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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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Comparing Apples with Oranges: Understanding m²

When someone gives you a ‘square metre’ rate, it is often impossible to know what is included in this. How do you accurately compare one company with another, when there is no common definition of cost per square metre? GST. Architects are notorious for not including GST in their rates Siteworks. Does it include earthworks,…

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Building Your Budget

The most important thing is to be clear on what your budget is. And be honest about it! You may have a clear idea or need to talk to a mortgage broker to understand what you can borrow. There is nothing wrong with having a wish-list or brief that is out of whack with the…

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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 $500,000 and $1,000,000.   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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Kiwibank features Box™

Every business needs a bank! Box™ was recently invited by Kiwibank to feature in their latest advertising campaign. It was a lot of fun and also gave us an opportunity to reflect on why we’re in business, what it’s all for and to find our Inner Kiwi! A more in depth video and link to Box™…

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The Slow Change of an Old Industry

What does Off-site Construction or Prefab have in common with electricity or the Internet? Like most ‘breakthrough technologies’ the breakthrough can often take decades to fulfil its potential. Check out the full article in idealog. http://idealog.co.nz/design/2017/09/prefab-challenge Box™ is a team of designers and builders in Auckland. If you’d like to chat about your next project,…

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One Percent Collective

At Box™ we’re acutely aware that we design and build for the top 1% of the 1%, which is a tragedy in itself and something we’re keen to resolve. We have been giving to the One Percent Collective for a while now and they are a very worthwhile Kiwi charity doing amazing stuff. For those…

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Custom Design or Modular Design?

An introduction to Modular vs Custom design Let’s get one thing clear: whatever the process you’re still going to get the trademark Box™ modernist DNA and some fantastic design. The main difference between the processes is that CUSTOM is more traditional in terms of the architect design and build process and gives you ultimate design freedom.…

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Design & Build in one nice little package

Box™ are designers, builders, modernist design and cost certainty. Box™ was a concept in development for three years before officially launching in November 2011. The sole purpose was, and still is, to make modernist design accessible to a greater number of people. We achieve this by offering great design, certainty of cost, shorter delivery timescales and…

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What should I budget for a new house?

When building a new house the ‘How much should I budget?’ is a simple question for which there is no definitive answer. As a result, it is often frustrating for owners and in return leads to mis-information from builders, designers and house companies trying to sell you their service. Since the building site, brief and…

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Efficient Design Build Process

Since we do design, costing, construction, management under one roof there we are in control of the process from start to finish. We’re responsible and accountable from the very beginning which makes things straight forward for you – there’s only one company to point the finger at! Since the teams work so closely together and we…

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Award-Winning Design & Function

Box™ mid-century modern design fits New Zealand lifestyle and built environment beautifully. We pride ourselves on the efficiency of our designs, the simplicity and beauty of our design aesthetic. For us it is about, light, proportion, good function and creating spaces that you will love being in. At Box™, we are mad on modernism –…

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A Multi-Disciplinary Team

Since we employ our own designers, quantity surveyors and builders, it is easy to collaborate on each project from the very start. This means that you get great design with a healthy dose of practicality and buildability. And since we are costing your project from the very start, it is easier for us to iron…

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Good Citizens

Box™ are well versed in implementing solar water heating, solar power, water collection and reticulation, and wastewater treatment. We live in perhaps the most awesome country on the most awesome planet we’re aware of, so why s*** in our own backyard? Unfortunately us Kiwis have not been great at doing this in the past. For…

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Be part of the One Percent

Feeling generous? If not, why not? Box™ is excited to be part of the One Percent Collective, a simple way to support Kiwi charities by automatically donating a percentage of our income. Wellingtonian Pat Shepherd launched the collective after a life-changing year spent teaching art and photography to refugee kids in Thailand. He came home…

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One for the bookshelf

If you’re interested in socially responsible architecture, Box™ highly recommends the book Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crisis edited by Cameron Sinclair, one of the founders of Architecture for Humanity. Sadly, earlier this year that voluntary, non-profit organisation, launched 15 years ago, filed for bankruptcy. You can read more about…

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Same but different

Some Box™ details have changed! We’ve moved into the old Kiwi Bacon factory. You can now visit us at: Studio 1.2, 317 New North Road, Kingsland, Auckland 1021 or send snail mail to: PO Box 56 173, Dominion Rd, Auckland 1446. All phone numbers remain the same. activate javascript activate javascript

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A ply with care

At Box™, we love to ply our homes with ply. That’s because ply is versatile and brings a warmth and textural interest to interiors while simultaneously having a nostalgic appeal. We use ply for wall linings, vanities and kitchen cabinetry, and built-in furnishings such as room dividers, shelving units or even beds. But not all…

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Box™ means business

Our first light commercial building was recently completed in central Christchurch. The owners particularly liked the exposed structure of our post-and-beam system reinforced with stainless cross braces. It meant that, should any earthquake damage occur, it can be easily assessed and fixed. Read about it here in Idealog » activate javascript

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Has Architecture Lost its Mojo?

A recent Forbes magazine article argued that the general public has a very low opinion of the architectural profession. We tend to think that’s because architects have lost touch with the common man – or woman. Why is this? “A lot of those who graduate want to be the ‘rock stars’ of the architectural world,”…

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