Generally speaking, you don’t always need planning permission to build small structures or a home office on your own land. A lot of people dream of leaving the rat race behind and start working from home. However, if you are already pushed for space inside your house, it may be difficult to create a suitable working environment.

There is always the option of building a new structure in your backyard, but most people are put off by the thought of having to go through the rigorous process of acquiring planning permission. Fortunately, you don’t always need planning permission to build small structures on your own land.

Small buildings under 10sqm are exempt from building regulations, with some councils relaxing rules for slightly larger buildings. As such, planning permission is often not required when you want to install one of architecturally designed Home Office Cabins.

All our portable buildings are built to the very highest standards possible, using only NZ materials, so you can be sure of working in a quality office when you buy one of our cabins.

Our two most popular sizes

This beautiful large cabin measures in at 4.2 x 2.4m, and also comes in a extra large 4.8 x 2.4 version. This building provides the ideal solution for people who want to work from home, the compact nature means that they can comfortably fit into most back yards and gardens. Engineered galvanised steel chassis, provides the rigidity, with full timber construction, fully insulated and double glazed, meaning it will stand up to all that our fabulous weather will throw and continue to look great for years to come.  Large glass windows, with skylight options provide all the natural light you will ever need. Despite their small sizes, our 10 and 12sqm cabins are designed to maximise space, giving you the perfect solution to achieve that stunning home office. So leave the commute to others and give us a call today to discuss how we can help you get the space you need.


We’ve all heard something by now about the growing momentum around tiny home living. The idea might seem immediately appealing to some and slightly impractical to others, but you may be surprised by the range of benefits made possible by creating a little more space at your place!

Tiny homes, typically between 18 and 85 square metres, represent a social movement away from materialist excesses, promoting flexibility and more importantly, affordability. Portable buildings can provide effective solutions to your accommodation needs, while creating potential revenue streams in your own backyard. And the good news is that city and regional councils are relaxing density and home size regulations due to New Zealand’s ongoing housing shortage, allowing you to build, subdivide, and grow your asset base. So why not make the most of your space?

Whether you’re on the hunt for greater financial independence, teaching your growing kids the responsibilities of home ownership, or you wish to keep your ageing loved ones close to home, tiny homes offer a variety of advantages for Kiwis of all ages. Let’s dive into a couple of benefits of living in a tiny home.

Keep family close without sacrificing independence

Most of us face some big decisions when it comes to our growing children, or how to respond to parents and other relatives needs as they get older.

Tiny homes could be your best answer. They are considerably cheaper compared to ordinary homes and can typically be purchased for less than the down-payment on a full-sized house. Buying a portable building for your children as they near independence can help them learn valuable lessons about home ownership and maintenance, right in the back yard. And when they’re ready to leave the nest, they can take their tiny homes with them and start their careers mortgage-free!

The same goes for those of us with older parents or relatives who may need a little more support with their daily lives. Cabins and tiny homes make exceptional granny flats for ageing parents and relatives. They can be much cheaper than retirement villages or live-in care, while keeping your loved ones closer to their families where they’re happier. Pencarrow Cabins can be easily customised, allowing for ramps, wet rooms, and other modifications.

Create revenue in your own backyard

Tired of constantly mowing that same piece of grass, all the while wondering how you can increase your household income? Purchasing a portable building may be the answer you’ve been looking for! Either as standard rental accommodation or through a quick search for tiny homes in NZ on Airbnb, you’ll be amazed at how many Kiwis are reaping the rewards of investing in tiny homes, providing an affordable option for those keen to maximise return from their current properties.

Not only that, planning rules dictating maximum density and minimum house sizes are being relaxed, making it much easier for infill development in inner-city suburbs. Plenty of people are taking advantage of their land ownership by building, subdividing, and selling, and so should you. So stop mowing the grass and start thinking how you too can generate income at your place!

Portable tiny homes maximise options when your circumstances change!

Tiny homes are portable, and portable homes give you freedom and flexibility when your circumstances change. So, when the kids finally leave, or when you secure that beautiful piece of land on the coast, your portable building gives you the flexibility to simply unclip from the services and re-locate your building where it’s needed most. At Pencarrow Cabins, all our buildings comply with New Zealand Transport regulations, meaning that they can be easily moved anywhere in the country.

Enjoy the benefits of tiny home living yourself

Tiny homes represent so many options that suit your immediate and changing needs. The process is quick and simple, and the team at Pencarrow Cabins are able to guide you every step of the way. So, if finding a solution to your accommodation needs, or increasing income at your place sounds like you, give Pencarrow Cabins a call!