Build Process

We use quality products and materials sourced from New Zealand.

All of our tiny homes are based on a steel frame design.

Trailer and sub-floor

We source our trailers from Bay Engineering Solutions in Tauranga.  These trailers are galvanised steel, triple axle, split shift, strong and lightweight and are fully road legal, registered and warranted.  The base is lined with 9mm treated plywood, then a 70mm thick layer of insulating foam to keep it warm and finished with a strong 20mm plywood floor.

The trailer can be detached from the tiny house once on site by jacking up the tiny house at each corner with the supplied lifting jacks.

Steel frame

Steel frames are strong, lightweight and very accurate.  Our steel frames are made in Auckland and assembled on the trailer by us in our factory.

Wrapping and Cavity battens

We wrap the frame with building wrap and seal all joins and edges. This ensures a watertight shell before the exterior cladding is fitted.  We use lightweight cavity battens in both the walls and roof creating a ventilation cavity between the wrap and the exterior, keeping the house dry and healthy.

Joinery and Cladding

All of our joinery is locally made and is double glazed, powder coated aluminium with specified toughened glass to ensure transporting the home will be hassle free.

Different cladding options are available (wood, iron, vinyl cladding) depending on the look and feel desired. Vinyl is very lightweight with an additional thermal backing keeping the home warm – a popular choice with the larger homes. Wood, like cedar, adds a nice touch.  The roof and gutter are corrugated iron and available in different profiles and colour choices.

Interior fit out

We start with plumbing/gas and electrical layout which are installed by certified professionals (Certificate of Compliance is issued on completion).  Earth wool insulation is also installed at this stage to the walls and Expol platinum 95mm in the ceiling cavities.  We line the walls with 9mm lightweight high grade poplar plywood panels which are sized in a CNC machine for accuracy, also meaning the panels fit flush together without any visible join lines (flat or grooved panel options available).  These can be finished with a clear lacquer or painted.  The ceiling is lined with 12mm birch ply prefinished panels which are negative detailed, showcasing the roof design shape.  We then finish with pine skirting and architraves.

Kitchen and appliances

Our kitchens and cabinetry are designed and custom made by our good friends at Pete’s Kitchen in Auckland.  The build quality is superb!  All cabinetry is made using lightweight poplar core plywood and the finished product looks stunning. There is a wide selection of colours and textures to choose from and every component is custom made to fit into our tiny homes. There is also the choice of hardwood benchtops for a stunning natural look.

Our kitchens come fitted with a 2 burner gas cooktop (larger upgrade available), built-in rangehood and stainless steel sink and tapware.  We can supply appliances or you can use your own, but we recommend either gas or electric oven.  Our kitchens are designed to also fit a dishdrawer and a full size fridge/freezer.

Bathroom

The bathroom is supplied with endless hot water via the Rinnai A26 califont.  It comes fitted with Felton black tapware, a custom-made vanity, round LED mirror, heated towel rail and a full size 900 x 900 shower.  Toilet choices available are composting/incinerating/flushing depending on your needs.  The room is also fitted with an extractor fan and we recommend a showerdome.

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