The designer of a new hybrid method of home building says it could be a worthwhile solution to the Hunter’s growing affordable housing problem.
Bulahdelah builder Daniel Reitsma and architect Edward Duc have pioneered the Modular Architectural Adaptable Panel (MAAP) method, with their first display home built at Woodberry.
Mr Reitsma said the MAAP home was different to other prefabricated houses on the market because it was a cross between a modular structure and a flat-pack home.
“The hybrid system allows us to transport a bigger house on one truck,” he said.
“The flat pack means [the design] is very flexible.”
The advantages of this modern building process is that there are reduced transport costs, greatly reduced waste and the ability to use localised and renewable materials.Hybrid home builder, Daniel Reitsma.
All pieces for the home are made in a warehouse and transported to the land where the house is constructed.
The Woodberry home, on Lawson Avenue, took a carpentry apprentice and four labourers about eight weeks to complete.
According to Family and Community Services NSW, affordable housing is classified as living quarters that cost less than 30 per cent of the gross household income.
Mr Reitsma said the base-level homes would cost between $1200 and $1500 per square metre and included a bathroom and kitchen.
A shower, oven, dishwasher and cook-top are included.
He said the bathroom had a vinyl finish and the basic floor covering was a board that looked like a large tile.
“The advantages of this modern building process is that there are reduced transport costs, greatly reduced waste and the ability to use localised and renewable materials,” he said.
“These modern houses are competitively priced, meet all the requirements for BASIX and are built in a short period without the need for different trades to enter the site.”
BASIX is the state government’s Building Sustainability Index, which sets guidelines for water and greenhouse gas reductions.
The Woodberry home is open for public display between noon and 3pm on Saturday, August 27.