These Case Studies are examples of the type of projects we undertake and approximate project budgets. Costings assume a flat, fully-serviced urban site with driveway. The designs also underline our commitment to efficient spatial design and elegant modernist architecture.
|James and Kirsten bought a subdivided back lot of 350sqm in Waterview and were looking to build a home for their 2 young daughters to grow up in. They had been exploring options for a while and engaged with a couple of volume house builders. However, as they were looking for something a little bit different they really liked Box’s clean, simple lines and ability to design for efficient use of space. A friend was living in a Box™ designed and built house, so they appreciated the design and finish.
The design process took around 6 months while they refined the design and Box™ re-costed at each step. Once the council approved building consent it was only two weeks before the work started on site. As the home took shape they had regular site meetings with their Design Lead, who informed them of progress and accommodated some minor adjustments to finishes and colours.
30 weeks later they moved into their house and James set about working on the garden. The project cost $610,000 including GST and all costs (excluding their large double fridge and the window treatments). They then spent a further $20,000 on driveway and some landscaping costs. Box™ is now designing a bach for their parents in Waipu.
|David and Jan came to Box™ about 6 months before their youngest daughter moved out their family home in Epsom. They had been rattling around in the house for a while, as the children gradually left to study or move abroad and they were pretty excited about down-sizing, the prospect of being mortgage free and having a bit more money in the tin for their retirement.
Having just bought a sloping piece of land near Leigh, they commissioned Box™ to build a compact home that enabled them to have guests or kids stay with them briefly. One of the bedrooms could also be used as a crafts space for Jan for the rest of time.
Although the house was compact, the ability to open the sliders from the kitchen / dining onto a covered deck (covered by the overhang of the top storey) gave them a highly useable space that becomes part of the liveable area for 8 months of the year. The final design included a ‘storage spine’ down one wall, and they added a luxury garden shed for additional storage.
All up, the project cost them $575,000 and they spent additional budget on landscaping, drive-way, garden shed and holiday to Raro to meet up with their son for Christmas!
|Vanessa and Peter from Belmont had an interesting challenge. They had 3 daughters who had had enough of sharing bedrooms, and Vanessa’s mother was now on her own and Vanessa was hoping to persuade her to move in with them and be part of the family again.
The site they owned is fairly long and narrow. The cars were not a priority (there was good off-street parking) and they thought they might build a garage at the front in the future if need be. The solution was to create a liveable ‘unit’ slightly detached from the main living area and isolated from the noise and carry-on of the main house, if required. It gave the family their space and mother her own quarters and feeling of independence.
The ‘surprise’ space is the central covered courtyard which has become a really sociable part of the house. With people passing through, sheltered and private, it sometimes converts to an external dining room, outdoor lounge space and exercise area.
The total project cost $656,000. They then added a carport at the front of the site during the build process. They are considering building a second floor above the ‘unit’ in the future.