Modular home by TR Homes

Transportable v Modular v Kit Home – What’s the difference?

If you’re considering building a new home in remote or rural Western Australia, you may have come across terms like transportable, modular, and kit homes. But what do these terms actually mean, and what are the differences between them? While the terms are often used interchangeably, because all of these types of homes are built in a factory and transported to the site, there are some important differences to consider.

What are Transportable Homes?

As the name suggests, transportable homes are designed to be transported from one location to another. So, by definition, the term includes modular or prefabricated homes as well. They’re often built using steel frames, and they may have a modular layout due to transport requirements. Transportable homes are a good option for those who need a temporary or semi-permanent home, such as for a mining camp or a construction site.

transportable home on a truck

What does Kit Home mean?

Although TR Homes doesn’t sell kit homes, it’s important to know what they are and how they differ from transportable and modular homes. With a kit home, the owner or another builder is responsible for obtaining local government approvals, and assembling the home on-site after delivery. While kit homes may be cheaper than transportable or modular homes, they require a lot of owner input and DIY work. This means there are a lot of hidden costs and owner costs after purchase. If you’re not experienced in construction, you may end up spending more than you initially anticipated.

What is a Modular Home?

Modular homes are also often built using steel frames, and they’re constructed in a factory before being transported to the site for final assembly, which we handle for you!  At TR Homes, our modular homes are designed to be installed permanently and offer a higher level of customisation and quality than traditional transportable homes. They’re the perfect choice for those looking to build a permanent, high-quality home in remote or rural Western Australia.

Modular Transportable Home WA by TR Homes

In summary, transportable homes are a good option for temporary or semi-permanent housing needs, modular homes are a premium option for those looking to build a permanent, high-quality home, and kit homes are a cheaper but more DIY-intensive option, with less control over timeframes and costs after delivery. At TR Homes, we’re proud to offer top-quality modular homes that are tailored to the needs of our customers living in regional and rural Western Australia.

Considering building a modular home in WA?

The first step is to speak with one of our expert team to discuss your new home plans and learn more about building a modular home in WA. Or drop into our display home village in Maddington, Perth, where we will show you how modern and stylish our modular homes are.

For more information:

Call: 9493 2998
Visit: The Hamelin Bay display, 105 Kelvin Rd Maddington
Display Hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

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