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  • NZIA Local Award Winner - 2017 - Housing
  • Best Awards 2017 - Gold Award - Housing
  • Home Magazine - Home of the Year 2017 - Shortlisted
  • Trends International Design Awards - 2017 - New Zealand Architect-Designed Kitchen - Highly Commended

This award winning masterpiece designed by SGA is the most complex and inspirational new build we’ve done to date. Concrete and steel on the face of the house are juxtaposed with the interior materials creating a solid and open yet warm space. 

Given this house is the architects home, he tried everything he’s always wanted to do, meaning a lot of the building gave us a chance to problem solve and put our experienced builders to the test.

The covered entry courtyard is a stunning entrance to the house, proving a tranquil indoor garden which seamlessly connects to the opening dining, kitchen and lounge. The double height spaces in kitchen and living areas brings in natural light and creates a dramatic feel. The pool running alongside the living area integrates into the house making this home an urban oasis.

Building Features: In-situ concrete walls, e-span cladding, passive building techniques, LVL framing, internal linings in custom CNC ply wood and larch panelling, steel frame kitchen, Photovoltalic panels, polished concrete floors, oak floors.

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We are professional qualified builders of architectural homes and shop fits-outs.

Crate was established in 2013 by brothers James Strachan and Fraser Strachan after 20+ years experience building in New Zealand and overseas.

We provide detailed, accurate job costings and pride ourselves on adherence to your budget, working closely with your architect and suppliers.

Our projects range from residential new homes, residential additions and alterations, working with heritage or new buildings as well as light commercial, shop fit outs, furniture and cabinet making.

The Crate workshop in Kingsland gives us the ability to fabricate and prefabricate parts of the build off-site. The high stud warehouse enables an entire house to be prefabricated or elements including framing, steel fabrication, joinery and cabinetry.

We have a passion for building and work to a high standard that we hold everyone at Crate to work to. We have experience in a wide range of construction techniques and we love doing things that are different and challenging, pushing the boundaries and trying new things.

References to back this up from any of of our happy clients are available upon request.