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Big start for tiny home business: ‘It’s gone ballistic’

Fran and Daniel Huelsmeyer, who started Ruru Homes, have created 30 jobs and expanded to Motueka to upscale their new business.

“Taking a big punt on a tiny home business in Tasman District, Fran and Daniel Huelsmeyer hoped they might sell up to six a year.They were wrong. Within 12 weeks of putting the first home on the market, the couple’s Ruru Building Ltd business, known as Ruru Homes, had contracts to build 13 more.

“It’s gone ballistic,” Fran said. “The first one sold after three days … and I’d been thinking: ‘If we can’t sell it, maybe we can rent it out’.”

The Huelsmeyers, who started the tiny home business after bookings for their lodge dried up within two weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown, had 90 viewings in the first three weeks. The 13 tiny homes ordered by mid-April were going to buyers across New Zealand. “We’ve just delivered one to Hawke’s Bay…”

Article Source: Cherie Sivignon May 15 2021

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