Once the deposit is received we generally allow up to 3 months (12 weeks) for the building process. The trailer’s alone take 8 weeks to make depending on how busy the supplier is, and our Formance™ SIP Panel’s also take 8 weeks for production time. The actual construction start to finish for us takes 4 weeks. We are working on getting this time reduced by sourcing multiple trailer engineers, and having pre-made stock of Formance™ panels in production for each unit, but at this stage 3 months is a realistic expectation.

We outsource our delivery’s to Supercity towing, they charge $150.00p/h from leaving our warehouse, until they are back in their depot after the delivery. This will give you an indication on pricing depending where in the country you are. We can also organise crane and trailer options for hard to access sites, or overweight cabins/tiny homes that are over the legal trailer load weight of 3500kg. Our Ecospace cabins can also be picked up from our warehouse in Auckland without a pilot vehicle, however you need to be experienced at towing and have a vehicle capable of towing 3500kg. If the GMV of your vehicle and the cabin is greater than 6000kg you will require a class 2 license. We can offer delivery all around New Zealand, however, every situation is different so we will need to provide a quote at the time of enquiry/transportation.

Our Ecospace units are built with the vision of being “off the grid”, however, we understand this may not suit everyone’s situation. Our 10m2 Ecospace cabin is slightly under 10m2 and fully transportable so they will not require building consent according to the NZS3604 building code. The 13m2, 18m2, and 26m2 concepts are built on a registered and warranted light trailer which classes them as a vehicle, however, if you are connecting to main council services, this will trigger a consent. We can add self sustainable fixtures including composting toilet, and separate grey water system to avoid this. Resource consents and local council rules vary between each region, so we suggest it is best if you get in touch with your local council for more information to keep on the safe side. If a resource/building consent is required for your region, we have the plan’s and licensed building practitioner’s ready to comply with all relevant inspections and requirements, and we can walk you through the consenting process from start to finish at your cost. As a member of the New Zealand Tiny House Association, along with other great tiny house company’s around the country we are in the process of contributing towards creating a new legislation each week, which classes “tiny house on wheels” in its own category separate to the building and road code, to help better support our exciting growth industry. We are hoping to get this sorted this year. Keep posted for updates 🙂

We have options to make our Ecospace cabins completely self sustainable and off the grid. This includes solar panels fixed to the roof on site, separate grey water system options, and composting toilet options. As every customers situation is different based on power output requirements, as well as frequency of use, we recommend getting in touch with our trusted partners for these options once your cabin has been selected. A rough price indication for off grid solar connection ranges from $11k-$17k inc GST depending on size, watts, and battery storage. The composting toilets we use are around $900.00 + GST for a standard mid range Bambaloo dry composting toilet, but there are other options available. Standard grey water systems are around $1300 + GST, again, with different options available, so it’s best to get in contact with our suppliers to discuss the best suited option for you, we have a discount through Ecospace that we will apply to whatever option you choose.

Here is a link to our off gird suppliers for more information :

Composting toilets and grey water systems: https://www.wctnz.co.nz/

For solar power we have teamed up with SolarKing NZ to bring you the best quality and price for off grid solar nationwide: SolarKing ; Grey and Black Water solutions: Naturalflow

We have designed our units to be ready for connection when it leave’s our factory and reach’s your site. Because we don’t know where each intended Ecospace unit is heading and each site’s layout, we have left this site connection part out of the package. We can easily help you with this process, for site connection and set up we charge our normal builder + apprentice rates of $65.00p/h and $35.00p/h, and its very straight forward for any electrician or plumber local to your area to help with the electricity and plumbing connection. The deck and pergola will be built on site for ease of transport and to save pilot vehicle costs. Depending on where in NZ this is, it could possibly incur extra transport charges for materials delivery and vehicle transport charges to get to site as we are based in Auckland. We will provide an estimate for each enquiry.

As with most building contracts we work on a progress payment system. We require a 60% deposit once the contract is signed and before the construction starts, this covers all the building materials to get the project started and into production. At week 9 we then require a further 30% to pay for the construction labour costs, and then the final 10% before pick up/delivery.

Yes we do. We can build a timber subfloor and flooring as per NZS3604 standards to suit the 13m2 and 18m2 cabin, as opposed to having them on a trailer, this will mean we have to go down the consenting process which we can walk you through from start to finish. If you’re interested in this option, ask us for a quote and we will deduct the cost of the trailer, and include the consenting costs.

Our trailers are made by Bay Engineering solutions based in Tauranga. These trailers are a very well thought out design perfect for tiny houses.

They consist of 2 parts;
Chassis – a basic skeleton trailer with structural steel, axles and a drawbar,

Deck – a detachable steel frame used as the floor of your tiny house.

These 2 parts are securely locked together using a container lock in each corner of the house. This allows you to easily move your house into place, and then remove the trailer from underneath with hand operated lifting jacks if need be.

  • 3500kg rated removable flat deck tiny house trailer with 4x container locks in the corner. 6X2.4mtr Fully hot dipped Galvanised
  • 1″7/8 tow coupling
  • 3500kg rated share tandem oscillating suspension
  • Twin axle electric drum brakes
  • 13″low profile rims and tyres
  • Spare wheel
  • H/Duty jockey wheel
  • LED light system
  • 3yr wof & 1 yr rego
  • Jacking brackets in trailer and deck
  • 4x Jacking stands supplied and fitted to remove the deck off the trailer and for installing trailer up next to the house and becoming a full house size deck frame for an Entertainment area.

Our Process

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Step 1: Design confirmation

Tell us your story so we can guide you in the best direction for your site specific project, including trailer vs fixed timber foundation options, council consent pathways or off grid. 

Choose an Ecospace concept that best fits you.

Can’t find what you’re after? Let us help! We can create custom designs from scratch, or make amendments to existing concepts with our in-house architect to better suit your needs. More info on custom designs here: (Link to custom design page in the Our range tab)

Happy with our standard spec? Great! If not, customise your materials for the interior and exterior from our range of trusted suppliers.

We have a showroom available to stay at if you want to feel the benefits and comfort first hand, more info here: (link to air bnb page) Alternatively, come into our office for a coffee and a chat, and we can walk you through a range of concepts, material options, and benefits of building with Ecospace in person.

Site builds are available if you are based in Auckland or Christchurch
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Step 2: Payment terms, and contract signed

Once we have confirmed your design and project, we ask for a deposit to lock the job in our schedule, and complete a NZCB Build contract for both parties to sign based on the agreed terms and conditions.

For fixed price contracts:

As with most building contracts we work on a progress payment system. We require a 60% deposit once the contract is signed and before the construction starts, this covers all the building materials to get the project started and into production. At week 9 we then require a further 30% to pay for the construction labour costs, and then the final 10% before pick up/delivery.

Materials & Labour charge up contracts:

This option works well for custom projects, and the process is generally the same. A deposit is required to lock the job in (approximately 60%) this pays for all materials to be ordered, and subcontractors to be locked in. From there we will issue progress payments every 3-4 weeks or when necessary until the job is completed. Final invoice is due before transportation.

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Step 3: Planning stages

Your project is scheduled into our online buildertrend system, and you’re given online access to view the progress of your project every step of the way. This includes daily logs with photos attached, a central hub for all compliance documents for council, and your own personal records, keeping you up to date at every step of the project!
If your job is going through council compliance, this will be lodged with council as a priority.

All materials are ordered, and subcontractors are locked in with our schedule.
Generally this process takes approx 6-8 weeks for production times of materials, fixtures, and fittings, although during these unprecedented times, these timelines are varied at the moment with longer than usual lead times on products across the building industry due to the effects of covid, and high demand for construction. We will advise the ETA prior to planning stage.

Step 4: Construction stages

Once all materials arrive in our warehouse, we will make a start on the build as per our Buildertrend schedule. This process takes between 4-6 weeks for the build time from start to finish, depending on size and extent of the build, very fast, and very efficient!

Council inspections will take place at their respective stages of the project
Final walkover and clean of your Ecospace, prepared for transport.
All site builds will have a slightly different build process, which will be set out at the start of the planning stage, starting with the foundations first.
For fixed timber foundations, if required we can set up the site foundations prior to delivery.

Your Ecospace is ready for transport to its final destination!

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Step 5: Final invoice payment, transport:

We can provide transport solutions including transit insurance (recommended) from our warehouse to your site. This is completely outsourced to trusted operators.
Transport options include: HIAB, Tow truck options for trailer homes, Crane and cartage, Ferry bookings etc. We haven’t had a place we couldn’t deliver to yet, and we have been to some pretty rugged spots!

All compliance documentation, producer statements, and record of works is finalised on the buildertrend software for your records.