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The ‘Plug-in House’ costs $13,000 and takes one tool to build. Takt pod is a reminder that small is beautiful. The musicality of a tiny 45-square-metre backyard granny flat in the Illawarra is a reminder this week that the creation of small and practical shouldn’t necessitate the sacrifice of big ambitions – and beauty.

Takt pod is a reminder that small is beautiful

Designed by Takt Studio for Architecture, at last count this delightful one-bedroom pod was working effortlessly as: a happy holiday home for grandparents, perfect kids sleep-over space, distraction-free homework centre, preferred snooze zone for the family moggie, stylish dinner party venue, cool party hangout, well-designed future rental accommodation, convenient overnight guests’ retreat – and “so much more”. All while humming quietly, beautifully, in the background of the sweet music of life. The Brief Sam Gill and Katrina Henze’s original, comfortable single-storey 1950s cottage on a large(ish) block of land at Woonona happily accommodated the couple and two young daughters. Interior of The Pod by Takt Studio for Architecture. Challenges. Build a granny flat for less than $10k. Building a granny flat could now take just hours and cost less than $10,000.

Build a granny flat for less than $10k

An Australian firm is taking quick-build prefabricated homes, originally intended for mining companies, and offering them to the public. Jackson Yin, director of iBuild Building Solutions, says his granny flats take just four hours to build. Home comforts: The buildings come with a number of options, including complete wiring and plumbing. Photo: Supplied “Normally flat pack houses are of low cost, but would take four to eight weeks to install on site,” Mr Yin said. Muji unveils three micro homes for weekend getaways. Shipping Container House in Brisbane. Talk about a grand design.

Shipping Container House in Brisbane

This jaw-dropping Brisbane property, made out of 31 shipping containers, is a one-off bespoke design by experienced builder Todd Miller of Zeigler Build. The only other similar house in Australia has been built from five containers. Situated on 706 square metres in Graceville, the spectacular home stands out in a quiet neighbourhood of more traditional Queensland properties. You can now buy a whole house from Muji for $215,000.

Japanese design giant Muji has moved from flogging homewares to selling homes.

You can now buy a whole house from Muji for $215,000

Starting from $US150,000 ($215,000), the design brand offers three flat-pack houses and they are just a minimalist as you’d expect. Luckily, this isn’t a do-it-yourself assembly job – the company will send professionals to do it for you. The designs, which first mooted last year, are now officially for sale on the Muji website. Muji’s “Wooden House” will set you back just $US150,000 and the “Window Home” is available for $US160,000. The priciest kit home is the three-storey “Vertical House” at $US210,000 and it’s also the newest design. The home is an embodiment of Muji’s minimalist aesthetic, from the natural colours used for furniture to the storage areas that have the same specifications as the company’s home goods. Muji made the move to Australia this year and now has three Australian stores: the newly opened Sydney site at the Galeries, as well as stores at Chadstone Shopping Centre and Emporium in Melbourne.

3D-printed house built in just three hours in China's Xi'an. FeaturesReal Estate News This villa was erected from six modules in just three hours.

3D-printed house built in just three hours in China's Xi'an

It is claimed to be able to withstand earthquakes. Photo: cnwest via Sina English A 3D-printed house has been built in just three hours in one of China's capital cities. This excellent shipping container home was built for less than $27,000. Inside the converted shipping container.

This excellent shipping container home was built for less than $27,000

Photo: Japhet Alvarez One man has really thought outside the box, by turning his home into one. Wanting to escape the city for a simpler life, renewable energy researcher Joseph Dupuis​ pieced together three disused shipping containers to make a unique house in the woods, around 55 kilometres from Ottawa. This excellent shipping container home was built for less than $27,000.

Smarthouse_amh_brochure. Construction systems. The combinations of materials used to build the main elements of our homes — roof, walls and floor — are referred to as construction systems.

Construction systems

They are many and varied, and each has advantages and disadvantages depending on climate, distance from source of supply, budget, maintenance requirements and desired style or appearance. The environmental performance of a construction system is determined by life cycle or ‘cradle to grave’ analysis of the impact of the individual materials used in it.

Preliminary decisions about construction systems are often made during the early design stages of a project whereas analysis of their environmental performance often occurs later during the detailed specification stage (see Before you begin). Making decisions in this order can limit the range of achievable and cost effective environmental outcomes. Similar materials can have vastly different environmental impacts depending on where and how they are sourced. Choosing a construction system Floor systems. 15 fabulous prefabricated homes. 1.

15 fabulous prefabricated homes

Harmony space by Kenjo Harmony by KENJO System AB, in Sweden, is built entirely from Swedish spruce, a local and renewable resource. Foldable glass sliding door systems set in aluminum profiles reinforce Kent Johansson’s design intent of an openness in look, feel and use, whether for offices, saunas, pool houses, or perhaps a floating guest house or thinking room. KLIK Australia - MODULAR BUILDING SYSTEM. Floorplan A Floorplan B Please note minimum order numbers apply, contact klik for more details.


ABCB - CodeMark Certified Products. Why Monarch. MiiHome Now deliver first instant relocatable homes. When the Australian dollar dropped to an 11-month low against the US currency yesterday, Gold Coast manufacturer Mark Winfield was too busy rolling out a monumental deliver of "transformer-type" buildings to notice.

MiiHome Now deliver first instant relocatable homes

MiiHome's Coomera factory yesterday loaded the first seven of 13 fully automated, rapidly deployed, transportable buildings - called Morphouses - on to the back ICRG Logistics trucks. PROJECT BUILDER vs CUSTOM BUILDER. Building a new home? Consider the PRO’s and CON’s of a Custom Builder vs Project Builder We have recently been approached by friend who had bought a block of land and was looking to build. They had visited several display homes and project builders but were becoming confused and as they put it, “getting lots of shock therapy” when they saw the quotes. They contacted us and asked what is the different between us “builders” vs these project homes in a display village. First things first, there are pro’s and con’s to both.

We have put together the below table with notes to help provide a comparison of the typical custom builders vs project builders. We consider ourselves a Custom Builder. View the end result – display homes Project Builder – display homes. Monarch_Capability_Brochure(1).pdf. Active Building Systems. Distributed Energy Storage System (DESS) - Solar AustraliaSolar Australia. The Distributed Energy Storage System (DESS) is a type of Battery Energy Storage System created by Solar Australia.

It is based on Lithium-Ion battery technology, comes with a 10-year battery warranty, is relatively compact and stores a significantly larger amount of energy than similarly-priced sealed lead acid batteries. Solar Australia DESS features: Six prefab homes shaping the future of construction as building revolution takes off. 15 fabulous prefabricated homes. 5 bedroom 3 bathroom Executive style kit homes. DIY Granny Flat kits from Nova Design Group (NSW & QLD)

Construction systems. How Many Solar Panels Do I Need To Power My Home? Worried your house will look like a spaceship if you get solar panels? Don’t despair. Chances are, you won’t need as many panels as you think. The number you need depends on a few factors, such as your energy use and where you live. But just how many solar panels do you need to power your home? Ask an expert. Caravan parks and manufactured homes fact sheet. The Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (the Act) applies to tenancy agreements for caravans, caravan sites, houseboats and rented manufactured homes. Manufactured homes which are occupied by their owners are covered by the Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003 which is administered by the Department of Housing and Public Works. Caravan parks and manufactured homes fact sheet.