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Australia’s best prefabricated home manufacturers

Australia’s best prefabricated home manufacturers

Exceptional prefabricated home building companies are rising from the pack as prefab homes become more and more common.

Prefabricated is a broad term for the method used to manufacture and construct homes off-site and then shipping and assembling them later. They differ greatly from traditional houses, which are usually built on-site over a number of months. The most common forms of prefabricated dwellings include tiny houses and cabins. There are a few different types of prefabricated homes, but the most commonly known are kit and modular homes.

Modular homes are manufactured and constructed off site and will arrive on the property fully assembled. Their design is informed by the need for portability, and they are some of the easiest homes to relocate even after construction. They will also come with standard inclusions such as electrical fittings and water connections. Once a modular home arrives on a property, it is essentially ready for immediate habitation. Up front, modular homes are the most expensive type of prefab homes as they are the closest to traditional house building methods.

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Kit homes are fairly similar, but there is one key difference: a kit home will arrive on the property disassembled, and the homeowner is now responsible for the construction. They can be assembled by individuals or hired contractors, though everyone must have the appropriate understanding of building processes and safety if this is a DIY job. Kit homes often arrive on the property much faster than modular homes as there is no time needed for pre-assembly. The arrival of a kit home can sometimes take as little as a few weeks. Kit homes are also the least expensive type of prefab home initially and can come as cheap as $10 per square foot.

However, these benefits do come with minor considerations. Though a kit home arrives in very little time, the assembly is likely to take longer – especially if you have not hired professionals to assemble the home and intend to DIY. The cost of assembly is also another factor to remember when considering the cheap prices of kit homes.

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It is also important to be aware that kit homes do not always come fitted with the necessary extensions for electricity and water. Features like this, whether they are added before or after construction, will definitely increase the price of a home kit. On average, a kit home ranges from $40-$60 per square foot. 3 bedroom kit homes with the basic connections necessary to be on the grid start at around $53,400. The average modular home costs between $50-$100 per square foot, and a basic model will cost between $60,000-$200,000. Regardless of the type, you will see that there is a significant financial advantage to choosing a prefabricated home over traditional home building methods.

The first prefab home company was the American home store Aladdin in the early 1900s. Since then, prefab houses have grown in popularity across the globe, gaining traction in Australia around the Second World War. They are now popular choices for vacation properties, second homes, and in areas with limited space.

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Prefab homes Australia: the best brands for prebuilt homes

13. Strine environments

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Strine Environments is a modular home architecture firm based in Queanbeyan, NSW renowned for their commitment to sustainable design. Strine have been providing the Canberra regions with high quality green modular homes for many years, promoting passive solar and recycled materials such as reclaimed timber, steel and concrete. Read more about Strine Environments here.

12. Ehabitat

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Ehabitat is an acclaimed manufacture of eco-friendly, fully modular homes which supply along the majority of the eastern Australian seaboard (NSW, Victoria, TAS and QLD). They are primarily based in Victoria and Tasmania, but they have a Brisbane based architect associate to service from Sydney to Cairns.

Ehabitat spaces have an extremely flexible design which can be tailored to your specific environment and requirements. Read more about previous Ehabitat plan layouts here.

11. Valley Workshop

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Priding themselves on providing some of Australia’s most energy efficient houses, Valley Workshop is an architecture-led practice with a focus on conservation. Using sustainable materials from local suppliers and intelligent passive design, the modular homes of Valley Workshop are sure to impress all through their services states of Tasmania, Victoria and NSW.

10. Carbonlite

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Another modular home provider specializing in climate-friendly energy design, CarbonLite homes are leading the charge on precision prefabrication and ultra-efficient energy design. Focusing on the principles of passive house design, CarbonLite are based in Melbourne. For more information, see here.

9. Fairweather homes

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Fairweather homes works in conjunction with MODUS Architects to provide the highest quality prefabricated homes with a strong foundation in sustainable design practices. They are based in Melbourne and have locations throughout Australia. See more at their website.

8. Maap house

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A celebrated modular home builder based in Buladelah, NSW, MAAP House provides affordable and adaptable house-hybrid modular homes across Australia. Read more about their catalogue and prices here.

7. Ecoliv buildings

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Ecoliv buildings are sustainably designed modular homes which strike a balance between sustainability and comfort. Browse their catalogue of gorgeous modular homes here.

6. Mode homes

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One of the most well-known builders of modular homes in Australia, Mode homes provide architecturally designed prefabricated homes from Perth to Sydney. Read more about their critically best known projects here.

5. Habitech systems

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Based in Sydney, Habitech systems provide some of the most cost-effective housing options on the current market. Delivering kit homes across NSW, QLD and Victoria, Habitech systems are known for their unique design approach and focus on innovation.

4. Ecoshelta

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Ecoshelta is one of the most established modular home building and development firms in Australia. They have paved the way for kit and modular home design throughout their extensive career. Read more about the leaps they have taken in prefab home design here.

3. Arkit

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Arkit is a renowned prefabrication home provider with extensive experience catering to residential and commercial needs. They pride themselves on their flexibility and ability to address all client needs on an individual basis.

2. Archiblox

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Archiblox is a modular home company catering to Victoria and NSW with a strong commitment to innovation. Archiblox homes are guaranteed to be sustainable, energy efficient, and closely attuned to the natural climate. Read more about their projects here.

1. Modscape

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Modscape is one of Australia’s leading prefabricated home designers. Known for award winning projects such as the Phillip Island Project (pictured above), Modscape designs merge the beautiful with the practical to create the perfect home for every client.


Author:

Juliet Taylor is one of the leading content writers for Indesign Media Asia Pacific where she publishes weekly research articles across multiple platforms. She graduated from the Australian National University in 2021, with a strong portfolio of academic writing as well as writing for entertainment. Her specialty is in media and philosophy, though she shares a passion for interior design with the Indesign Media conglomerate. Her work with Indesign Media covers a broad range of subjects including interior design trends, architectural advancements, materials and the evolution of modern construction, products and processes for a healthier home, and the proper care of flora. Juliet writes for both residential and commercial audiences and over the past year working with Indesign Media has produced research articles in the hundreds for architects and interior design enthusiasts alike.