30 Square Metre Sleepouts

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Quality Auckland 30m2 Sleepouts – built consent free!

Changes to the Auckland council unitary plan now allow 30 square metre buildings to be built without consent if the work is carried out of supervised by an LBP.

Check out our smart building plans and call us to build a 30m2 sleepout or cabin on your property without the hassle and cost of an Auckland building consent.

What is a Sleepout in Auckland?

Definition of Sleepout and Cabin

  • Sleepout: A separate building from the main house intended for use as extra accommodation (like a guest bedroom), a hobby room, a home office, or storage space. Sleepouts cannot contain cooking facilities, bathrooms, or a drinking water supply.
  • Cabin: A single-story detached building. This is a broader category that could include sleepouts, as well as sheds or other simple structures.
Garage and sleep out minor dwelling new build in Auckland.

5 steps to building a quality 30 square metre SLEEPOUT

  1. Make the most of your 30 square metres with smart design choices
  2. Avoid needing building consent by working with a licenced building practitioner
  3. Understand costs and mitigate risks
  4. Maintain good communication between all parties
  5. Complete on time and within budget with professional project management

Customer Reviews

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Gerhard Lourens
Gerhard Lourens
Anton and his team combines efficiency, affordability, and quality seamlessly. Their approachability and dedication to ensuring customer satisfaction speak volumes about their work ethic. It's clear that they prioritize both the outcome of their work and the experience of their clients. Happy to recommend Red Square anytime.
Ross Worth
Ross Worth
When I first met Anton my upstairs deck replacement seemed quite daunting to me and a major job, but he re-assured me with his professionalism, his 'can do' approach and his friendliness. He initially helped me over the first hurdle by pointing me to a designer and whose plans were subsequently promptly approved by the Council. Red Square Construction have now completed the work and, in spite of some small hold-ups, Anton ensured the work progressed with minimum delay and that things were being done properly. Anton was always available for any concerns and was a pleasure to work with, as also were his team, and I now have a beautiful and solid new deck to enjoy for many years to come.
Margaret Ralston
Margaret Ralston
After researching several building companies I chose to go with Red Square Construction, Anton was prompt with his reply to my enquiry and on meeting him on site he was able to give me an outline of the work he thought would be appropriate and from that moment onwards I felt confident that I had made a good choice. Throughout the project I found Anton and his team to be punctual, polite and considerate while working around my home and causing as little inconvenience as possible. I am very pleased with the work carried out and the attention to detail, I will happily recommend to family and friends. Margaret Ralston
Judith Meakin
Judith Meakin
We are very happy to comment on and review the recent project carried out by Red Square Construction led by Anton Shipov. From the outset, Anton quickly understood what we envisioned. He managed the many changes we made with patience and helpful suggestions making the building experience pleasant. The project was completed within budget and on time. We would highly recommend Anton and.Red Square together with the subtrades who contributed to the build. Judith Meakin and Peter Larkin
Terry Ann Milligan
Terry Ann Milligan
We employed Red Square to build a deck and they did a fantastic job! Anton was very prompt, polite and professional with everything from the initial meeting right through to the final inspection. Although it was a simple deck, the only access was through the house via the kitchen and living room. Anton ensured there was good floor and carpet protection and his team were very respectful of our home, keeping their workspace tidy, creating as little mess and noise as possible and always keeping us informed on the various stages of the job. Throughout the process, Anton was always available to discuss any queries. They finished the job within the given time frame, stuck to the budget and cleaned up thoroughly afterwards leaving us to enjoy our new deck. We cannot fault them and will definitely be using Red Square again without question and can highly recommend them. Thank you Anton for a job well done!
Edward Smith
Edward Smith
We engaged Anton and his team to replace our rotting deck that was becoming an embarrassment. It was only a matter of time before someone fell through it. At first, we were a bit taken aback at his quote, but he was cheaper than the other guy and his obvious knowledge reassured us that we would be getting the better job anyway. Our deck was a large one and it had been well nailed, but was pine that had been laid wrong side up, without spaces to drain water. Watching them work, it became obvious why it cost a bit more than I had anticipated. It was a big job. Dismantling the deck, the rotting planks would break apart, few came away cleanly and easily. Rebuilding was more complicated. They had to sand every board checking for mold and rot, (not the new Kwila, of course), replacing what needed replacing, and levelling everything up. Removing all the nails from the joists, checking for rot, replacing what needed replacing and ensuring the joists were straight and level. They used screws instead of nails, a much more secure method. Cutting and laying the Kwila planks was an education. 24m x 130mm planks are not straight and required straightening as they were screwed down. Mounting them right side up meant they would now drain properly. They painted the ends of the planks with a waterproof coating before fitting them together. They made sure each angle, each join, was a perfect fit. The end result was a beautiful job, obviously done by a team of highly skilled proffessionals. Hopefully the photos do it justice. By the time they were done, I commented to Anton that I was amazed he could do such a big job, so well, for the price.
Mark Jones
Mark Jones
Anton and the team at Red Square are amazing to work with and deliver great results on time and to quoted budget. Everything about our small repair job went easily and according to schedule. A number of things really stuck out for us and made the Red Square experience one we would happily repeat and wholeheartedly endorse: Thinking with you, your requirements and budget – Anton had some great suggestions and alternatives to a design element we wanted. His ability to think outside of the box whilst still considering budget and practicality makes him a solid and reliable partner in realising the outcome you want. Anton’s friendly demeanour and easy way of communicating the scope and detail of the work in meaningful terms is testament to his professionalism. Attention to detail – Anton’s eye for a quality finish is second to none, if it’s not right, it will be. He treats each job as if it were being done in his own home and uses that lens to make sure you will look with satisfaction for years to come at the work delivered. Quality tradespeople – Good workmanship lies at the heart of any job. Anton’s core crew and the subcontractors he engaged were great; polite, skilled, efficient and cleaned up the job site after each visit so we could continue to use the space, meaning the impact to us was kept to a minimum. Clear and effective communication – Anton was very responsive to any query and made sure that subcontractors and team members communicated the timings of the scheduled activities to so we could plan around that. That helped immensely in making the best use of our time and reduced the stress of the unknown. We would happily choose Red Square again for renovation work knowing we are in safe hands.
Gareth Karrash
Gareth Karrash
Red Square is a very good company to deal with, Anton was very easy and clear to work with - Happy to do business anytime! Thanks!
Nick Pearce
Nick Pearce
Second time using Red Square and they remain highly recommended. Anton is great to work with and very clear on scope and pricing.
Zac Tippins
Zac Tippins
We worked alongside Red Square Construction on a recent project. Anton was a pleasure to work with and his teams workmanship was of the highest quality. I was so impressed I have request him to construct a deck at my home. I have no hesitation in recommending RSC.

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30m2 Sleepout Plans

Building a 30 Square Metre “House” or Sleepout in Auckland without building consent.

A sleepout is a small, standalone structure often used for extra sleeping space or as an office. Recent changes to building regulations now allow you to build a sub 30 square meter sleepout in Auckland without needing a building consent, as long as certain conditions are met.

Key Requirements for Consent-Free Sleepouts

  • Purpose: It cannot be designed for full residential use, meaning it cannot include plumbing, a kitchen, or a bathroom.
  • Professional Involvement: A Licensed Building Practitioner must supervise or carry out the design and construction work.
  • Detached buildings that fit the following criteria can be built without a building consent:
    • Single-story only (up to 1 meter above ground level with a maximum height of 3.5 meters above floor level)
    • Floor area between 10 and 30 square meters.
    • The design and construction/supervision of the building must be done by a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP).
    • No bathroom facilities or storage of drinking water.
    • No sleeping quarters, unless the building is connected with a main house and there are no cooking facilities.
    • If used for sleeping, must have smoke alarms.
    • Situated more than the building’s own height away from boundaries and other residential buildings.

30m2 House / Cabin / Sleepout Designs

Key Considerations for Optimal Design

  • Smart Planning: Make the most of the available 30 square meters to suit your specific needs, whether it’s an extra bedroom, an office, or a creative studio. Check out our well considered 30 square metre sleepout plans here.
  • Professional Guidance: Work with a Licensed Building Practitioner to create a custom design or adapt existing plans to ensure compliance and quality.
  • Aesthetics Matter: Choose materials and a design that complement your existing home and the overall look of your property.
  • Budget-Conscious: Manage well for high-quality results that stay within your budget.

How much does a 30 square metre sleepout cost?

The basic build cost of a minor dwelling is $2100-2500 per square metre. Rates given are for the base building cost, and generally exclude costs of local authority fees, external works and utilities, as these will vary in each situation. We work with you at the planning stage to get clear on the costs. Smart planning means we can guarantee to stay within your budget.

  • Transparent costing to avoid surprise costs
  • Basic build cost of $2100-2500 per square metre
  • Review council and consent fees
  • Evaluate costs of external work and utilities
  • Get a guarantee to stay within budget

We’d love to chat with you about your vision