frequently asked questions

How long does the build take to build?

Once the design concept has been finalised and the drawings and documents prepared for Consent, the actual construction process itself takes around 18 - 24 weeks depending on the building model and our workload at the time. In addition, you need to allow 20 working days for local Council to process the Building Consent - and an extra couple of weeks if you decide you'd like us to organize the Onsite Building Consent as well. 

Do I need a Building Consent?

All of our transportable homes come with a Building Consent and Code of Compliance. 

Although every Elevate building comes with a Code of Compliance and a Building Consent, an onsite Building Consent is also required from the local Council in the region the building will be moved to. This consent is to show compliance with local town planning/ building rules i.e. boundary setbacks, foundations, service connections etc.

We can manage the full consent process for you or if you prefer you can arrange for a local architectural firm to complete these consents.

Do you design and build custom transportable homes?

We have a range of standard floor plan options that we can most certainly modify to ensure you get the home that suits your needs and lifestyle. Elevate Homes is run by architectural designers so turning people's home ideals into practical designs is something we have a lot of experience with. 

Do bear in mind though that our recommended floor plans shown on this website are the most cost effective and efficient to construct.

What is the deposit for an Elevate transportable home and how are the payments structured?

A 10% deposit is required on signing the building contract and progress payments are based on the the various stages of completed work throughout the construction process. 

How is the building transported to the site?

Elevate buildings are  transported all over the North Island (and also to Waiheke Island). The cost of transporting a building from our Cambridge yard to your site will vary depending on travel distance, site difficulty etc. We’ll put you in touch with quality and experienced home transport companies, who will look after all aspects of the building transportation. Check out the PDF below for estimated transport cost to your site.

Check out one of Elevate transportable houses on the move.

What foundations do I need for the building?

The building will be positioned on to piles. If your site is relatively flat then the transport company who moves the building on, will organise piling and installation. If you have a steep site this may require a building contractor to install the piles before the building arrives at site.

What other costs and considerations are there when purchasing a transportable home?

The price of an Elevate Building - see current price list below -  is GST inclusive and includes the actual cost of the building from our yard in Cambridge plus Building Consent and Code of Compliance.

The building comes fully complete with floor coverings, lighting, bathrooms, kitchen/ scullery, entertainment wall/ shelving etc. installed and with all wiring and plumbing ready for onsite connection.

There are additional costs involved in purchasing a transportable home including onsite consents, transport to site and onsite services. Download the document below for more detailed information about the other costs to consider when purchasing a transportable home.

Do your homes work with solar power?

We can most certainly incorporate a solar system in an Elevate home. We can either install a full solar system before the building leaves our yard or we can just  install the cabling to the meter board which allows future installation of a solar system. A company we work in with called  PowerSmart have provided the following information leaflet about the benefits and workings of solar systems.

Do Elevate transportable buildings come with a warranty?

Elevate Architectural Transportables is a registered member of  Master Builders and as such can offer our clients the option of taking out an independent Master Builder Guarantee. 

How robust are your transportable buildings, can they withstand extreme conditions i.e. high wind or coastal areas?

Our buildings are built to a very high standard and are constructed to withstand severe to very severe environmental conditions. The cladding used on our buildings is incredibly resistant to corrosion and is specifically developed to withstand higher atmospheric salt concentrations so is an ideal option for both high wind and coastal regions.