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Innovative homes on show

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February 15, 2017

Unique build: JMB Construction will showcase the business' first container home at this year's Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. Photo: JMB Construction.

Innovative building options will take centre stage when Seymour Alternative Farming Expo opens its gates for a weekend of inventive and unique ideas on Friday.

Taking a blank canvas and turning it into something out of the ordinary, JMB Construction will debut its container homes, while Rob Scott’s tiny homes are back due to popular demand.

Both companies will showcase examples of their cutting-edge designs during the weekend.

Event co-ordinator Liz Connick said the expo was a great opportunity to gain information and advice on alternative building options.

‘‘We can’t wait to see the shipping container that has been transformed into a home theatre,’’ Ms Connick said.

‘‘Tiny houses were so popular last year that Rob has agreed to come back again to showcase his masterpieces.

‘‘They are truly amazing and have many purposes.

‘‘For some, farming might be a weekend project or at times additional housing is required on land for workers or a growing family.

‘‘Tiny houses and container houses are definitely alternative solutions for many issues or opportunities.’’

Shipping containers have been used as building blocks overseas for almost 10 years and JMB Constructions will give expo-goers a taste of the possibilities.

Starting their first container home 16 months ago, owner and managing director Jamie Briggs said he decided to bring the trend to the country and use his own home as the guinea pig.

‘‘It’s the first one we’ve done,’’ Mr Briggs said.

‘‘I wanted to do it because I enjoy doing things that are different and I want to give my clients something different.’’

Ideal for those looking for something alternative, the simple industrial containers provide a blank canvas to create a modern, individual home inside and out.

Mr Briggs said shipping containers were not only used to create ‘‘an architecture look without the architect’’, but they had many benefits.

‘‘I look at them as a cheap starting point — you already have four walls, a roof and a floor,’’ he said.

‘‘They’re structurally sound building blocks.

‘‘The framing stage comes together very quickly.

‘‘They’re fully sealed to begin with, so it’s easy to achieve a high-energy rating.

‘‘Depending on the complexity of the build, 50 per cent of it can be done off-site in a workshop, so you’re in a controlled environment, meaning you don’t have to worry about the weather.’’

Rob Scott and his team will be busy building a tiny home during the weekend, giving the expo crowd first-hand insight into the process.

Mr Scott owns Studio Trucks, where he builds the miniature structures on the back of old trucks using recycled timber and natural products.

He said the tiny houses were heavier and more substantial than caravans.

‘‘You can park them and move them every so often, maybe in six months or in 10 years,’’ Mr Scott said.

‘‘It’s quite attractive for people who want to live somewhere for a couple of years and then move on.’’

Inspiring people to downsize and experience life, Mr Scott said his aim was to empower people.

‘‘You don’t have to have a great big mortgage and you can build it yourself,’’ he said.

‘‘I see the downsizing movement as moving from a materialistic to an experience culture.

‘‘Your life isn’t about buying things to fill your house, but more about getting into the things you love.’’

Celebrating 25 years — explore, experience, expo!

Seymour Alternative Farming Expo is a unique farming expo with something for everyone.

It’s the largest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere and attracts up to 500 exhibitors and more than 20000 visitors over three days.

●For more information, including ticketing details, visit www.seymourexpo.

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