10 design details that make the Box™ difference

Positive vibrations don’t just happen by chance. There’s some serious thinking behind the ‘feel-good’ factor that’s woven into the fabric of all our homes

1. Post-and-beam
Our glulam (glued laminated) beams are part of our standardised kitset of parts. They are the framework of a flexible building system, the structural skeleton that makes putting together the homes much quicker than the regular ‘stick built’ method.

2. Cross-bracing
X marks the spot when it comes to both structural integrity and an aesthetic that Box™ has become known for. They strengthen the frame to give greater seismic performance.


3. Full-height glazing
Floor-to-ceiling windows allow a greater sense of spaciousness and lend an elegant-yet-contemporary look to our homes.

4. Minimal circulation
Because we believe in smaller is better is more eco-conscious way to design, we aim for no wasted space in the internal planning of our homes. To make every centimetre count, you’ll find no (or minimal) corridors and hallways. Step straight into the living room and rooms leading directly off one another.

5. Restricted material and detail palette
Box™ houses look good yet they don’t cost anywhere near as much as bespoke designs. One way we keep costs down is by selecting a few key materials and keeping details refined. We believe in quality, not quantity. Extraneous details such as unnecessary trims and mouldings are avoided. Instead we’ll design structure, spaces and fittings to speak for themselves. Kitchen cabinets may feature routed handles so there’s no need for buying hardware.

6. Vertical and horizontal planning

Our modular design methods mean we work to a consistent grid which not only means less waste to landfill (since we use standard sizes of building materials) but allows the proportions of a home to just feel right. For example, our ceilings have a 2.4 metre stud which is the standard sheet size for many products and the maximum height for many joinery profiles. This, in turn, allows us to have full-height windows and doors without extra cost and is efficient vertical planning. Our horizontal plan is worked in iterations of 1200mm – again for standard sizes and to maximise efficiency.

7. Built-in furniture
From vanities to kitchen units to shelving, storage units bench seats and bedheads – all this comes as part and parcel of the design-and-build system. We often design these fixtures from plywood. It makes economic sense and keeps the look consistent and contemporary.

8. Colourful front doors
No need for a welcome mat when you have a bold, bright front door to greet guests. Like the defining X of the cross-bracing on many Box™ homes, these have become one of our trademarks. For us, the idea came from the Eichler houses built in California in the 50s and 60s. These were usually painted in natural shades of dark brown or green on their exterior to blend with the landscape but featured a pop of bold orange, or red, or yellow on the front door as an accent.

9. Stick balustrades

Highly recognisable and often copied, battened balustrades create a safety barrier on decking or stairs and are a neat design detail. Box™ architect Tim Dorrington first started designing stick balustrades because he found that the horizontal bar of a regular timber barrier often fell at 1 metre (just at eye level). Dropping the stick balustrade below floor level by 200mm and affixing it directly to the deck, and dropping the horizontal rail to 800mm, results in a balustrade that is within regulation but at a height that doesn’t obscure the view.

10. Low-profile roofs

About 70 per cent of our Box™ designs feature a roof that has a low pitch – either 2 degrees (for the membrane roof) or 3 degrees (for the Colorsteel versions).