Viewing Transportable Homes During Construction

Posted by Transportable Homes on September 1, 2010 under Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

Inspecting Your Transportable Home


Make around three appointments (depends on the duration of your construction period) to see your transportable home being built at various stages.

Seeing your portable home being made in a systemised environment is a very unique experience. Some of the automated robotic factories that produce relocatable homes are colossal in size. The employee numbers far exceed the numbers of staff and labourers you would ordinarily see working on a traditionally built home on a block of land. These types of factories are very occupational health and safety conscious; earmuffs, hard hats and safety glasses are compulsory. You will be guided through the factory to your transportable homes location on the production-line in this extremely busy workplace with many restricted areas.

Depending on the level of automation, your portable home may remain stationary or slowly progress daily down the production-line as stages are completed. Regardless, your home will be amongst many other relocatable homes in various stages of construction. It is very impressive to see so many people working on your home at any one time. Carpenters, electricians, plumbers, inspectors, building supplier representatives, fellow home-owners and forklift drivers all busy working on the homes as needed. Once finishing their portion of the work; they move to the next portable home. This is one of the great benefits that is unique to premanufactured modular homes; the tradesmen are hired full-time in most cases and are readily available. Unlike traditional building methods where there are quite often long delays waiting for tradesmen to arrive; as they juggle many clients projects at the one time in an effort to make more money.

Typically, you could expect to see between one and six other transportable homes being built at the same time as yours, depending on the company. The completion of a relocatable home building is between 10 and 60 working days; with 3 months being the average delivery time.


Transportable Homes Appointments

Make sure you discuss your need to view and visit the modular homes progress during construction with your premanufactured homes building contractor. It probably wouldn’t hurt to make a formalised note in your contract indicating your visits coinciding with production benchmarks.

Visiting times must be at a time suitable for both parties. From a building contractors perspective, your visit is very important to them but you must understand they are extremely busy and working towards very tight deadlines in highly structured environments, usually . If you ‘drop in’, don’t be surprised if your request for a sneek-peek is denied. Remember, if they stopped for every home owner that ‘dropped in’, your house would no longer be built as economically possible and therefore would be more expensive.


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


TOP 100 Series (11 to 20)

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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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.



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.



Ask Your Transportable Homes Builder

Posted by Transportable Homes on June 27, 2010 under Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes, Portable Homes, Relocatable Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

Things to Ask Your Local Builder about Transportable Homes


There are many things to consider and take into account when buying and relocating a portable home. If your block of land is situated a long distance away from the pre-manufactured manufacturing plant, you may have to use a local builder to assemble the modules, join the components of the transportable home, coordinate utilities and sign the project off. It is essential to make sure you know the right questions to ask so you have a hassle free relocatable homes experience. To find out more click Ask Your Relocatable Homes Building Contractor; and get your FREE copy of the Transportable Homes Information Guide.



Transportable Homes are Cheaper

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

Why Transportable Homes are Cheaper than Traditionally Built Homes?


Pre-manufactured homes are an attractive housing solution because of their affordable cost savings.


Fast and Efficient Assemble-line Production

A transportable home is like any other product that is mass-produced by the factories.



Many parts can be built by machines on an assembly line; cut and constructed fast.This eliminates human labor which can be costly, susceptible to errors and slow in comparison. Relocatable homes are produced like a car with less human intervention.


Less Wasted Building Materials

Most items of the transportable homes are pre-designed and fabricated using standardised designs; saving on waste material during production.


Less Time

Therefore, portable homes are built within hours and minutes rather than in days and months.


Bulk Purchasing and Volume Discounts

The building materials used in the transportable homes is purchased at wholesale prices, directly from the manufacturers and suppliers; much cheaper than a local builder buying building materials for one house at a time.


High Quality, Less Problems

Portable Homes are built in a controlled environment where everything is checked by the experts and engineers. With so many of an individual design being produced, building systems are constantly improved. This kind of expertise is not available to the traditional home buyers as each and every home is a one off and this is where ‘issues’ and delays occur.


Transportable Homes are Permanent Houses

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

Transportable Homes are Permanent Housing Solutions, … until moved again.


Transportable pre-manufactured homes are built to completion and delivered via truck, however they are a form of permanent housing. It is only where the home is constructed and how the modular home is delivered to its destination that makes it any different from a other permanent houses built on your land by a builder.


Relocatable homes are approved by engineers and
have to come up to the Australia Building Code Standards. Portable homes have to meet the same certification and gain the same approvals as regular houses built using traditional methods, even more because they may have to be moved several times during their lifetime.



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.