Architectural Transportables FAQ

The transportable home process

Do you design and build architectural transportable homes?

Yes, we do. Currently, we have six standard floor plans in our “momentum range” (link) that have been architecturally designed by our expert team. These plans range in size from 97sqm – 122sqm, designed to suit a range of families with every detail perfected.

Our standard plans can also be customised to suit your specific needs, or our in-house architects can work with you to design a floor plan from scratch.

Where can I view one of your transportable homes?

We have a gorgeous transportable display home at our Wairarapa HQ, where you can also view other homes under construction. Get in touch with us to arrange a viewing.

Alternatively, you can experience a ‘virtual walkthrough’ of our display home by clicking here.

How long do your transportable homes take to build?

Our architectural transportable homes take between 12-16 weeks to complete from the date council issue us with your new home consent. Here at Thistle Building Company, we won’t ever compromise on quality which is why our homes take slightly longer than other traditional transportable building companies.

How much does a Thistle transportable home cost?

Click here to view a pdf price guide of all our standard Momentum Transportable Homes, as well as any other key costs to consider.

If you want to customise one of our standard floor plans or upgrade anything, we can give you a quote upon application.

Do I need building consent?

All of our transportable homes come complete with a Building Consent and Certificate of Practical Completion for the actual home.

You will need an “Onsite Building Consent” from your local Council in the region the building will be moved to. This consent is to show compliance with local town planning/ building rules i.e. boundary setbacks, foundations, service connections etc.

Your local council will issue your Code of Compliance Certificate when the new house is moved on to your section. Our team can simplify this process for you by dealing with your local council’s consent on your behalf.


How do I pay for my new home?

Once your design is finalised, we require a fully refundable fee of $2,500 to prepare your New Zealand Certified Builders fixed price contract. This is refunded once your contract is signed.

  • 10% deposit for preparing home plans for council consent then progress payments through different stages of your build.
  • 30% payment due 2 weeks before starting your build.
  • 30% payment is due when the roof goes on.
  • 30% payment when the build is complete – the full payment is due before your new home leaves our yard.

Why is there a fee to prepare a contract?

The New Zealand Certified Builders Contract documents include a Fixed Price + Contract, detailed floor plan, external elevations, internal elevations for your kitchen, pantry, laundry, a final finishes plan and the final specifications list for the build. This amount of $2500 is fully refundable when the contract is signed.

What happens when I sign the contract?

Once your contract is signed, the $2,500 fee will be promptly refunded. We’ll then coordinate with our builders to schedule your house construction based on your timeline and inform our transportation company accordingly.

Our architectural designers will handle the construction drawings for the house building consent in Wairarapa and the on-site building consent at your local council. The council typically has 20 working days to process these applications, though it may take longer if additional information is required.

During this time, we’ll assist you in selecting colours for your roof, cladding and joinery, as well as paint, carpet, and kitchen hues to expedite material ordering and ensure a smooth progression without delays.

What happens when my consents are issued?

It’s all go! This is the exciting part! Our builders will start construction on your brand new architectural transportable home.

How do I stay in the loop with my build progress?

At the beginning of your build, we will provide you with your personalised login to our online update system providing you with real-time photo updates of your build. Our system allows you to effortlessly monitor progress anytime, from wherever you are.

You will also receive frequent updates from your dedicated project manager, who will be available to field any questions you may have.

If you’re based in the Wairarapa you will be able to visit your home at our HQ. If distance is a constraint, we conduct our own quality checks to ensure your peace of mind and can even set up a virtual walk-through via video call for your convenience.

Site requirements

How do I know I can move a house onto my section?

We can put you in touch with a specialist transport company to assess your site access and the feasibility of transporting a new home to your site.

What do I need a Geotech report for?

Your local council requires a Geotech report to advise on what foundations your new home will need prior to granting you onsite consent. These reports can be completed by your local engineer.

Why do I need onsite consent?

All of our homes include a building consent for the new house structure.

However, when relocating the house to a different region, your local council there will typically demand onsite building consent. This onsite consent ensures compliance with local planning regulations, such as foundation requirements, service connections, and boundary setbacks.

We’re pleased to take charge of the consent procedure on your behalf. It’s important to note that the consent fee is directly payable by the client to the council and is not encompassed within the house price.

What is the cost to transport a home?

Our transportable homes can be relocated anywhere in the North Island.

The cost of transporting your home from our Wairarapa HQ to your final destination will vary depending on numerous factors such as; travel distance, site difficulty etc.

We’ll put you in touch with quality and experienced home transport companies, who will ensure your home is safely delivered to its destination. Download this PDF for an estimated transport cost to your site.

What other costs do I need to consider?

The prices of our transportable homes, as detailed in this PDF, are GST-inclusive and cover the actual building cost from our Wairarapa HQ, as well as the expenses for Building Consent and the Practical Completion Certificate.

Additional costs to consider include those such as extra foundation planning, storm water design, power to site, septic tanks, connection to council services, and base boards and decks.


How is the house delivered?

We’ll coordinate with the house movers to determine if any additional safeguards are necessary for transporting your home, which is contingent on road conditions and access to your property.

Additionally, we’ll arrange the pickup date from our Wairarapa HQ to your chosen location. While your house is under construction, it is insured; however, we strongly advise that you secure transit insurance for the journey through the house transport company.

Do your homes come with a warranty?

Thistle Building Company are proud members of the New Zealand Certified Builders and are thrilled to offer a Ten Year Halo Guarantee that comes complimentary with all of our transportable homes.

All the fittings within your home come with their own warranty.

How robust are your transportable homes?

Our architectural transportable homes are all built to Thistles Quality Assurance checklist. All of our builds, whether transportable or not, are built to an extremely high standard and are constructed to withstand very high wind zones. Our expert team boasts a combined 70+ years of industry experience, you will be in safe hands when you build with Thistle.

What happens before the house leaves the Thistle’s yard?

After our final quality check and certificate of practical completion from the council has been granted, your home will receive a thorough commercial clean, so it is ready to be handed over to you sparkling clean.

We will complete a final inspection with you to make sure you are 100% happy with your brand-new home. If this isn’t possible due to distance we will do a video walk-through with you.

What are the steps to follow when the house is delivered to my site?

Welcome to the exciting final phase where your fully completed house arrives safely on your site!

Upon delivery, your local builder (hired by you) takes the reins for the remaining onsite work, which involves connecting you to essential services, and constructing decks, and baseboards. We will provide you with a practical completion certificate for your house, and your local builder will manage the final onsite Code of Compliance. Now, all that remains is to start building cherished memories in your brand-new Thistle Momentum Home!