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Posts by Claire McCall

Steely Character

  The Box™ build team never shy away from a challenge – and they were served a double helping with this project in Cockle Bay. The steep site had a gradient of 45° in places and access over a very high retaining wall. The height difference between the lower foundations and the driveway was in…

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Humble riches

The region of SaPa in north Vietnam is eye opening to your average Westerner for several reasons. Firstly, it’s hard to comprehend the sheer volume of frenetic construction that is going on in the gateway town that was once a sleepy hill station. Difficult to understand, too, are the planning laws which would allow the…

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Outdoor deck of two storey Glendowie home

Subversive in Suburbia

There comes an age and a stage in life, usually when Empty Nest syndrome hits, that a radical reinvention is called for. Jean and Nigel Bartosh are an upstanding example of this. With their 20-something son and daughter dispersed to Europe, they took their chance. They loved the location of the old brick-and-tile family home…

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More for the mantelpiece

It’s getting a little cramped for space but we have another accolade to add to mantelpiece. Actually, make that two. In the latest NZ Wood Timber Design Awards, we received a Highly Commended for a project in Pakiri that comprised a pair of simple, timber pavilions linked by a breezeway. It featured extensive use of…

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Is Box™ the My Food Bag of Architecture?

As the front-woman and co-founder of My Food Bag, celebrity Masterchef winner Nadia Lim must find it hard to keep the smile off her well-known face. The company, launched by serial entrepreneur Cecilia Robinson, reached a turnover of $100 million in a little over two and a half years – a phenomenal success story. But…

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Win win for us – and Tim

Aww shucks, we hate to skite – but we may as well. Two Box™ projects received the Highly Commended thumbs up at the Trends International Design Awards 2016. One is a new build, the other an extension and renovation, which just goes to show how wonderfully adaptable we are! On the hills overlooking the wild…

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Summer Sipping

We gathered a few ideas from our well-versed crew to see what they’ll be imbibing on the beach.   Dan Heyworth, CEO: Lots of sea-water as I flounder around in the surf. (Actually, we know he’s partial to a Garage Project Pukka IPA).   Jean Bartosh, office and showhome manager: Whilst Martinborough might be famous…

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Shaken not stirred

When Matt Chernishov signed on to the payroll only a couple of months ago, we thought his intriguing name deserved an intriguing job title so we dubbed him Head of Stealth Projects. Matt is a builder with an MBA – yep go figure – and although he sounds like an undercover operative, his role at…

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H is for Holidays

We find our clients in all sorts of ways. Traditional means such as advertising and word of mouth work well, but we’re not averse to mining our connections. The couple who own this bach in Waipu are old family friends of Construction Manager Nat Jakich: “My dad used to coach the client when he was…

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Hold the House Porn

Don’t get him started. Box™ Director | New Projects, Dan Heyworth has a new sermon for the soapbox. He calls it House Porn – and his barbs are aimed at the media: glossy magazines and glamour design websites that often only celebrate the superficial side of architecture. “They annoy me because they set artificially high…

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On show and on sale!

Simple but kinda classy; A clever use of space; Is the stud extra high? These were common themes in the comments section of the Box™ show-home at Glendowie which, over a period of six months, was visited by around 200 people. Located on a compact infill section, the 180-square-metre house is an example of what…

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2016 TIDA Commendations x2

Box™ is delighted to have received the following commendations at this year’s Trends International Design Awards: Highly Commended – 2016 TIDA New Zealand Architect-designed Renovation KAWAKA   Highly Commended – 2016 TIDA New Zealand Architect-designed New Home PAKIRI   Trends International Design Awards New Zealand Homes    

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Vive la vacation

Sun, sea and big-sky views towards the Hen & Chickens islands are the elements of nature the owners of this Mangawhai holiday home wanted to capitalise on. They wanted a relaxed escape where the children could run free and a home that worked seamlessly in all seasons. The cedar-clad dwelling constructed using the post-and-beam structural…

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Introducing our surprising showhome

It’s been five years since we set up shop (and in that time we’ve designed more than 215 houses), so we’re rather chuffed to announce that we finally have our own dedicated showhome. Of course, at Box™, we like to do things differently so, in keeping with the spirit of innovation, this house will not…

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The heat is on

When the heat is on, and you’re at the coalface of the interior design, the conversation will eventually turn to fireplaces. We asked interior designer Sam Elliot to give us some guidelines so you don’t get all hot and bothered about the decision. What is the starting point for choosing a fireplace? Decide on a…

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Bamboo to you too

Bamboo is no longer a menace for the homeowner, but a boon. The building industry is embracing the reed that keeps on giving. Fast-growing bamboo is now made into ply that is extremely hardwearing, and well, rather pretty. Bamboo ply has a closer end grain and is made up of finer strips. The result has…

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Grand Designs Magazine: Hillsborough House

Stressful moments are part of every construction process, but the defining test of success is one simple question: Would you do it again? for Hamish and Diane Divett, the answer is Yes… and No – Article written by Claire McCall for Grand Designs Magazine – August 2016 issue [pdf-embedder url=”https://www.box.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Grand-Designs-Hillsborough-House.pdf”] If you’d like to see more…

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A present of the past

Photo copyright © 2007 Open2View.com Inspired by the work of Czechoslovakian émigré Vlad Čačala, this project in Orakei, perched on a concrete plinth, is a contemporised version of many of the homes the architect designed in the 50s and 60s. Its front face is a rectangular box clad in dark-stained vertical grooved weatherboards. A length…

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It’s pine – but not as you know it

You’ve heard of glulam – the glued, laminated beams that Box™ uses in their post-and beam structure – but have you heard of XLAM? It’s an exciting new timber product that has huge potential, particularly in medium-density developments. We’re keen to align ourselves with young, innovative Kiwi companies and these large cross-laminated structural panels are…

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Good starts

  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…

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