Kit Homes Yearbook

Issue#24 2018

Kit Homes Yearbook displays Australia’s best kit and manufactured homes, offering affordable, flexible and convenient housing options for home buyers. The publication inspires its readers with myriad designs as well as details of many well-established kit companies. The dwellings featured in this magazine, both kit and prefabricated, are affordable and cater to the challenges that come with building in rural and coastal areas, as most construction is done off-site. Kit Homes Yearbook allows readers to discover their own perfect home for their suited budget and lifestyle.

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in this issue

1 min
from the editor

The exciting world of kit, prefabricated, manufactured and modular homes is ever evolving and these options are now an increasingly sophisticated housing choice, with the advantages of architect-designed residences, but without the price tag. No doubt this will be music to your ears if you’re considering this type of build. One thing you may notice about the homes that we showcase throughout the Kit & Manufactured Homes Yearbook is the wide variety of styles — from period-style designs to contemporary creations — that are available. You could have a country estate, a coastal block or even a suburban site — these homes can work in any location. This issue, we’ve compiled an international prefab home feature (from page 30) to give you the burst of inspiration you may need to push your…

9 min
news and trends

MINIMALIST BATHROOM VANITIES The new Nordic and Stockholm ranges of bathroom vanities are enveloped in premium exterior-grade birch. Both are beautifully unique and practical, resistant to abrasions, commonly used chemicals, weather and moisture. Versatile, sleek and visually stunning, both vanity ranges are perfect for retro vintage, Scandinavian, coastal, global fusion or eclectic bohemian-inspired bathrooms. The vanity ranges offer Scandinavian-style design with chameleon-like flexibility to melt into any style space. beaumont-tiles.com.au BATHROOM FURNITURE TAKES SHAPE The Terrace range of bathroom furniture is the epitome of contemporary luxury for the bathroom and showcases the timeless beauty of the geometric form, while cleverly integrating generous storage and hiding the not-so-pretty essentials such as drainage. Designed in France by the Jacob Delafon team, Kohler’s Terrace collection uses the rectangular form to create vanities, basins and storage cabinets that showcase modernity…

7 min
design showcase

01 VALLEY VISTA This beautifully designed and constructed granny flat, set in a rural district, adds to the breathtaking views of Arcadia Valley. With its cottage styling and appearance and harmonious colour scheme, the granny flat displays charm and charisma. From first glance as you drive down the long driveway, you are automatically drawn to the granny flat’s size and beauty and its grand entrance is only a teaser of what lies within. The owners wanted to create a small home that had charm and neutral colours with an inviting, warm feel. The granny flat displays all of this and, as soon as you enter, you are greeted with a stunning kitchen and high ceilings. There’s a sense of space and a well-structured interior, with each room carefully planned. The Arcadia is timeless…

11 min
small is beautiful

Many options for this family’s renovation needs were considered, such as the ever-popular instant upstairs addition and rear extension featuring a bedroom, rumpus and bathroom. However, the reality was that this would create a costly, inefficient-to-heat or –cool and often-unused space — particularly when the family wanted to all be together and when the teenagers were to eventually move out. Most homes in Sydney’s inner west are restricted by heritage or conservation council regulations, therefore an option was needed for an extension to this California bungalow that could not be seen from street view. The solution was The FuturePOD, a structure that’s less than 20m² in size and that requires no council approval (conditions apply) but follows strict Building Code of Australia guidelines and employs eco-friendly design methods and materials. The aim…

6 min
international inspiration

THE USA TOBY LONG DESIGN CLEVERHOMES Using natural materials and organic textures, the design of this home embodies mountain living. This spacious modern house was constructed and finished off-site, allowing fully completed modules to limit exposure to the elements and for the project to be completed in less than a year. Design: Toby Long Design, Toby Long, AIA Email: toby@chxtld.com Website: cleverhomes.net ALCHEMY ARCHITECTS SONOMA WEEHOUSE The Sonoma weeHouse is an ultra-minimal home based on Alchemy’s original, prefab, modular weeHouse. It was customised to meet specific requirements of the client, Apple’s director of store design and an architect himself. The project is composed of two open-sided boxes set on concrete plinths nestled on the edge of gnarled oaks. The primary structure (59m²) features a whitewashed oak bed box. An open kitchen/dining/living room is on one side and a toilet and…

5 min
flat out

INFORMATION AND PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF NSW A GRANNY FLAT FOR A REAL GRANNY This granny flat was built for a granny to live in and since the owner was downsizing from the main house to the granny flat, her requirements were simple: as much storage space as possible, and to make the design comfortable and modern. The design ticks all the boxes and is tucked well away behind the main house, with a shared courtyard for the whole family. The final product contains modern finishes and appliances throughout, with a large shower, separate laundry room with overhead storage cupboards and even a small outdoor sitting area. The external material is a Weathertex product, which provides a clean, linear finish to the building facade. JUDGES’ COMMENTS: Like many granny flats,…