Designed by Box
When Ben and Ally Green embarked on their design-and-build journey with Box™, they were completely chilled about the process.
“Their all-in-one package removes all the stress,” says Ben.
What the couple didn’t anticipate was a last-minute surprise.
To be fair, that wasn’t the fault of Box.
As Ally says: “When we first started building, we only had three children, so the house was designed to accommodate that.”
Then little Moses came along.
The Greens have had a few big life changes to deal with over the past year: a newborn, a new house and a new career for Ben, who decided to leave his corporate job to start his own business.
Keeping the build on an even keel, then, was important from both a financial and mental-health perspective.
Nine years ago, the couple was fortunate to have secured a picturesque Onehunga site overlooking Manukau Harbour by buying it with Ally’s parents.
“They wanted to help us into the Auckland housing market and the land came with two existing homes, so we went halves on it,” she says.
The young family lived in a beautiful but draughty bungalow at the front of the site.
When the quotes and plans to renovate came in, the steep cost was a shock.
“One of the prospective builders asked if we had considered starting from scratch,” says Ally.
But when the same builder pointed them towards Box, Ben and Ally saw the light – both figuratively and literally.
In the end, choosing to bowl and build was an easy decision.