Australian prefab builder, Modscape has been steadily amassing a strong portfolio of completed homes in and around Melbourne. Their most recent project is the Point Leo Prefab, a 5 bedroom private residence in the Victorian seaside township of Point Leo. Seven modules were combined to create a large open living and kitchen area on the ground floor, with all the private bedrooms on top. A bold cantilevered section shades additional outdoor living space, and sustainable strategies and systems minimize the home's environmental impact.
Modscape‘s Point Leo Prefab is a 5 bedroom home with 220 sq m (2,368 sq ft) of space. Entertaining and public spaces are located on the ground floor and private rooms are on the upper level. A large open kitchen and dining area connects to a rumpus room on the end, and sliding glass doors connect to outdoor decks, which expand available living space. The kitchen and the countertops extend outdoors so cooking and dining can be enjoyed outside when the weather is nice. Upstairs there are 4 equally sized bedrooms and one master bed serviced by a powder bath, two showers and a laundry room.
To build this prefab home, Modscape combined seven modules to create three distinct buildings – the kitchen and living room, the rumpus room, and the upper bedrooms. The modules feature fully welded steel frames outfitted with structurally insulated panels, and all of them are constructed in Modscape’s Brooklyn factory, which is located just outside of Melbourne. The exterior is clad in dark-stained Pacific teak plantation timber and rough sawn Shadowclad, which strikes an affinity with the home’s natural seaside environment.
Oriented to optimize passive heating and cooling and capture sea breezes for natural ventilation, the home uses minimal energy for heating and cooling. A high-performance envelope with high thermal insulation, double-glazed windows, and a solar hot water system further reduce energy use. Water-efficient fixtures and fittings, rainwater collection, greywater recycling for toilets and irrigation and drought-resistant landscaping minimize potable water use. This home took just 12 weeks to build and cost AU $681,000.
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