These five home designs are proof that modular and prefab designs can be just as exciting and aesthetically pleasing as a traditional build. Keep reading to discover some of the best examples of Australian prefab home design.

Clydesdale House by Archiblox

Photography by Tatjana Plitt

Archiblox’s Clydesdale House has two separate quarters – the main house and a guest pod, both of which were prefabricated and constructed off-site. This was the most cost-effective building option for the clients due to the remoteness of the rugged 8.5-hectare site. Once the lightweight timber modules were transported by truck to the property, all on-site work only took three weeks.

It’s the quintessential Aussie getaway and appeals as much for its robust exterior as for its relaxed yet elegant interior. Clydesdale House is also an excellent study in passive design, with its orientation allowing cross ventilation throughout the home.

Samremo House by Ecoliv

Ecoliv San Remo House
Photography by Warren Reed​

Located in the small town of San Remo, this holiday home sits on the mainland end of the bridge to Phillip Island in the Gippsland region of Victoria. The clients wanted a striking home that would capture expansive views of the ocean and landscape while also using sustainable materials and construction methods to minimise environmental impact.

Ecoliv has delivered on the brief with a home comprising two modules that connect to provide a streamlined layout and an efficient use of internal space with perfectly framed ocean views. Meanwhile, the pool is cleverly incorporated within the building envelope and appropriate glazing, orientation and insulation make the house thermally optimal year-round.

Ivanhoe Extension by Modscape

Modscape Ivanhoe Extension
Photography by John Madden

Modscape’s clients decided on a two-storey modular extension to accommodate their growing family and the result is a striking addition that adds character to their weatherboard home. The upper level’s curved form and battened timber screen is the design’s most compelling expression, also functioning as a sun shading and privacy device.

During off-site construction, the clients remained in their home disruption-free, moving out four weeks prior to installation of the modular home, which only took one day, followed by another three weeks to complete all on-site work.

Belmore Home by Mode Homes

Photography by David Curzon​

Belmore Home is exemplary for its minimalist concept and form. The one-bedroom, one-bathroom pavilion sits on a hardwood deck and is clad in timber board and battens. It is a small dwelling, often the case in prefab cabins, but the open plan of the living areas, along with the generous ceiling height makes it highly efficient and extremely comfortable.

Full-height double glazed doors open out to the north-facing deck, meaning the interior receives plenty of natural light. But it’s the warm plywood-lined walls that make this project so memorable, providing a perfectly neutral background for the client’s Scandinavian, modernist-inspired aesthetic.

St Andrews Beach House by Prebuilt

Prebuilt St Andrews Beach House
Photography by Michael Kai​

Prebuilt’s prefab homes are designed by partner architects Pleysier Perkins, built in the factory in a matter of weeks then installed on-site in a few days. The recently completed St Andrews Beach House on the Mornington Peninsula is embedded within its rugged sand dune location, providing the clients with a perfect sanctuary. The project’s robust materials protect it from the harsh southerly winds blowing across Bass Strait, while generous glazing means the clients can still enjoy views of the surrounding coastal landscape.

Prebuilt has a green approach that informs all areas of construction in modular and prefab homes, from utilising plantation and recycled timber and water-saving plumbing fittings, to offering clients grey-water recycling systems and solar hot water.


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