Genius Homes Blog

Writings on all things prefab

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...

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...

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 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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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