September 2020



9m long x 2.4w x 3.2h



Weighed in at 3700kg ex removable items



This was a stage 3 build (turn-key, completed build)



16 amp mains power caravan connection, prewired for solar, solar upgrade available  



Dedicated downstairs bedroom with a double storage bed



Built by Jason, Lance, Hayden, Ray, Andy, and Kelvin. Special thanks to our subbies, Graham, Jason P, Jamie, & David.



Our in-house designer Gina

The Dark Horse Tiny House

Available - replica for sale now! $155,000NZD inc delivery to the North Island

99% of what we do at Build Tiny is custom 'made-to-order' tiny homes for clients that book us out months in advance. Due to the March 2020 Covid-19 lock-down, one of our clients had to cancel their build, so we took the opportunity to design and build something a bit different in its place. 

We're often asked if we do single level tiny homes, so this gap in our schedule was the perfect opportunity to showcase what a single level tiny house could look like, whilst keeping our builders busy in the Covid-19 recovery. 

With a practical downstairs double bedroom, this tiny house eliminates the need for stairs and ladders, making it ideal for those with accessibility issues. Whether you're in need of an in-law suite, an instant bach to place on a beachside section, or simply a warm, dry home to call your own, the Dark Horse Tiny House has lots to offer.

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Full detailed Specifications

Bathroom features:

  • Genuine Shower dome professionally installed over the shower to reduce moisture.

  • Crafty gatherer wall hung laundry rack for drying clothes

  • Rattan Laundry Hamper

  • Large mirror with polished edge

  • The Bambooloo off-grid composting toilet is included. If you would like to upgrade this to an alternative off-grid toilet please contact us to discuss options. There is a power supply available next to the toilet.

  • All tapware and bathroom accessories (Hooks and toilet roll holder) are Turoa by Methven in Brushed Gun Metal Black.

  • CLARK Square 400mm wide Inset Basin.

  • Bench top is made from Vic Ash and have a durable Caprithane finish.

  • Bathroom walls and ceilings are lined with wet wall linings which are durable and extremely easy to clean - Laminex Aqua panel in Polar White Gloss.

  • Shelf above the toilet made from solid Macrocarpa.

  • 2 x (opaque) windows for cross ventilation.

Lounge Features:

  • 2 open display shelves made from solid Macrocarpa timber with invisible fixings.

  • IKEA shoe cubby storage unit below the TV Bracket.

  • The couch is not included but the space was designed to accommodate the IKEA Friheten Couch which is a sectional 3 seater with storage that pulls out into a double bed.

TV & Data:

  • The TV itself is not included, but there is a full movement TV bracket supplied for a 32"- 50" TV.

  • COAX point in behind TV for a TV arial. Arial not supplied.

  • A data is outlet located on the Shelf above the couch, a power point has also been located there for a router. The data cable is terminated under the trailer in a conduit box for your electrician to connect. Or go with a wireless data connection. 



  • 230v wiring with a 16amp supply.

  • Prewired for solar (Included), solar can be supplied and installed on request for an additional cost.

  • Supplied with a 10m, 16amp caravan cable

  • All electrical work was completed by a Registered Electrician and certified by an independent electrical inspector. 

  • Electrical Certificate of Compliance and Electrical Safety Certificate supplied.

  • Electrical Warrant of Fitness (eWOF) supplied.

  • PDL classic switchgear

  • Exterior light Ovate Bulkhead Black 3K 12W

  • Kitchen LED strip lighting: Halcyon Small Shallow Recessed Aluminium  YBH12W3K-BLK

  • LED down lights throughout.

Grey Water:

  • 'Grey Water' is the waste water from your kitchen sink, bathroom basin, shower and washing machine. A 4m length of grey water hose is supplied that will need to be connected up to a suitable disposal or treatment system on site. Some councils such as the Wellington council do allow the disposal of grey water onto the land, but many have other requirements so we recommend you check with the local council in your area. 

Kitchen Features:

  • Bifolding window over the breakfast bar

  • Sink: Stainless steel - Acero Mercer Aurora Black AA405 400 x 450, comes with wire drainer insert and a side drainer for letting dishes drip dry.

  • Mercer - Aurora Black Gooseneck Mixer AM022.

  • All cabinetry with quality soft close hardware

  • 300mm wide Pullout pantry by Giamo.

  • Splash backs: Powder coated metal splash backs behind the sink (white) and oven (ironsand). The one behind the oven is magnetic so can be used for magnetic spice jars etc.

  • Bench tops are made from Vic Ash and have a durable caprithane finish.

Bedroom features:

  • Bedroom size: 2425mm x 2205mm

  • Includes double lift-up storage bed and mattress.

  • 2 x large wardrobes and matching bedside tables with drawers

  • Over head cabinets with lift up hinges for easy access above the bed.


  • The subfloor is 19mm H3 treaded pine plywood.

  • Vinyl Flooring: Studio Traffic 250, Pine Soft natural 5626044. Ideal for residential and commercial medium-traffic areas, it also provides a good sound reduction of 13dB and good underfoot comfort. It is treated with Tarkett’s TopClean XP surface protection for extreme durability and cost-effective maintenance.

  • Bedroom Carpet: Godfrey Hirst Michigan Paua (No Underlay)

Interior Wall and Ceiling Linings:

  • 9mm Plyman Lite Gold (Albasia Falcata). This is up to 38% lighter than standard hardwood plywoods, delivering significant weight savings for interior fit outs.



  • Gas is used for all cooking and hot water heating.

  • Gas califont: Rinnai Infinity VT26

  • The Tiny House has been prewired and pre-plumbed for a gas heating system (can be installed upon request)

  • Dual Gas regulator to connect 2 gas bottles (not included)

  • All gas fitting work is completed by a qualified & registered gas fitter

  • Gas Fitting Certificate of Compliance AND Gas Safety Certificate supplied.


  • The Tiny House is built onto a detachable 9x2.4m trailer made by the experts in tiny house trailer manufacturing - Bay Engineering Solutions. Their 'Split Shift' trailer is the most popular and innovative tiny house trailer on the market in NZ, with a unique detachable design that is sought after worldwide.  

  • The trailer comes with 1 year registration, and 3 years Warrant of Fitness. 

  • Specifications of the trailer are as follows: House is connected to the trailer chassis using 4x container locks. Flat deck design. Hot-dip galvanised. State of the art 3500kg wireless electric braking system, 195x13" Low profile galvanised rims and tires, Monster heavy duty jockey wheel, 3500kg rated 1"7/8 tow coupling, Safety breakaway switch, Full LED lights, Spare wheel and tire, NSK Bearing, 1750kg rating per axle, 3-year warranty on the frame and 2-year warranty on parts, 4x stabilisers and lifting jacks.

Appliances Included:


  • 410mm Fisher and Paykel DishDrawer

  • Oven and Hob: 600mm Parmco gas oven OV16SGAS, Parmco 30cm 2 burner Gas Cooktop HO-1-2S2G

  • Fisher & Paykel 60cm Slide-Out Rangehood

  • Quell Carbon Monoxide Alarm, Smoke alarm with 10 year battery.

Optional extra appliances (Not inc):


The house was designed to fit the following appliances, but many other standard appliances would also fit.

  • Fridge: Samsung 255 Litre Fridge Freezer SR255MLS 121264

  • Washing Machine: WV5-1275W 7.5kg Front Load Washing Machine with Steam.

  • Microwave: Panasonic 32 Litre Inverter Microwave NN-ST665BQPQ 140851

Exterior Shell:

  • Only the highest quality materials have been used in this build. The exterior cladding is a combination of Cedar timber cladding, and lightweight, Gunmetal Grey Vinyl Cladding (50 year warranty). Both have been installed over a cavity system using CavibatR as a thermal break.

  • Coloursteel roof, and barge flashings, custom slimline coloursteel gutter 60mm, and a painted PVC down-pipe that could be utilised for rainwater collection.


  • For the walls and ceilings, we use high-performance Earthwool recycled glass insulation. It has an R rating of 2.9 for the ceiling, and R2.2 for the walls. It’s a BRANZ appraised product that comes with a 50-year warranty. It is widely used by the NZ building industry and has excellent soundproofing and thermal properties.

  • Underfloor insulation is 40mm Expol underfloor insulation.

  • All insulation in the tiny house meets or exceed the requirements of the NZ building code, and the Residential Tenancy Act. 


  • Double glazed aluminium windows

  • Our window systems meet or exceed the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code and New Zealand Standards; NZS4211 & NZS4223.


  • Our steel frames are manufactured in New Zealand from locally mined iron-sand and a component of recycled steel.

  • Steel framing is 1/3 the weight of comparable timber framing.​

Contact us

07 549 2864 | Katikati 3129

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