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Prefabricated house by Modscape | Daily Telegraph

Gold Coast couple “downsize” to a Sanctuary Cove mansion
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Anyone who’s built a new home understands the hassle of renting elsewhere while your home is under construction. But for the owners of this home in Sydney’s east, it was hardly a factor, with their design built off site and constructed on site in six weeks.media_cameraEuropean oak flooring softens the clean, modern angles. Pictures: John MaddenThe family — a couple with two children — wanted a light-filled, relaxed open house with good flow between indoors and outdoors that would be comfortable all year around.Architects Fox Johnston provided options for both a full rebuild or alterations and additions to the existing house.media_cameraThe family was calling their new place home within five months“Initially the decision was made to undertake the alterations and additions option, however when we looked more closely at the structural and cost implications it became clear that a new building would be a better solution,” architect Conrad Johnston says.“Modscape was decided on as its modules enable us to reproduce the optimum design for the house, while saving substantially on time and budget.“We designed around the module sizes available from Modscape — these modules were flexible enough for us to achieve the best outcome for the site.”The sandstone plinth that the original house sat on was preserved to provide a level base for their new design.media_cameraHuge windows let the light and air flow throughModscape managing director Jan Gyrn says the overall building period was about 18 weeks — 12 in its Melbourne factory and six on site — compared with about two years for conventional construction on-site.The house was delivered to the site in nine modules — with eight for the house and one for a garage and studio at the rear.Four of the modules make up the ground floor and there are four on the upper level.media_cameraRoom with a view over Sydney’s eastern suburbs“The modules run across the block, side-by-side,” Jan says. “Those modules each contain different elements of the building — upstairs it’s all the bedrooms and bathrooms and downstairs are all the living spaces.”The house is clad in movable timber battened screens over part of the facade, helping to keep the heat out. Internally, timber has been used extensively while large expanses of glass smooth the transition to the outdoors.media_cameraThe outdoor entertaining area flows seamlessly off the kitchenHighlight windows and skylights bring additional light into the home.Additional sandstone cladding was added to the front of the house, to complement the plinth.“It also grounds the building very well to the landscape,” Jan says. “It’s in a beautiful area and it fits really nicely into the landscape and its surrounds.”Pictures: John Maddenmedia_cameraThe house fits beautifully into its lush surroundsTHE SOURCE Timber flooring Tongue and groove European oak (Chamoisee) from Tongue n Groove Flooring, Windows and doors Double glazed with timber battened screens from European Windows, Induction and gas cooktop Siemens,