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the pieces have been matched up.
Recently prefab consruction has seen a renewed interest;
driven largely by its building efficiencies and design
excellence that comes from architect-designed prefab homes as
well as technological improvements in products.
“In 2010 BRANZ building economist Ian Page measured
the uptake of prefab as 17 per cent [by cost, including
residential and non-residential],” says Pamela. PrefabNZ
aims to more than double this uptake, to 40 per cent, by 2020.
The upcoming work arising from the shortage of housing
Auckland, leaky buildings replacement and the Christchurch
rebuild will play its part in achieving this target.
Providing an architectural perspective, New Zealand
Institute of Architects’ (NZIA) John Walsh adds that over
the years many New Zealand architects, like architects all
around the world, have attempted to marry architecture and
prefabricated construction because it is potentially a way of
making good design more affordable. “But especially in New
Zealand, the small size of the market and therefore production
runs, and the relatively high cost of materials, have defeated
most attempts to bring solutions to market.
“However, architects have always been drawn to the social
benefits that could follow from introducing good architectural
principles into housing that is within the reach of a wider
section of the population and some architecture practices in
the country are having some success with kitset or modular
houses,” he adds.
New Zealand is home to a number of prefab offerings; from
components to transportable homes to hybrid types, there is a
wide range of top-end products to choose from.
Keith Hay Homes offers transportable homes (built offsite
and delivered to site ready to connect to services) as well as
modular plans in the form of their latest design, Park Terrace,
which is delivered to site in two halves. “Our homes are not
always fully prefabricated. Sometimes it may be more cost
effective to build fully or partially on site,” says Linda Curtis
from Keith Hay Homes.
All Keith Hay Homes’ designs can be adapted to meet the
unique needs and preferences of their customers. Often plans
are mirrored to take advantage of the sun and views of the
site with additions such as garaging and decking added if
needed. However, alterations do bring into play limitations in
transportation and subsequent increased costs.
Another leader in this area is Lockwood Homes. Their
plans are precision-manufactured to be assembled on site
anywhere in the world and include joinery and finished
Lockwood uses locally-grown Radiata pine and, being
component-based, their plans are infinitely flexible.
Customers have complete design freedom in the floor
plan and architectural design of their home. Lockwood,
however, does offer guidance to maintain the structural
efficiencies of their system. They have standard plans
and home designs that are timeless in their appeal. New
plans are also regularly introduced to cater to the various
segments of the market. Although all plans can be changed
to suit individual needs, these changes can add to the cost,
depending on complexity.
Lockwood homes have been known to withstand
extreme conditions, including cyclones and earthquakes.
The recent Christchurch earthquakes were a case in point,
where none of the Lockwood homes suffered any structural
Another rising star in the prefab world is Box Living,
which offers architecturally designed options with a unique
aesthetic that is different to anything else on the market.
Box Living is a modular system utilising several distinct
components, which at their simplest consist of the external
exoskeleton skin, the floor plane, the roof plane and the
wall partitions. They are able to offer complete flexibility
in design and to date every project they have undertaken
has been bespoke, designed to suit budget, site and brief.
In the near future, though, they do plan to introduce some
Although they are architecturally designed, Box
Living homes take about half the time to design when
compared with architectural projects. Their build time
is approximately two-third of standard building times.
Compared to non-architectural companies, Box Living
homes are perhaps at towards the top-end of the cost range,
but when compared to architectural projects they would be
at the bottom of the range. It is simply the price you pay for
a bespoke home, and is worth every cent when completed.
PrefabNZ: www.prefabnz.com; Box Living: www.boxliving.co.nz;
Keith Hay Homes: www.keithhayhomes.co.nz; Lockwood:
www.lockwood.co.nz; NZ Institute of Architects: www.nzia.co.nz
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around cheap, flimsy and
temporary prefab structures
that are poorly designed or
are very standardised are just
that – out of date.”
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