Meet The 'Build Tiny' Family

Build Tiny is a small family business with big aspirations for Tiny Homes. In 2016/17, Gina designed and built her own Tiny House with Brother-in-Law Jason. The whole family got involved and had so much fun in the process. We saw a need for reliable, experienced Tiny House builders, and felt as though we would make the dream team. With Jason as a builder, Gina as a designer, Amy with her management experience, and parents Ian and Diane with their extensive experience in running their own business we decided to break all the rules and go into business together - and so Build Tiny Ltd was born! Since then we've taken on an incredible team of builders, cabinet makers and boat builders with exceptional skill and experience, meet the team down below...

Director, Builder LBP

Jason Airey

Jason is a career builder who's been in the industry for more than 15 years. His workmanship is second-to-none, having worked in a variety of sectors, predominantly residential building, and earthquake repairs and assessments - giving him a well-rounded understanding of the industry. Jason is a pleasure to work with, and somehow manages to walk the line between being a perfectionist, whilst still 'getting s**t done' efficiently. Jason's passion for building Tiny Houses began by helping his sister-in-law Gina build her first tiny home. He loved the challenge and saw the need for reputable, experienced builders in the community. Jase has since developed a comprehensive knowledge of Tiny House construction techniques and systems, and is constantly looking for new ideas and technologies. When not on the tools, Jason can be found spending time with his wife Amy and their four kids, or tinkering with his much beloved Holden Torana.

Admin and Accounts

Amy Airey

Amy is an organisational force to be reckoned with. Her background is in Early Childhood Education, and Hotel Management, and on top of that, she's a mum! Amy works part-time with Build Tiny, taking care of office management and accounts. Her passion for baking never goes amiss around the workshop. Amy and Jason have four adorable kids,Gabrielle, Parker, Adalyn and Tanner who love to help out where they can. Amy is an extremely resilient person, she and Jason are both ex Cantabrians, having lived through many of the Christchurch earthquakes and all their related challenges, they have now moved back to Katikati to be with their extended families. Amy helps out at Build Tiny in numerous ways, such as dealing with all email inquiries and calls, giving workshop tours, staging tiny homes for photo shoots and paying the bills. Amy is probably the most popular person in the working shop, being that she stocks the cookie jar AND pays the wages!


Kelvin McKeown

Sick of the commute to Tauranga and keen to up some new skill's Kelvin joined the team in April of 2019. Spending the previous six years building buses Kelvin welcomed the challenge custom tiny houses bring.The change of career has allowed Kelvin to spend more time with his wife and two children. Kelvin not only participates in a social soccer league but gives back to the community by teaching children's soccer. 

Shareholder, Mentor & most importantly, Nana

Diane Stevens

Diane is a wealth of knowledge in business, property, consumer rights and obligations and many more things thanks to her 20 years of running a business with her husband Ian, and 10+ years of voluntary service at the Tauranga Citizens Advice Bureau. She's an active member of the Katikati Community and advocate of Tiny House living. Diane takes on an advisory role at Build Tiny whilst enjoying time with her Grandchildren. Diane and Ian own their own tiny home which they use as an airbnb rental. 

Director, Mentor

Ian Stevens

Having recently retired from his demanding yet rewarding career in the Kiwifruit Industry at the end of 2017, Ian is now offering his skills and experience as a director of Build Tiny, and brings with him a wealth of experience in business systems and operations which we hope to apply to the production of tiny homes over time. He’s looking forward to a simple, semi-retired work life with Build Tiny, completing menial tasks such as sweeping the workshop floor, and tinkering with the odd spreadsheet. Image: A very rare photo of Ian in that he is a) smiling, and b) not wearing lycra. Avid cyclists, Ian and Diane have cycled the length of New Zealand with friends over the course of a few years, and have many more similar trips on the bucket list.


Hayden Airey 

Being a family business it has been great to get another Airey on board. Hayden, Jason's charming older brother helped us out during a busy time as a contractor. When a full time position became available we immediately offered him a permanent role. Hayden is a great fit for Build Tiny, as he is a skilled joiner and an all round handy good guy. Everything Hayden builds/fixes is always to a high standard, he's a bit of a perfectionist, which is great for our clients. 

Originally from Waihi, he now calls Katikati home, where he lives with his two school age children. When Hayden isn't working on a project in his shed he is out camping, fishing or hunting. 

Cabinet maker / Craftsman

Andy Pemberton

Auckland's loss is our gain as we add some young talent to the team. With a background in boat building, Andy's skills have been easily transferred to tiny house building. His understanding of the techniques required to build high quality lightweight and compact boats are exactly whats required for building tiny homes too! Being very outdoorsie the BOP region has plenty of opportunities to entertain Andy's love of the ocean, as a PADI advanced open water diver and keen surfer. He's still getting to know the area and is enjoying checking out the sites and yes he's single too!

Director, Designer, BDes IntAr

Gina Stevens

Gina's had a passion for small space design since completing her Interior Architecture Degree in 2010. Working professionally as a graphic designer since then, Gina took the plunge to design and build her own tiny house in 2016/17, lured by the freedoms of Tiny House living. She has since developed a deep understanding of the challenges facing the NZ Tiny House Community, as well as the practical requirements for building tiny in New Zealand. Gina is enthusiastic about helping others design their dream home, putting her 3D modeling and drafting skills to use designing beautiful custom homes for Build Tiny. Having been involved and 'on-the-tools' for every stage of her own build, Gina's pretty handy to have around the workshop, but don't ask her to drive a skew nail! Gina now focuses on designing custom tiny homes, talking with clients, developing the website and the business, and editing tour videos of all our builds. 

Cabinet maker / Craftsman

Ray Bavage

We meet Ray late 2018 and couldn’t wait to have him on board in the New Year. His extensive background as a qualified cabinet maker made Ray a perfect fit. Over the last 20 years Ray has worked on the land as an orchard manger, tree surgeon, and business owner before going into the building sector. Ray has applied himself to custom furniture making, boat building, cabinetry, joinery, tiling, house renovation and now tiny house building. He loves it so much he spends his spare time renovating and building homes for his family. Ray and partner Maree are also proud grandparents, with four children between them.

Builder / Craftsman

Lance Mansell

Lance joined the team mid 2019 and fits like a glove. With his building back ground he has become Jason's new right hand man. Having spent the last three years building high end homes his finishing skills and attention to detail help keep our standards high. Prior to residential building Lance worked as a boat builder. Many of those skills were transferable to tiny homes. In the near future Lance will take on more responsibility in the day to day running of the workshop. When he's not working Lance loves to get outdoors and pursue's a large variety of hobbies including; sailing, hunting, fishing and mountain biking. 

So that's us - you’re not just hiring 'Joe Blogs' the builder, you're hiring a team, a family. We'd love to hear from you about your Tiny House build, so get in touch today! If you’d like to come and visit us, stay in one of our tiny houses or see a build in progress, contact us below, we can’t wait to meet you. 
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