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Posts by Claire McCall

Hold the House Porn

Don’t get him started. Box™ Director | New Projects, Dan Heyworth has a new sermon for the soapbox. He calls it House Porn – and his barbs are aimed at the media: glossy magazines and glamour design websites that often only celebrate the superficial side of architecture. “They annoy me because they set artificially high…

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On show and on sale!

Simple but kinda classy; A clever use of space; Is the stud extra high? These were common themes in the comments section of the Box™ show-home at Glendowie which, over a period of six months, was visited by around 200 people. Located on a compact infill section, the 180-square-metre house is an example of what…

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2016 TIDA Commendations x2

Box™ is delighted to have received the following commendations at this year’s Trends International Design Awards: Highly Commended – 2016 TIDA New Zealand Architect-designed Renovation KAWAKA   Highly Commended – 2016 TIDA New Zealand Architect-designed New Home PAKIRI Trends International Design Awards New Zealand Homes

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Vive la vacation

Sun, sea and big-sky views towards the Hen & Chickens islands are the elements of nature the owners of this Mangawhai holiday home wanted to capitalise on. They wanted a relaxed escape where the children could run free and a home that worked seamlessly in all seasons. The cedar-clad dwelling constructed using the post-and-beam structural…

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Introducing our surprising showhome

It’s been five years since we set up shop (and in that time we’ve designed more than 215 houses), so we’re rather chuffed to announce that we finally have our own dedicated showhome. Of course, at Box™, we like to do things differently so, in keeping with the spirit of innovation, this house will not…

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The heat is on

When the heat is on, and you’re at the coalface of the interior design, the conversation will eventually turn to fireplaces. We asked interior designer Sam Elliot to give us some guidelines so you don’t get all hot and bothered about the decision. What is the starting point for choosing a fireplace? Decide on a…

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Bamboo to you too

Bamboo is no longer a menace for the homeowner, but a boon. The building industry is embracing the reed that keeps on giving. Fast-growing bamboo is now made into ply that is extremely hardwearing, and well, rather pretty. Bamboo ply has a closer end grain and is made up of finer strips. The result has…

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Grand Designs Magazine: Hillsborough House

Stressful moments are part of every construction process, but the defining test of success is one simple question: Would you do it again? for Hamish and Diane Divett, the answer is Yes… and No – Article written by Claire McCall for Grand Designs Magazine – August 2016 issue [pdf-embedder url=”https://www.box.virtualtag.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Grand-Designs-Hillsborough-House.pdf”] If you’d like to see more…

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A present of the past

Photo copyright © 2007 Open2View.com Inspired by the work of Czechoslovakian émigré Vlad Čačala, this project in Orakei, perched on a concrete plinth, is a contemporised version of many of the homes the architect designed in the 50s and 60s. Its front face is a rectangular box clad in dark-stained vertical grooved weatherboards. A length…

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It’s pine – but not as you know it

You’ve heard of glulam – the glued, laminated beams that Box™ uses in their post-and beam structure – but have you heard of XLAM? It’s an exciting new timber product that has huge potential, particularly in medium-density developments. We’re keen to align ourselves with young, innovative Kiwi companies and these large cross-laminated structural panels are…

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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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Getting past shit: How Box rethinks, reshapes and restarts

IDEALOG article, 06 Jul 2016 – Written by Claire McCall A random tweet gave Dan Heyworth, co-founder and Director of Box™, a combined architecture practice and construction company, cause to pause and reflect. After five years at the helm of Box, Heyworth saw his own experience reflected in a Twitter post. It read: The Creative Process 1. This is…

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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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Stuck in the Middle with You

If you’re a business owner or a service provider, here’s something to think about. In your field are you a Product Leader, Customer Intimate or do you concentrate on supreme Efficiency? Of course, most companies achieve some measure of all three but, the truth is, they can usually only focus on one. This becomes their…

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Houzz Tour: Testing the Vertical Limits

Written by Claire McCall for Houzz New Zealand. Meet the family who took on the steepest little section in town – and came out on top. Click on the Houzz Tour link to read the full article. Houzz Tour: Testing the Vertical Limits If you’d like to find out more about getting your own Box home,…

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Choosing Joinery: Six decisions to make

So ALL Box™ joinery is in aluminium right? Correct. But there are still many decisions to be made. Black. Silver. White: About 95% of homeowners go for our matt black joinery. And there’s a good reason for that. Not only is black in keeping with the low-key cladding of our homes, but it doesn’t reflect…

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Peka Peka house featured on ArchiPro

Peka Peka Article featured on ArchiPro – Curated Collection, May Edition The site sits in top of a small dune, one block back from the sea on the Kapiti Coast. The client’s interest in modernist architecture, combined with 270 degree views was the basis of the brief which included 3 to 4 bedrooms and plenty of…

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Box™ Design wins NZIA multi-unit housing award

Sussex Mews by Box™ Design 2016 Nelson–Marlborough Architecture Awards, NZIA Words: ArchitectureNow Editorial Desk An uncompromising concrete wall clearly demarcates the boundary of this development. Once inside, a mix of single- and double-level units have been cleverly arranged to maximise the available space, while the variation in plan invites neighbourly meetings and visits. The private courtyard spaces…

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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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