PHOTO: Architect Tommy Honey is working on Slimby for his Master’s project, and has already garnered interest from prefabrication companies to partner.

An architect is creating an online network that will allow Aucklanders to rent out their backyards through temporary prefabricated granny flats.

Slimby, or shared living in my backyard, is a Master’s project that urban planning expert Tommy Honey is working on at Auckland’s Unitec’s Tech Futures Lab to bring together home owners wanting to subdivide their property for rent and tenants looking for transitional housing through a website like Airbnb.

Honey said the service would be a disrupter in the housing market, as off-site prefabricated houses could be built in a fraction of the time a house would normally be constructed on-site.