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Little Shack - the simplest and most affordable way to build a dwelling

Building in this style appeals to the pioneer in us - simple, no frills, healthy and easy living.

The Little Shack is based on enquiries for basic and adequate bach, workers cottage, or the first stage of setting up on a bare piece of land.

Features - based on customer enquiries and best ideas - include:

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  • Eco friendly compost toilet/wastewater drainage system

  • A small amount of solar power

  • Rainwater collection that gets lifted to a higher header tank

  • Concrete flooring is usually more cost effective on good flat site.

  • Roof first construction.  Permited as a dwelling but can be a way to get, say a bach, underway & collect water, camp under (caravan?)

  • The one simple roof can cover the Little Shack, outdoor living and lockable sheds/carports.
  • Small cosy easy to heat  for indoor living.
  • Large lockable outdoor area for real living

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The Little Shack is as small as we feel we could go.  We can build bigger, and add lockup sheds plus more.


Simple, practical low cost dwellings - Costs and inclusions

Finished, including:

  •  Plans & permit fee for dwelling

  • Solid pole/timber construction

  • Concrete floor to lockable area

  • Corrugated zincalume exterior cladding

  • Finished inside: insulation, plywood cladding, paint/ stain etc

  • Kitchen

  • Gas hot water and stove:

    • $63,360 including GST

  • Or, just roof on its own:

    • $16,630 including GST

  • Or, to lockable stage:
    • $40,200 including GST


We are very pleased to offer you Barnbuilders latest dwelling design

Designed to suit first time home owners (or on a bare block before main house?), farmers, workers cottage, recreationals, bach, or tramping hut.

  • Easily added to at a later stage

  • Advice available on compost toilets, solar power etc

  • Priced to 50km from Kaiwaka on suitable site

  • Great for getting back to the land, the pioneer spirit ....that we still love.

Learn more about our path to creating the Little Shack.

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Barnbuilders is based in Kaiwaka in Northland.  We build good solid homes and barn buildings.  We are independent and always keen enough to be able to change and adapt to suit.  Learn about our journey, designs and products here on our website.
I look forward to hearing from you.
- Tim Magill


Reference home thumb "We have always found Tim to be absolutely professional and reliable, honest and trustworthy, efficient and conscientious, and his integrity is beyond question."
- Ray Duncan


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