You’ve Got Questions - We’ve Got Answers
CAN I SEE ONE OF YOUR TINY HOMES IN REAL LIFE?
Yes please, we would love to meet you. Our workshop and showhome in Kaiteriteri is available for viewings. Please get in touch to schedule an appointment or a video call so we can show you around!
DO I NEED A BUILDING CONSENT FOR MY TINY HOME?
This is the mother of all questions in the New Zealand Tiny House Industry. The simple answer ist: No-one can answer this. But - we can try!
Different Councils have different opinions about what a tiny home is - a building, a vehicle, a trailer?
What is it used for - permanent residence, holiday bach, temporary accommodation?
Where does it sit - a building site, bare land, a garden, your neighbour's backyard?
All this information will narrow down if you need a consent, a certificate of acceptance, or a general or change of resource consent - which is very different from every Council. It is a big question mark in the tiny house industry.
As much as we would love to give you a general answer to this - there is none.
But we are more than happy to discuss this in detail with you if you'd give us some more information about your plans and location. Please get in touch.
CAN THIS TINY HOME BE TOWED ON THE ROAD?
The very simple answer is: Yes. Width, height, and length are within the guidelines of towable freight that does not require a pilot vehicle. It takes nerves and the right vehicle, local knowledge ,and the right timing. For longer distances, we offer transport on a low bed via a third party contractor. Please talk to us about costs for towing your tiny.
WARRANTY? WHAT IF SOMETHING BREAKS?
Don't worry, we've got you covered. All product warranties will be passed on to the new owners. As we only use high-end products and materials and work with local professional suppliers and tradesmen with whom we already have a long relationship we are confident to deliver the quality you can expect. ]
However, things happen so a product-related issue is covered by that warranty.
We also grant a warranty on issues arising from incorrect workmanship.
For issues arising from transport, please talk to us about insurance options.
CAN I GO OFF-GRID?
You certainly can, but there is extra costs involved. We are able and happy to customise your tiny to go off-grid, please talk to us about specifications, products and costs.
WHAT ARE YOUR PRODUCTION TIMES?
At ruru tiny homes we try to be one step ahead and have at least one of our homes ready to go ... tomorrow? Please enquire availability as this may change due to increased market demand. If you really have to wait, be assured we're able to build a ruru tiny home in approximately 10 weeks ...
DO YOU OFFER RENT TO BUY?
We are a Start-Up and currently unable to offer rent-to-buy but we will consider this in the future. Please register your interest for this with us so we can keep you posted.
CAN I CUSTOMISE THE DESIGN?
Not much. With our innovative tiny home concept, we aim to challenge all other tiny homes in size, space, and cost-efficiency.
Therefore, we have ONE design that can only be amended in small areas like colour or appliances, but the main concept remains the same. This saves costs for all clients, to reduce the overall price for the home. Also, with always several identical tiny homes going into production at the same time, prices can be negotiated better and labour gets less expensive as a routine is quickly established. As a family business, we built at home. We reuse existing resources and manage our team efficiently onsite. We can lower hours to an efficient workflow as we can work on different tasks without interruptions or waiting hours between deliveries. If the windows for a tiny home aren’t delivered yet, we put up walls. If the walls are up but the insulation is still underway - we work on roofing or cladding.
This way, we save the most precious for both of us - our time and your money.