Kitset home on Lincoln Rd, Carterton. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED
Assembly of a 95m2 kitset home started last Monday at a Lincoln Rd property in Carterton, and finished on Friday with a bill of about $142,000.
To do the fit-out [kitchen and bathroom] would take the build time to about a month from start to finish.
This Quick Build Homes ‘shell build’ got the kitset home to the lockable stage with walls, roof, windows, and doors installed.
The home’s internal walls are New Zealand manufactured steel, which is spray-coated before they are erected. Power cables and plumbing is ready for connecting.
All QBH building plans have pre-approval from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
According to QBH director Neil Colliver, the standard of insulation materials used and installed is twice the New Zealand standard requirement but matched the Australian standard.
“The landowner needs to get council approval for compliance with its regulations for the house location and fulfil other local consent matters, but the MBIE pre-approved plans speeds the process along,” Colliver said.
“These kitsets can have a dramatic effect on addressing New Zealand’s current housing crisis.”
“We provide durable eco-friendly homes, with minimum waste, in a fraction of the timeframe needed to build conventional homes, and they exceed the insulation regulations.”
Masterton man Kenny Riach said he was impressed with QBH’s intent to provide affordable homes because he was concerned people on average incomes would never own their home unless this type of cheap housing was supported.
“My heart goes out to those that don’t have the ability to buy their own house,” Riach said.
“The New Zealand government should know how to deal with the lack of housing and housing unaffordability and get on with building houses.
“The Labour Party of all parties should have known how to do that.”
Over the past eight years, the kitset home company has built just under 200 homes across the county.
This Carterton construction was the last one before the company packed up for the year.
Colliver said there was no reason why the 100,000 affordable homes needed weren’t getting built.
“Renting just isn’t the same as owning a home, and these affordable homes are what a person can come home to, and what they have the freedom to enhance in their way,” Colliver said.
“Surely, if we can go to the moon to see if people can live there, we can afford to use innovation here to build affordable, warm, and durable homes.
“The government could partner with private sector innovation to get affordable homes in Wairarapa.”