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Posts by Andrew Senn

Building Your Budget

Developing an understanding of the costs involved in building a new home is a process not that different from the one involved in completing the design and build process. It is highly unlikely that a single brochure or conversation will answer all your questions or give you options however with the application of a process…

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Beyond the Cost of Housing in New Zealand

If you’re seriously in the market to build a new house, you’ve probably already investigated the cost-per-square metre of various architects, design-and-build outfits or group house builders. It’s a figure prospective homeowners seem to become fixated on and, far apart from the fact that it’s often an erroneous measure of evaluation (there are no industry…

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How Box™ Saves You Money

In short: by not re-inventing the wheel on each project and working efficiently as an end-to-end design and build company. Do you think that architects are expensive – with little regard to building efficiency and cost? Or that house building companies are better priced, but disinterested in design? Architects are expensive, often 10% to 15%…

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Designed Around YOU! – A Box™ Mindset

New Zealanders love to create – they’re not the sit back and let-it-happen sorts. Innovation and action is in their genes. That’s why when it comes to the design of their own homes, in general, they’re pretty involved. We get that. Our architectural team moulds our design to your lifestyle and your ideas. Yes, we…

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Frequently Asked Questions

What budgets do you build for? Box™ has worked with building cost budgets from $500k to $3m. Typically, total project budgets are between $750,000 and $1,300,000.   Do you give a fixed cost to build a house? Yes. We fix the cost for all construction work, with the exception of works in the ground –…

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The Box™ Purpose

Written by Dan Heyworth Lang House by Ernst Plischke 1948 There is no exact record of the number of homes or developments designed by architects, the general consensus is that between 2% and 5% of the built environment has been designed or deemed worthy of the title architecture.  By the same token, productivity in the…

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