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Design & Build Process

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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Custom or Modular Flowchart

Custom Design or Modular Design?

An introduction to Modular vs Custom design Let’s get one thing clear: whatever the process you’re still going to get the trademark Box™ modernist DNA and some fantastic design. The main difference between the processes is that CUSTOM is more traditional in terms of the architect design and build process and gives you ultimate design freedom.…

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Steely Character

  The Box™ build team never shy away from a challenge – and they were served a double helping with this project in Cockle Bay. The steep site had a gradient of 45° in places and access over a very high retaining wall. The height difference between the lower foundations and the driveway was in…

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Efficient Design Build Process

Since we do design, costing, construction, management under one roof there we are in control of the process from start to finish. We’re responsible and accountable from the very beginning which makes things straight forward for you – there’s only one company to point the finger at! Since the teams work so closely together and we…

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Good Citizens

Box™ are well versed in implementing solar water heating, solar power, water collection and reticulation, and wastewater treatment. We live in perhaps the most awesome country on the most awesome planet we’re aware of, so why s*** in our own backyard? Unfortunately us Kiwis have not been great at doing this in the past. For…

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Good starts

  As an integrated design and build company, Box™ is constantly pushing for closer up-front collaboration between parties before the site works begin. Now we’re including you – our potential clients – in that mix! We’ve called the concept Box™ Sprints, because it’s a half-day workshop for a modest fee, that covers a lot of…

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Ready for the Rollercoaster

Building a house is, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Sometimes, house design and construction companies forget that, for customers, it’s a very big deal. Our goal at Box is to make your home building experience memorable – for all the right reasons! Here’s how we do it: 1. Give you the facts: It’s a long…

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Behind-the-scenes of a Box™ build

If those who write blogs are called bloggers, are the people who read them called ‘the blogged’? If you’re part of this collective, you’ll have been keeping pace with our own Peter Cosnett’s home build at Hekerua Bay on Waiheke. Peter is Box™ sales and marketing manager which puts him in the unique position of…

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Adding the ‘you’ factor

Making design decisions together is integral to the Box™ process but, once the last tradesperson leaves the site, it’s your time to shine. Going back to visit clients to see how they’ve personalised the spaces, is one of the highlights of the design-and-build game. At one gable-roofed house on Omaha Beach, we returned to find…

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Green Ideas Magazine – Living Light

Seeming to float above the trees on Waiheke Island, this family home sits lightly in more than one way – as published in the Feb/Mar 2016 issue of Green Ideas magazine. Please use the toolbar below to change page and zoom in. [pdf-embedder url=”https://www.box.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/33_GI20_Eco-home_REV.pdf”]

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Bathroom trends – NZ House & Garden

Box™ interior designer Sam Elliott, shares her bathroom tips in the January 2016 edition of NZ House & Garden:

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Hekerua House: Post 1

A cooking show featuring an Australian celebrity chef is not a commonplace catalyst for choosing a place to live. 11 years ago, whilst living and working in Taiwan, a TV show that featured Neil Perry prepare a sizzling barbecue dish at a vineyard on Waiheke Island, the sumptuousness of the sun, scenery and seafood was…

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10 steps to the perfect bathroom plan

Box™ interior designer, Sam Elliot, has been doing her inventive thing at the company for almost 4 years now. In that time, we estimate she has designed 200 bathrooms. And, let’s face it, while living rooms and kitchens get the lion’s share of attention, when the squeeze goes on – it’s usually in the bathroom.…

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It’s over our heads

One of the important factors you’ll need to consider when building is the roof over your head (literally). At Box™, we offer three options: Flat (ish) roof Modernism and flat roofs go together like bread and butter but, historically, they have been prone to leaks. Not anymore. While the laws of physics haven’t changed, the…

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