If you are planning to add a cabin to your section to use as a second dwelling, office space or hobby space you need to think carefully about siting your transportable unit.
Where you place your unit will depend on your current section and what you are planning to use it for.
Six key things to consider when siting a transportable unit
Where will the access be?
If the unit is a granny flat, rental, or an Airbnb property then you will need to consider how it will be accessed. If you don’t want people wandering through your home to get to the road, separate access will be required. Will you provide parking right next to the unit or elsewhere and only foot access needed? This will help you work out how wide your access point needs to be when siting a transportable unit.
Where are the sunny and shady parts of the section?
While transportable units are smaller and therefore easy to heat and keep cool, you may want to consider where the sunniest and shadiest parts of your section are and place your unit accordingly. If someone is living in the unit full time or you are using it as a garden home office, it would be nice to have a decent amount of sunshine.
What is your section already used for?
If you have an outdoor entertaining area then you probably don’t want to site the unit too close to this to ensure privacy and not spoil the view. You should also consider space for pets and children if you have them – both in your own home or for the people in the unit. You might want to section off part of your garden to give both properties private outdoor space.
Is the part of the section level?
While it is possible to install a granny flat on a sloped section, siting a transportable unit on a flat section is much easier and cheaper.
Will the unit be connected to power or water
You can connect Unit2Go’s transportable units to power and water and a waste system connected to mains sewage. If you are planning to make your unit self contained you’ll need to make sure these utilities are nearby.
Must the unit meet any council regulations?
It is important that your unit meets council regulations. Depending on the size of your unit and whether it is self-contained you may need to obtain resource consent. You may also need to obtain building consent. This can depend on factors such as how close the unit will be to neighbouring boundaries. So you might want to consider the distance from fence lines when thinking about placement.
Unit2Go supply transportable units in a range of sizes and offer expert advice
Unit2Go have been supplying transportable units across Auckland for many years. During that time we have developed expert techniques for delivering units to even the trickiest of sites. Our team can also help you with the best place for siting a transportable unit and with any council consents.
View our range of available units and then contact us to discuss your options.