As an integrated design and build company, Box™ is constantly pushing for closer up-front collaboration between parties before the site works begin. Now we’re including you – our potential clients – in that mix! We’ve called the concept Box™ Sprints, because it’s a half-day workshop for a modest fee, that covers a lot of ground in a short space of time.
At the start of the day, an architect, builder, quantity surveyor and planner (if required) will accompany you to your site to get a good feel for the potential and possible issues that may arise. After that we’ll return to the office for morning or afternoon tea – a sweet way to be able to develop the brief, talk about what might work in terms of design, and even address the important aspect of cost – from pre-construction through to the finished article.
At the end of the day, participants receive a report of the findings. Simon and Anna Brown attended a ‘Sprint’ to explore the feasibility of developing a site in Remuera. Their three children were about to vacate the large family home and, instead of occupying an ‘empty nest’, the couple was considering building two smaller dwellings on the section – one to live in, one to rent. “The workshop answered most of our questions in terms of design and broke down the costings to an understandable level,” explains Anna.
The main advantage, say the Browns, was having a ‘one-stop shop’ of professionals to consult regarding the project. “Otherwise, we would have had to have meetings with quite a number of individuals. So this gave us a good overview.”
If you’d like to find out more about Box™ homes, read more about our home design & build process.