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Flat pack houses vs our kitset homes

Posted 5 months ago | By Latitude Homes

whakamaru kitset plan

Flat pack houses are booming these days. At a glance, they seem to be the easiest, cheapest and most innovative way to build your new house. But it takes very little research to realise there are better and more affordable options. In this blog, we want to show you the reasons why you should be considering buying a Latitude Homes kitset home instead. Take your time, read the fine print and make a wise decision. If you have questions, we are here to help!

Yes or no to flat pack houses?

Marc Hunter, Managing Director of Latitude Homes was part of the debate in a recent Stuff article, where he expressed that when buying our kitset homes, our clients get better quality materials and a more affordable product, while supporting the New Zealand building industry: “our two-bedroom 60 square-metre kitset, which is a high-quality product with similar specs to Bunnings/Clever Living flat pack house, costs $58,190 including GST, and we are a 100% New Zealand-owned company, unlike Bunnings (an Australian company)”. 

NZB60 wairoa2

Wairoa NZB60 plan. 60 sqm, 2 bdrm, 1 bthm.

What can you expect from our kitset homes?

When you purchase a Latitude Homes kitset home, we supply plans and all the major building materials for your home, then you take total charge of the construction process. We provide everything from frames, trusses and exterior cladding to the plumbing supply including tapware and even the kitchen and kitchen appliances you’ll require - all at a considerably lower cost than if you purchased the individual items yourself.

You then project manage the building of your new home yourself. We can provide you with guidelines and advice, but it is up to you to contract out the construction work you need done and oversee the work. This will usually include a builder and then the sub-trades such as the electrician, plumber, painter and drain layer.

If you are confident in your practical abilities and have the time available, you’ll be able to make additional savings by doing some of the labour yourself. But keep in mind you won’t be able to build the whole house yourself - unless you’re a qualified builder.

 NZ99.9 Hauraki

Hauraki NZ99.9 plan. 99.9 sqm, 3 bdrm, 1 bthm.

Reasons to choose Latitude Homes Kitset Homes:

1.Pre-built kitchens

All our Kitset homes come with their kitchens pre-built so no having to put them together yourself or hiring a carpenter to piece it all together. Time and money saving.

2. Wide range of options

We have over 50 plans to choose from. There’s a great selection of options whether you need a two, three, four or five bedroom home and one or two bathrooms or different types of layouts. All our kitset homes include all the required site plan drawings ready to submit to the council, making the process of building and getting into your home a smooth process.

3. Flexibility

Our plans are flexible, we’re happy to work with you to alter plans to your requirements, to best utilise the land that you’re building onto. Whether it’s maximising your land or sun orientation etc.

4. Quick delivery

Once you’ve chosen a plan that suits your needs, we can supply your kitset home within two to three weeks of you putting in your order.

5. Affordability

With our plans starting off from 60m2 and going to 283m2 there's a home to suit every budget. Our kitset homes start at $58,190 (GST inclusive) in the North Island and $58,472 (GST inclusive) in the South Island. This is for the plan NZB60 Wairoa, a 60m2 block house with two bedrooms both with built in wardrobes. A bathroom, full kitchen and open plan living area. If you are after a three bedroom kitset home, you can get the NZB70 Motu at $63,500 (GST inclusive)* in the North Island and $64,501 (GST inclusive) in the South Island. Check all our plan and price options here.

To see the quality materials that you get with Latitude Homes you can also download our building specs where we detail everything from the cladding materials through to the kitchen appliances and security systems.

Overall, by choosing to buy a kitset home with Latitude Homes, you’ll be receiving a quality home ready to be constructed by yourself and your chosen qualified tradesmen at a fraction of the price of other companies.

 Talk to us about a ‘cleverer’ choice, for your kitset home.


Building a home apparently is stressful however even with the unforeseen things that cropped up with our build Haimona and the team dealt with it and things continued smoothly and back on track as soon as possible, stress wasn’t even a factor. We love our new home; it’s different to others around us and built to our expectations with no hidden cost. If we ever have the opportunity to build again we would not hesitate to call Latitude and we happily recommend to others when the opportunity arises. Thank you Latitude for a positive experience.
Richard & Melissa