Bunnings flatpack homes fly off the shelves – but only in New Zealand
Pre-fabricated two-bedroom homes cost A$65,000, and four bedrooms up to $107,000
An example of a Bunnings NZ flatpack home from a brochure for prefab housing. Photograph: Bunnings
For those wanting to get on the housing ladder a trip to Bunnings – and New Zealand – may be in order.
The DIY specialist has reported a brisk trade for its selection of flatpack homes which have been on sale across the Tasman.
The hardware giant is offering the pre-fabricated two-bedroom homes for about A$65,000 (excluding GST), and up to $107,000 for four bedrooms.
But so far Bunnings says it has no plans to include the range in its Australian stores.Tiny houses in Australia face bureaucratic red tape and rules differ between states and council areas.
Bunnings NZ has sold more than 50 of its Clever Living Co homes in 12 months.The company’s New Zealand commercial manager, Des Bickerton, said the flatpack two- and three-bedroom homes were popular with retirees and first home buyers with young children.
Bunnings NZ在12个月内售出了50多套smart Living Co住宅。该公司驻新西兰的商务经理德斯•比克顿(Des Bickerton)表示，这种两居室和三居室的单元房很受退休人员和有小孩的首次购房者的欢迎。
“The early result is encouraging,” Bickerton said.
The flatpack designs are built with multi-proof certification so any council across New Zealand can approve consent within 10 working days.
Christchurch builder Richard Trent said his business is receiving at least two enquiries a week about the Bunnings flatpack houses.
“We can currently build a three-bedroom [flatpack] home in six to eight weeks,” Trent said.
There is some debate in New Zealand over whether people are legally allowed to DIY the Bunnings flatpack homes.
The two-bedroom flatpack houses range from 37.5 sq metres up to 59.6 sq metres.
Australian Tiny House Association secretary, Jan Stewart, said the pint-sized homes are gaining popularity but laws were yet to catch up here.
She said a lot of tiny homes in Australia were operating “under the radar” of authorities.
Tiny houses on wheels are in a grey zone, she said, and are classified like a caravan.
Stewart said people adore tiny houses because they are cute, cheap and practical.
“For some people, they are being priced out of the housing market so tiny homes are an affordable option,” Stewart told Guardian Australia.
“For some people, they are looking to down size or they are concerned about sustainability and climate change so tiny houses appeal for those reasons.”
She hopes to move into her own tiny house in the next three years but has already tested out the concept with an Airbnb stay.
Tiny Homes Australia manufactures small houses out of a factory in Ringwood in Melbourne.
Sales manager Henry Hangan said in the past 18 months they’ve built 22 orders and sent them across Victoria, Tasmania, ACT and South Australia.
Business is split about 50/50 between older and younger people.
“Some people love the green idea of it, you can have something that’s completely off the grid,” he said.
Bunnings sells 50+ flat pack homes: 2 bedroom 60sq m from $69,000
Bunnings Trade has sold more than 50 flat pack homes in New Zealand in the last year, with two-bedroom 60sq m models selling from $69,000, the company says.
The business is marketing its flatpack homes under a brand it owns, Clever Living Co., advertised as “homes that move to you.”
该公司目前正以旗下品牌Clever Living Co.推广其平板住宅，广告上称其为“可移动的住宅”。
A Bunnings spokesperson at the chain’s Melbourne headquarters said: “Locations where Clever Living Co. homes have been built are in Northland, Auckland, the Waikato, Taranaki, exported to Rarotonga, Palmerston North, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga, Wellington, Central Otago, central South Island, Otago.”
该连锁店墨尔本总部的一位发言人说:“Clever Living Co.建造房屋的地点在北国、奥克兰、怀卡托、塔拉纳基，出口到拉罗通加、帕默斯顿北部、吉斯本、霍克斯湾、丰盛湾、陶朗加、惠灵顿、奥塔哥中部、中南部岛屿、奥塔哥。”
Prices include $69,131 plus GST for a two-bedroom 60sq m home through to $113,541 plus GST for the four-bedroom 106sq m not including land or services such as power, stormwater and water.
Bunnings said it spent two years preparing to launch the product.
“Bunnings has partnered with licensed building practitioners to develop the range and is seeing a diversity of demand throughout regional and urban communities, from farmers to retirees to first home buyers,” the business said.
Des Bickerton, Bunnings’ New Zealand commercial manager, said demand had grown in the year since the launch.
“A lack of quality and affordable housing options has seen the Clever Living Co. range be really well received as an affordable option,” he said.
他说:“由于缺乏高质量和经济适用房的选择，Clever Living Co.作为一种经济适用房受到了广泛的欢迎。”
“With our partners, we have developed a number of different design packages with the Angus three-bedroom, two-bathroom 96sq m design being the most popular, particularly among retirees and first home buyers with young children,” Bickerton said.
“We did a lot of homework. The early result is encouraging and as we get more feedback from customers and our builder partners, we expect to make a few subtle changes over the coming years to improve the offer,” he said.
The products are designed and built off-site and trucked to sites or delivered as packages that are built onsite by a registered builder, Bunning said.
Included in the packages are appliances, the kitchen, light fittings, bathroom, timber frames, roofing and other building materials.
Foor coverings and and onsite services like water and power are excluded.
All house designs include a living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom, Bunnings said.
Last March, The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment issued a national multiple-use approval to Bunnings Ltd, trading as Clever Living Co for its Suffolk design, one-level, two-bedroom 83sq m transportable dwelling.
去年3月，商业、创新和就业部向邦宁斯有限公司(Bunnings Ltd)颁发了一份全国多用途许可，将其萨福克设计的一层两室83平方米的可移动住宅更名为Clever Living Co。
Simon Hinds of Hinds Builders at Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast said he had built about 20 Clever Living Co. homes in the last year “for the Wairarapa, Kapiti Coast and eight in Wellington.” Many went into Wainuiomata, he said. All are built in his yard, then transported to sites and arrive in packs with floors, frames and trusses, exterior cladding and internal wall linings.
卡皮提海岸Waikanae的Hinds建筑公司的Simon Hinds说，去年他已经为“维拉拉帕、卡皮提海岸和惠灵顿”建造了大约20座smart Living Co.住宅。他说，很多人进入了Wainuiomata。所有的建筑都是在他的院子里建造的，然后被运送到各个地点，以地板、框架和桁架、外部包层和内墙内衬的方式成批抵达。
He plans to build another 22 Clever Living Co. homes: “I’m impressed. I would not be doing them if I didn’t believe in it. It’s actually a really good system and a one-stop-shop. The whole package is all done so we know where the stuff is going to be like with the windows, etc.”
Homes took around 10 weeks to build in the yard “start to finish, all painted and ready to go, kitchens in and bathrooms in and carpet ready to go down.”
“The most popular model was the Angus,” he said of a 101sq m home he is selling to clients for around $220,000.
Although he is not involved in the full house-and-land package sale, he estimated Angus homes on sites were selling for around $400,000-plus in his region.
Clever Living Co. say all homes come with Mitsubishi heat pumps, Kaboodle kitchens, Blanco appliances, Stein showers, vanities and toilets and Sengled security cameras and lighting.
Clever Living Co.说，所有的家庭都配备了三菱(Mitsubishi)热泵、Kaboodle厨房、Blanco家用电器、Stein shower、vanities和toilet，以及Sengled安全摄像头和照明设备。
Frames are built of laminated veneer lumber.
The business markets its smallest home as a two-bedroom 37.5sq m Merino but that series comes in larger sizes as well.
Oxford is 59.6sqm, Suffolk is 82.6sq m, Dexter is 101sq m, Angus is 95.8sq m and Highland is 106.4sq m.
Pamela Bell, Prefab NZ chief executive, says the sector is able to respond quickly to demand for new homes. PrefabNZ is a non-profit membership organisation aiming to inform, educate and advocate for innovation and excellence in offsite design and construction.
Prefab NZ首席执行官帕梅拉•贝尔(Pamela Bell)表示，该行业能够迅速应对新房需求。PrefabNZ是一个非营利性的会员组织，旨在为场外设计和施工的创新和卓越提供信息、教育和倡导。