Rental Cabin Vs Tiny Home

Feb 22, 2024

Rental Cabin Vs Tiny Home: Which is Better?

With house prices on the rise again, many people are looking for clever ways to create more space on a smaller budget.

Cabins and tiny homes are becoming increasingly popular for Kiwi families, and it’s easy to see why! Both options provide a more eco-friendly, affordable solution for living. They’re easy to maintain, quick to source, and WAY cheaper than building, buying or renting a house.

If you’re looking to rent a cabin or build a tiny home, there are some differences to keep in mind. In this blog we open the door on rental cabins vs tiny homes.

What is a tiny home?

A tiny home, also known as a tiny house, typically ranges from 100 to 400 square feet in size. Tiny homes are designed to maximise functionality and efficiency, while also minimisng the overall footprint. They often feature innovative space-saving solutions, such as multi-functional furniture, and clever storage options to make the most of limited space.

The tiny home movement has gained momentum in recent years. It advocates simpler living, reduced environmental impacts, and a closer connection to nature.

Tiny homes can be constructed on a foundation or built on wheels for mobility, allowing owners to easily transport them to different locations. They can serve as primary residences, holiday homes, guest houses, or rental properties.

What is a rental cabin?

A rental cabin for hire is a temporary accommodation option that can be used for a range of purposes. These cabins, also known as transportable cabins or portable sleepouts, are standalone structures that can be delivered and set up on-site, providing extra space for living, working, or recreational activities.

Rental cabins are generally equipped with basic amenities such as insulation, electricity, and lighting.

What’s the difference in cost?

Building a tiny home can vary greatly in cost, depending on the size, materials, location and design. While they are often touted as a more affordable housing option, the cost of custom-built tiny homes or those featuring high-end finishes can add up.

On the other hand, when you rent a cabin, you pay a fixed weekly amount to the rental cabin company. Once you’ve reached the minimum rental period, you can stop renting the cabin when you no longer need it.

Which one needs consent?

Rental cabins generally aren’t equipped with services (i.e. toilet and kitchen) and therefore do not require consent.

Tiny homes have a kitchen and bathroom and do require building consent – regardless of size or location.

Which one is quicker to get?

Building a tiny home is WAY quicker than building a traditional house, but you can still expect a build time of five weeks or more.

Renting a cabin is even faster! RoomMate Cabins can often deliver within a few days, depending on availability in your area.

Which one is better for me?

Choosing between building a tiny home or renting a cabin will depend on your circumstances, budget, and how quickly you need to find a place to stay or live.

If a permanent home with all the amenities is what you need, a tiny home may be a good option for you. You’ll need to have land to build on, a decent budget, and somewhere to live while you build.

If you need extra space to use as a spare bedroom, guest room second lounge, or work-from-home office, a rental cabin may suit your needs.

RoomMate Cabins can be delivered almost anywhere in New Zealand, even in tight and tricky locations. Our rental cabin suppliers offer a range of sizes to suit your budget and needs, and we can generally deliver your cabin within days.

RoomMate Cabins are warm and dry, and easily connect to your property’s power supply. Find a Roommate cabin supplier near you!