Prefab homes vs transportable houses

by Genius Homes

In New Zealand, both transportable homes and prefabricated homes are popular options amongst those looking for low cost, quick and hassle-free new build housing options. This has been helped, in part, by the ever-rising cost of buying a home.

According to the Global Property Guide, the average New Zealand house price has risen from $190,000 in 2001 to just under $750,000 in 2021, this is leading many people to seek out alternative options for their first home, staff housing, second dwelling or downsizing options.

But what about when it comes to building a new home? According to Canstar, Houses have shot up in price dramatically over the past 5 years. In fact, in 2016 the national average price to build a new home was $346,000, as opposed to the beginning of 2020 which has seen the average price increase to $428,791. If you're looking for a breakdown of the cost of building in 2021 then we suggest checking out this blog

We've looked at the uncertainty behind most building projects before. From builders not turning up, to the weather dragging out the timeframe, and the cost. So what alternatives are available?

Transportable Homes

Transportable houses in New Zealand (also known as relocatable homes) are a popular choice, mainly due to their smaller scale and option to be used as a second dwelling. They are built in their entirety often in a warehouse or factory before being delivered to the site on the back of the flatbed lorry. Unlike prefabricated homes a transportable home may be removed at a later date, making them ideal for temporary accommodation.

This ability often affects design. It's common for transportable homes to be rectangular in design for ease of transport and they can often be installed on footers or slides to allow future relocation. For many people, this is beneficial, for others the temporary grounding, and boxy look can be a put-off.

Prefabricated Homes

On the other hand, Prefab Homes in New Zealand are not a new concept. However, time has enabled prefabricated homes to mature beyond the boxy appearance that haunts many transportable home designs. Take our Benmore prefabricated home (pictured below) as an example. Because prefabricated homes are built to be delivered to your site and permanently fixed to the foundation, they are given a much larger degree of freedom for style, functionality, and comfortable modern living.

There's no expectation for them to be hauled away at a later date, enabling more elaborate designs, and for multiple sections to be built in isolation and then connected together on site. Prefabricated houses still benefit from being built in an indoor controlled environment, eliminating cost overrun but with the benefit of designs that more closely represent conventional build methods.

prefab home designs nz

Both transportable homes and prefabricated homes can facilitate cost-saving. Some state that a home built indoors, under controlled environments, can be built up to 40% quicker than a conventional home. When many building costs are labour associated this can seriously reduce the total cost of building.

Genius Homes prices include acquiring consents and design re-works, further removing the uncertainty of cost ballooning out of control. To discover a design that suits you check out our range of prefabricated house designs and request a free, no-obligation quote instantly or download our brochure.

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filed under Prefab Homes NZ , Transportable Homes

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