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5 Prefab or Modular home designers in NZ

July 29th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “5 Prefab or Modular home designers in NZ”

Prefabricated or Modular homes come with their pros and cons, at Rangitahi we think the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to simple, sustainable and affordable homes. For those interested in the option of a prefab or modular home on Rangitahi, we’ve managed to dig up our top 5 makers/designers of prefab or modular homes available in NZ. In case you were wondering, yes, you can get some well designed, architecturally built prefab homes in NZ that are reliable and of high quality.

Prefabricated homes, often referred to as prefab homes, are specialist dwelling types of prefabricated building, which are manufactured off-site in advance, usually in standard sections that can be easily shipped and assembled. Modular homes are prefabricated buildings or houses that consist of repeated sections called modules. “Modular” is a construction method that involves constructing sections away from the building site, then delivering them to the intended site.

Pro’s of Prefab or Modular homes:

  • Lower cost, generally affordable
  • Quick build, fast turnaround
  • Hassle free – design, consent and build is all done for you.
  • Better sustainability – Efficient use of materials, minimal site disruption
  • Simple & practical design


Con’s of Prefab or Modular homes:

  • Size – may be too small for growing families
  • Lack of storage & multiple rooms
  • More logistics – check zoning, organising utility hookups and other logistics are the responsibility of the homeowner
  • Less customisation – limited choice of materials.


Makers fabrication

An extension of Makers Architecture, Makers Fabrication has been set up to service the architecture, design and building industry, specialising in digital fabrication and assembly. Their services are centred around the production and development of various prefabricated construction methods & projects. They have a large and flexible workshop that allows them to deliver unique prefabrication projects of many scales and applications. This includes more traditional methods of prefabrication such as installing cladding and insulation to pre-framed walls, floors and roofs, complete & ready to be lifted into place on the building, speeding up traditional methods of construction remarkably. Their workshop space is run and serviced by a diverse team consisting of skilled designers, builders, a project engineer and expert CAD CAM operators.

Makers fabrication are a highly skilled set of professionals who have built some beautiful prefab homes, ones we think would fit the look and feel of the Rangitahi peninsula and the Raglan coast! Take a look at some of their projects below or on their website here.

Elevate Architectural Transportables

Elevate Architectural Transportable Homes are award-winning, architecturally designed relocatable homes built to a very high standard with quality, high end finishes, features and fittings. And they’re based locally in Cambridge. All Elevate architectural transportable homes are customisable, but they have 14 different models to suit varying lifestyle requirements. They also come with a fixed cost build and have a sleek, contemporary exterior thats durable in extreme weather conditions. Great for Rangitahi! Check out some of their homes they’ve built below, or on their website here.

TDM Modular homes

TDM Modular homes was built out of a desire and determination to address the national issue of a lack of quality new homes in New Zealand. TDM Modular aims to break down the walls of the building industry, creating an innovative more efficient and quality driven product that is available to all New Zealander’s no matter their lifestyle, location or need.

Based on your property location, individual design needs and ideas, TDM Modular homes can custom build your dream modular home. From family homes, beach houses or granny flats to 1,2,3 or 4 + bedroom homes. Alternatively, you can choose and adapt from their standard modular homes range. Take a look at some of their work below or on their website here.

Nest homes

Architectural. Affordable. Simple. That’s how Nest homes describe themselves. And by the looks of things, they offer just that. All Nest Homes feature unmistakable designs and uncompromising technical and material choices creating healthy, sustainable and environmentally friendly lived in environments. Strong edgy modern design is their first focus, followed very closely by health and performance. They feature innovative and sustainable material choices as well as innovative and sustainable construction systems. Almost all of the building materials they use are biodegradable, making their homes almost zero waste! Amazing! The fact they carefully consider their impact on the environment makes them a high contender in our eyes for Rangitahi. Find out more on their website here, some of their projects are featured below.

Fraemohs Homes

Last but certainly not least, Fraemohs offer iconic Scandinavian kitset homes delivered anywhere in New Zealand. In Scandinavia and many parts of mainland Europe building a kit home is a very common practice. Building a kitset home offers a number of advantages, like a shorter build time, reduced labour costs and a building process where you really are in the centre of everything, which can be incredibly satisfying.

Fraemohs Homes has been manufacturing and supplying Scandinavian style kitset homes for over 50 years. All using hand crafted locally-grown sustainable New Zealand timber, they can create custom kit homes to suit your specifications, or you can choose from their conventional flat pack homes. They are a family owned, values based company, which has stood strong throughout 50 years of New Zealand’s building history. A recipe for success! Read more about their kitset homes here, and check out some of their work below.

If you haven’t yet checked out what beautiful land we’ve got on offer at Rangitahi, head to our explore page here, and see the kind of lifestyle you could create in Raglan with your prefab home!


Raglan Cafe Indi’s on it’s way to being waste free!

July 28th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Raglan Cafe Indi’s on it’s way to being waste free!”

Some great news about Raglan cafe Indi’s paving the way and ditching all single use takeaway cups! Posted in the Raglan Chronicle last week, cafe owner Miles Ratima, like many other Raglan residents, is taking a big step in the right direction to protecting our environment. Despite costing him customers, he believes it all comes down to education and setting an example.

“If you’re in hospitality in Raglan you should be educating people about waste. Every business owner should be taking care of their own rubbish and not give customers the chance to create waste in the first place.” He hopes he can set an example and other cafe’s jump on board!

You can read the full article here. Raglan is an environmentally conscious community who care deeply about protecting the natural environment. We’re looking forward to welcoming an extension of this community to the Rangitahi peninsula in the future. If you’re thinking of making the move to Raglan, come and explore Rangitahi and book a site visit with us and you’ll find out how easy it is to build your dream lifestyle in our welcoming community!

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Cladding combo ideas for your dream coastal home

July 7th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Cladding combo ideas for your dream coastal home”

Cladding your home can be a big decision when it comes to choosing the right materials, as you want to get the perfect balance between looking great & withstanding the elements. It’s a key decision that will influence how you feel about your home for years to come. You also need to consider what suits the surrounding environment in terms of durability and style. Raglan embodies the wild west coast, and is a true reflection of the rugged New Zealand coastline. Although the Rangitahi peninsula is relatively sheltered, it’s still important to choose materials that will protect your home, and reflect the Raglan coastal style. You also need to think about cost, does it fit in the budget? Insulation performance, maintenance & sustainability are also all key factors to consider.

We thought it would be helpful to put together a list of cladding combinations and where to find them, that we think will not only look the part at Rangitahi, but will ultimately withstand the coastal elements for years to come. Don’t forget to check out our Design guidelines here for more recommendations and ways to help keep your home to a high quality.

Paneling and Timber Cladding

Panel cladding systems are a cost effective way to finish your home with a classic modern look. James Hardie’s Axon panel is easy to install, robust and versatile. Combine it with a timber shiplap or weatherboards and you’ve got yourself a stylish modern coastal home.

James Hardie Axon Panel – Robust, easy to install, sustainable, cost effective, stylish

Abodo Vulcan Cladding – NZ Renewable premium weatherboard timber, natural durability, long lasting, sustainable, high quality

Brick and Timber Cladding

You can’t go wrong with brick. It’s super reliable due to it’s durability, insulating properties and fire resistance, and it’s got a real charm and warmth about it. We would recommend stack bonded straight edge brick, as it’s clean lines and natural look won’t date and sit nicely against timber. Timber weatherboards are lightweight, beautiful and the cladding of choice for many kiwi homes and baches. It complements all architectural styles from bold minimalism to modern, clean lines to fit a stunning kiwi coastal setting. They also weather well over time in a coastal environment to give that rustic, beachy look.

Firth Devonstone – Earth style masonry brick, durable, low maintenance, high insulation, environmentally conscious company, NZ made

Hermpac Vertical Shiplap– High quality, NZ owned, lightweight, natural, long lasting

Colorsteel and Timber Cladding

Colorsteel is a great option for your home. Not only is it an affordable option, but it is extremely long lasting, durable and low maintenance. Steel cladding once installed will last for decades, and is perfect for the coastal environment. It also has a clean, modern finish and will look great alongside timber. It could also give you the option to splash out on a more expensive detail like cedar shiplap. Western red cedar is recognised in New Zealand as a premium exterior cladding material with a proven record for performance and versatility. It delivers an unrivalled combination of design and durability.

Coloursteel Maxx – specifically designed for rugged coastlines, corrosion resistance, long lasting, durable, affordable, high quality

Cedarscreen weatherboard vertical cladding system – premium NZ cladding, high quality, durable, architectural look & feel, natural, high maintenance

Check out and download our Design guidelines here for more design ideas and recommendations for your Rangitahi home!

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