Prefab housing has a long history that can be dated back to circa 43AD when the Romans used prefabricated building elements to build their forts in Britain. From around 1624, prefab homes were then spread around the world to new settlements in the British colonies.
The first prefab home in Australia… 1839
One of the early examples of prefab homes in Australia is the Friends Meeting House, Adelaide constructed in 1839. It was the original home for Quakers in Adelaide and consisted of 69 flat packs built by Henry Manning, a notable maker of “portable colonial cottages” in London. The packs were transported to South Australia by ship and included wooden framework, a verandah, iron pillars and 3300 slates for the roof. The building was completed by 14 June 1840.
Prefabricated and modular homes and renovations are seen as the way of the future. Using advanced technology, prefab homes can be built with minimal waste and with little disruption to the site during construction. Leading building companies are incorporating sustainability, liveability and durability to their prefab homes. You can see our Liveability Guide to Prefab and Modular Homes for an overview of various options available on the market in Australia.
The Tektum Prefab Process in Action – timelapse
One such modern design is the TEKTUM SPACE2.0 Bilgola House by TEKTUM. You can see the construction in action here.
Built on an ultra-steep site on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, this TEKTUM SPACE2.0 is a compact 2 bedroom family home. It includes passive solar design principles to minimise energy and water demand, with high performance insulation, double glazing, cross-ventilation, large roof eaves and dual water piping.
The TEKTUM SPACE2.0 also includes remote-controlled high level windows and LED lighting – advanced features which show the progress of today’s prefab buildings from the original prefab homes of Australia’s colonial history.