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#233315 10-Apr-2018 12:01
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I've received a press release - a bit out of my beat, but decided to post here:

 

 

Eco tiny can build a home in 7 days and at prices most millennials and gen now can afford.

 

Meet Eco tiny New Zealand's newest affordable home. Eco tiny offer 1 bedroom $69,000, 2 bedrooms $99,000 & 3 bedroom homes for under 139k ready to move in. Scandinavian styled, healthy, strong and AFFORDABLE.

 

Founder and CEO Graham Bloxham developed the Eco tiny home product to disrupt the building industry by providing a fresh take on ready-to-go, portable and stack-able housing. The demand is beyond amazing. I met a client yesterday that said A1 homes told him they had a 9 month wait list. Forget building from wood. That's got 8 layers of slow supply, cost and complexity. We build from SIPS Eco panels which are cheaper, better insulated, stronger and go up in a flash. In the US we are told there are over 20,000 SIPS panel homes going up now and in Canada's frigid climate Eco panels are perfect so to in NZ.!

 

Eco tiny build homes nationwide in particular for 

 

- LOW COST healthy warm IWI housing to get Whanau out of renting cars and sheds.
- TOURISM, install a stunning Eco tiny on the edge of tourism hot spots and turn it on and off with AirBnB.
- Infill housing in the suburbs. Put two 60 sq homes on your back yard.
- Stack-able pods in the CBD around buildings.
- Low cost aged community dwellings in clusters with amenities and services that are relevant and helpful.

 

Eco Tiny houses are. 22 sq studio, 34 sqm 1 Brm units and 60 sqm 3 bedroom units.

 

Bloxham says pre-launch orders are flowing in now! Eco Tiny can manufacture 15 houses a month currently and will be able to get up to 50 a month from mid year.

 

Eco Tiny’s design process allows customers to mod their pod and add off-the-grid elements such as wind generation and solar to keep costs down further. Bloxham has driven the cost out of solar systems and added in a myriad of IOT Internet of things and  sensors to mod the pod up and get connected. "I mean, you can sell your extra energy back to the power company !"

 

These pods are connected and healthy. You can also check your iPods vital stats including water and solar collected, income tracking if plugged into air bnb which links to Xero and does the tax on the fly, battery levels, warmth and add other gadgets for a connected life.

 

Bloxham is dedicated. Eco Tiny's goal is to sell 3,000 tiny homes by working with leaders in the changing regulatory environment.  Infill housing rule changes, according to Bloxham,  Auckland has 300,000 + sections which are now available for development and Hutt City wants 2000 + more homes.! The councils whilst busy are allowing for more development and our multi proof national consent speeds the process up in a big way.

 

While many tiny house companies behave like traditional house sellers, Bloxham wants to make buying a tiny house akin to buying a new car – fast, friendly, and with exceptional and reliable after sales service.

 

Eco Tiny http://ecotiny.co.nz/

 

 

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  #1992662 10-Apr-2018 12:06
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My concern is that it will normalise shanty towns for the poor.....

 

The last thing we need is Kiwi "favelas". 





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  #1992666 10-Apr-2018 12:09
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Looks like a mobile home aka trailer park home. I believe these are associated rather negatively elsewhere with social ills.

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #1992684 10-Apr-2018 12:32
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kryptonjohn:

 

Looks like a mobile home aka trailer park home. I believe these are associated rather negatively elsewhere with social ills.

 

 

Looks like an awesome bach though....for a couple or 3 mates. A weekender.....not an everyday home. 





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  #1992685 10-Apr-2018 12:34
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Linuxluver:

My concern is that it will normalise shanty towns for the poor.....

 

The last thing we need is Kiwi "favelas". 

 

 

That was my immediate reaction as well, I've driven through mile after mile of tiny homes like these:

 

 

and I don't see that bringing them to NZ is a good idea.

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  #1992686 10-Apr-2018 12:34
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Replying to LinuxLover: Agreed. Need more space? Just extend the deck and add another bedroom module. And I think you could get away with it as a temporary structure so the paperwork would be minimal.

 

 


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  #1992695 10-Apr-2018 12:50
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When I am bored I have been known to watch HGTV.  

 

Tiny houses are a big thing in 'merica'

 

Some are simply engineering masterpieces.

 

https://www.hgtv.com/shows/tiny-house-hunters

 

 





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  #1992696 10-Apr-2018 12:50
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I think you folks got too impressed with the wheels. Read more about the tiny house movement. It doesn't have to be mobile - you can live on a tiny house on a large section for example. It's not about density, it's about what you actually need. It's not a favela-style thing made of recycled materials that were never intended to be a house. It's an architectural and social movement. Check this slideshow of tiny houses for an example.





 

 

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  #1992702 10-Apr-2018 12:58
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freitasm:

 

I think you folks got too impressed with the wheels. Read more about the tiny house movement. It doesn't have to be mobile - you can live on a tiny house on a large section for example. It's not about density, it's about what you actually need. It's not a favela-style thing made of recycled materials that were never intended to be a house. It's an architectural and social movement. Check this slideshow of tiny houses for an example.

 

 

I don't see wheels or mobile as a disadvantage. I see it as an advantage in terms of ease of installation, removal and reduction of compliance difficulties.

 

It's common for trailer park style homes to have the wheels removed too.

 

The disadvantage is the move towards dense housing with a lack of personal space and privacy and the stigma and social ills that seem to follow trailer park style communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  #1992710 10-Apr-2018 13:17
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Holy crap those are small. The 1 bedroom is somewhat smaller than my master bedroom and ensuite! I couldn't happily live in one of those.

 

I don't have an issue with the concept though, except as linuxlvr says it's likely to create slums.

 

 


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  #1992711 10-Apr-2018 13:19
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I think they're all good where as some have pointed out, people like tiny houses.

 

In practice I could see they would become popular because people can afford them but hate them because of what they are. 


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  #1992712 10-Apr-2018 13:20
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We already have poor area's and kept homes, Making the smaller isn't going to make things worse. 





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  #1992749 10-Apr-2018 13:58
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freitasm:

 

I think you folks got too impressed with the wheels.

 

Except that without wheels these are no longer caravans, but fixed dwellings and thus subject to local council building consent laws.....

 

Councils like Auckland have made it pretty much impossible to build apartments less than 40sqm, I cannot see them ever consenting one of these

 

The only reason these are able to be built and used around he country is that are on trailers

 

 


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  #1992754 10-Apr-2018 14:07
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Even with Wheels some councils have some pretty interesting definitions, IIRC one even stated that as soon as they become stationary they become buildings subject to permits, Not 100% upto date on current feelings





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  #1992756 10-Apr-2018 14:11
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It must vary by local authority. The campground at Whangamata is full of structures that don't have wheels but are just plonked on the ground by the look of them (i.e. small cabins). Makes me wonder if they don't need to be permitted or if the TCDC just doesn't look at them. I assume they don't have plumbing but several have dodgy looking wiring running into them from caravan power points.

 

 


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Im inclined to agree with some of the opinions above (creating slums).

 

On top of that, these things look ugly, cheap, tacky and almost shoddy. I do get they yes they are cheap, but they look terrible, inside and out.

 

maybe as a batch, or temporary housing, they could be OK. But past that... I sure hope not.

 

I have seen a few different tiny homes being advertised in the last year, and these really do look the worst that I can think of.

 

 

 

All 3 of these below are similar priced, and all look far better to me...

 

nztinyhomes.com 

 

www.tinyhousenz.co.nz

 

www.absolutetinyhouses.co.nz 

 

 

 

I guess over all tiny homes are not my cup of tea.


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