Permits and Your Prefabricated Home

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Frequently asked questions we get at Modscape often relate to permits – everything from do I need one, to what’s the cost, and how long will it take. Naturally every modular design project is unique so permit requirements can differ, but the following FAQ post will hopefully give you an introduction to planning and building permits when it comes to prefabricated modular homes.

Do I need a permit if I’m building a prefabricated modular home?

Like a conventional build project, permits are required to build a modular home. Regardless of whether you are building insitu onsite with a slab or constructing a prefab home in a factory and transporting to site, the permit process is very similar.

Four architectural installations we’d love to visit

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There’s something quite exciting about architectural installations – they bring something new and unexpected to a familiar location. They are often multisensory, blurring the lines between what is art and what is architecture. And they are a major drawcard for tourists and locals alike, making us rethink the spaces we inhabit. When travelling abroad, the team at Modscape always aim to have an architectural installation on their must see list for design inspiration. We recently polled the office on their top four wish list and these were the winners:

Project Phillip Island: designing for a coastal location

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Designing for a coastal site will always come with its challenges. On one hand, you need a design that protects itself and its residents from the elements. But on the other, you want a design that makes the most of the surrounding views.

This was what Modscape’s Project Phillip Island home set out to do. Located on Victoria’s Phillip Island, the modular home is situated in a spot prone to harsh winds. 

Modular construction brought to life through a creative lens

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The detailed modular construction process can be a difficult one to grasp, yet the many advantages are worth understanding for anyone looking to design and build a new home.

To aid this understanding we recently engaged Melbourne cinematographer, Nathan Kaso, to produce a short tilt-shift time-lapse film on the process.

But rather than just spelling out our process, Nathan sought to capture the distinctiveness of a modular project through a unique combination of filming techniques and styles. 

Prefab Phillip Island house subservient to its location

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One moment on a wildly exposed coastal site at Phillip Island, there were just some scratchings in the dirt, some footings and preparative plumbing work.

By the end of the same day, the components of a long, lean, four-bedroom house were in situ, requiring only cosmetic stitching together to complete a new home of very pure and very boxy form.

Semi-trailers delivered the seven separate components of the zinc and Pacific teak-clad building and, apart from the oak flooring, says Modscape’s Jan Gyrn, all the fixtures, fittings and finishes were complete.

The Frost House

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Prefabricated housing is not a new concept. With its predictability and speed of construction it is a reputable and widely used construction method that has been utilised in many forms for decades.

While building technology has come a long way and we have greater flexibility in design, every now and then it’s nice to reflect and appreciate the exemplary professionals of bygone eras.

The Frost House is one such prefabricated home that deserves mention because of its contribution to the prefabricated housing movement. 

Things we love: being a part of the Open House Melbourne weekend

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Some things just get better with age – and the Open House Melbourne weekend is certainly one of them.

It’s an event that welcomes everyone – from those who work in the design industry to those who just love design – and encourages conversations about architecture and how our built environment shapes who we are and how we live.

Celebrating its 10th year, the Open House Melbourne weekend was bigger than ever before. Last weekend over 200 buildings threw open their doors and welcomed locals and visitors alike. It was a great opportunity for many to get up close and personal with the spaces that make this city unique. 

Phillip Island project on Australian Design Review online

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Set on a windswept hillside overlooking Bass Straight sits a modular holiday home that allows the epic coastal location to be experienced in all its many states.

The project evolved from a pragmatic response to the challenges of occupying an exposed coastal site. Winds, often extreme, shaped the design with the house acting as a barrier and protecting the external courtyard tucked in behind. 

How To Display Art Without Hanging It

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After you’ve gone through the process of architecturally designing and building your sustainable modular home with Modscape, we can understand how putting a few holes in your new walls may bring a sense of unrest. Well, rest easy because the latest design trend means putting down your measuring tape, your nails and hammer, and arranging your art without hanging it.

Beginning as a solution for commitment phobes and serial rearrangers alike, ‘unhanging’ art has now become the preference for interior designers the world over. “I tend to lean my art even more than I hang it these days,” says designer Leanne Ford, “this allows for a constant and easy rotation of what is displayed, where and how.” In our experience, there are many inspired ways to set or lean your art (some more child friendly than others), so we’ve taken the time to visually map out some creative ways so you can try the trend at home in your modular house.

BTS MPavilion Melbourne 2017

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Melbourne’s MPavilion is at the centre of our city’s summer events calendar, conceived each year by leading international architects. This year’s pavilion will again be erected in Melbourne’s historic Victoria Gardens location. The MPavilion is a temporary venue that provides a welcomed extra space for events such as public debate, workshops, music and the arts.

The 2017 pavilion design was won by The Office for Metropolitan Architecture, otherwise known as OMA, , Founded by architect Rem Koolhaas in 1975,he Dutch firm based in Rotterdam is responsible for a host of the world’s most impressive modern architectural projects including the Faena District in Miami, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, the Performing Arts Centre in Taipei, as well as Fondazione Prada in Milan.