Show homes are easy, breezy

Mar 9, 2018 | Member profiles

EasyBuild’s modular homes were first developed in the 1980s, with hundreds being built then. With housing affordability becoming such an important issue for New Zealanders of late, EasyBuild relaunched in 2017 with new designs or current codes and preferences.

Currently, about 30 people work on EasyBuild’s homes across the country. In the head office and at the factory in Masterton, it’s a real family affair, with eight staff from three families all pitching in.

Last month Building and Construction Minister, Hon Jenny Salesa, officially opened their show homes. Mike Fox, Director of EasyBuild said “We were delighted the Minister saw the high-quality homes we are building to meet New Zealand’s housing needs and enjoyed showing her around our factory so she could see first hand one of the innovative housing solutions available right here in New Zealand.”

Currently the team can build one house a day from the factory, and this will increase to two homes per day to meet demand. Impressive numbers to help fight the housing crisis!

A three-bedroom house pack costs $111,800 if you want to put it together yourself. Otherwise approximately double the price and the job is done for you. Easy!

Community is important to the EasyBuild team. Hemana Eruera Manuera of Kokohinau Marae says “After the Edgecumbe disaster hit in April 2017, EasyBuild homes were constructed on Kokohinau Marae to house people affected by the natural disaster. Five homes were built on the marae and there is hope that further funding will be able to deliver more.

“EasyBuild employed some of our local lads to help with the building and for that we were very grateful.”

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