? [VIDEO]

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 14, 2010 under Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

What is the Building Process?

 

Transportable Homes Video – Tracey explains the building process of relocatable homes.

 

Transportable Homes are built to Australian Standards. There are several ways of building them but most commonly is

  • in a Building Contractor’s yard, or
  • in a very large shed

In both these instances it is reasonable to assume they will follow the most popular method of construct; which is in an assembly-line environment under very controlled conditions. A lot along the lines of a car factory where vehicles are assembled on a production-line.

There are many benefits  for this type of pre-manufactured homes construction –

  • Bulk purchasing using volume discounts
  • Better utilisation of  Tradesmen
  • Increased efficiency
  • Higher Quality Control systems
  • Less building materials waste

All of these add up to greater savings and less time consumed to create modular homes. The result being shorter waiting times for your portable homes and much better value for your money.

 

What Are Relocatable Homes

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 13, 2010 under Granny Flats, Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Prefab, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

Relocatable Homes Have Many Names

 

Transportable Homes Video – Tracey talks about various names used for portable homes.

 

Relocatable homes are also referred to as –

  • transportable homes
  • portable homes
  • pre-manufactured homes
  • manufactured homes
  • pre-built homes
  • modular homes
  • granny flats
  • prefabricated homes
  • prefabs
  • prefab homes
  • cabins
  • holiday park cabins
  • tourist cabins
  • affordable housing

 

These are all types of relocatable homes. However, they are not to be confused with a normally built house on a section of land that is ‘removed’ after a few years and transported to another location. These are just homes that have been removed.

Whereas, relocatable homes (or any other terminology used in the list above) are purposely designed to be transported and have extra reinforcing to cope with possibly several moves over their lifetime.

 

 

What is a Transportable Home? [VIDEO]

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Transportable Homes Have Many Names

 

Transportable Homes Video – Tracey explains the many different terms used for transportable homes.

 

Transportable homes are also referred to as –

  • relocatable homes
  • portable homes
  • pre-manufactured homes
  • manufactured homes
  • pre-built homes
  • modular homes
  • granny flats
  • prefabricated homes
  • prefabs
  • prefab homes
  • cabins
  • holiday park cabins
  • tourist cabins
  • affordable housing

 

These are all types of transportable homes. However, they are not to be confused with a traditionally built house on a block of land that is ‘moved’ after a period of years and transported to another location. These are purely houses that have been moved.

Whereas, transportable homes (or any other terminology used in the list above) are designed to be transported and have extra reinforcing to cope with possibly several moves over their lifetime.

 

 

Extra Costs When Modifying Standard Floor-plans [VIDEO]

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 12, 2010 under Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

Does it cost extra to modify a standard floor-plan?

 

Transportable Homes Video – Tracey talks about costs associated with standardised floor-plan modification.

 

Minor changes to a transportable homes floor-plan can be accommodated but may still require a drafting fee. Small changes to Standardised Floor-plans may be –

  • changing to a plastered ceiling instead of exposed beams
  • requesting a shub (shower and bath-tub combined) instead of a standard shower
  • upgrading the kitchen and changing the layout
  • changing the position of lights, light switches and power points
  • having a larger than normal fridge/freezer space

Drafting fee amounts depend on the complexity of the alteration to the plan. Structural  changes are normally most expensive. More complex and/or larger changes could be –

  • adding, deleting or moving a door
  • adding, deleting or moving windows
  • extending the length of a bedroom
  • turning two small bedrooms into one large bedroom
  • changing the roof pitch or design for aesthetic purposes

Note: Every building contractor is different. It is a good idea to ask what the fees are for changing one of their standard floor-plans before you start modifying. Good building contractors will have a fair idea of the extra costs you will incur as they may have made similar alterations to the floor-plan before.

 

 

Transportable Homes Attractive Living Spaces

Posted by Transportable Homes on July 4, 2010 under Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

Transportable Homes are Amazing Living Spaces Now

 

No longer are they a prefabricated box with no character. Today, relocatable homes have everything a traditionally built house has to offer, … and more.

In the past five years, technology has accelerated in the portable homes industry to cope with the growing demand for affordable housing that is be every bit as ‘normal looking’ as a regular home but delivered on site in double quick time. Hence, modular homes have become trendy, modern living spaces with light, airy rooms that integrate indoor and outdoor living.

Every design, from open-plan studios to luxury 3-storey architecturally designed abodes with serious attitude. Thanks to the vast array of building materials available for transportable homes, architects can now let their imaginations go wild with little or no restrictions.

Click Attractive Transportable Homes to read more

 

 

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.

 

 

Are Relocatable Homes Best for You?

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

Is a Relocatable Home Best For You?

 

Yes, Relocatable Homes are faster to build and assemble. And yes, they are in many cases substantially cheaper than traditional building options. But, are relocatable homes best for your unique situation? There are many things to consider; transportation, number of modules, distance from the pre-manufactured homes factory, local builders and so on.

To learn more about whether or not portable homes are ideal for you, click Are Relocatable Homes Best For You and read some essential questions to ask your manufactured homes building contractor, your local builder and yourself.