​New Zealanders flipping mad for prefab ‘jandal-inspired’ home design

03 December 2018

A house that can flip to be a one or two storey home has taken out the People’s Choice award at New Zealand’s first ever competition to design prefab homes as backyard properties.

At a special garden themed event in mid-November, the winning SNUG home designs were announced by Auckland’s Mayor Phil Goff.

The New Zealand Green Building Council was delighted to be a part of The SNUG ‘a home for my backyard’ design competition for secondary homes up to 65m2 which was run by PrefabNZ alongside ourselves, Auckland Council, Holmes Farsight, Lifemark, NZ Institute of Architects, and Architectural Designers NZ. The winning six SNUG entries are all pre assessed in accordance with Homestar design standards and achieved an indicative 6 or 7 Homestar rating. If achieved alongside site related Homestar points these projects are on target to achieve the final built Homestar rating.

PrefabNZ Chief Executive Pamela Bell explains: “This competition has delivered asset-rich but cash-poor Aucklanders a dozen choices of smart, sustainable, speedy and affordable housing solutions for their own backyards.

“A SNUG home is designed to be a home for your children as they adventure out into independent living, a safe place for extended family, or a work-space to provide an alternative to commuting.”

Eighty-six designs entered the competition and a panel of expert judges picked out the twelve finalists, including six winners. Another design was chosen through the People’s Choice award which saw 1,500 members of the public vote. The ‘Flip’ design came out as the overwhelming favourite. International Judge Helena Lidelöw of Sweden’s Lindbäcks Bygg awarded her favourite – the ‘Porch’ design.

The six winning designs come with pre-consent approval from Auckland Council to make it easier for people in the city wanting to install a SNUG.

Quote from judge, “These are next-generation designs, and it’s fantastic to see the influence of the student or apprentice that each team was required to have.” Each team had to include design and construction professionals alongside a student or apprentice.

Quote from People’s Choice award winner, Flip SNUG home architecture student Brittany Irvine, “Working on housing affordability for New Zealanders is a super-relevant issue. It’s not just about housing, it’s about people. It is really exciting! It feels good to know that the design has grabbed people’s attention and that they hopefully want to see more. It is a really rewarding feeling.”

The six winners’ prize pack includes $2,000 cash along with pre-approvals for Homestar, Lifemark and Building Consent. The winners and finalists are featured in the SNUG home catalogue which can be found as an insert in the recently published Defign magazine by Architectural Designers NZ. The catalogue is a modern take on how New Zealand homes were designed more than 100 years ago when home options were made easy by catalogues for builders of Bay Villas, Railway Houses and California Bungalows.

All SNUG homes are beautifully designed, highly sustainable, liveable, affordable and fast to assemble. Designed to be built offsite in a factory setting to ensure a quality build, they can then be craned into position or erected on site from panels. This makes it much easier than a traditional build with less noise, dust, transport and disruption right outside your home. All twelve SNUG homes, and their variations, can be seen at snughome.nz. They are sized from 35–65 m2 and prices will likely range from $90,000 to $190,000 before consents and site-works.

PrefabNZ has confirmed partners Mitre 10, Resene, GIB (Winstone Wallboards), Altus, and James Hardie to help bring the summer of SNUG showhomes to life. Talks are in progress with councils in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to confirm a showhome site for late summer / early autumn 2019. Experience a SNUG home this summer by checking in at www.snughome.nz

People’s Choice Award Winner = Flip SNUG

First Light Studio with Panelwood + Victoria University student Brittany Irvine

International Judge’s Award Winner = Porch SNUG

Studio Pacific Architecture with LT McGuiness + student Oliver Shand

Six SNUG Winners:

1. Casabella SNUG

QuikFab with Allesandro Quadrelli Architect + student Kerryn Elliott

2. Flip SNUG

First Light Studio with Panelwood + Victoria University student Brittany Irvine

3. Pitch SNUG

Portabuild with Shepherd & Rout Architects + student Charlie Devine

4. Kowae SNUG

Litegreen with Barry Connor Architect + student Mathew Grayling

5. Whare-iti SNUG

Aonui Architects with Red Stag + student Jennifer Koat

6. Thrive SNUG

Catalyst Homes with Jessamine Fraser Architect + student Juan Blas Pedeira

Eli Nuttall, Brittany Irvine (Flip) and Mayor Goff

Eli Nuttall, Brittany Irvine (Flip) and Mayor Goff