Box Living

Box™ is a new breed of architectural practice and construction company. That’s right – we do both. We are full of ideas, timeless and great value – just like the new homes we design and build. Box™ is based in Auckland but runs projects from Matapouri to Wanaka.

We are a company of architects, builders, project managers, estimators and interior designers. We love modernist architecture and the process of designing and building.

If you are considering designing and building a new home, contact us and we’ll happily guide you through the process. At Box™ we want you to get up each day and say “I love my house!”

As a house building company and architectural practice, we are passionate about mid-century modern design. We love its open spaces, and the light, clean and elegant structure this style of architecture offers. It’s also a style that responds particularly well to the way New Zealanders live and to our climate, providing easy indoor-outdoor transitions. Simple, elegant, beautifully crafted, it will be a house that you love to live in.

We have spent years perfecting the thinking and design behind the Box™ system. When we start working on your house, you’ll enjoy the security of knowing we have already tried and tested our system many times over. As a result, our architectural fees are considerably lower than that of a traditional architect: up to 75% less! Our system enables us to cost your project very accurately at the early stages so you can have peace of mind and enjoy the journey.

Box™ is both a registered architectural practice and a construction company. We employ architects, draftspeople, project managers, estimators, builders, interior designers and landscape designers. Our integrated approach to designing and building a home, means you get top-notch design that’s value for money. Box™ houses are designed to fit your site and brief by our architects who work hand-in-hand with our estimator and construction manager to make the design and budget work together, even before we present you with a concept. No pushy sales people, just down-to-earth practitioners who are interested in the end result, not their commission.

Box™ is very conscious of our environmental impact. That’s why we’re Carbon Zero certified. That’s why we think modular housing is the way of the future – less waste equals more efficiency. We use timber as much as possible, because it is better suited to our environment and seismic conditions in NZ. We are well versed in solar water heating, solar power, water collection and reticulation, wastewater treatment and greywater re-use, and can advise and design as appropriate. We don’t use silly materials imported from the ends of the earth. Right here, right now is how we like to do it.

At Box™ we’re all about quality of space over quantity. Our houses may be smaller than another house building company in terms of overall footprint, but not through compromising on the quality or functionality of any of the spaces. We don’t believe in designing large, inefficient spaces so that the cost per square metre rate looks attractive. We put our heart and soul (and our design skills) into every inch of our houses to make sure that the end product works for your budget.

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