MACKIT HABITAT

From Foundations to Flooring | An Update

The winter months on a building site always prove challenging, with an immediate, steady and constant stream of rain. However, at Mackit we are lucky enough that winter has brought our new builder, Hayden. Since his arrival on site, progress has been strong and steady, and up out the mud our blockwall and subfloor structures [...]

By |2018-06-21T15:12:02+00:00June 21st, 2018|MACKIT HABITAT|

Foundations | Looking beyond the slab

NZ houses are typically constructed on one of two methods of foundation. The first is a concrete slab on the ground, which are usually 100mm thick with reinforcing mesh, and a perimeter footing. The second is a system of timber piles and bearers. Conventionally, all are constructed out of simple, treated, radiata pine. Habitat uses [...]

By |2018-06-21T13:35:32+00:00April 19th, 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+00:00March 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+00:00February 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+00:00January 17th, 2018|MACKIT HABITAT|