The design-build choice
Their dream was to build something bespoke but they also realised they couldn’t afford a full-blown design from an architect.
Box occupies the middle ground using a combined design and building expertise combined with years of experience to personalise designs.
As equal part architect, equal part builder, it made sense for the busy couple.
“When we met them in the office, there was a lot that was appealing as a company,” says Anna.
They particularly liked that Box was on the same page re house size.
“We didn’t like the feel of a 300-400m² house, and the thought of cleaning it and, unlike other design-and-build companies, they were big on using good design within a small footprint and sustainable material choices.”
Appearances are deceptive
The day before Anna had their third son, Leo, the pair signed up for the project.
This first summer in residence, little Leo (2) and his big brothers Harry (5) and Jack (6), are having the time of their lives splashing around in the pool, kicking a ball on the lawn and exploring the immediate landscape with their parents.
The dwelling, at 170m², is ample for the family of five.
The low-profile home is low-key on arrival.
“It looks like a very boring little house,” says Anna. "It steps down the hillside in a split-level programme that incorporates four bedrooms, two living areas and a ‘mud room’ which facilitates a transition between outdoors and in – with all these boy children it does get a bit dirty, haha.”
On entry, its true character is revealed.