A NEW business selling unique transportable homes is counting down to opening day. Affordable Portable, shortened to AP Cabins and Homes, is owned by Antoinette Van Geet, her builder husband Tony and another builder Fritz von Schuckmann.
For $61,000 you can get the basic model (in a range of five designs) that is 8.8m long by 3.8m wide.
They are Colorbond-clad, and have a steel frame and unique design elements like a fold-down bed, a loft/mezzanine bed, functional decks and sloping eaves.
"We are aiming at the residential market, to people who want granny flats or an investment," Ms Van Geet said.
"We can put two modules together to form a house. They are very cute and modern-looking, and very energy-efficient."
Ms Van Geet, an art teacher at Crystal Waters near Maleny, has a background in design, home renovation, theatre set design, building, painting and decorating.
Ms Van Geet's furniture-maker son has designed scale models to help potential customers better imagine how the cabins look.
She said their point of difference was most evident in the design.
"We make them so they don't look like a shed," she said. "There is nothing of this design out there. And we insulate under the floor with an eco-blanket product, and we have a fold-out bed to create extra space.
"It is fully engineered and is very strong; it comes fully wired and plumbed. It includes an LP gas stove, a gas hot water service and a flushing toilet."
AP Cabins and Homes opens in Kenilworth on July 6.
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