The story of Modular Dwellings started, like many clever concepts, with a conversation. Back in 2013, Northland builder and designer Davey Briggs and his old building mate were having a yarn about housing.

They foresaw the problem we have today where many young people can no longer afford to buy their first home, and the struggles they have with rising rents.

They also recognised a housing need for people who were downsizing or those who wanted to simplify their lives and reduce their carbon footprint.

The pair put their heads together and the concept of Modular Dwellings was born.

Three years later Davey had created the first two prototypes; compact modules that offer affordable living solutions and don’t scrimp on quality.

Davey gathered a small team of qualified carpenters and established a workshop in Kerikeri.

With more than 25 years building experience, Davey knew his prefabricated, self-contained dwellings would provide the perfect solution for many living situations.

They can be used as sleepouts, studios, workshops and offices, right through to luxury tiny homes, bed and breakfast accommodation or holiday homes.

Quality materials and workmanship is assured; all modules are built to code and come with a Certificate of Compliance to lined stage where applicable, and Davey is a licensed builder registered with Licensed Building Practitioners.


"MDL were a great team to work with, the quality of the build was excellent, given the challenges of providing a high quality product in a challenging C19 environment, it was certainly a credit to Davey, Stephanie and the team – great product, great communication and a great team."

- Ernie Hogg, May 2022

"It took many years of obsessive researching to decide on minimal living and I ended up booking the first builder I consulted! Davey and his team at Modular Dwellings were the perfect fit for me. I loved his aesthetic, attention to detail and foresight when it came to negotiating a bespoke build.

I chose two 8.5 x 3m pods which would be connected by a covered-in deck at a later stage. The design process was made easy with his extensive templates and superior finishing - it was just a matter of choosing where walls and fittings should go. I did add a couple of joinery fittings (a serving window and laundry louvres) and thought his selection was perfect for what I wanted. His secretary even suggested a walk-in closet rather than cabinetry and it has proved to be one of the most practical features of my floor plan as well as adding extra storage.

Good communication and contact throughout the build made the process so easy and I appreciated the site visits at pivotal times which kept me visually connected and added to my confidence of due diligence throughout. At the end of the build I felt not only that my dream had come true but that the whole journey had been stress-free and even a pleasant experience of collaboration. Compared to other similar building companies I found Modular Dwellings to be very reasonably priced.

I have been in my home a year this month and truly live every day in gratitude. There have been no teething problems of any kind and not one single thing I would change. My home is light and spacious, cool in summer warm in winter and easily accommodates the guests the two dwellings were designed for.

I can thoroughly recommend this company for their integrity, professionalism, quality finish and personable manner."

- Ingrid Reed, Kerikeri, April 2022