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The Reality of Flat Pack Homes: Pros and Cons


Owning a home is not as simple as a collect-and-select process. In light of last year’s house price fluctuations in New Zealand, which, according to news reports, have begun to stabilise, there remains the chance that house and land packages might still be expensive. Many factors come into play, of course, including materials, the location, and the supply market.

With all these in mind, getting your dream home may seem farfetched. An emerging type of home, however, has turned the tides: pre-fabricated houses, also called flat-pack homes. Flat pack homes are growing in New Zealand. Durapanel shares some of the reasons they are an “in” thing now – as well as a couple of disadvantages.


Gone are the days when you need to wait for months, or even years, before you can move to your new home. With flat pack homes, you can start living in it in half a day, a few days, or a few weeks, at most.

More Affordable

The materials used in flat pack homes have been measured and cut, allowing home providers to quote a fixed price and making the house a lot more affordable than the traditionally built ones. Since everything has been well-computed and allocated, resource wastage is not an issue in flat pack homes.


With just enough material used for each home and no chances of overproduction, there is less harmful waste released to the environment. This makes flat pack homes very sustainable and eco-friendly.

Lesser Style Choices

The downside of flat pack homes, though, is you do not have much liberty to change how it looks. Customised units are available but at a price. So, if you can live without your personalised preferences – a secret room in your attic, for instance – then flat pack homes is the way to go.

Building Adherence

Just because flat pack homes are not “built” in the traditional way does not mean it is exempt from local building codes. It is still required to comply with building laws, so it pays to know local standards before deciding to have your home built in a particular area.

Knowing these pros and cons can be a deal maker or breaker. Carefully weighing your options is always something worth considering.