Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a completed Tiny House available for viewing?
Yes – to arrange an appointment to view our Show Home and to discuss buying a tiny house please send an email and give us the following info: the model you are interested in including any extras you may be keen on, where you intend on siting the house and your rough time frame for the build.
Can I come and visit your workshop?
Our workshop in Katikati does not have any display Tiny Houses. Often we do have one or more tiny houses in construction but for health and safety reasons we can’t afford to open the workshop up to the public. Visits must remain strictly by appointment only so that we can ensure the safety of everyone on site.
How much do your Tiny Houses cost?
Prices range from $45,000 to over $100,000 depending on completion stage and level of spec required. We have done our best to keep the costs down by offering a quality build with the flexibility to modify the internal fit-out to best suit your needs, aesthetic and site.
Do you do custom tiny house builds?
We are only building a couple of plans as we are a very busy small business, we are not taking on any completely custom builds at this stage.
Can I build my own?
Absolutely, but keep in mind it is far more complicated than it may seem. Make sure you do your research and there are Facebook groups you can join that are happy to provide advice.
Do councils approve of tiny houses on wheels / where can I park a Tiny House on wheels?
Our Tiny Houses are built on trailers so the rules that apply to caravans also apply here. The rules around living in caravans and other transportable dwellings on private land generally exist at a local council level so it’s not possible to make broad statements about what’s allowed. While some regional councils are actively welcoming tiny houses on wheels, others are more cautious and even resistant.
We recommend that you contact your local council in the area you’re interested in and ask them directly. If they aren’t aware of the term ‘Tiny House’, ask them about caravan laws as they are generally interchangeable.
How long does it take to build a Tiny House?
Typically a complete Tiny House will take 3-4 months from start to finish, depending on demand and availability of some of the major elements such as the trailer.
How big is the Tiny House?
Overall dimensions = 3 x 7.5m, with a 3.5m ceiling. It is maximum 4.2m from the road, or
Overall dimensions = 2.5 x 7.5m, with a 3.5m ceiling. It is maximum 4.2m from the road.
Do you also build tiny houses that are not on wheels?
We can build the Tiny House modules on fixed footings instead of a trailer. While not so flexible, this achieves cost savings in that no trailer is required.
Do I need any special permits to drive it on the road?
The house is registered to be towed on the road and doesn’t need a permit. No escort vehicles are required when you want to drive. Oversize flags are required for 3m wide homes.
How much do they weigh?
A tiny house weight can vary, if you intend to tow yourself you will need to stay below 3.5t for towing regulations. We will work with you to establish how frequently you are likely to move the house and will need to discuss overall weights once all interior items are selected.
How is waste and greywater treated?
There are several options for waste treatment, but the most common for Tiny Houses on wheels is a combination of a composting toilet and greywater treatment system. The composting toilet diverts liquid waste and turns solid waste into compost. These are odour-free, and can save 35,000L of water per year.
Greywater and blackwater can be treated by a series of filters and grease traps. Generally speaking, the end product is certified for direct release into the landscape, though we do advise that you check with your local council for any specific requirements for off-grid treatment of waste.
What are my options for going off-grid?
Our Tiny Houses can be built either fully off-grid or as a hybrid with some connections to mains infrastructure. Gas bottles can be used to fuel your cooktop, oven and hot water. The house can be wired for solar and/or connection to mains power. The optional grey water system and composting toilet means that no connection to a sewer is required. Once sited, a rainwater tank would be required, or the house can also be connected to town water.