With massive economic and environmental advantages, it is no surprise that prefab and tiny houses are trending worldwide.
Founder and CEO Graham Bloxham developed the eco tiny iPod tiny home product to disrupt the building industry by providing a fresh take on ready-to-go, portable and stackable housing.
“So many New Zealanders are in need of affordable houses but don’t have access to finance, land or insurance. The building industry is stumbling along, overcharging with long wait times. In some cases 2 years. We have found ways around all this" Bloxham says. "I started Eco tiny to make housing affordable and I don't mean $500k affordable I mean 100k. For under a hundred grand Bloxham says you can be in an off the grid stylish Scandinavian styled tiny pod in 10 weeks including consent."
At 3.1m by 7.2m long and a giant deck, Eco tiny’s iPod require only 35 sqm of land to get started.
Eco tiny will build homes nationwide in particular for
- IWI wanting to get Whanau out of cars and sheds.
- A farmer on the edge of a tourism hot spot looking to add value and make extra cash.
- Infill housing in the suburbs.
- Stack-able pods in the CBD around buildings.
The banks are getting tougher. Eco Tiny has negotiated a rent to own model with wrap around services and insurance.
Eco tiny houses are self-contained small homes 22 studio and 34 sqm 1 brm units, often built on wheels – perfect for first home buyers, anyone looking to get on the property ladder or if you’re hoping to reduce your carbon footprint.
Eco tiny houses can be off-the-grid or connected to services, Bloxham's ipod called the Ecotiny Warrier pod is powered by wind, sun, gas and rain. The Ecotiny Warrier pod is either plumbed in and consented or totally self sustainable. Built from NZ steel eco panels the iPods are flexible, strong, super warm, healthy and exceptionally cool.
Bloxham says Eco tiny can manufacture 10 iPods a month currently and will be able to get up to 50 a month all going well.
Eco tiny’s design process allows consumers to mod their pod and add off-the-grid elements such as wind generation, Bloxham has driven the cost out of solar systems and added in a myriad of IOT Internet of things and sensors to mod the pod up and get connected.
Off-the-grid doesn’t mean off-the-radar. You may have seen the tiny house stolen from Canberra, Australia in September. Eco tiny's iPod tiny homes come equipped with a security system that syncs with the Eco tiny's dashboard app on your smartphone.
You can also check your iPods vital stats including water and solar collected, income tracking if plugged into air bnb which links to Xero and does the tax on the fly, battery levels, warmth and add other gadgets for a connected life.
Bloxham is dedicated. Eco tiny's goal is to sell 3000 tiny homes by working within the changing regulatory environment. Infill housing rule changes, Auckland just freed up 35,000 + sections and Hutt City wants 2000 + more homes.! There is a lot going on with Eco tiny resorts & villages and affordable housing on IWI land. I can see a time very soon where there will be a land over supply so we are buying land wherever we can.!
Eco tiny is flexible in terms of income and use, pod owners can rent out and turn the money on or off, to plug their iPod tiny home into Airbnb and pay their investment off in as little as year or turn off if friends are coming to stay.
While many tiny house companies behave like traditional house sellers, Bloxham wants to make buying a tiny house akin to buying a new car – fast, friendly, and with exceptional after sales service.
Read Ecotiny's blog here