Last year Manor Homes celebrated our 30th year of operation. A lot of things have changed in 30 years. Here’s what Australia looked like in 1992: one and two-cent coins dropped out of circulation, Paul Keating was the nation’s Prime Minister, The Olympic Games were held in Barcelona, Microsoft released Windows 3.1, McDonald’s opened their first restaurant in China and topping the charts was the hit ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ by Billy Ray Cyrus.
While many things have changed in 30 years, our commitment to our clients and creating quality modular homes has remained the same. What’s more, in 30 years of operation we’ve gained even more experience and know-how, while staying up to date with industry trends and developments.
Take a walk with us down memory lane as we celebrate everything we’ve achieved over 30 years of Manor Homes.
Stephen and James Monks started Timberline Relocatable Homes, which would grow and evolve to become known as Manor Homes. They created this business as they wanted to work closer to home and continue to enjoy the rural lifestyle, and not to have their construction work in Sydney suburbs affected by the weather.
The first small factory facility was built within the industrial estate on Tatura Ave, North Gosford. The company began manufacturing homes under the operating name Timberline Relocatable Homes.
Timberline Relocatable Homes expanded to an additional site across the road from its home on Tatura Ave, North Gosford, to enable cabins (which was the company’s focus at the time) to be built to lock-up in a factory that would allow them to have more control over the build process. The first display home was built in 1995
The next display home was built outside at a site remote from the factory site on residential land in Vineyard. The country-style home had many features, such as a wrap-around verandah and pitched roof, that share design roots with many modern homes we create today.
Pictured: First display home built in Vineyard:
Having outgrown our last factory, a brand new factory facility was built on Sunny Bank Road, Lisarow, to enable us to continue expanding the business.
From humble beginnings, Pictured below is our first display home to be built at the Sunny Bank Road factory, soon after it was opened in 1998.
The company changed its name to Timberline Manufactured Homes and Timberline Cabins to more accurately reflect the types of homes we were building at the time.
Pictured: a 1-bedroom Timberline Cabins floorplan (hand-drawn!):
The Timberline Cabins business unit reached a point where it made sense to sell it off to allow the family to focus their resources on the homes product. Timberline Cabins was spun off from the business and gifted to new business owners.
Pictured: Silver Dollar transport, moving a home in the late 1990’s, we still work with Silver Dollar Transport today.
Saw significant changes in the construction industry, the building boom brought on by the Sydney Olympics caused construction costs to skyrocket, and the introduction of the GST saw an increase of more than 10% to house prices. Throughout it, all Timberline was able to weather the storm and continue offering the high-quality homes to our clients.
The family changed the name to Manor Homes to more accurately represent the brand offering. Manor Homes as the company was now known, began constructing homes from our new factory facility in Somersby.
A new display home was established at East Maitland.
More market instability caused by the Global Financial Crisis had a crippling effect on the Hunter Valley economy. The construction industry was once again one of the hardest hit by the crisis.
Another new display home was established at Branxton
Manor Homes operated out of 2 factories in Somersby and West Gosford.
Manor Homes opened four new display home units at our West Gosford Factory. The new display units were able to give customers a greater understanding of the manor process and show the benefits of choosing a Manor home.
Pictured: The display units and sales office at our West Gosford factory.
The Covid 19 pandemic hit Australia, ravaging the construction industry throughout the country. Manor initiated the bush fire rebuild operation to assist those that lost their homes in the 2019 fires. Manor Homes completely moved to our current home in Lisarow. The site contains our head office, factory and current display homes.
Pictured: Our current office Lochinvar display home in Lisarow
By studying and learning from developments within the industry, we introduced steel frames to our homes. The state-of-the-art steel frame manufacturing plant that was installed enabled us to stay ahead of the curve and provide stinger homes to our clients in a fast time frame .
Pictured: Interior of a recent Manor home
Manor Homes Celebrates 30 years of building high-quality modular homes throughout NSW for an ever-growing list of happy clients.
30 years of operation is a massive achievement that no one can do alone. We want to take the time to thank each and every person who has helped us on this incredible journey.
Our fantastic team that has continued to develop and advance the business over the 30 years, there has been a lot of you. You keep the entire ship afloat and always continue to go the extra mile for the business and our clients. Some of our most incredible feelings of achievement come from watching our staff grow within the company.
Our many suppliers and businesses we have been lucky enough to work with throughout our long history. We began as a small business and have been fortunate enough to grow by working with great people in the industry and learning from some of the best.
And finally, our many, many clients over the years. From building simple cabins in the 1990s to our current range of large-family homes we are so blessed to have been able to provide quality building solutions. Whether it’s a few nights in a holiday cabin or every night in your forever home, the fact you have chosen Manor Homes is a responsibility we take very seriously.
So here’s to the next 30 years. We look forward to continuing being able to do what we do best, using all our experience and knowledge to help you to achieve your lifestyle vision and to enjoy the many benefits of country living in a home you love.
Aruva, the commercial division of Manor Group launched. Aruva provides quality and smartly designed accommodation solutions to help attract and retain on-site workers, with stock ready or rapid build times.
Pictured: The new Manor Design & Selections Hub.