How we work

Its as easy as this

1 Let’s get your specifications right

Let’s sit down and go through what you want in your new home so we can write it up in a clear proposal including floor coverings, fittings and colours.

2 Sign off on the proposal

Once you’re happy with our proposal,  it’s time to accept the quote, sign the building contract and pay the deposit. Anything else added after the contract has been signed is added as a variation that is also signed. Life is pretty unpredictable so if there is anything else we need to add, we can by agreement.

3 Let us prepare the plans

You’ve chosen everything that will go into your home. Now, it’s up to us to get the rest of the construction plans and specifications ready for Council to accept the building consent and for the  Able Spaces team to start building your new home.

4 Kick back, relax, we’ve got your project covered

Everything is in place for you to kick back and relax while Able Spaces gets cracking on your new home. We’ll keep you informed throughout your build with photos and progress updates.

4a Let us project manage your site works

If your site is within the Greater Wellington Region, we can project manage your foundations, building consent and services connections. Taking the hassle out of the whole project for you!

5 Move in!

Your site works have been completed, your house has been delivered, it’s now time to move in and enjoy your new home.


Can I modify your standard plans?
Yes! Feel free to ask for a copy of the layout plan that’s closest to what you want to be emailed to you. You can then scribble over it with your changes and we will work with you to make them a reality. Once we’ve got the preliminary plans finalized, we’ll quote on what you want and you can decide whether you want to use us or not. There is a $980 Design fee for this, giving you up to 3 revisions.
Do I have options for cladding?

Yes! We currently use Metalcraft Insulated Panels for our walls and roof. They have a Polystyrene core and a Coloursteel skin on both sites. This is what our starting prices are based on. You have then the option of cladding the building with materials like Coloursteel corrugated iron, Pine Weatherboards, Bevel Back Red Cedar Weatherboards, Charred Weatherboards or Plywood and Batten on top of the panels.

What options do I have for the internal linings?

We currently offer two internal lining options: The Panels themselves or Plywood lining for both your walls and ceiling. The panels have a Colour steel skin and are Titania in colour. Easy to clean, flat surface and provide clean lines. You can also choose to have the panels lined with Plywood: Grooved or flat plywood, painted, clear coated or white washed. We have used Pine or Okoume plywood. You also have different join options: Negative detail or butt joined. Come and see our prototype building to see the different options in real life! You can make an appointment here.

What are the Council Requirements for these buildings?

Typically, anything over 30m2 or any size that have facilities like a kitchen or a bathroom required a building consent. If you’re wanting to be completely off-grid and on wheels, then different rules may apply. It’s best to check with your local council. We supply our transportable homes with a Building Consent and Code Compliance Certificate. We are a Licensed Building Practitioner and a Registered Master Builder and take pride in our workmanship.

Can the really large buildings be transported?

Yes depending on where it’s going and site access. We get our transport contractors to check it out for you. We need to make sure delivering your new transportable home is possible, whether it can be done in one or 2 modules or whether other equipment is needed like a massive crane. Once they know that, they can give you an estimate for the delivery.

Do you have a Show unit?

We have a prototype unit showing you the different cladding and lining options. You can book to come and see it by contacting Viewing the buildings before they leave our workshop is done by appointment to our open homes. 

Can you deliver NZ wide?
Yes we can, depending on site access.
How are the portable cabins finished?
The panels we use are the finished product, unless you choose plywood lining and some extra cladding. They are powder coated colour Titania. We use aluminum extrusion for the vertical corners and between the wall panels and roof panels, similar to a scotia. The buildings come fully completed with floor coverings, all electrical, plumbing, kitchen cabinetry and bathroom all fitted out.
Do you provide insurance?

Yes! We offer Transport Insurance and the Registered 10year Master Builder Guarantee as an optional extra. Our standard insurances are Public Liability and Contracts Works insurance.

Our access is rubbish, can you build on our site?

Sorry but not currently.

How are units powered?

The small sleepouts and rental units are powered through an 10amp external caravan plug. We provide you with the caravan extension lead which you can then plug into a normal power plug. For our transportable homes, we run the main cable through the wall and coil it up under the house. Your electrician will then permanently connect it on site and install the meterboard.

Are the TRANSPORTABLE homes insulated?

Yes, we currently use 75mm insulated panel which have an Insulation rating of R2 for the walls and we use 125mm for the ceiling, giving you an insulation rating of R3.6. All internal walls are also insulated with either 50mm insulated panels or if you choose to have your home lined with plywood, we use R2.6 Earthwool inside the steel studs.

Can you build to our specifications?
We are happy to look at it and quote based on your specifications. Please be aware the timeframe will differ.
Do you have a minimum rental period?

We offer 6months, 12months or 24months rental contracts.

Do I have to pay a bond to rent one of your transportable homes?
Yes, bond is 4 weeks rent
Is there a delivery charge?
Yes which depends on where they are located within the Greater Wellington Region and the access, i.e. can the unit be delivered on a hiab truck or is a crane required etc. I am happy to visit the site to get an idea and help with the organisation. The client pays the transport company direct.
How often do I have to pay rent?

Weekly, fortnightly or monthly in advance. You will receive an invoice via email as per the frequency you have chosen on your rental contract.

Do I need council consent for your units?

It is best to check with your local council, but generally anything over 30m2 or anything with facilities needs Council Consent.

How much space do I need to get my unit delivered?

Our leased buildings are currently 3.09metres wide so the driveway needs to have a 3.5metres width minimum. The unit sits on top of a 1.2-1.5metre truck deck. So, provided the driveway is wide enough, it should be easy to deliver a portable building, but it all depends on where you want the unit located and if there is anything in the way, e.g. trees, power lines etc. We can organize for our trucking company to check out your site and quote the delivery.

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