Healthy, energy-efficient homes with style

Healthy, energy-efficient homes with style
Modbox Homes has developed a wide range of architectural plans for one- to three-bedrooms homes priced from around $84,000 to $371,000.

New Zealanders looking for healthy, energy efficient homes and the beauty of an architectural build within an affordable budget need look no further than Queenstown’s Modbox Homes Ltd.
Using the Durapanel construction system, Modbox Homes has developed a wide range of architectural plans for one- to three-bedrooms homes, priced from $84,000 to $371,000.
With three-bedroom modules sized at 100sqm, clients choosing a Modbox home have the option of adding modules to create a space that better suits their family’s needs and lifestyle.
The driving force behind Modbox Home is founder and master craftsman Jim Nicol.
Before establishing Modbox Home in 2013, Jim was on the brink of turning his back on the residential building industry that had been his passion since commencing his building apprenticeship 27 years earlier.
“I was getting frustrated with all the different types of construction systems – many of which were not compatible with the design of the home.”
It was a chance opportunity to work with the Durapanel product when building an apartment building that Jim recognised the product’s labour saving potential and began developing plans using dimensions that matched the panel size.
“I had been building complicated houses that were expensive to build using products where there was lots of wastage because of the design.
“Our designs allow minimal waste because they’re designed around the size of the panels. They look very good architecturally without being complicated.”
After completing his first build for a friend in 2013 and developing Modbox’s website a steady flow of clients have been captivated by the clean architectural designs along with the speed of construction.

Healthy, energy-efficient homes with style
With Modbox Homes clients can add modules to create a space that better suits their family’s needs and lifestyle.

 
Essentially forming the homes interior lining and structural integrity, Durapanel is a three-core timber product that is shipped to site pre-finished with window and door openings, undercoated and all assembly holes pre-drilled.
“The wall panels are 36mm thick and the ceiling panel 18mm thick. Each panel is 4m long by 2.45m wide.
“There’s no gibboard or stopping. After the flooring is placed, wall and ceiling panels are stood in one to two days, becoming the internal lining.
“Essentially the whole house is lined and ready for the topcoat of painting.
“Batons are attached to the external walls for the insulation, building wrap and then the cladding of the clients choosing.”
Based in Queenstown, Modbox Home builds primarily in Queenstown and the surrounding area but word of mouth has spread and this year the company is looking at building its first home in Dunedin.
“All our guys enjoy using the Durapanel system and a couple of the foremen have built their own homes using it.”
Reflecting on the key benefits of a Modbox Home, Jim says that the homes are extremely airtight, structurally very sound, healthier and more energy efficient.
“The homes have all the beauty of an architectural building but they are built affordably because of the saving in labour costs.
“We have about three different kitchens designs that clients can choose from and we use good quality cladding products like cedar and colour steel panels.”
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