NZ company launches new iPod tiny house


EcoTiny has launched its first iPod quick build tiny house, taking advantage of the worldwide trend for prefab and tiny houses.

EcoTiny founder and chief executive Graham Bloxham has developed the iPod tiny house as 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.

“I started EcoTiny to make housing affordable — and I don’t mean $500K affordable, I mean 100K. For under a hundred grand you can be in an off-the-grid, stylish Scandinavian-styled tiny pod in 10 weeks, including consent.”

EcoTiny 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.

• Stackable pods around buildings in Central Business Districts.

The company’s houses are self-contained small homes, including 34sq m one-bedroom units, often built on wheels — perfect for first home buyers, anyone looking to get on the property ladder or those hoping to reduce their carbon footprint.

At 3.1m wide by 7.2m long plus a deck, the iPods require only 35sq m of land to get started.

Houses can be off-the-grid or connected to services. The EcoTiny Warrior can be either plumbed in and consented or totally self-sustainable, powered by wind, sun, gas and rain.

Built from New Zealand steel eco panels, the iPods are flexible, strong, healthy and super warm/exceptionally cool.

Mr Bloxham says EcoTiny can currently manufacture 10 iPods a month, and hopes to raise that to 50 a month. The company’s goal is to sell 3000 tiny homes by working within the changing regulatory environment.

EcoTiny’s design process allows consumers to mod their pod and add off-the-grid elements, such as wind generation.

Off-the-grid doesn’t mean off-the-radar either. The homes come equipped with a security system that syncs with the EcoTiny dashboard smartphone app.

The iPod’s vital stats can be monitored, including water and solar collected, income tracking if plugged into air bnb which links to Xero and does tax calculations on the fly, battery levels and warmth.

The company has negotiated a rent-to-own model with wrap-around services and insurance. The pods are flexible in terms of income and use — pod owners can plug their tiny home into Airbnb and pay their investment off in as little as a year, or turn off the income if friends are coming to stay.

Mr Bloxham says he wants to make buying a tiny house akin to buying a new car — fast, friendly, and with exceptional after sales service.

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