Modbox Pre-fabricated Homes

 

After 25 years in the building industry Jim Nicol saw the need for a quicker, more sustainable way to build, for our New Zealand climate and budget.

 

Modbox homes can be designed and built fast, without any of the waste that traditional methods make you, the client pay for. Every cent you spend goes into something, and we have streamlined our process to make the build experience less time consuming and less stressful. Our project management software lets you see every stage of the build as it unfolds - no need to keep calling or asking for updates.

 

Cleaner, more efficient, more affordable, more transparent and high quality control - this is the future of building that Modbox is delivering to clients in Central Otago right now.

 

Start by looking at our design modules that suit your needs below;​

1 Bedroom Designs

Want to add a sleepout? A workspace? Storage? How about a whole office? Our Studio 1 bedroom designs can give you that extra use zone that you need that is still as airtight, durable and comfy as our house mods.

 
 

2 Bedroom Designs

Or two bedroom homes come in a range of designs for couples, families,
rental and part rental.

About the new building exemptions

Recent changes to laws about buildings are just being worked out, but below are some of the things we know so far.

SUMMARY OF NEW EXEMPTIONS
Building consents will no longer be needed for a number of new or expanded types of low-risk building work, such as sleep-outs, sheds, carports, outdoor fireplaces and ground-mounted solar panels.

 

A summary of each is provided below:

 

Single-storey detached buildings (eg, sleep outs, sheds and greenhouses)

  • There will be additional exemptions that increase the size of the current exemption 
     

Kitset or prefab buildings with a maximum floor area of 30m2 

  • Where a manufacturer or supplier has had the design carried out or reviewed by a Chartered Professional Engineer.
     

Buildings with a maximum floor area of 30m2 

  • Where a Licensed Building Practitioner is to carry out or supervise design and construction.

Buildings with a maximum floor area of 30m2 

  • Where only lightweight materials with structural components built in accordance to Building Code compliance B1/AS1 are used, and this work may be done without the help of a professional.
     

Ground-mounted solar array panels (in both rural and urban zones)

  • In urban zones, there will be an exemption for panels up to 20m2, which can be built without the help of a professional.

  • In urban zones, there will be an exemption for panels up to 40m2, where the design has been carried out or reviewed by a Chartered Professional Engineer.

  • In rural zones, there will be an exemption with no restrictions in panel size, which can be built without the help of a professional.
     

Carports up to 40m2

  • There will be two additional exemptions that increase the size of the building work from the current exemption:

  • The design has been carried out or reviewed by a Chartered Professional Engineer.

  • A Licensed Building Practitioner has carried out or supervised design and construction.
     

Ground floor awnings up to 30m2

  • There will be two additional exemptions that increase the size of the building work from the current exemption:

  • The design has been carried out or reviewed by a Chartered Professional Engineer.

  • A Licensed Building Practitioner has carried out or supervised design and construction.
     

Ground floor verandas and porches up to 30m2

  • There will be two additional exemptions that increase the size of the building work from the current exemption:

  • The design has been carried out or reviewed by a Chartered Professional Engineer.

  • A Licensed Building Practitioner has carried out or supervised design and construction.
     

Outdoor fireplaces or ovens

  • With a maximum height of 2.5m, and maximum cooking surface of 1m2.
     

Flexible water storage bladders

  • For irrigation or firefighting purposes up to 200,000 litres in storage capacity.

  • Small pipe supporting structures

  • For water only and on private land.
     

Short-span (small) bridges

  • Which the general public cannot access and does not span on a road or rail area. The design will need to be carried out or reviewed by a Chartered Professional Engineer.
     

Single-storey pole sheds and hay barns in rural zones

  • There will be two exemptions:

  • The design has been carried out or reviewed by a Chartered Professional Engineer

  • A Licensed Building Practitioner has carried out or supervised design and construction.