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Jun 15 2022

House plans explained

Choosing a house plan for your new build can be a challenge and is often confusing to navigate. Every new home has unique features and often a few hidden...

Jun 9 2022

Affordable Farm Accommodation

Providing staff with comfortable farm housing leads to a happier workforce and a more efficient farm. To help you find the best farm housing solution, we’ve...

May 18 2022

How the Building Code changes affect prefab homes

You may have heard the news that the New Zealand Building Code is changing. As these are some of the biggest advancements to the Building Code in over a...

May 2 2022

Considering adding a second dwelling?

Are you thinking about adding a granny flat or sleepout to your section? Maybe you seek the solace of a separate space for young adults, a guest house or a...

Apr 10 2022

Home loans for prefab homes

Prefab homes have taken a strong foothold in the current housing market. With such a broad variety of innovative housing solutions now readily available under...

Apr 6 2022

Funding your prefab home

Building a new home can be a daunting prospect and often it’s the price tag attached that’s most intimidating. In the current climate, whether you’re...

Mar 16 2022

How to grow your accommodation business

With the New Zealand Government announcing in February 2022 that borders are staged to open, it looks as though life may be returning to normal after all - and...

Mar 9 2022

Building a passive income with a 2nd dwelling

Building a second dwelling on your property offers a myriad of benefits and opportunities. If you’re in a position to add a second or even third home to your...

Feb 16 2022

The cost of transportable homes

The spike in demand for rapid-build, low cost, and hassle-free living options has given rise to a new group of homes that first home buyers and seasoned...

Feb 9 2022

What is a modular home?

Creative alternatives to housing are emerging across the country providing buyers with many non-mainstream options to build a new home. And while variety is a...

Jan 20 2022

Are prefabs the cheapest way to get property in 2022?

Buying a house is no small purchase and there are many factors to take into consideration when exploring how to get property in the most affordable way...

Jan 10 2022

How much does a new home cost in 2022?

Houses have shot up in value dramatically over recent years and continue to show no sign of slowing down. In fact, according to Canstar, in 2020 the national...

Dec 9 2021

Our most popular new home designs

The hunt for your dream home is no easy feat. With so many options available, the quest to find one that perfectly suits you can be overwhelming. At Genius...

Nov 30 2021

Benefits of downsizing your home

People downsize for all sorts of reasons: adapting to an empty nest, preparing for retirement, or maybe just to seek out a simpler life. As circumstances...

Nov 18 2021

A look at tiny homes and prefabs

In a climate of rising house prices and a depleting availability of land, people are looking for alternative living options, such as tiny homes, as a solution...

Nov 8 2021

How to save money when building a brand new house

With more people looking for a home than ever before and a limited number of houses on the market, more New Zealanders are turning their attention to the...

Nov 4 2021

Property Investing: 5 reasons prefab homes are ideal property investments

Amidst rapidly increasing house prices, property shortages, competitive offers, and recent government initiatives tightening investment restrictions, the...

Oct 14 2021

Why prefabs are better than kitsets for farm homes

There are many benefits to building a new farm home on your property. It provides quality accommodation that will help you attract and retain good workers,...

Oct 11 2021

Why prefab homes are perfect for holiday homes

Holiday home, bach or hideaway, whatever you call it, it likely triggers a similar nostalgic feeling for kiwis New Zealand wide. It’s the place holiday...

Sep 19 2021

5 things you need to know when building a prefab home

With so many different options available in the construction industry, the decision to build a new home is not a small one and there are lots of different...

Aug 30 2021

Most common house plan upgrades

When building a new home, balancing your specific indulgent wants and practical needs within your budget can often be a juggling act. While all of our prefab...

Aug 13 2021

South Island housing in numbers

When the Covid-19 pandemic originally hit New Zealand in early 2020, it upended elements of the housing market with changes to realestate buying and selling...

Aug 4 2021

5 differences between kitset and prefab homes

Looking to build a new home but confused by all the industry jargon? Prefabricated homes, which can also be known as transportable, prebuilt or modular homes,...

Jul 28 2021

Prefab house designs for difficult site access

With available land in New Zealand becoming increasingly scarce, it’s common for those who are interested in building a home to compromise on their ‘ideal...

Jul 22 2021

Where do Genius Homes deliver?

Prefabricated homes and transportable homes are becoming a popular choice worldwide for those building new due to the many benefits they deliver, including...

Jun 25 2021

How long does it take to build a house?

With demand for houses at record-breaking highs in New Zealand, the cost of buying a new home continues to rise. Add to that severe building supply shortages...

Jun 24 2021

What are Genius Homes’ most frequently asked questions?

Over the years we have been delivering homes to families all over the South Island of New Zealand and many have had some great questions during the process....

Jun 2 2021

Why property is the ultimate long-term investment

There are a number of reasons why some investments perform better than others. But in this article, we’re going to focus on property in particular, and why it...

May 20 2021

Discover the new house designs for 2021

Alongside the launch of the latest Genius Homes product catalogue comes the exciting introduction of two new house designs to add to the growing range of...

Apr 21 2021

Pros and cons of a prefab house

Whether you're ready to upsize your home, retire, invest or get onto the property ladder, the process of building a new house can be daunting. It’s important...

Mar 29 2021

How to pick the perfect house plan

Building a home is a big life decision and an investment that you want to get right. Whether you’re planning your first family home, a second dwelling, a...

Mar 17 2021

Build or buy a new home?

Whether you're looking for a first home or an investment property, there are many tough decisions to make when exploring the property market. One choice in...

Feb 17 2021

South Island house and land packages: Things to know

With demand continuing to outweigh supply in the New Zealand property market, we see house prices at an all time high. As a result, many potential buyers are...

Jan 27 2021

Understanding house plans

Being presented with a floor plan for the first time can feel like you’re reading something that has been written in another language, leaving you overwhelmed...

Dec 21 2020

Our favourite prefab home projects from 2020

As 2020 comes to a close, we are sure many of you are looking forward to welcoming in the new year. Even though this year hasn’t been without its challenges,...

Sep 22 2020

What's the difference between transportable homes & relocatable homes?

As technology develops so does the way in which our homes are constructed. There are many types of house construction, such as traditional homes, modular...

Sep 22 2020

What is a transportable home?

When people think of a transportable home, the first thing that comes to mind is a square, box-like building with a typical cookie-cutter design and structure....

Aug 12 2020

How much does it cost to build a house?

When deciding if building a new home is the right choice for you, the most crucial question and often the deciding factor is how much it is going to cost....

Jul 27 2020

Farmhouses that don't need planning consent

There are many financial benefits to having an additional home on your farm. From offering short-term accommodation for holiday-makers to attracting the best...

Jun 22 2020

Genius Homes customers enjoying their homes

Over the past decade in the prefabricated building business, we have delivered new houses all over the South Island. We recently decided to run a photo...

May 4 2020

Healthy Homes Standards may impact farmhouses & worker accommodation

Where a person lives can have a huge impact on their health, happiness and productivity. This can be crucial when it comes to accommodation, specifically for...

Apr 13 2020

Why a prefab rental property is a good investment

Owning a rental property in addition to your primary residence can be an excellent way for you to build personal wealth, attract a passive income and set...

Apr 2 2020

The Genius Homes building process explained

Building a new home is a lengthy process. Even though prefab is considered as 'quick' by most building standards it still takes a few months, which can seem...

Mar 3 2020

Building sustainable new build homes

Not only in New Zealand but around the world prefab is paving the way to more sustainable homes.  At Genius Homes, we are building a company with this at the...

Jan 22 2020

Building a holiday home in the South Island of New Zealand

Whether you’re an international traveller or a domestic tourist the South Island of New Zealand has touched the heart and imagination of everyone that visits....

Jan 22 2020

Building for home and income

In previous blogs, we've covered the benefits of choosing a home that lends itself to being the ideal income property when you're not using it. By using...

Dec 18 2019

Our favourite prefab home projects from 2019

As the year comes to a close we have asked various members of the team to choose their favourite projects from 2019. From the small to the large they've found...

Dec 18 2019

Prefab home predictions for 2020

2019 was a big year for prefabricated homes. Not only were Westpac the first bank to offer special home loans for buyers building an affordable prefab home but...

Oct 21 2019

5 reasons to build a holiday home

Building a holiday home anywhere can seem like a frivolous and luxurious endeavour. The reality of saying that you have a holiday home in Tekapo, or a bach by...

Oct 21 2019

How to design a good holiday home

Building or buying a holiday home is the dream for hundreds of New Zealanders, and a fair amount of people that have visited this great country. At the...

Sep 25 2019

Our favourite home designs for summer

It might be hard to believe given the current weather but summer is just around the corner. For many this means firing up the BBQ, dusting off the backyard...

Sep 18 2019

The financial benefits of farm homes

Providing farmworker accommodation has many benefits for the worker, and for the landlord. We've covered a few of those before but we also want to highlight...

Sep 17 2019

Getting farm accommodation before Gypsy Day

Gypsy Day is ingrained in New Zealand's farming culture. When June 1st rolls around dairy farmers and share-milkers move cows into stock trucks, pack up their...

Jul 18 2019

Genius Homes cladding options

It protects, defines and inspires. Offering immediate curb appeal and influencing the style of your home. Yet cladding is often a footnote in the list of...

Jun 19 2019

Top tips on how to create the right floorplan for your new home

Deciding on the best home layout can be a daunting task. There are people that want to maximise their design to benefit from a second income and there are...

Jun 17 2019

Building a home with income in mind

The rise of Airbnb and Bookabach has encouraged many Kiwis to consider house designs that open up the possibility of gaining additional income, without...

May 20 2019

Standard inclusions on your Genius Home

Embarking on the journey of building your dream home can be very exciting. It may also come with a lot of questions. The team at Genius Homes are with you...

May 20 2019

How are prefab houses made?

Prefabricated homes have risen hugely in popularity among developers, architects, investors, landowners and, with the announcement of Westpac's new prefab home...

Apr 24 2019

9 reasons why a prefab home is a perfect option for first home buyers

Buying your first home is likely to be one of the biggest purchase decisions you will ever make. Not only are there a raft of budget discussions to be had, a...

Mar 22 2019

Introducing the Genius Homes Fast Prefab Homes!

Everyone knows that prefab homes are fast. Fast to construct, fast to build, and of course fast to install. Lucky for you, here at Genius Homes our...

Feb 25 2019

Large prefab homes - when size really does matter!

As life changes so can the requirements placed on the family home. Whether it's more rooms for children, or space for guests, having a large modern home can...

Dec 12 2018

The ultimate floor plans for entertaining

Summer is coming and that means thoughts drift towards BBQs, backyard cricket and a few drinks with friends as the evening slips into night. From sunny days to...

Nov 27 2018

Introducing our new prefab house designs

Design trends keep evolving and as new styles emerge we seek to deliver modern designs to meet evolving fashions. It's not just a new-look website that we're...

Oct 25 2018

Why choose prefab if you are considering building a new home?

Prefab homes enable savvy home buyers to build their dream home in a quick, efficient and cost-effective manner. The unique build process that a prefab home...

Oct 25 2018

How prefab homes are helping change New Zealand's housing crisis

There has been a lot of news and comments in the media around prefab homes and Kiwi build, which is a part of the Government's affordable housing programme....

Oct 15 2018

What makes prefab homes cheaper than traditional homes?

When you're looking to buy a new home the price can be a major factor. If you've worked out how much you can afford you've probably discovered the upper limits...

Oct 15 2018

Does farm housing have to comply with the Residential Tenancies Act?

Offering accommodation for farm workers has many benefits. Not only does it help to keep good workers by giving them housing that they would otherwise have to...

Jul 25 2018

3 Bedroom house designs

3 bedroom houses are growing in popularity across New Zealand. Simple online search data shows the average amount of times '3 bedroom house' was typed into...

Jun 25 2018

Top tips on keeping your home warm this winter

As the cold sets in the house could be getting a little chilly. Whether you're feeling the freeze a little more at night or if a string wind really brings in...

Jun 25 2018

How a prefab home can keep you warmer this winter

The team at Genius Homes are based in Timaru so they know a thing or two about the cold, and this has led them to build homes that are well set-up to fight the...

May 22 2018

Modern Prefab Homes Explained

Prefab homes have come a long way since they were first introduced to the market. From the early days, when prefab simply meant a house was built from...

Mar 13 2018

Thinking of building a home? What are your options?

Building a home is a massive decision. One that is both exciting, and nerve-wracking at the same time! Once you have chatted to a mortgage broker, or bank to...

Jan 15 2018

Prefab house design trends

We're kicking off the year with a look at the prefab home design trends that we're predicting will grow in popularity in the coming 12 months. Prefab homes in...

Dec 11 2017

Building your first home? Try a prefab home

Turning the dream of building your own home into a reality is exciting. Looking at plans, choosing a site and getting the design exactly how you like brings a...

Nov 12 2017

Stress-free building with Genius Homes

Building a new home can be a massively stressful undertaking. Organising builders, logistics, the mounting bills and the ever drifting delivery date all add up...

Nov 12 2017

The hidden costs of building kitset homes

Not only is it becoming more expensive to build a home in New Zealand, but building on a budget can be a massive test, not only through cost restrictions, but...

Oct 11 2017

Why are people choosing prefab homes over traditional houses?

Many New Zealand homes are cold, damp and mouldy. 47% of homes lack adequate insulation, 44% of owner-occupied homes show dampness and mould whereas 56% of...

Oct 10 2017

Why prefab homes are the future of housing

Prefab homes have been around for a lot longer than many people think. An early version of a prefab home was actually sent from England to the United States...

Sep 21 2017

Prefab homes vs transportable houses

In New Zealand, both transportable homes and prefabricated homes are popular options amongst those looking for low cost, quick and hassle-free new build...

Sep 8 2017

How to make money from a second dwelling

There are number of restrictions to consider when building a second dwelling. Many councils have size restrictions of around 70sqm on a second dwelling but...

Aug 21 2017

How to increase revenue with vineyard accommodation

We've already looked at how tourism in New Zealand, and particular the South Island, is on the rise with domestic and international tourists in our latest blog.

Jul 27 2017

The benefits of downsizing your home

Downsizing your family home can present several advantages but can also deliver a new challenge, and one that many people struggle to deal with.

Jun 27 2017

How customisable is a prefab home?

Many people believe that buying prefab homes from a plan means many of the design features are set in stone beyond interior paint and carpet colours.

Jun 16 2017

Kitset Homes vs Prefab Homes - Whats The Difference?

Building lingo can be super confusing; prefab, kitset, modular, transportable and so on. The range of options, and confusion about the differences can lead...

Nov 10 2016

Planning your new kitchen with Genius Homes

When you buy a new Genius Home, the kitchen on your plan can be customised to suit what you want. Together we help you to turn this space into the heart of...

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