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Design & Build Process

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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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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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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A Kit of Parts

Incorporating a 20sqm visitor accommodation unit for a client who had built with us before, provided Box™ with an opportunity to construct a dwelling using a panelised off-site building methodology. This kit of parts was transported via ferry to a challenging Waiheke site.    

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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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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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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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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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