Going the ‘xtra’ mile…

Rural Living December-January 2014 publication

Have land to spare and want something a little extra? Take your lifestyle to the next level with a flexible living studio by StudioXtra.

Create accommodation for farm workers, Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOFers), or have the luxury of accessible amenities and storage without having to travel the distance between the home and farm.

Owned and founded by experienced builder Malcolm Lusby, StudioXtra opens up a world of options for those with enough land for a 10m2 studio – a building consent is not required in most areas.

Malcolm says this modern-day studio leaves most clients amazed with its practicality, flexibility and usability.

The unit is surprisingly roomy and an en suite (toilet, vanity, shower cubicle) can be added making it completely self-contained.

Ideal for guests, workers, teenagers, elderly parents, and many others, studios with an en suite would require a building consent.

Studios are available in 3 options: (1) a kitset package, (2) on-site to closed-in stage build, and (3) on-site complete build.

A lot of people would rather go down the DIY route or enlist the help of other contractors, says Malcolm. “We’re happy to accommodate different needs and customers decide just how much they want to be involved.”

Incredibly flexible and innovative, Malcolm’s team can even make changes to existing homes to create a seamless flow to the studio.

StudioXtra also supplies 1 and 2 bedroom self-contained minor dwellings as kitsets, built on-site to closed-in stage, or built on-site to completion.

For those who require something larger, external and internal finishing options are available and building consents will be required.

Everything is done in accordance with council regulations and building regulations and special consideration is given too when building in a sea spray zone – exterior fixings and roofing have to comply with the Building Act.  

With more than 40 years’ building experience under his belt, Malcolm has overseen and constructed some of Auckland’s most prestigious homes.

Malcolm has a team of Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP) building the studios and minor dwellings. All projects built to completion by StudioXtra are covered by a five-year guarantee.
Using quality materials from selected suppliers, StudioXtra delivers a product that stands the test of time.

An investment for life, these studios and minor dwellings can be potential income earners and can add significant value to properties.  

So, experience flexible living and enquire today. StudioXtra offers FREE on-site consultations and really goes the extra mile for its clients.

Explore a range of options from the versatile 10m2 studio right up to a 1 and 2-bedroom minor dwelling. They can be used as extra accommodation for farm workers and guests or as a hobby room or office.