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Design & Build Process

Colour in architecture

Box™ advocates incorporating a splash of rainbow attitude into your new build or renovation Black is not back Any colour as long as it’s black. While that is a broad-brush statement, this does seem to be the motto of architects everywhere – you see it in their clothes and in their cars so little wonder…

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Show me the money

It may seem gauche to launch into talking about money from the get-go but, when you’re considering who will design and build what is probably the biggest investment of your life, cost is always front of mind so it’s bound to come up sooner or later. We prefer sooner. Really we do. And when the…

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The dos and don’ts of building in a heritage zone

When it comes to building in city-fringe suburbs where villas and bungalows predominate, protecting Auckland’s architectural heritage is important. But that doesn’t mean slavishly copying the design ideas of the past. Showing respect is a given but equally vital is to create good-looking homes that key into the wider neighbourhood without compromising lifestyle. When zoning…

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Looking back to the future

Auckland has around 150 years of colonial built history to look back on, a residential suburban landscape pocketed with examples that morphed with the times through the decades. Box™ is well-known for its commitment to the modernist style – the architecture of the mid-century – in particular the case study houses of California that championed…

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As we were saying….

The term ‘form follows function’ is used so frequently in architectural discourse that is has become as clichéd as ‘indoor/outdoor flow’. So what does it actually mean?When architect Louis Sullivan (a pioneer of the American skyscraper) coined the phrase in 1896, he originally used the words “form ever follows function” and the simple premise was…

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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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Bringing home the lessons of the lockdown

As an SME operating in the design and construction industry, Box™ needs to be nimble. We believe in testing the waters of interesting design-and-build ideas but are quick to pivot if the uptake or financials don’t stack up. So what has the Covid crisis taught us? Well, there’s the human side. Several Box™ clients contacted…

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Sun sun sun – here it comes

In uncertain times, people crave stability – and in the first instance, most look for it at home. Those who already have a stash of pantry staples squirreled away (and let’s face it, a couple of bottles of wine too) as per advice in the civil emergency guidelines, or who have nurtured a veggie garden…

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Building Your Budget

Developing an understanding of the costs involved in building a new home is a process not that different from the one involved in completing the design and build process. It is highly unlikely that a single brochure or conversation will answer all your questions or give you options however with the application of a process…

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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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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 $750,000 and $1,300,000.   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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Compare 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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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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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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