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Keeping it Real

A cluster of cabbage trees stretching into the sky, against a backdrop of islands and ocean, is an iconic indicator that locates this property immediately in New Zealand. The Cordyline australis that grow here are well-loved because the owners of this spectacular site are not only nurturers of nature but keen gardeners too. When they…

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Why William the Conqueror is partly to blame for our housing problems

The quest to create affordable housing in New Zealand is an interminable dilemma. But as Dan Heyworth writes, the issue comes from the old British feudal land system on which ours is based. Recently I was involved in a project that responded to government calls to use off-site manufacturing to bring affordability to the housing…

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Brand New Inspired Design

Box™ Design and BuiltFor Sale – 12a Helen Place St Heliers Auction 12th AugustOpen Homes. | Saturday 1st August 1-1:30pm, Sunday 2nd August 1-1:30pmPaul Neshausen MBA. | Barfoot & ThompsonMOBILE 021 345 887 Packed with inspired details that make everyday living more enjoyable, this spacious brand new 4-bedroom home is a chic modern hideaway in a super-quiet, super-safe…

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How the interiors process works

You’ve seen the interiors in Box™ houses right? The way they look so cohesive and complete and well, just darn fantastic actually. We can’t take all the credit because, while our clients come to us for our design smarts, they generally tend to be the type that want a fair bit of say too. This…

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The Joy of Difficulty

How we tackle a problematic site Is there such a thing as the perfect site? That depends on how you look at it. While many believe a roomy, flat section is the ultimate find, Box™ designers would argue that having challenges to face actually gives them some interesting parameters to work with. Under pressure, we…

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Box™ Project Diaries

Box™ Diaries will be a regular post showcasing our new builds during construction and at final completion, or handover day! Check out the first video in the series. This project is 40minutes from Auckland in a stunning location. The videos give you an unfiltered overview; no furniture, no landscaping… https://youtu.be/wtEex4yeWPo

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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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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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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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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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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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Armchair tours

If you’ve never been inside a real-life Box™ house, here’s the next best option. Grab a cuppa, get settled and then take a 3D experience on our website. (You’ll find it on the home page under the ‘Our Work‘ heading). We’re slowly getting more of our houses available to amble around virtually.  Currently there is…

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Modernism in the Wetlands

Designing to respond to the particulars of a site is Architecture 101 and this new build in North Canterbury has that part truly sussed. Two courtyards ensure wraparound sun and views from dawn to dusk. One to the east, sits between the living and bedroom wing of the home overlooking the Pegasus wetlands, so it’s…

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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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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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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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