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 homes and begin the moving process of herd, family and machinery to new farms. It's the annual migration of New Zealand's farming industry.
Moving cattle and equipment to a new location is a logistical nightmare, as is moving the family from one home, and potentially schools, to another. Many farming families struggle with the uncertainty of the move and the stress of packing everything up to begin again in a new location.
It's impossible to avoid all of the stresses that come with Gypsy Day, but there are a few things that can be done to minimise the stress and hassle ahead of time, so the day itself isn't as bad as it could be. This concept of getting ready ahead of time is echoed by DairyNZ Southland/South Otago regional leader Richard Kyte when he was interviewed by NZ Herald back in 2017 when he said that there is a school of thought that says January may be a better time for farmers and their families to move.
But as a farm owner there can be pressure to ensure that housing is up to scratch before new tenants move in, and the gap between occupants may be too small for all the work to be done in time.
That's why farm owners are looking to prefab farm homes to help ease the stress they experience ahead of Gypsy Day, and to also minimise the stress on current occupants as well as new. The good news is that it's still possible to have a brand new prefab home delivered before the oncoming Gypsy Day, thanks to a new range of Fast Farm Homes available through Genius Homes.
One of the major benefits of choosing a prefab home is that they are built, in their entirety, off-site. Which means no site disruption with builders, deliveries or inspections occurring when you're winding up to your busiest season. With many new homes typically requiring around 30 weeks to complete fabrication the window to have a new home before Gypsy Day is closing (or has already closed for some).
Recognising that many farm owners simply want good compliant and comfortable accommodation quickly and without fuss Genius Homes have created 2 pre-consented homes that are perfect for farmworker accommodation. Below we highlight these homes, and the standard inclusions you receive with each.
It's important to note that the quick timeframe for fabrication and delivery is based on the 'off the shelf' Fast Home variants being chosen and for alterations to be avoided. So, without further delay let's look at the homes that you can have ready in time for Gypsy Day.
Mayfield | 3 bedroom house
The Mayfield is a 3 bedroom home with 2 bathrooms, 2 toilets and an open plan living/kitchen/dining area. The walk-through laundry room is perfect for muddy boots and dirty clothes to be discarded before entering the house. All 3 bedrooms include built-in wardrobes and the master bedroom not only features an ensuite bathroom but also sliding external doors, perfect for early starts that don't disturb the rest of the house.
Oxford 3 | 3 bedroom house
The Oxford 3 is a smaller 3 bedroom home than the Mayfield but each room can still handle a double bed with ease. Still featuring built-in wardrobes this home has a corner shower unit in the family bathroom and a walk-through laundry to keep the dirt at bay. Sliding doors lead out onto a small deck area and the kitchen features plenty of space for some home cooked meals.
Oxford 2 | 2 bedroom house
The two double rooms each feature built-in wardrobes. A large bathroom sits next to a separate toilet, while the hallway leads out to an open plan living, dining, kitchen area bathed in light thanks to the floor length windows. Access to this ideal 2 bedroom house can be through the verandah sliding doors, or through the generous laundry room, perfect for muddy boots.
No matter whether you're after a 3 bedroom home with modern comforts like an ensuite, or whether you're after something a bit more simple, the Genius Homes range of Fast Farm Homes is perfect to ensure your farm worker accommodation is in place before the big day.
To secure your build slot and ensure you have your new prefab farm house in time for Gypsy Day contact a member of the team today.