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Introducing the SNUG - A PrefabNZ design competition for 'a home in my backyard'

The SNUG is a complementary dwelling for your garden - a home for you, your parents, your kids, your work or for play. What do you want it to be, and how do you get one....find out here or download a SNUG catalogue here.

The 12 SNUG homes were designed by 12 independent design teams, and are in varying stages of market readiness. If you have an interest or questions about any of the SNUG homes, email with the name of the SNUG and a PrefabNZ team member will get you in contact with the specific SNUGs design team.

SNUG Designs

Watch fly-through here

Read brochure here

45 Degrees SNUG

Watch fly-through here

Casabella SNUG

Watch fly-through here

Watch fly-through here

Kowae SNUG

Pi Honi SNUG
Watch fly-through here

Pitch SNUG
Watch fly-through here

Porch SNUG

Sanctum SNUG
Watch fly-through here

Thrive SNUG
Watch fly-through here

Whare-Iti SNUG
Watch fly-through here

Whitebaiter SNUG

What is a SNUG 'home in my backyard'?

A SNUG is a complementary dwelling for your back garden - a home for your children as they adventure out into independent living, a safe place for extended family members, or a work-space to provide an alternative to commuting.

  • Smaller than 65 m2, to meet the Auckland Council's definition of a minor dwelling.
  • Manufactured buildings. That means that they are designed to be made offsite under controlled manufacturing conditions before being transported to site either whole or in pieces for assembly. This means less time building on site, less disruption, and higher quality.

Prospective SNUG owners can pick and choose a SNUG option from the SNUG catalogue that suits them and their backyard.

The winners of the PrefabNZ SNUG competition will be assessed by the Auckland Council to provide a pre-consent approval on the structure, significantly streamlining the consent process.

  • Full competition brief, who the winners and finalists are and more background information here
  • Watch our SNUG promo with ADNZ at the Resene Architecture & Design Film Festiva below

SNUG model national tour 2019

We're very excited to announce that the SNUG models will be on display at three upcoming events in May and June.

First up is Te Wa Heke Festival, (Tech Week) Lower Hutt Event Centre, 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt. The festival will run between 10 am - 3 pm Friday 24 May and Saturday 25 May. This event is open to the public and admission is free! We will even have some of our Wellington-based SNUG teams there and available to take your questions!

The twelve models will then be on show at The Shift Aotearoa Conference 2019 held at Te Papa, Wellington 5-7 June. This conference aims to present a platform for action on building the New Zealand Housing System - based on research evidence - through engagement across the community housing sector, researchers, local government, central government, commercial partners and our allies at industry associations.

Come visit the PrefabNZ team at buildNZ designex 2019 held at ASB Showgrounds, Auckland 23-25 June. We'll be displaying the SNUG models along with innovations from Victoria University of Wellington and Unitec Auckland. Find out more here and register for your free ticket!


People’s Choice Award Winner = Flip SNUG

International Judge’s Award Winner = Porch SNUG

Six SNUG Winners:
Casabella SNUG (QuikFab with Alessandro Quadrelli Architect), Flip SNUG (First Light Studio with Panelwood), Pitch SNUG (Portabuild with Shepherd & Rout Architects), Kowae SNUG (Litegreen with Barry Connor Architect), Whare Iti SNUG (Aonui Architects with Red Stag), Thrive SNUG (Catalyst Homes with Jessamine Fraser Architect)

Six SNUG Finalists:
45 Degrees SNUG (Pacific Environments with Tallwood), Easy SNUG (EasyBuild), Pi Honi SNUG (Makers of Architecture), Porch SNUG (Studio Pacific Architecture with LT McGuiness), Sanctum SNUG (Sanctum Architecture with Potius), Whitebaiter SNUG (Pourakino with NZ SIPs).

Media coverage updates

  • Read the SNUG May 2019 newsletter here
  • Read the SNUG Dec 2018 newsletter here
  • 5 April 2019 Mitre 10 report on the SNUG phenomnom 'A new house for $100k-$250k' read here
  • 31 January 2019 Flip SNUG features on Tommys Read their article Make Money From Your Backyard read here
  • 19 December 2018: First SNUG ready for release - you can now seriously consider buying the Easy SNUG.
  • 20 November 2018: We were thrilled to recognise the SNUG home design competition finalists, winners and special prize awards together with Mayor Phil Goff of Auckland. Thanks to our fantastic SNUG teams, SNUG competition partners and SNUG commercial partners. See the full details of award recipients here.
  • SNUG competition shortlist of 12 tiny Kiwi homes released. Read here
  • Prefab industry piles in to help with KiwiBuild. Read here

Interested in a SNUG in your backyard? Here's a 12 step guide!

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Download the above flowchart here
Step 1: Register your interest and
request a SNUG catalogue by sending your address to

Step 2: Choose your SNUG home.
The 12 SNUG homes were designed by 12 independent design teams, and are in varying stages of market readiness. If you have an interest or questions about any of the SNUG homes, email with the name of the SNUG and a PrefabNZ team member will get you in contact with the specific SNUGs design team.

Step 3: Explore Summer of SNUG Showhomes - coming soon!

Step 4: Check your site conditions with your council

Step 5: Apply for a PIM - check to see if your backyard is SNUG-ready. Request a Pre-Application Guidance from Auckland Council here. It can be really beneficial from a building and planning perspective to apply for a Project Information Memorandum (PIM) early on. They are cheaper relative to a Resource or Building Consent and supply all the information the Council is aware of that might affect a project. It can give you, in advance, all the information that might hold you up when you actually apply. And in some cases give you the opportunity to change things so you don’t get held up. Read more about PIM here

Step 6: Talk to your bank

Step 7: SNUG home team documents the design for your backyard

Step 8: Building consent with Council

Step 9: Offsite prefab building starts

Step 10: SNUG home delivered and installed

Step 11: Share your photos on Instagram #snughome

Step 12: Enjoy and relax!


PrefabNZ is very grateful for the support of our SNUG Partners:

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