Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a completed Tiny House available for viewing?
Yes – We are based in Katikati in the Bay of Plenty. We are available for viewings every day of the week. Please click here to schedule a time to view.
Can I come and visit your workshop?
Definitely!! We would love to show you through our Tiny Houses. We currently have the Pohutukawa design available for you to view. Visits can be made by appointment so please contact us to arrange a time that suits.
How much do your Tiny Houses cost?
Our Tiny Houses are built to order therefore the price varies depending on your selections. The Pohutukawa and Kauri can be from $130k-$155k but are generally around $145k for a completed build including trailer, appliances & furniture. Our Single level designs start from $115k.
Do you do custom tiny house builds?
All our homes are custom built to the clients specific requirements so we would work with you to create something that fits you. We keep to a base design and structure and have a variety of internal layouts to choose from. We can customise bathrooms, kitchens and finishings to suit each of our clients unique style.
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?
Pohutukawa = 3m W x 8m or 10m L with a 3.5m ceiling. It is 4.3m from the road,
Kauri = 3m x 8m, with a 3.5m ceiling. It is 4.3m from the road.
Kowhai = 3m W x 8m L with a 2.7m ceiling. It is 3.2m from the road.
Do you also build tiny houses that are not on wheels?
We can build the Kowhai Tiny House on fixed footings instead of a trailer. While not so flexible, this achieves cost savings in that no trailer is required, however please note this will deem the Tiny House a building so building consent will apply.
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.
Note: Generally our builds are transported not towed due to their total weight created by our homes being built like a small house, not a large caravan.
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.
Where do your transport to?
We transport nationwide to clients all the way to the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South. We can even ship to Australia and other areas of course there is a cost involved in this.
Can you provide a deck with my build?
Yes – We can also build your deck which is made in modules to make it easily transportable and movable with your home. We have many other additional extras that can be included that we can work through and discuss with you.
Are your homes certified?
Tiny Houses on Wheels do not require building consents however we do provide a full Certificate of Compliance (COC) and Gas Safety Certificate (GSC), and Record Of Inspection (ROI) of high-risk prescribed & electrical work Electrical Safety Certificate (ESC).
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 may be required, or the house can also be connected to town water.