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Unique Modular Homes Launched in Australia
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 02:26

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A NEW and unique concept in low impact modular homes has been launched in Australia, with its head office based in Perth.

The bachkit ) pronounced ‘batch-kit’) is an innovation in premium modular living, which has been produced in New Zealand for the past nine years.

‘Bach’ literally means ‘beach house’ in New Zealand, and it was this understated simplicity that appealed to managing director Charlie Ball when he was searching the world to bring modular homes to WA.

‘We searched Europe, South Africa and the US looking for something that was well designed with a high-quality fit-out,’ Mr Ball said.

‘Bachkit was the one that finally grabbed my attention’.

‘The design is based on the Palm Springs and Californian architecture of the ‘30s and ‘50s – all those guys who believed you ought to bring the outdoors in with big panes of glass’.

The beauty of Bachkit homes is that they can be constructed in about 12 weeks, with no hidden costs.

There are five home configurations available, from the guest pavilions to the total Bachkit, which can be combined or added to at a later date.

Bachkit homes suit the Australian lifestyle particularly well. As well as being extremely tough, the expansive glass sliding panels blur the boundary between inside and out, while aluminium louvres provide security and temperature control.

Mr Ball said Bachkit was an exciting innovation for the West Australian building industry and would provide hassle free housing solutions for many Western Australians.

‘There are many reasons why I’m excited to bring this product to Australia, particularly the fact it is such a low impact design which is 5 star energy rated’, he said.

Construction time is just 12 weeks and Bachkit offers a diversity of home configurations which are simple, low fuss and practical without compromising on style’.

Bachkit has been designed to minimise impact on the environment with design criteria such as:

  • WELS-rated water efficient fitting through-out
  • Wind and solar energy options
  • Floor plans facilitating natural cross ventilation
  • Rainwater harvesting and water recycling options
  • NZ renewable regrowth timber used in the construction
  • Extensive louvres and eave overhangs to manage sunshine and shade

Mr Ball said the premium architect design allows for seamless indoor/outdoor living and was based on the Lloyd-Wright and Neutra architecture of California.

‘The modular design suits holiday or permanent homes, granny flats, studios, open plan home extensions and remote housing,’ he said.

For further details contact Bachkit Australia's Sales and Marketing Manager on (08) 9384 7589 or email 12weeks@bachkit.com.au

 
Instant Fix
Friday, 20 February 2009 02:44

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Bachkit is set to take Australia by storm with the launch of low-cost pre-fab beach houses fitted with all the modern conveniences.

Think of pre-fab, modular housing and streamlined, cutting-edge design isn’t necessarily the first thing that springs to mind. Bachkit, however, could change the way we view beach shacks forever.

These premium, low-impact, modular homes were introduced to WA – and Australia – late last year, although the concept originated in New Zealand about nine years ago.

‘Bach’ literally means ‘beach house’ in New Zealand, and it was this understated simplicity that appealed to managing director Charlie Ball when he was searching the world to bring modular homes to WA.

We searched Europe, South Africa and the US looking for something that was well designed with a high-quality fit-out’, Charlie says. ’Bachkit was the one that finally grabbed my attention.’

‘The design is based on the Palm Springs and Californian architecture of the ‘30s and ‘50s – all those guys who believed you ought to bring the outdoors in with big panes of glass’.

The beauty of Bachkit homes is that they can be constructed in about 12 weeks, with no hidden costs. There are five home configurations available, from the guest pavilions to the total Bachkit, which can be combined or added to at a later date.

Bachkit homes suit the Australian lifestyle particularly well. As well as being extremely tough, the expansive glass sliding panels blur the boundary between inside and out, while aluminium louvres provide security and temperature control.

The large, overhanging roof is matched with a low-maintenance hardwood deck, and pre-finished hardwood timber floors make the property particularly care free. When it’s time to leave, simply close all the aluminium louvres and head back to real life. The standard specification on all five Bachkit configurations is very high and each has been energy rated to five stars.

Included as standard are WELS-rated toilets and tapware, full insulation to a 5-star energy rating and energy-rated low-E glass, as well as Kahrs hardwood timber floors imported from Switzerland and Kwilia hardwood decking externally.

Optional extras include solar power, outdoor showers, water tanks and Smeg fridges. There are four kitchen designs to choose from, starting with the standard model (known as baseCAMP) to the M-range, which includes Miele appliances and stone benchtops.

 

 
Low Impact Premium Modular Living
Thursday, 05 February 2009 04:06

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Bachkit’s philosophy to building is that constructing a new modular home should follow a similar process as purchasing a new car. Make your choice and they will do the rest, handing you the keys after the 12-week construction period.

Bachkit believes in simplicity; in its design, its use and in the details, they make it simple and easy. This perfect home offers flexibility, accommodating you and your loved ones in style. It is unique in its construction and requires no stress on your part.

The unique design incorporates glass and aluminium for a modern effect and is perfect for those that love indoor/outdoor living, with generous surrounding decks and spacious interior so you can comfortably sit out in the fresh air or relax inside in comfort and enjoy your expansive, unadulterated views. Whatever the conditions, the sliding glass and aluminium louvre shutters mean year-round indulgence. And when you’re away, security isn’t an issue. Simply close it all up.

Bachkit’s clean lines and attention to detail complement any landscape. The large overhanging roof is matched with a deck of the same size, providing you with shade in summer and protection in winter. In summer, simply open both the aluminium louvre and glass sliding panels to blur the lines between indoors and out or just open the aluminium louvre panels to keep the warmth in, but still enjoy the view.

There are five options which allow you to build and extend as your needs develop. From the total bachkit to the additional guest pavilions, there are no hidden costs and construction is fully completed — from site inspection to interior finish. All options have hardwood decks and pre-finished solid timber floors for low maintenance and durability. Bathrooms and kitchens are fitted with a choice of appliances and ample storage spaces.

If you are after green options, wind and solar energy packages can be cleverly incorporated with water harvesting and recycling to create a completely self-supporting house, unconnected to any grid.

Roof lighting provides permanent natural light and ventilation, and the buildings are fully insulated and fitted with recessed dimmable downlights both inside and out.

 

 
Instant Holiday Houses
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 02:13

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An innovative product from across the Tasman offers the chance to have a simple, elegant holiday home erected quickly.

A Bachkit modular home – Kiwis call a holiday home a ‘bach’, pronounced ‘batch’ – can be built in 12 weeks.

The product, designed by Andre Hodgskin Architects, has been on the market in New Zealand for nine years and has won several awards from the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

Now Perth-based business man Charlie Ball has brought Bachkit to Australia.

I wanted to find a premium-end modular product to bring to WA’, he said.  ‘It’s quick, proven and fitted out to a high standard and it’s architecturally designed.

They’re very well suited to a few acres in a bush setting or on the coast’.

The exterior is a pearl colour that Mr Ball said blended well with the natural environment.

The materials, predominantly plantation pine and aluminium cladding for the exterior, are pre-cut at a factory in New Zealand then flat packed and shipped here so the house can be built on site.

Everything comes finished including the timber floors and oiled decks.

We’ve got a building company we’re working alongside in Perth which puts them up and we’re also looking to fly in trained Bachkit carpenters from New Zealand’, Mr Ball said.

The smallest version is a one-bedroom with ensuite, which could be used as a granny flat or guest pavilion or could stand alone.

The bigger main pavilion has two bedrooms, a kitchen/living area and a bathroom/laundry. It can be put together with the smaller Bach to create a three-bedroom, two bathroom home. Extra guest pavilions can also be added.

Mr Ball said full-length cavity sliding glass doors and louvers slid back into the wall and could be opened or closed separately, providing views though the glass or cross-ventilation with the louvers.

A display home within an hour’s drive of Perth was expected to be ready by March.

Architect Michael Lyons is a co-director and has designed four kitchens to choose from. The show home will feature the I-Range, which includes appliances such as Izona  Cooldrawer fridge from Fisher & Paykel.

Mr Ball said it was about the size of a bar fridge and pulled out like a drawer and people might choose to have several in a kitchen.

‘It creates a seamless hidden kitchen and is very European’, he said. One of the company’s main criteria was for an environmentally friendly product and the Bachkit is ‘very low impact’. The home sits on a stump footing and is designed to sit gently on the ground. A high energy rating has been achieved with the use of aircell insulation and low-emissivity glass.

‘You don’t need air-conditioning if you set it up with the right orientation’, Mr Ball said.

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International Success Imminent for Bachkit
Friday, 19 December 2008 00:24
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International Success is imminent for the Kiwi Bachkit...

After nine successful years of production in New Zealand, Bachkit is excited to be launching in Australia in the new year.

Perth-based businessman Charlie Ball, is the driving force behind the move and is delighted to be able to bring premium modular living to Australia.

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Prefab Housing Targets Top End
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 04:42
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Raquel de Brito from The Sunday Times:

Premium energy-efficient holiday homes can now be built in the South-West in just 12 weeks with the arrival in WA of a new modular living concept.

Cottesloe-based Bachkit is bringing modular homes to the top end of the market, with architectural designs and quality finishes.

The prefabricated units have been produced in New Zealand for nine years, with the system's versatile nature allowing for the erection of houses on the country's rugged coastline.

Bachkit director Charlie Ball says the homes will appeal to the lifestyle market, and those who don't want to wait for extended periods to get their homes built.

"The modular design suits holiday or permanent homes, granny flats, studios and high-end mining and remote housing," he says.

Business partner Michael Lyons, of Lyons Architects in West Perth, will act as a design consultant for clients.

Mr Ball says another major benefit is having fewer vehicles and people on-site because everything is prefabricated before being brought to the block.

"For people who want a house quickly, this is a great opportunity to have a high-quality proven product on your site in 12 weeks," he says.

Bachkit offers a diversity of home configurations that are simple, low-fuss and practical without compromising on style or quality. Buyers can choose from the standard specification (base camp) through to the premium M-Range, which includes Miele appliances and granite or Essa Stone bench tops in the kitchen.

"We have four pre-designed kitchens put together by Lyons Architects for clients to choose from, " Mr Ball says.

The homes also include Kährs hardwood timber floors imported from Switzerland.

"Buyers can choose a guest pavilion or a total Bachkit which contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry facilities and an open-plan living/dining room and kitchen," Mr Ball says.

He says buyers have the opportunity to extend on the total package to include more bedrooms and bathrooms.

Mr Ball says the premium architect design includes clean lines, big panels of glass and seamless indoor/outdoor living.

The Bachkit's low-impact design is five-star energy-rated. It has WELS-rated water-efficient fittings throughout, as well as wind and solar energy options. Other energy-efficient features include low-emission glass with a double-glazing option and floor plans facilitating natural cross-ventilation.

"They are extremely low-maintenance, which is ideal for holiday homes," Mr Ball said.

The company will be constructing a show home next month.


 

 
Welcome to the Modular Age
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 01:04
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Carmel Sander looks at modular housing in Perth, WA.

"They have been designed to minimise environmental impact"

 

PREMIUM modular housing has arrived in Perth. With its head office in Cottesloe, Bachkit (pronounced batch-kit) is an innovative and unique concept in low impact modular homes.

Aside from providing hassle-free housing solutions, the homes have been designed to minimise the impact on the environment with water efficiency fittings, wind and solar options, minimum low-e glass with double glazing option and New Zealand regrowth timber used in the construction.

 

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The Simple Life - Urbis Magazine
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 00:00
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Andre Hodgskin's kitset holiday house combined minimalism and modernity to make an irresistible proposition for the turn-of-the-millenium bach-lovers.

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Expert and stylish... the bachkit has caught the imagination of many - Architecture NZ
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 00:00

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NZIA Jury Citation: “This is an adroitly worked example of architecture as commercial product, and a clever reading of contemporary culture. Expert and stylish, the tightly focused marketing and entrepreneurship surrounding the Bachkit has caught the imagination of many. Technically interesting and fully resolved both as plan and process, this is the embodiment of stylish architectural shopping.”

Wallpaper magazine said: “New Zealand’s rugged coastline is dotted with quaint, run-down coastal homes – or as the locals say, ‘baches’. So when South African architect Andre Hodgskin launched himself on the island, it didn’t take long to spot a niche market. Turning dreams into actions, he developed ‘Bachkit’, a streamlined, ultra-modern and modular kit home. The modules can be flipped, mirrored or added to and feature Tasmanian oak floors, outdoor decking, sliding glass door/window panels, retractable internal walls, eco-friendly sewage and water collection. And its aluminium louvers wrap around the house transforming it from airy retreat to Fort Knox at the turn of a key.”

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Property Downturn? Not for this $7m house - NZ hearld
Sunday, 20 July 2008 00:00

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A luxury Waiheke Island property put for mortgagee tender has sold for nearly $3 million over its present valuation.
The tree bedroom house on 12ha of secluded land at Matiatia was valued at $4.2m but bought by a Melbourne -based kiwi for $7m.
The two-bathroom, architecturally designed "bach'  is set in a large tract of sweeping lawn, featuring "numerous private coves interspersed with dramatic cliffs', according to the listing;.
 
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