Susie Mackie

Susie Mackie

About Susie Mackie

Susie has a Bachelor of Design, and is also a fanatical organiser. She wears multiple hats within the Mackit team, and generally makes sure everything runs like a well oiled machine. When she's not in the office, Susie can usually be found running around after her two busy pre-schoolers or channelling her inner Masterchef.

Deliveries and Details | An Update

Deliveries have been the theme at Habitat lately, with the roofing from Metalcraft arriving earlier in the month. We are using Coloursteel in the new profile 'Kahu', with the colour Flaxpod. This profile has a double capillary overlap to the side lap which gives a greater weather performance. The sheets have started going up [...]

By |2019-02-20T12:26:52+13:00February 20th, 2019|MACKIT HABITAT|

Products & Materials Feature | James Hardie RAB Board

James Hardie RAB™ Board is a solid fibre cement pre-cladding. It acts a a 'Rigid Air Barrier' - hence the name RAB. This means it's a layer that is sandwiched between the external cladding of the building and the wall framing, generally replacing building paper. For residential builds it is most commonly used for [...]

By |2019-02-20T12:31:24+13:00February 6th, 2019|MACKIT HABITAT|

Kitchen Design | Part Two | Specification

Last time we talked you through our vision for the Habitat kitchen, and explained the reasons for its position and layout. Moving forward from that point, our next step was to decide on cabinetry and appliances. These decisions would have a big impact on the way the kitchen would look and function. Having a [...]

By |2019-01-17T15:51:45+13:00January 2nd, 2019|MACKIT HABITAT|

Kitchen Design | Part One | The Vision

The kitchen is arguably the jewel in the crown when it comes to designing the interior of the home. It’s the part everyone can’t wait to get stuck in to, and it’s easy to see why. Kitchen design is an opportunity to make a statement; not only about your design style, but also how you [...]

By |2019-01-03T12:14:06+13:00December 17th, 2018|MACKIT HABITAT|

Flooring | Carpet and the Return of Cork

In the early stages of designing Habitat, we knew that we wanted to showcase a range of natural materials. For flooring, this meant selecting products that are derived from natural fibres or materials. We have specified a combination of carpet, for the bedrooms, and hard flooring for the hallways and open plan space. There are [...]

By |2018-12-12T12:01:42+13:00August 30th, 2018|MACKIT HABITAT|

Watching the Clock | Obtaining building consent – and what to do while you wait!

A pitfall of being your own client, is that sometimes your project gets pushed to the bottom of the list. We were so busy with client projects towards the end of 2017, that we didn’t manage to get the Habitat plans submitted to Council, for building consent, until January. Meanwhile, we had our team of [...]

By |2018-06-21T13:35:38+13:00March 22nd, 2018|MACKIT HABITAT|

The Design Brief | How does it work when you’re the client?

One of the biggest motivations for undertaking this project, was being able to really explore our own creativity, on our own terms. We all had so many ideas about design elements we wanted to try, or materials we wanted to use. But of course, this still needs to be an economically viable operation. The idea [...]

By |2018-06-21T13:36:19+13:00February 9th, 2018|MACKIT HABITAT|

Resource Consents | Are they as scary as they sound?

The short answer is no. Resource Consents aren’t scary IF you have the right people involved. Each one is unique – essentially you are asking Council to let you do something outside a District Plan ‘rule’ or subdivide land. The purpose of the Resource Consent application, is to persuade Council that they should let you [...]

By |2018-06-21T13:36:26+13:00January 17th, 2018|MACKIT HABITAT|