Because Box is an architecturally designed building system we know how much it costs to build a project from start to finish. It’s not an architectural prototype, so won’t throw you any curve-balls during construction or 5 years down the line.
That's how we can give you modern architectural design that will fit your expectations as well as your budget. Modern design means you get modern building methods and efficiencies. Our design processes and systems are based on what works best now. Not because it's been done that way for 20 years.
We excel at understanding our clients needs and will always design for your personal tastes. Floors, walls, kitchens, bathrooms, lights, there's a lot to design in a house and its totally customisable by you. If you would rather step back and enjoy the ride our design team will be more than happy to do it all for you.
BOX employs architects, builders and project managers. We have an integrated approach to design and building. Box Houses are designed to fit your site and brief by our architect Tim Dorrington, one of New Zealand's leading architects. Fortunately, Nat Jakich (our Construction Manager) is always on hand to ensure our system is buildable and good value for money.
For a totally bespoke project you’d pay an architect around $60k on design fees on a $500k budget or around 10% to 15% of your total budget. Because Box is an architecturally designed building system the design & experimenting has already been done. This will reduce design fees by about 75%.
Building a house does not need to be a roller coaster ride. One of the benefits of a tried and tested building system is that timelines can be given with certainty and shortened considerably.
Quality of materials is paramount. By keeping our design and build costs down we can spend more on quality fittings and materials. We use engineered timber beams and posts. We use Rigid Air Barrier instead of building paper. Strandboard instead of particle board to name just a few.
Our homes are beautifully-crafted modern design. We’re into simplicity,
efficiency, elegance and functionality.
If you're looking for quantity over quality and size over everything else, we're probably not your best option.
We are very conscious of environmental impact. That's why we think modular is the way forward - less waste, more efficient. We use timber a much as we can because it's really suitable to our environment in NZ (no steel). We are well versed in solar water heating, solar power, water collection and reticulation, wastewater treatment, greywater re-use. We can advise and design as appropriate. We don't use stupid materials imported from the ends of the earth. Right here, right now is how we like to do it.
We love what we do and we’re open and transparent with you. Whether you’re in the design stage or build stage we’ll get on just fine. We’ll happily pull out all the stops and make sure you get the right advice all the way through the project.
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