Cosy Homes started with the goal to rethink the construction of a home from the ground up and produce something that is not only better than traditional homes, but also cheaper. Traditional homes have been pushed to breaking point in New Zealand, both with a lack of supply, inflating costs, and an end product that is simply not very good. Through years of research and testing, we have questioned every aspect of home construction and discovered that we can produce something that is quick to build and affordable, while also being robust, comfortable and incredibly well insulated. 

Portable and earthquake safe

Our first paradigm shift is to make the home portable. Many Christchurch residents have found that fixing your home to the ground via a huge, heavy slab of brittle concrete is not a great idea when the ground shakes and sinks. Some people have answered this with bigger, more complex and frightfully expensive concrete slabs, but we have opted to do away with the monolithic foundation altogether and replace it with a light, robust, steel chassis, resting on the ground via a series of strong, adjustable feet with vibration absorption.

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Well insulated

Our Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) are thicker than the industry standard for portable homes and well exceed the requirements for insulation under the NZ Building Code. In addition, construction is uniquely and meticulously designed to ensure there are no metallic thermal bridges across floors, walls or even window frames. Compared to designs with steel framing that wicks heat straight out and introduces condensation points, Cosy Homes are much better insulated, adding comfort and saving on power bills year after year.

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We are also proud of how eco-friendly our Cosy Homes are, due to a number of factors. Our panels are cut to length as manufactured, so there is very little waste – far less than the 2 to 3 tons of waste generated by building a traditional home. As our homes are built in a centralised production site with nearby staff, we have reduced transportation costs and pollution. The materials chosen have low toxicity and are highly recyclable – while the timber used in traditional homes is sustainable, much of it needs to be treated with very noxious chemicals that also make it difficult to recycle. Our feet and chassis result in you having a low impact on the land. Our focus on insulation results in far less resources being wasted on heating.

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Building consent and sitework assistance

We can keep the building consent process very simple as all of our Cosy Homes meet the New Zealand Building Code standards, except in extreme wind zone situations where there may be additional engineering considerations.

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We can arrange transportation to anywhere in the country provided there is a viable route. We will liaise with an appropriate freight company and pass on their cost to you without adding a surcharge for this service.

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Finance Options

We are pleased that Cosy Homes are now able to offer you a bank lender that can finance you  in the same way as a traditional construction loan, taking advantage of today’s low mortgage rates right from the beginning of the build and eliminating the necessity for more expensive bridging finance. Subject to meeting the lender criteria, you may be able to borrow from 65% to 80% of your land and Cosy Home package.

We also have other finance options available so please get in touch soon to discuss your project.