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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. Download a SNUG catalogue here

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 'a 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


Read the latest SNUG update 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.

  • 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
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 here. Email: if you wish to purchase a SNUG
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 at
Step 12: Enjoy and relax!


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

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