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Design & Function

Box™ features in idealog

Bespoke and broke: Why New Zealanders are overdosing on over-design By DAN HEYWORTH, 07 Nov 2018 https://idealog.co.nz/urban/2018/11/bespoke-and-broke-why-new-zealanders-are-overdosing-over-design What makes a piece of architecture well designed – is it its surroundings, sustainability, longevity, performance and return on investment? Or is it just the aesthetics? Director of new projects at design-and-build company Box, Dan Heyworth, explains why he…

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Box™ features in STUFF

8 Ways to design and decorate to maximise the summer sun! https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/houses/105380778/A-light-and-art-filled-Auckland-home    

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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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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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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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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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10 Ways to Explore the Beauty of Built-In

The Beauty of Built-In Furniture Written by Claire McCall Frank Lloyd Wright was infamous for wanting to direct every aesthetic aspect of his clients’ lives (including the artwork they chose to put up) and, while we’re not advocating such control freaked-ness, we do agree with him on one thing: his desire to design the furniture…

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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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Box™ Feature in NZ House and Garden Magazine

Bright Spirit Colourful hand-painted birds and flowers and vivid fabrics create a sunny holiday mood. Read the full NZ House and Garden article. Words Claire McCall | Photographs Jane Ussher NZ House & Garden  

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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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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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