Your Questions Answered
Are you cabins built to the most recent building code?
Absolutely! All of our cabins comply with Building Code NZ3604. This ensures our buildings are safe, healthy and durable for everyone who may use them. The Pod, one and two bedroom cabins come with a Building Consent and Code of Compliance certificate for very high wind zone and corrosion zone C as standard. Zone upgrades are available.
It is optional for the large and extra-large to be provided with Code of Compliance Certificate at additional cost
Do I need a permit or building consent once my cabin is onsite?
For buildings that are larger than 10sqm, it is likely that you will need an onsite building consent from your local Council. This consent is to show compliance with the local town planning/building rules i.e connections to services, foundations, boundary setbacks etc. We can help you with this or you can arrange for a local draughtsperson or architectural firm to assist.
How are your cabins constructed?
All our cabins are constructed using a galvanised steel chassis and timber framing. We only use the finest NZ materials built by qualified tradespeople, because at Pencarrow Cabins, quality matters!
Are your cabins insulated?
Absolutely. All walls and ceilings are insulated using quality Earthwool® insulation, combined with EXPOL underfloor insulation. All our cabins are insulated to NZ3604 and rated to zone 3. Increased insulation ratings are easily available.
Are your cabins double-glazed?
Yes. Double glazed windows and doors come standard in our cabins because living in a space that is warm, dry and comfortable is not negotiable.
Are there different cladding options for the cabins?
Yes, there are a number of cladding options to choose from. Our most commonly used cladding are shadowclad natural groove throughout, or a combination of shadowclad natural groove with Colorsteel corrugated iron, but other options are available. Our costs are based on using shadowclad natural groove.
How are the cabins powered?
The cabins can be hard wired into your power supply or we can install an inlet power point suitable for a caravan lead and adapter. All cabins have an Electrical Compliance Certificate, smoke alarm and are RCD protected.
How does the bathroom and kitchen work in regards to water and waste?
We provide standard household toilets, showers and sinks. You have the option of a built in macerator pump for all grey and waste water, or we can provide standard plumbing connections for a drain layer to connect to site.
A water inlet valve connection installed on the exterior of the building supplies the cabin with water, you can then attach to any water supply connection
Can we upgrade the fittings in our cabin?
Of course, we’re more than happy to accommodate individual styles and requirements.
Can the floor plans be adapted?
We are able to make small changes, but are not able to move doors or large windows. We do have a number of upgrades available in fittings and fixtures to help make your cabin right for you. All plans can be flipped
How are the cabins transported to my site?
Our cabins are transported all over the North and South Island. The cost of transporting a cabin from our Wellington yard to your site will vary depending on travel distance, site layout etc. We’ll put you in touch with quality and experienced transport companies, who will help you with all aspects of the building transportation.
Transport insurance is also recommended and is approximately 1% of the cost of the building.
Can the cabins be built on site?
We’re afraid not. All our cabins are built within our factory and are fully complete when delivered.
What is the process for buying a cabin?
Together we go through the design and specifications. We then provide a proposal and quote.
Once you are happy and are ready to press GO! It’s time to sign the building contract, accept the quote and pay the deposit.
Our Team then prepare and submit the council consent application, and once approved we start building, this takes between 6 - 8 weeks depending on our workload at the time.
What is the deposit for an Pencarrow Cabin and how are the payments structured?
A 50% deposit is required on signing the building contract. Two progress payments of 25% are then scheduled. Half way through construction and on completion prior to it leaving the factory.
Can I visit my Cabin when it’s getting built?
Absolutely, we can schedule a time for you to come and inspect the build process.
Can I look over the Pencarrow Cabins Building Contract?
Absolutely - we can send the Pencarrow Cabins Building Contract to you on request.
I’m ready to buy, what is the next step?
Fantastic! Call Fiona on 0226 374 969 or message us through our contact us page and we’ll get in touch with you.
What other costs and considerations are there when purchasing a cabin?
The price of a Pencarrow Cabin is GST inclusive and includes the actual cost of the building from our factory in Porirua Wellington, plus Building consent and code of compliance certificate.
The plumbing and electrics are ready for onsite connection. There are additional costs involved in purchasing a transportable home including onsite consents, transport to site and onsite services.
Rent to own FAQ's
We offer rent to own for all of our cabin plans. It’s a great way to purchase one of our quality cabins with or without a deposit!
Our rent to own is managed by Fit out Funding Solutions. You are more than welcome to use a different company.
How does rent to own work?
The terms of the contract are negotiated between you and Funding Solutions. Typically the rent to own contract is 5 to 7 years but can be longer or shorter depending on the weekly rent you agree to pay. Featured prices are based on 7 years.
How do I apply?
Contact us and we will send through the application form.
What will I need for the application?
- quote from us
- your last 3 pay slips
- photographic ID
- your last 2 months bank statements
- approval from the landowner