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12 June 2018

Third Generation La Grouw to take over the helm at Lockwood

It’s time for generational change which is part of a natural progression at Lockwood. “My father made way for me and now I make way for my son Andrew,” says Joe La Grouw, our current managing director who will be stepping aside. “Andrew has worked in all aspects of the business; from being involved in […]

29 March 2018

Lockwood additions and alterations, how easy are they to do?

Like all additions or alterations to any existing structure they can be easy or complex. What might be conceived as an easy change like removing a wall or replacing a window may in fact require building consent. Is the wall affected loadbearing? Is the window being replaced going to be wider than what was there […]

20 December 2017

Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre

Over the years we have built some stunning Lockwood buildings, and recently we have been on a mission to reconnect with some of our older projects and update our commercial photography. One of the projects that caught our eye was the very striking Pukaha Mount Bruce Centre just outside of Masterton. The centre was opened […]

27 November 2017

Where Monarch’s flit and communities connect

West Lynn Garden and Butterfly House is a public garden covering 4.5 acres in the heart of Auckland, created and run by volunteers. It was formed in 1981 on land originally owned by the Eden Garden Society. The West Lynn Garden Society is now an independent organisation of people all sharing a love of gardening. […]

27 November 2017

Beach House Bliss

What should you be looking for in a holiday home design? Before we even consider your design, the number one thing to get right is your location. Your holiday home should be somewhere you want to return to year after year, possibly not too far away and a place that you can get to for […]

27 November 2017

WeatherClad 21

It’s no secret that Lockwood homes are built to stand the test of time. You will find them in most neighbourhoods, nestled in bucolic rural settings, on water and beach fronts, in established suburbs and new suburbs – all over our beautiful country, spanning our proud 66 year history. Owners of older versions approach us […]

27 November 2017

Is sub-dividing right for your property?

A feasibility report can help you make an informed decision If you are keen to explore the opportunities presented with sub-dividing your land, a feasibility study can help you gauge the risk and reward potential. It is always a good idea to have done some due diligence before spending large sums of money ensuring that […]

30 October 2017

From a cosy 51m2 to 127m2 family sized home, we have some big ideas for you

Our small homes are always a popular search on our website and we are often requested to provide more information on these. Many people are looking to downsize or create value from existing land by building a second dwelling for the rental or the tourist markets. Another reason they are looking for a small home […]

28 September 2017

Putting our strength to the ultimate test

Roger Wood, a builder in Christchurch, has put a Lockwood home to the ultimate test. He identified this particular Lockwood in a Red Zone, in the hard hit seaside suburb of Southshore. Roger says, “I spotted this one on one of my walks because it was a bit bent out of shape due to the […]

30 August 2017

Celebrate the Art of Lockwood

Download our stunning album of Lockwood homes from around the country. This booklet should come with a warning, you might end up with a little house envy! We have a huge range of plans or design and build options, so no matter your taste or budget we can help you achieve your Lockwood dream. Choose […]

27 April 2017

Future proof your investment by incorporating Lifemark Design Standards

Lifemark™ rated homes are designed to be usable and safe for people of all ages and stages. They are easy to live in – for a lifetime. Lockwood are proud to be Lifemark™ accredited partners and when you work with us to design your home we are able to apply these design standards to ensure […]

27 April 2017

How much CO2 has your home absorbed from the atmosphere?

NZ Wood has this great little calculator which helps to understand how your choice of building materials impacts on your home’s carbon footprint. One tonne of CO2 is around 500m3, or approximately the volume of an average house. So one tonne of CO2 is about the same as that emitted by an average car travelling […]

30 March 2017

Sculleries – a popular choice

In todays open plan living environments, where social spaces are celebrated, the scullery is becoming a very popular choice where the hard work can take place and messes are made out of eyesight. If you are considering including a scullery in your design, which is in essence a second kitchen space, here are some elements […]

28 February 2017

Sharing testimony from our Kaikoura Lockwood owners

Lockwood has an unshakeable reputation when it comes to earthquake performance. Reflecting on the recent memorial events around Christchurch, and fresh quake activity around our shaky isles, we felt it was timely to share some of the experiences from our Lockwood home owners based in Kaikoura. On touching base with our existing Lockwood owners to […]

28 February 2017

Make our new Haven your new Haven

What a little cutie. This modern 60m2 home has two bedrooms, one bathroom and an open plan living, dining and kitchen. Featuring sarked timber ceilings and large ranch sliders in the living area, your indoor-outdoor flow is seamless. The Haven would make an excellent second dwelling or a getaway pad. Make our Haven your Haven, […]

27 January 2017

Five great reasons to build new

There are a number of reasons to consider building new, here are some of biggest benefits for new home owners: Your new home comes with a guarantee which covers construction and warranties on individual componentry. You don’t have to deal with any historical issues which might arise in much older homes. Stringent Building Codes will […]

27 January 2017

Good Looking Splashbacks

Splashbacks are a great way to bring a statement piece into your kitchen. There are many ways to approach the look you want to achieve, but some creative ideas you might want to consider for either new builds or renovations are; Printed themes on glass; Dramatic skyline in black and white monochrome, or crystal clear […]

27 October 2016

Thinking of Downsizing?

Choosing to live simpler doesn’t mean you need to downsize your life. If you have been living in a larger home, it is a daunting task to think about how to get from where you are now to living comfortably in a much smaller space. Smaller homes which have been intelligently designed offer the benefit […]

27 October 2016

Not all double glazing is created equal

Low E – Glass, has a thin silver coating applied during the glass manufacturing process, which allows the microscopic coating to fuse onto the hot glass. The Low-E coated glass is placed on the inside facing pane within the insulated double glazed window unit. With this coating, U Values, like an R value, which is […]

23 March 2016

Choosing the best carpet for your home

Did you know that a sample piece of carpet from a store is likely to be 20% lighter in colour when the final product is layed? Ursula Vasic from Yellowfox Interior Design shares this insight and some neat advice on the Cavalier Bremworth website, to help you choose wisely for your design style and way […]

26 June 2015

Distance no barrier

A new Lockwood holiday home in Raglan is proof anything is possible when you pull the right team together. Lockwood Waikato and Excelsior Residential undertook the project for UK residents Patricia Bossons and Denis Startain and their two children Louis and Kiera. The family was based overseas throughout the build, but Patricia says they had […]

29 April 2015

On a windswept island

Lockwood homes are known for their strength and resilience, and a holiday home on remote D’Urville Island is proof the building system can be trusted. The island, at the top of the Marlborough Sounds, is exposed to the weather extremes that give Cook Strait is fearsome reputation. But it’s also a beautiful place that captivated […]