The Portable People

Creating Space for Possibilities

Using innovation to ensure quality living spaces for all

We’re here to bring New Zealand to the forefront of what’s possible. To provide the most innovative healthy, sustainable, warm transportable homes and buildings with minimum impact on the planet, on council services and on each other.

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Founder &
managing director

Norma McCarty

 

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Design
Draughtsperson

Bryan Aragon

 

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Office Manager

Stevie Maora

 

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Foreman

Keegan Lloyd-Jones

OUR STORY

Norma, owner and founder of Able Spaces, first got into the construction industry by chance in 2011. She was given the opportunity to recover a dormant demolition company with a business partner and take it to Christchurch to help with the post earthquake recovery. Together they rapidly grew the business and this is where her love of wearing steel cap boots and hi-vis started.

Norma’s background is varied to say the least, but was mainly in the corporate world. From studying Human Resources at Massey University, to working in Finance in Sydney, doing random jobs while travelling through Europe and South America then getting into HR and payroll when back in New Zealand. Norma also worked as an Account Manager with Trade Me Jobs, then as an Executive Assistance for the CEO and Head of Sales at PropertyIQ, studied and worked for herself as a Personal and Business Coach, before being a Management Consultant focusing on process improvement. All this before her husband gave her the opportunity to get into demolition, which Norma grabbed with both hands and ran with it. The rest is history..

When the business partnership came to an end, Norma sought a new opportunity for innovation and entered a license agreement to produce a range of portable, prefabricated buildings in 2015. Here, she quickly learnt the limitations of working under a license agreement. Restricted by the licensor’s standard designs and specifications, there was little freedom to explore new layouts, approaches and materials. Deciding to go at it alone and focus on a nationwide need, Norma terminated her license agreement and Able Spaces began.

We aim to change the way housing is built in New Zealand.

With major issues in the current housing environment, we believe transportable homes are part of a bigger solution. Too many kiwis live in poverty, in some cases eight people in a two-bedroom home. Prices have skyrocketed over the past decade, making house ownership less obtainable for everyday New Zealanders’. As the income gap continues to increase, there is no system in place to replenish the current housing market.

We believe transportable homes are part of the solution.

While the government is implementing timely initiatives, site-built homes are not constructed quickly enough to keep up with demand. With a growing population yet not enough homes, transportable homes are an effective alternative. Constructed efficiently in a workshop setting, transportable homes are an affordable, sustainable solution to New Zealand’s housing crisis.

Every New Zealander deserves a warm, healthy, affordable home.

We believe in a future where every kiwi is able to access an affordable, sustainable, liveable home. In an industry where textbook approaches are the norm, we’re here to bring a fresh perspective. Our team is driven by innovation, seeking ways to continuously improve our transportable homes. We give back to our local community, because there is no greater reward than making someone’s day.

Owned by a woman, Able Spaces is proud to stand out in a male dominated industry. Service is at the forefront of who we are, as each client deserves their dream home! Clients deal with us directly, so you won’t deal with middlemen or chain of confusing communication. While many competitors offer standard portable home designs that cannot be altered, we build to order. With a range of designs for inspiration, we work alongside our customers to make their vision a reality.

Things we care about

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people
We help people however we can. We support Youth Inspire Trust, giving skills and experience to our local youth and the Gateway Programme, giving work experience to local college students.
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environment
We aim to be a zero waste company, recycling every possible component –the steel off our panels, our aluminium off cuts, even excess polysterene finds its way into insulation products. Our paper and cardboard is also recycled. We’re here to add value to New Zealand, to leave a positive imprint that benefits all and keeps our country clean and green.
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Community
Giving back and being involved is important. Recently we rallied round with our suppliers to donate a much needed portable staff room to our local childcare centre. The sea of smiling faces was a wonderful payment!
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future
Our mission is to keep finding solutions that step outside of what is known into what is possible. We believe in a future New Zealand where every Kiwi can have access to a warm home, and will keep working on new transportable products and solutions to make this happen. We use the very latest materials (some of them unique to us) to ensure warmth and endurance in the most affordable ways.
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quality
We create transportable buildings that are made to last the test of time, withstand the elements and yet have style and detail that shows how much we care. Fittings, materials, craftsmanship, custom fit – everything to a standard that goes way beyond what we are required by Council standards.
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value
We’ll always offer competitive pricing but the real value comes from better quality and better service – making sure you get what you want, when you want it, to the price you agree. We take care of all the details including delivery, and let you choose the level of service that suits you:

  • Unit only supplied ex our workshop
  • Consented Unit + foundations design
  • Consented Unit + foundations design + complete site works
OUR VISION – YOUR SPACE

Our vision

Our vision is ‘creating space for possibilities’ and we take this into everything we do.

We don’t just make the best quality portable buildings in town, we also see the possibilities behind them. We see beyond the building site, to where something amazing is being constructed. We see futures being created. We see the families who enjoy the extra space in their world. And we know that our role is to help make these things possible by providing quality, being helpful and caring deeply about what we do.

oUR VISION – YOUR SPACE

Our vision

Our vision is ‘creating space for possibilities’ and we take this into everything we do.

We don’t just make the best quality portable buildings in town, we also see the possibilities behind them. We see beyond the building site, to where something amazing is being constructed. We see futures being created. We see the families who enjoy the extra space in their world. And we know that our role is to help make these things possible by providing quality, being helpful and caring deeply about what we do.