We know you have a lot of questions, here are our answers!
Do I require a building permit for these portable houses?
No. Because they are mobilised on triple axles and six wheels, with an ability to tow them, they are classified in law as caravans. As long as you can move them at reasonably short notice, with quick dis-connection, the test is satisfied.
Do I need permission from Council to site these portable houses?
Most Council’s do not require this, but it sometimes pays to check the local Council bylaws as it relates to “caravans”. Because these buildings are attractive, there should not be any issues.
Do I need permission to connect to Council water, sewerage and storm-water?
If required, you might obtain a plumbing consent from Council, or connect to your own services.
Can I go off-grid with these houses?
Very easily.  These tiny homes can be powered with a combination of gas & solar power. A 1000 litre tank for septic at little cost. Roof water, a holding tank and an in-line water pump.
 What is the standard power connection?
In most cases a 50/50 electricity and gas combination is the best. We provide wiring & connections for a full free standing gas stove & oven, plus a frost free hot water califont which can be sourced and fitted through us. The other appliances & electrical equipment is powered by a 15 amp caravan plug, standard fitting.
Do I require an expensive sewerage system?
No, we can help you with a very low cost septic tank option.
How strong are these buildings?
These are highly engineered steel frame buildings with a heavy duty steel chassis base right through to a substantial steel ridge beam for the gable roof.  The 75mm roof & wall panels make them a strong robust structure suited to NZ conditions.
How warm are these buildings?
The combination of 75mm in-wall EPS insulation [we believe that 50mm is not enough] and ample window space for natural solar heating lends itself to a very warm & dry home.
What height off the ground are these houses?
A deck of 520mm high is the perfect entry height to these homes. We recommend that the deck is made in four portable sections for ease of transport and flexibility of use. Our 6 tiny radial tyres allow the house to sit cosy to the ground.
Can I tow these houses to my property?
Under farm moving laws you can [with flags] using a large truck or tractor for up to 50km but with limited turning capabilities. Most houses will be transported by a hiab or crane truck from our factory to your site at buyers cost, approximately $170hr. You may also require a pilot vehicle. Each house has a telescopic tow bar capability at each end.
Can I view one of your homes?
Indeed you can. We have a show village in Sefton, North Canterbury, with factory’s being planned in the lower & upper North Islands later this year.
Are they all the same size?
Yes, they are all 25m2 but with so many different ways to use and enhance this tiny house space.
Can I change the interior layout?
Yes you can. Or better still, you can buy the lock-up-shell and fit it out yourself to suit your particular needs.
Can you do a 2 bedroom unit?
Yes, either by removing the kitchen & ensuite and creating 2 ‘dry’ bedrooms for Holiday Park or B & B use, or, by bringing 2 houses together in an L-shape or face to face combination with a closed in outdoor living space joining the buildings on an extended deck structure. Refer to our sketch plans for ideas & multiple uses.
Can I have a mezzanine floor?
For a single bed above the lounge suite you possibly could as a purpose built free standing unit. Alternatively, consider a divan day-bed or a pull out double.
Can I create more living or bed space?
Yes you can by downsizing your furniture to suit your own living needs. Your choice of furniture is important. These houses are designed for a queen size bed but you can remove the wardrobes and have bunks both sides of the bedroom instead.
How are these priced?
We offer these at a $50,000 base price [or $39,000 lock-up shell] to allow customers the choice of additional fittings, new or old appliances. We have a number of optional extras including guttering & downpipes which are highly recommended and very reasonable. In-wall beds, under-bed drawers and other space saving components.
Why are portable houses so popular?
Low cost and future flexibility of use. No cost of building plans, building permit and no cost of foundations. They are earthquake proof, low maintenance, warm and fun to live in. Use today for extended family, tomorrow as a beach house. Or sell them.
Can I use one of these for a business or professional rooms?
Absolutely. You can work from an empty building and fit them out as you please.
When can you supply?
We try to have houses in stock, but this can vary depending on seasonal variations in demand.
Find out more!
Contact Colin:
03 312 9804 | 027 663 6401

Eco Cottages, RD 7 Rangiora, North Canterbury, New Zealand
Tiny House Franchise
A rare opportunity to become part of a rapidly growing market within the housing and accommodation industry.
Area: Upper North Island [Taupo & above] with factory siting ideally Auckland/Hamilton.
Area: Lower North Island [including Hawkes Bay]. Factory siting around Wellington or Palmerston North. 

Requiring sound management & people skills, high integrity standards and the drive to produce & promote a quality "Tiny House" that is presently receiving rave reviews.

Including the design & launch of 2 new models with our soon arrival the 10m2 self contained Eco Pod, keep your eyes out

Your in-going capital of $350K will be largely dedicated to factory set-up, training, working capital and housing materials for 10 units. The fee component is only $50k.

This is an outstanding entry-level franchise for the right person, an opportunity to own and run your own business with marketing & production back-up support.