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MAAP House - and the community - ready to make a difference in Port Stephens

Our recent facebook post attracted a lot of attention from our followers and suppliers - people have seen the work we're doing to build women's shelters in Port Stephens, and are proud of what we've done, but also keen to see how they can help.

MAAP House is keen to get the third unit built as soon as possible - and has contributed $5,000 to make sure it can happen as soon as possible.

If you would like to contribute, please fill in the details below, and we'll provide transfer details on behalf of the women's shelter. 

All donations $2 and over are tax deductible.

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Purchasing Land, then Building a Hybrid Modular, Flat-Pack House.

Buying land and building a house as a first time buyer or as an investment property can be satisfying as well as frustrating. There are many steps to take and decisions to make along the way. A MAAP House can provide you with a sustainable and modern home but land must be purchased first so your hybrid flat-pack house can be designed and constructed.

FINDING THE RIGHT PROPERTY

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Price may be the driving force but if you do purchase land within your budget and in a desirable area, you still need to think about how the property and house will suit your needs. Can the house be on a slope which will means there will be stairs to climb? Is there room to build the required amount of bedrooms, bathrooms and car spaces needed? Is there more room for future extensions if your family needs change? Are there any issues of drainage or a high water table that must be accounted for? If possible, the site where your MAAP House is to be built will ideally be facing north to capture the sun’s natural energy throughout the seasons. Choosing a design, or designing your own MAAP House is a flexible and fluid process with only a few constraints of where you can place your bathroom and kitchen in the floor plan. A MAAP House is built on piers and can be delivered to a range of different types of blocks of land, so your needs and imagination is the key to your dream home and land.

FINANCING YOUR MAAP HOUSE

Before you can purchase the land you have to organize your finances and speak to a range of banks and lending institutes. Keep in mind that banks and lenders are used to providing finance to houses that are built on site. Financing a modular prefabricated factory-built MAAP House which is then transported to site can appear to be challenging as banks and lending institutes only release funds when the house has been completed in stages. However, finance can be provided if the construction process is explained properly. Make clear to your bank or lender that a MAAP House is not a kit home, relocatable home, or mobile home. MAAP House is constructed in an alternative method, by licensed builders, and MAAP House clients still receive progress claims that the bank and lending institutes can work with.

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FINALISING CONTRACTS AND LEGALITIES

Once you have found your dream piece of land and the money is ready to go, make an offer and start designing your modular prefabricated MAAP House. You will need a copy of the sale contract and pass this on to your conveyancer or solicitor who will work with you in terms of any serious issues with the land and they will arrange payments that need to be paid. The easiest way to find out what can be built on your block is to purchase a Section 149 Certificate. This certificate will let you know if a Complying Development is allowed or if a Development Application will need to be lodged. If, once you have purchased your land it is all getting a bit hard to sort through what is required please get in contact with us at MAAP House and we’ll be happy to help you with your house design and approval process.  

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As we come to end of this year, buying land and designing and building a home, is still a dream for many families in Australia. MAAP House can provide a contemporary, sustainable home that can be built in a shorter time-frame than traditional builds and can be delivered to a diverse range of blocks of land.  

How To Transport A Hybrid Modular Prefabricated Home

The prefabricated and modular housing industry has a lot to offer families and companies that take up the challenge to move out of the Australian capital coastal cities which are bursting at the seams. Australia is a big country – there are vast open spaces, rainforests and rocky cliffs and large distances between towns which means that our housing industry needs to adapt to these circumstances. A factory built, hybrid prefabricated modular house can offer an economical and efficient build and a perfect fit into its environmental surroundings. With the MAAP House panels and pods being built in a factory to a finished state, the hybrid system is able to be transported to site in a highly organized way.

TRANSPORTATION ISSUES

Ever been stuck behind a wide load? Australia’s major highways are often clogged with trucks, wide loads and road trains. These wide loads can sometimes consist of a kit house on the back of a truck. Kit homes ease the time and labour needed when it arrives on site but you are paying for and coordinating the transport of walls, floors, a roof and a lot of air! You run the risk of the factory built house getting damaged or having transport complications along the way as well.

The hybrid system of modules and panels is still a factory built home which means it has all the advantages of no weather conditions impeding the building process and employees and materials in constant supply. But the kitchen and bathroom modules are smaller in dimension than a whole house and fit within the area of the truck. The panels that make up the walls, floor and roof are neatly stacked in racks and transported to the site where they are lifted by crane and placed into position onto the piers and the walls panels are slotted together. This means that no wide load signs are needed during transport and minimal delivery issues.

AN EASY TRANSPORT AND AN EASY BUILD

Having the opportunity to build your dream home in a desired location is what a hybrid, prefabricated modular home offers. The size of the house is not dictated by what the truck can carry or the access to the site. The design of your dream house is limitless if you are transporting panels. The bathroom and kitchen modules include the latest appliances and are completely finished in the factory. The panels are comprised from some recycled waste materials and are built and painted in the factory. That means that your house is already built and only transportation to site and a small amount of labour is needed to complete your house on your building site. Piers are placed on site and steel frames for the foundation of the house are built, ready in expectation for the delivery of your house. The kitchen and bathroom modules come on the back of a truck first and are placed with a crane into the allotted design. Then the floor, wall and roof panels arrive and are slotted together to complete the build. This part of the building process takes only approximately two weeks.

TRANSPORTABLE HOMES ARE ECO-FRIENDLY HOMES

Due to the MAAP House system of factory built modules and panels being placed onto steel piers, a MAAP House is actually able to be pulled apart and delivered to another site if needed. The panels and modules simply come apart as easy as they were slotted together and placed onto the back of a truck. The steel frame and piers can also be removed from the site. The only remaining marks on the site are holes in the ground where the piers were placed. This is an environmentally sensitive way of building as there are no concrete slabs to rip up or brick walls to knock down and there is no building waste. A MAAP House can simply provide a home and then be recycled if need be. An easy build and a flexible, movable house is achievable if you move out with the MAAP House prefabricated, modular hybrid system.

 Panels loaded and ready for transport

Panels loaded and ready for transport

 The wall, floor and roof panels are assembled on site. 

The wall, floor and roof panels are assembled on site. 

 Kitchen, bathroom and laundry modules come with finished surfaces and fitted appliances.

Kitchen, bathroom and laundry modules come with finished surfaces and fitted appliances.

MAAP House - onto a winning formula

MAAP House has redefined home construction with a quality build in a controlled environment with high grade, custom selected materials producing an energy efficient, environmentally friendly house.
If this is not remarkable enough, we've also maintained focus on doing this at the best possible price for our future homeowners - and we are excited to announce that this has been acknowledged by the Master Builders Association.

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How A Modular Prefabricated House Survives a Heatwave!

Australia has just endured one of the hottest summers on record. That is what the data shows- so to stay cool and comfortable in your home have you considered the way you could design and build? If all houses were well designed, adequately insulated and placed on its block to take advantage of passive heating and cooling, we would have houses that were easy to cool or heat; houses that result in more comfortable temperatures throughout the seasons. 

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