Modular Homes vs. Traditional Homes: 4 Key Differences

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A common question the Modscape team gets from people looking to build their dream home and are new to the concept of modular construction is “what are the main differences between a traditional home and a modular home?”.

Both construction methods begin in the same way, with site analysis, design development and attaining the necessary council approvals. Once you reach the construction stage of the cycle the differences between the two construction methods (and the benefits of modular design) emerge.

Here are the four key differences between a modular home and a traditional home: 

Project Portsea

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In the coastal suburb of Portsea, Victoria stands this striking modular home which looks as impressive today as it did when it was installed over five years ago.

Part of our design philosophy is to create contemporary spaces that not only look beautiful and are functional, but also possess a long lifespan and continue to adapt and grow with their surrounding environments. The Portsea home is a great illustration of this – the coastal beauty continues to age gracefully over time. 

Things we love: Upcycled furniture

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Demolishing old buildings produces huge amounts of waste. In fact, in Australia the construction industry generates around 40% of the country’s waste. We think it is high time someone got creative with the rubble after the wrecking ball hits, so we were delighted to stumble across StoneCycling.

Since 2013, Amsterdam-based start-up StoneCycling has been developing ways to transform architectural waste salvaged from demolished structures. The company’s new arm of business collaboration with a local design studio, Ultra Studio, and introduced the creation of upcycled furniture pieces. 

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. 

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.

Mysterious Mask House

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Gloomy, ominous and mysterious. These are a few of the words that spring to mind when viewing images of the Mask House.

Envisioned by WOJR, the secluded cabin has been conceptualized as a space of refuge and contemplation. A place of seclusion, peace and tranquillity that “removes one from the world of the everyday”.

Cloud House Makes It Rain On Demand

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There’s nothing more relaxing than listening to the rain fall on a tin roof when you’re all warm and cosy inside. Now you can listen to the soothing sound anytime you please thanks to Matthew Mazzotta’s latest project, Cloud House.

The house is built under a permanent cloud and rocking in the chair situated inside activates ‘rain’. The rain then falls onto the metal roof above, producing that warm and pleasant sound. Stay seated and you can relax watching the water drip down from the window lintel, watering edible plants sitting on the sills. 

Home Sweet Home – 3 Scientifically-Backed Tips to Create a Happier Home

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1. Furnish your home with round items

Research by the Harvard Medical School revealed that the type of contour an object possesses has a critical influence on a person’s attitude towards it. The study revealed a distinct affection towards curves, as they convey warmth. People showed less inclination to sharper edged objects, which were perceived as being more threatening and aggressive. Why not furnish your modular home with round items?


Designing & Building With Modules – What You Need to Know

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At Modscape, we’ve developed an innovative, efficient and environmentally-friendly way to build, via modular homes and prefab homes.

We draw on modular and prefabricated design and building techniques and, with flexible systems, we can create any amount of space you require for your home.

What is a module?

A module is a section of your home. It is made from fully welded structural steel frames and structural insulated panels (SIPs). The modules are combined onsite to make one complete home. Building in modules allows us to easily transport our modular homes in Australia.