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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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Divide and conquer

When we say ‘screen time’ at Box™, it’s nothing to do with limiting our social media, cutting down our gaming, or saving our eye-sight. It usually has to do with how we’re going to divide one space off from another. A wall is not the be all and end all of the solution. Here are…

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10 Ways We're Summer Lovin' At Box™

The summer of 2018 looks set to be a scorcher but whether you stay put for the holidays, or get away to play, a house that makes friends with the sun and scenery gives that holiday feeling all year round. At Box™, we use a number of tried-and-true design strategies to achieve this: 1. An…

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BRANZ Build Magazine features Box™

Thinking outside the box! Dan Heyworth, CEO and founder of design and build company Box™, spoke to Build about off-site production and his belief that building at scale could help solve some of New Zealand’s intractable housing problems. Have a read of the full article in Build Magazine –   https://www.buildmagazine.org.nz/articles/show/thinking-outside-the-box  

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Let’s chat slats

Who knew louvres could be so interesting? At Box™ we love our louvres – after all what’s not to love? In the North Island, where the climate is temperate, they allow natural ventilation while protecting from the sun and rain. That means win/win in most weather, including those endless spring showers. Naturellement, the word is…

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No, Ben, you’ve got it all wrong!

By Dan Heyworth, Director | New Projects | Box™.   I was interested to read Ben Derbyshire, president of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), claim that architects must “take back power”. The article, published in The Guardian, came in the wake of the tragic Grenfell Tower debacle. “…overlapping bureaucracies of compliance make the regulations…

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The Best of Both Worlds

Tropical Gardens and River Views! Long-time residents of Greenhithe, the owners of this home are green-fingered gurus  who had developed a stunning, well-established garden over many years. So when they sub-divided their land and built on the waterfront site, they gave Box™ clear instruction: save the plants! Mature trees were relocated, the swimming pool was…

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Box™ Feature in TRENDS Magazine

Back to the future A bold, contemporary extension creates an expansive, light-filled living zone at the rear of this reconfigured 1920s bungalow. Read the full feature here: New Zealand Trends Volume 33 No 4 – Page 74 Box™ is a team of designers, builders and architects in Auckland. If you’d like to chat about your next…

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ArchiPro interview Dan

Boxed in: Lowering the Cost of Building Of late, there has been a feeling in the market that residential architecture has become something reserved only for the very top of the market, due mainly to the overall cost of building in New Zealand. Check out the full interview in Archipro. http://blog.archipro.co.nz/architecture/boxed-in-lowering-the-cost-of-building/ Box™ is a team…

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Award Winning Journalist

Claire McCall Scoops Award! Our exceptionally talented consultant Claire McCall recently scooped an accolade at the 2017 Magazine Media Awards for her writing. Claire was named Best Journalist in the Lifestyle category. She writes about architecture, design and living the dream for a number of publications including NZ Life & Leisure (for which she received…

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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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A Goodie Bag of Little-but-Loved Home Ideas

Rocking Prefab Around the World It’s not just Box™ that is a fan of off-site construction – design practices around the world are seeking out ways to build more efficiently, with results that are of consistent quality and more eco-friendly with less material waste. Globally, prefabrication is getting the big tick. Here’s a goodie bag…

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A Simple (ish) Plan

When Box™ started out many years ago, we were young and innovative and our idea was to introduce a number of standard plans. We could then tweak and personalise these plans –  basically, use them over and over again to make people’s design-and-build dreams a reality. Box™ has now designed over 250 architectural houses and…

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Certainty of Cost

When it comes to designing and building, certainty is everything: certainty of what you’re going to get, certainty of quality and time, and the ‘biggie’ for most homeowners, certainty of cost. Building costs increased in 2016 by between 7.4% and 17% (depending on whose numbers you trust), and with the ongoing shortage of new builds,…

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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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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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