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The Podular Story

Charles Innes, the founder of Podular, contacted his friend ‘Panky’, Callum Pankhurst, in 2016.

Having successfully collaborated in the past, Charles recognised that Callum’s creativity, experience and skillset would be invaluable to his vision.

Seeing opportunity for small dwellings beyond the garden shed, Charles highlighted a changing trend in the market for an alternative to traditional housing.

Charles and Callum met frequently to brainstorm business and product ideas and began to form a range of architecturally designed small dwellings. Callum’s style, his background in architecture, manufacture of fixtures and fittings and brand creation, dovetailed beautifully with the desired aesthetic for Podular.

What began as a small range of modular units has grown to be a large entity that provides solutions for a small units on wheels through to a five bedroom home. There are now several factories throughout New Zealand that are required to meet demand.

Charles and Callum continue to reflect on the designs and range of products, and look to the market for cues on future direction. Determind to stay at the forefront with innovative, unique products, Podular continues to expand, develop and surprise the market.

Charles Innes, the founder of Podular, contacted his friend ‘Panky’, Callum Pankhurst, in 2016.

Having successfully collaborated in the past, Charles recognised that Callum’s creativity, experience and skillset would be invaluable to his vision.

Seeing opportunity for small dwellings beyond the garden shed, Charles highlighted a changing trend in the market for an alternative to traditional housing.

Charles and Callum met frequently to brainstorm business and product ideas and began to form a range of architecturally designed small dwellings. Callum’s style, his background in architecture, manufacture of fixtures and fittings and brand creation, dovetailed beautifully with the desired aesthetic for Podular.

What began as a small range of modular units has grown to be a large entity that provides solutions for a small units on wheels through to a five bedroom home. There are now several factories throughout New Zealand that are required to meet demand.

Charles and Callum continue to reflect on the designs and range of products, and look to the market for cues on future direction. Determind to stay at the forefront with innovative, unique products, Podular continues to expand, develop and surprise the market.

Just Like Building Blocks

A series of modular designs provides the starting point for your desired build.

We have a methodology and system that is flexible and dynamic, and can respond to specific needs.

Each build is essentially an integration of modules which can be selected specifically from our Series’, or parts can be combined to create a bespoke solution.

Pods can be aligned on the same plane or stacked and individual pod sizes can change, meaning that sizes and shapes of the final build are endless.

We Started Small

In an article printed at the end of 2018 which talked about the first showhome offered, Charles Innes said “the display home is the ‘Mark I’ version – now there is a larger, two-bedroom ‘Mark II’.”

Things have come a long way since then and have progressed through many design reforms towards the refined, extensive collection 
offered today.

Innes says “his first tiny house customers were looking to make room for grown up kids, and found the transportable modular house was an easier solution than costly alterations to their existing house”.

“With lockdown, came new enquiries with young people coming back to New Zeland wanting to put their Podular modular dwelling on parents’ land while they save for their own property”, said Innes.

Now Podular provides solutions for baches and holidays homes, community builds, and contemporary alternative to residential housing.

Environmental Ethics

Modular prefabrication is a sustainable way to approach a build and produces a lot less waste.

With an emphasis on locally sourced materials, we endeavour to provide commitment to local craftsmen.

Careful selection of systems and various options to incorporate into the build ensure that consumption is minimised. This includes solar panels and rainwater collection.

Podular pods are designed and built for longevity; aesthetic as well as practical, they are well considered to travel through life.

Environmental Ethics

Modular prefabrication is a sustainable way to approach a build and produces a lot less waste.

With an emphasis on locally sourced materials, we endeavour to provide commitment to local craftsmen.

Careful selection of systems and various options to incorporate into the build ensure that consumption is minimised. This includes solar panels and rainwater collection.

Podular pods are designed and built for longevity; aesthetic as well as practical, they are well considered to travel through life.

Luxury Wine Escape

FEB 11, 2022, BY BROOK SABIN

Gisborne is home to a mix of boutique wineries, with chardonnay and pinot gris being the two main varieties. There is no better way to appreciate the local drop than staying amongst the vines, and you can now do that at one of the city’s newest escapes.

In 2008, the property was purchased by Kirsten and Richard Searle, who have taken the place to a new level by recently developing luxury cabins.

The cabins are what you might call “compact luxury” and provide you with a comfy place to sleep among the vines.

They have a Smart TV, hooked up to several streaming platforms, and there’s a well-appointed bathroom connected to the main bedroom. There is also an outdoor seating area – the perfect place to enjoy your complimentary bottle of wine included in each stay.

There is also a small kitchen, with fridge, cooktop and microwave.

The cabins are located next to the vineyard’s cellar door, meaning you can start your escape with a wine tasting and an elaborate platter among the vines and olive trees.

…The cabins are what you might call ‘compact luxury’
Brook Sabin

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