Frequently Asked Questions

What does the purchase price include?

The cost of a Modular Dwelling includes the following (unless otherwise specified):
• Built to Very High Wind Zone standard
• Double glazing and full above-standard insulation, including our own vermin-proof underfloor insulation system
• Colorsteel roofing and Marley Typhoon Series guttering and spouting
• Two walls in painted or stained Shadowclad, two in Colorsteel. Upgrade to oiled vertical cedar is available.
• Commercial grade Tarkett Traffic 250 textured vinyl flooring
• White-washed grooved ply ceilings with small rafter detail
• Kitchen and bathroom (except cabins)
• Gas califont (except cabins)
• Electrical and plumbing complete, with certificates, ready to be connected on site
• Turn key* (ie fully finished interior and exterior)

Essentially, you are buying a fully finished small home or cabin, or prefab modules*, ready to be collected from our workshop.

Additional costs you may incur

• Architectural plans for non-standard modules
• Building Consent
• Certificate of compliance to post-lined stage
• Architectural site placement plans
• Final inspection on site for Code Compliance Certificate
• Resource consent
• Surveyor
• Earthworks
• Site works (eg piles)
• Transportation
• Transit Insurance (optional, based on value and distance)
• On site electrical connection
• On site plumbing connection
• Septic system (if needed)
• TP58 (for wastewater disposal – to site new septic system)
• Water tank (if needed)
• *For multi-module dwellings, the on-site joining of the modules
• Decks and verandas

Do I need a Building Consent?

You should always check with your council, but generally you will need a building consent for any building with kitchen or bathroom facilities. A building under 30m2 without kitchen or bathroom does not need a building consent, but if over 10m2 (such as our tiny cabins) restrictions apply, eg required to be built or overseen by a LBP.
Decks more than 1.5m above ground level require consent. Structural buildings such as veranda’s may require consent.

Are decks, verandas and zip-tracked systems included?

No, these are not included except in the Lander Series. The deck is an integral part of the Lander Series and comes flat-packed ready for easy assembly on site by either your own builder, or if you are local, we can do this on an hourly rate basis.

Do you do the site works?

Depending on your location, we can put in the piles on site. Again, we do this on an hourly rate basis as it depends on your site. Otherwise, we will supply you with the foundation plans.

Why is the cost of joining the modules not included?

Our modular dwellings are designed to be transported. They may end up any where in New Zealand. Therefore we are not always able to do the connection ourselves. If you are local however, we will do this work on our hourly rate basis. We know our own systems and are the best able to do it. Otherwise we will supply the plans for your own builder.

Can the buildings be modified?

Yes, definitely. We aim to build a tiny home that is exactly what you want. There is a fee for this though, as it takes extra time to plan and to build. Architectural plans will be required for structural changes and will be on-charged to the purchaser.

What fixtures and fittings will we get?

Generally you will get the bathroom and kitchen items as seen on this website. The fittings that best fit each tiny home design are used. Parmco 8 function oven, gas hob and rangehood are our standard. A full list will be included in your contract.

Can I choose my own colours?

Yes, in most instances.
You can choose your cladding, Colorsteel and aluminium joinery colours. There is also the option to upgrade to vertical cedar.
Our standard interior wall colour is Haast White and ceilings are white-washed, but you can choose a different colour if you prefer. There may be a slight extra cost for this.
There is a range of vinyl flooring choices, and a choice of melteca kitchen cabinetry, bench top and handles. Standard showers are white but can be upgraded to bright (chrome-look). Standard bathroom fittings are chrome, but can be upgraded to other finishes.

What is Very High Wind Zone standard?

This is the second highest zoned standard, meaning our dwellings are suitable for almost any site in New Zealand. They are built from fully stress-tested timber, with studs 400mm apart (compared with standard 600mm). Our pre built homes and cabins are designed to last!

Are decks, verandas and zip-tracked systems included?

No, these are not included except in the Lander Series. The deck is an integral part of the Lander Series and comes flat-packed ready for easy assembly on site by either your own builder, or if you are local, we can do this on an hourly rate basis.

Do you build shell only or partially finished?

We sure can.

Who organises council consents?

We organise the architectural plans and council building consent up to post-lined stage, and invoice you for these.
In some circumstances we will also organise site plans and consent too.

Who organises the transport?

We can organise transport and will invoice you on behalf of the transport company.

Who organises the trades people to connect the services?

You make arrangements for this directly.

How long will it take to build?

It generally takes about two months to get from signing to building consent. It takes us about six to ten weeks to build, depending on the modular home design. Our schedule can vary but the minute you sign your contract and put down your deposit, you’re next on the list!

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes. We ask for a non-refundable deposit of 10 percent at the time of signing your contract. At the time we start ordering materials for your pre built home or cabin, we will invoice you for 10 percent.
Then there is a 30 percent instalment at floor down, 40 percent at roof on and 10 percent final instalment at build completion, which must be paid prior to transport.
With the current fluctuating supply issues, it may be necessary to increase the instalment before the project starts, to allow early ordering of joinery and other time-dependent or difficult to source items. We’ll base this on the specific situation at the time.