Transportable units ticking all the boxes
Designing a high-quality product and making things easy for clients has always been the aim of transportable home company Unit2Go.
That’s why the majority of the company’s products come with building consents.
Company owner Mark Ross says this not only takes care of one important part of the process for clients but also indicates the standards to which products are constructed.
Unit2Go was started around 10 years ago by qualified builder Mark and his wife Tania, a property manager. The couple saw a gap in the market for transportable units – sleep-outs, cabins, granny flats, tiny homes and larger four-bedroom homes. They now deliver North Island wide and occasionally into the South Island.
Unit2Go products are delivered to the site with a specialist truck-and-trailer system. Mark says that there is usually no site prep needed if the site is reasonably flat. Unit2Go can provide information to design suitable foundations and can also put the cabins on piles.
Mark says that every site is different and so are the requirements of the local authorities and that Unit2Go can assist in any consent process required.
As all new Unit2Go cabins over 10sqm are built to the New Zealand building code by registered trades staff and come with a Code of Compliance Certificate issued by Council this makes the process easier.
Unit2Go can also build custom designs. A Unit2go building can be as large as 105qsm and two units can be joined together for a pavilion style home. All products are proudly New Zealand made and all materials are manufactured and/or supplied by New Zealand companies.
“We can also build specialist office units to cater for anything from the small home and income to specialist commercial units,” says Mark.
“We have built many different configurations, bunkrooms, ablution blocks, mobile bar, mobile cafe, portable stables, office, etc. The possibilities are endless.”
He says the business has grown steadily over the years and recent publicity about tiny homes has also helped educate people as to the possibilities.
Mark says that smaller houses are not only affordable in the beginning but they are also cost-effective in the long run.
Benefits include lower debt, greater energy efficiency with smaller spaces to heat and less water use, less clutter and location flexibility as most small homes can be relocated on a trailer.
People can either buy Unit2Go products outright, rent them or rent to own. Unit2Go also offers no-deposit finance as a point of difference to make things even easier for clients. Typical Unit2Go customers include people wanting extra accommodation for family, young couples starting out, for use as baches or offices, to add extra accommodation to an investment property or those wanting to rent a cabin through sites such as Airbnb.
“We are constantly innovating and improving our offering, quality and performance,” says Mark.
“This includes developing a new range of up-market products due for release later this year.”