What the heck-o is EKGO? A Q&A

Questions and answers with Graham Bloxham, CEO and founder of EKGO tells us a bit about the seed of inspiration, growing EKGO, and the perks of pod ownership.

What is EKGO?
EKGO is a budding company committed to providing you with the ultimate in luxury “tiny house” accommodation. With an emphasis on reducing environmental impact, EKGO pods combine big experience with small living, tailored to you, at an affordable rate. EKGO pods are portable and off-the-grid, making it easier than ever before to live remotely in New Zealand.

But don’t you own a cooking entertainment company?
I do! I began Social Cooking 7 years ago. Our cooking experience provides a dynamic opportunity for our guests to improve their cooking skills, and our group events such as the MasterChef challenge have earnt us a special place in the corporate team building world. With the success of Social Cooking, I began considering new ventures. There has been an avalanche of interest in sustainable, off-the-grid, eco-living, and now here we are.

969967_509116325809793_736999373_nMaster Chef Graham cooking up a storm in the Social Cooking Kitchen.

What inspired you to start EKGO?
I was in Northland. Tucked behind a dusty, unmaintained track flowed a stunning swimming hole backing onto a winery. The sun glistened off the waterfall cascading down the rocks. Only a handful of people knew about this place. This is my oasis, I remember thinking to myself “I wish I could live here.” And then I thought “why can’t I?” I envisioned a small pod building nestled into the landscape. I dreamt of unplugging from my crazy life and taking time to enjoy and explore the landscape. I knew I couldn’t be the only one with this dream, and so they EKGO seed was planted.

Where do EKGO pods come from?
We build EKGO pods at our factory in the Manawatu and then deliver them to their new home, ready for you to move in or start renting out.

So, you won’t be building on my land?
Nope! Once the EKGO seed was planted, I cultivated my vision with months of research. I contacted architects, designers, the council, building supply companies, and banks, only to be met with frustration. I asked one company for a quote for a pod and he never responded. One architect I spoke to told me building consent could cost between $7K to $30K, and that was without their fees. The development of our Manawatu factory gives us the freedom to grow our pods so you don’t have to worry about paying resource fees only to wait six months for consent. We take care of all of that for you, leaving you with a pod ready for your chosen landscape. The EKGO pod shopping experience is akin to buying a new car. Once you purchase it it’s yours to do whatever you want with.

What makes EKGO pods special?
EKGO pods are designed to exist within your chosen landscape. Since we build them at our Manawatu factory and deliver them to you, you don’t have to worry about the environmental impact of a construction site. EKGO pods are made of a low-cost, high-quality, eco-friendly material and with options for solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system making off-the-grid living more accessible than ever before.

Where to now?
Off the grid, of course! We’re looking at growing a community of people to live in and operate in the tiny house network. With orders coming in, our factory is working hard to build and deliver the first of our off-the-grid habitats, hoping to spread out to 500 EKGO pods over the next 3 years.

500?
500! You can tuck an EKGO pod away in your favourite hidden spot (the Northland swimming hole is taken). Or you could put it on the edge of a tourist hot spot, rent it out, and cash in on New Zealand’s blooming tourism industry. Or instead of building onto your house, you could plant a pod in your backyard and use it as extra housing. Your pod, your call.

How much are they?
$89,000. For around the same price as a mid-quality car, you will get a fully pimped pod equipped with solar panels, water tanks to harvest rainwater, and a gas system attached to a high-quality shower, with delivery and installation included. It’s like a portable hotel room, waiting for you to move in and add your toys.

What do you mean by “pimped?”
Though EKGO pods start as a “blank canvas,” so to speak, you have the option to mod your pod. Add on solar, gas, a compostable toilet, water harvesting, or buy it blank and rent it out. My pod is going to have a designer Andrew Cassels barbecue and a portable cocktail bar that I can roll out onto the deck, all while listening to my kick ass Bluetooth sound system. If you can dream it we can do it. *

*Probably.

Can they be rented out?
Of course! EKGO pods are an excellent investment. Live in it, rent it out, or rent it out while you’re not using it! Ask me and I’ll send you a sheet detailing the amazing investment return potential!

1498998_10152020800866511_6768830136017668813_oGraham in his natural environment.

For questions of your own, contact Graham at gbloxham@gmail.com or on 0275526335.

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Peace in a Pod

As we move into the future it is more important than ever to invest in environmentally and economically sound ventures. With the ongoing costs associated with rent or rates, as well as power and water, it would almost be foolish not to invest in sustainable accommodation.

At EKGO we specialise in “tiny house” portable accommodation investments. Our units, known as pods, equip you to live off the grid in style, going as far as providing the opportunity to live in New Zealand’s most secluded spaces.

As an eco-conscious company, our pods are designed to harvest sun and water, featuring solar panels and a rainwater collection system. Imagine not being a slave to the utility companies, but instead beginning an independent lifestyle while reducing your carbon footprint.

EKGO pods begin life as a blank canvas, high quality tiny house. Unless you’re very lucky, whoever designed your house was probably not thinking about you, however our pods are fully customised to you. Available in two sizes – mini and micro – our pods provide everything you need and nothing you don’t. How about a deck for barbecuing and outdoor lounging? Or a garden plot enriched by your pod’s compostable toilet (ensuring nothing goes to waste)?

EKGO founder and CEO Graham Bloxham’s pod is going to have a wood fired spa, cocktail bar, home weather station and Bluetooth surround sound system, along with a portable solar backpack for exploring his pod’s surroundings.
Once we mod your pod, we deliver it you at its new home, almost anywhere in New Zealand. This saves you the hassle of organising building permits, dealing with a construction site, and minimises potential damage to your chosen location – we take care of the complete process.

Nelson

SOAK UP SOME ENERGY IN THE NELSON SUN.

EKGO pods suit a variety of needs, including:

  • Eco farm B&Bs – take advantage of this huge growing tourism market.
  • City crash pads – enjoy crazy high income each night from city travellers.
  • Infill housing – pop a pod in your back yard – for family, staff, or long-term

Unplug yourself from the stresses of the conventional city lifestyle, regardless of whether you decide to go off grid in your chosen city, soak up the sun on the coast, or relocate to one of New Zealand’s many picturesque farm locations.

Weathertop

Who knows? Maybe the hobbits would have had better luck at Weathertop if they’d had suitable accommodation.

Rest easy knowing that your pod is environmentally sound without compromising on style and luxury. EKGO believes in preserving our country for future generations to enjoy.
Invest in your future.

Paw print

Stay lightly – EKGO Pods. 


EKGO Pod stats and ROI

Pods costs: $79,000 + GST

Includes mod pod design, building, transport, installation.

Ready to take bookings. Allow 10 weeks from deposit.


3 Easy Ways to Own Your Own EKGO Pod

  1. Own outright and locate on your own land for family, staff or year-round rental.
  2. Best of both worlds ­– income, investment + a kick ass holiday stay. Share holidays. Share ownership. Split a pod between friends and enjoy income as well as 21 nights between your group.
  3. Tourism hot spot pod – buy and locate on the edge of a tourist hot spot, reap year-round income, with profits growing during peak season.