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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 ‘Nice to see you‘ heading). We’re slowly getting more of our houses available to amble around virtually.  Currently…

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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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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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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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Houzz Tour: Testing the Vertical Limits

Written by Claire McCall for Houzz New Zealand. Meet the family who took on the steepest little section in town – and came out on top. Click on the Houzz Tour link to read the full article. Houzz Tour: Testing the Vertical Limits If you’d like to find out more about getting your own Box home,…

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Peka Peka house featured on ArchiPro

Peka Peka Article featured on ArchiPro – Curated Collection, May Edition The site sits in top of a small dune, one block back from the sea on the Kapiti Coast. The client’s interest in modernist architecture, combined with 270 degree views was the basis of the brief which included 3 to 4 bedrooms and plenty of…

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Box™ Design wins NZIA multi-unit housing award

Sussex Mews by Box™ Design 2016 Nelson–Marlborough Architecture Awards, NZIA Words: ArchitectureNow Editorial Desk An uncompromising concrete wall clearly demarcates the boundary of this development. Once inside, a mix of single- and double-level units have been cleverly arranged to maximise the available space, while the variation in plan invites neighbourly meetings and visits. The private courtyard spaces…

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Two Heads are Better than One

We enjoy working with owners who have strong opinions – no, really we do – since it helps us push the boundaries of our own thinking. One recent project is the perfect example of how good things happen when creative tension and collaboration meet. In the Hillsborough home of Hamish and Diane Divett, which featured…

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