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Box™ features in idealog

Bespoke and broke: Why New Zealanders are overdosing on over-design By DAN HEYWORTH, 07 Nov 2018 https://idealog.co.nz/urban/2018/11/bespoke-and-broke-why-new-zealanders-are-overdosing-over-design What makes a piece of architecture well designed – is it its surroundings, sustainability, longevity, performance and return on investment? Or is it just the aesthetics? Director of new projects at design-and-build company Box, Dan Heyworth, explains why he…

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Box™ features in STUFF

8 Ways to design and decorate to maximise the summer sun! https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/houses/105380778/A-light-and-art-filled-Auckland-home    

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Dan Heyworth | Guest Writer in The Spinoff

Prefab building, the great hope for the housing crisis, is teetering on disaster      

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Box™ features in NZ House & Garden – August Issue

This stunning Box™ home in Westmere features in the August issue of NZ House & Garden. https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/houses/105380778/A-light-and-art-filled-Auckland-home    

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Box™ comes up Trumps – it’s not fake news!!!

Box™ scoops 4 awards at the 2018 Master Build House of the Year competition The Creative House https://www.box.co.nz/portfolio/the-creativehome-2/ won Gold and Overall Regional Award for PlaceMakers New Home $450,000 – $550,000 Hutt City Builders, Wellington http://huttcitybuilders.co.nz https://houseoftheyear.co.nz/houses/2018/ww-11993-1-5/ The Tropical House won Gold for Nulook New Home $700,000 – $1million https://www.box.co.nz/portfolio/the-tropicalhouse-2/ and…..The Private Haven won Silver for Carters New Home $1million…

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A New Box™ Build on a Special Waterfront Site

The challenge for the Box™ design team was to create a spatially efficient home that maximized the panoramic views of the Manukau Harbour. The end result was happy clients who were thrilled with their new home and its modest footprint and bespoke design. The house is 2 storey, split-level. Inside, the ground floor is open…

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Co-housing: an island example

Written by Claire McCall The proposed co-housing development in Grey Lynn (see cohaus.co.nz) is a vision for urban living that includes less reliance on cars and features shared facilities such as a common room and laundry. With a focus on community, a central courtyard is integral to the masterplan. At Box™, we’re ever on the…

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Milestone or millstone? Innovation comes down to earth

Written by Dan Heyworth It’s important to separate the science fiction from the facts in the construction sector, writes Dan Heyworth When I first read The Guardian article “Netherlands to build world’s first habitable 3D-printed houses”, I was inspired by the innovation of the Dutch construction company Van Wijnen behind this development. They call it…

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The Latest Addition to the Box™ Family

The latest addition to the Box™ family is a stunning rural retreat in Kaiwaka, Northland. We recently uploaded this project to “Our Work”, but we love the look and feel of this home and thought you would like to see a few more images. Abodo have featured it in their latest Project Showcase https://www.abodo.co.nz/stories/projects/box-living-in-coastal-mangawhai-new-zealand  

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City (Un) Limits

When a prime city-fringe site has a storm-water drain right in the middle of it, what do you do? You work around it. By Claire McCall    

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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…

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Behind the Scenes of a Box™ Build in Matakana

Our Box™ Home Every journey begins with a single step. It feels like our first step took place about 6 years ago. I won’t bore you with too many details, suffice to say that after living in old draughty homes for years, it became our dream to build our own home…. Follow our journey as…

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Housing supply: An Indian Case Study

Written by Claire McCall We were pleased to hear that an advocate of low-cost housing had been named the winner of architecture’s most prestigious award last week. Balkrishna Doshi is an Indian architect who has worked with luminaries such as Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn and was awarded the 2018 Pritzker Prize. He’s 90 years…

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Bigger than the sum of its parts

Tiny Gem! Written by Claire McCall Small houses are big news – which is as it should be. We’ve always believed that, with clever design, ‘quality’ gives a better result than ‘quantity’ any day of the week. So when Box™ sales and marketing manager Peter (and his partner Hannes) built a 110-square-metre everyday escape on…

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10 Ways to Explore the Beauty of Built-In

The Beauty of Built-In Furniture Written by Claire McCall Frank Lloyd Wright was infamous for wanting to direct every aesthetic aspect of his clients’ lives (including the artwork they chose to put up) and, while we’re not advocating such control freaked-ness, we do agree with him on one thing: his desire to design the furniture…

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Fly My Pretty

Our First Workshop-Built Home Written by Claire McCall It was with enormous pride (and admittedly a little trepidation) that last month we installed our first workshop-built home on a hair-raising site in Waiheke Island. Constructed in our Henderson facility, it was designed in six ‘modules’ in the controlled environment of the shop floor before, like…

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Take it to the Top

What has climbing a mountain in Africa got to do with Box™? Well, if we’re honest, not a lot, although we could draw parallels with how much preparation goes into the planning of this exciting journey, how expecting the unexpected is a smart tactic for success without stress, how it takes absolute teamwork to reach…

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A Box™ by any other name

Adapting to the changing winds and shifting sands of the construction game is what has made us a successful boutique player in this high-stakes arena for close to a decade. And 2018 is no exception. Written by Claire McCall You may know that Box™ is the only company in the country that is registered with…

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Box™ hot on Renovations

As the summer scorcher rolls on, Box™ is taking on an ever-increasing amount of renovation work as part of new extensions. So, due to popular demand we are officially opening the doors to owners wishing to renovate their homes. Christopher Watt has managed the construction side of the Box™ business for two years and previously…

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Box™ Feature in NZ House and Garden Magazine

Bright Spirit Colourful hand-painted birds and flowers and vivid fabrics create a sunny holiday mood. Read the full NZ House and Garden article. Words Claire McCall | Photographs Jane Ussher NZ House & Garden  

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