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1 May 2024

Creating a Cosy Winter Abode

As the crisp air settles in and the winter months approach, there is a need to maintain the warmth and comfort within our homes, keeping them warm and dry and the winter ills at bay. With cooler weather and shorter days, we often seek ways to improve our homes’ heating efficiency and create snug, comforting […]

7 March 2024

The Ultimate Easter Giveaway

The ultimate Easter giveaway is here! Simply browse the homes on our website, and tell us how many easter eggs you find! Let us know and you’ll go into win the ultimate bundle valued at $500! – Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine – Nespresso Aeroccino 3 Milk Frother – x2 Cadbury Easter Eggs/Mini Eggs – Variety […]

rural lifestyle with views Lockwood Home

7 March 2024

Thermal Performance

Lockwood’s solid timber building system offers advantages in thermal comfort and control, indoor air quality, heating and cooling efficiency. Our exterior walls are comprised of a tight sandwich of solid timber and insulation which exceeds requirements under the current building code. Timber itself is a natural insulator and minimal connections between internal and external elements […]

24 January 2024

Blonded vs Natural

Blonded or Natural Lockwood Homes has a long history of quality craftsmanship and sustainable living. Most of our customers have chosen Lockwood, in part, for the look and feel of timber in their homes. As homeowners embark on the exciting path of creating their dream home, one of the many choices is to decide on […]

22 January 2024

5 things to consider when building a home

1. Create a budget to determine how much you can and cannot afford for a home. For example, if you want a house that costs $1 million but know you can only afford $700,000, we can work with your budget if you tell us upfront about your goals and expectations. Because of the constant shifts […]

4 December 2023

Ultimate Home Bundle!

Purchase a Lifestyle Lockwood Home, and receive a Ultimate Home Bundle as a complimentary gift! Valued at $17,000! What’s included: Appliance Package + Solar Powered Skylight ASKO 8kg Front Loader ASKO 8kg Condenser Dryer Samsung 427L Bottom Mount Fridge Freezer Velux Solar-powered Electric Opening Skylights $4,000 towards Blinds and Curtains from ‘Harrisons Curtains and Blinds’ […]

4 December 2023

Book a site visit and win!

Book a site visit and be in to win a Baumatic beverage fridge! Valued at $2,300! Our group of exceptionally talented experts at Lightning Homes is dedicated to transforming your aspirations into magnificent reality. The team would be delighted to speak with you about your upcoming project to bring your vision to life. When you […]

6 November 2023

A true celebration of song

The Lockwood NZ Aria: A Night of Opera Excellence Since 1946 In the world of music, certain events stand out as legendary, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those fortunate enough to experience them. The Lockwood NZ Aria, a prestigious singing competition for opera enthusiasts, has been doing just that since 1946. This […]

Smiley Dave

4 September 2023

New Show Home Coming Soon!

Otago and Queenstown Lakes contractors, Lightning Homes, have been diligently working away on a brand new show home, due to open in Cromwell this October. The 100m² home shares the same footprint as the award-winning Tainui in the Coromandel, but that’s where the similarities end. A bold kitchen, decking with covered entry, and painted bedroom […]

4 September 2023

Congratulations Lockwood Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2023 Contractors of the Year – Tuohy Homes! Brent, Jeanette and the Tuohy homes team have had an excellent year. They have completed some stunning client builds and have also opened their beautifully appointed Karehana show home. They run a seamless operation, offering clients an exceptional experience from the design phase with in-house […]

12 July 2023

Lockwood NZ Aria star continues to shine bright

Winner of the Lockwood New Zealand Aria, Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono, has continued to achieve success by securing the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship. Emmanuel’s victory at the Lockwood NZ Aria gave him the necessary funding to enter the Sydney Eisteddfod competition. He submitted a recorded audition and was selected as a semi-finalist. He travelled to Australia […]

12 July 2023

What is Thermally Broken Joinery?

The New Zealand Building Code now mandates thermally broken joinery in new homes, but what does it mean and what are the benefits? Double glazing has long been used to regulate indoor temperatures by capturing a layer of air, or argon gas, between two glass panes, interrupting heat transfer. The process is known as a […]

Lockwood Dawson Family home interior

16 March 2023

Tackling Climate Change

According to data from the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment, the construction sector in New Zealand contributes to around 20% of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions. In 2018, the construction sector in New Zealand was responsible for emitting approximately 8.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, mainly due to the growth in the […]

16 March 2023

Design and Build Process

Designing and building a home is a complex process that requires careful planning and attention to detail. Whether you’re building your dream home from scratch or modifying an existing concept plan, there are a number of steps you’ll need to follow to ensure that your project is successful. Working with a trusted team like Lockwood […]

Two storey beauty

9 March 2023

7 things to consider when looking for land

Securing a section to build on is the first step to realising your dream home. When you first start looking for land, location is key. Once you’ve decided on the area you want to buy into and found a special plot of land, it’s essential to do your due diligence before you put in an […]

17 February 2023

Queenstown Home Show

17th, 18th & 19th of February 2023 @ The Queenstown Events Centre The Queenstown Home Show is designed for the people who live in the Queenstown, Wanaka and the Central Otago region – one of the most vibrant and fastest-growing lifestyle areas in New Zealand. You will find local business people who are keen to […]

South Island Shows

1 February 2023

It’s show time in the South Island!

It’s show season in the South Island, and our teams from Queenstown through to Kirwee will be available to talk to you about your project at various events throughout the mainland in the upcoming months. Call in and see the team and while you’re there pick up a free copy of our Designed For Good […]

Lockwood Dawson Family home interior

1 February 2023

Lockwood – A natural connection

Lockwood Riverview showhome

19 December 2022

Three new show homes for 2023

The Lakeview has landed in Rotorua, returning from Fieldays 2022. The 70m² design is our most popular two-bedroom plan, but this Lakeview is something special! This show home demonstrates the next generation of Lockwood high-performance building and meets the new H1 Energy Efficiency specifications that come into effect for the building industry in 2023. The […]

Lockwood Riverview showhome

29 November 2022

See us at Fieldays!

We are excited to present our Lakeview show home at Fieldays this year. The 70m² Lakeview design is our most popular two-bedroom plan, but this show home is really something special! The Lakeview demonstrates the next generation of Lockwood high-performance building. This show home is designed to reflect the new H1 Energy Efficiency specifications that […]

29 November 2022

A wonderful night of song – Lockwood NZ Aria 2022

A massive congratulations to Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono – winner of the 2022 Lockwood Aria! This prestigious event has been offering New Zealand’s finest singers the opportunity to perform in a world-class singing competition for 75 years. Pictured: Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono with Lockwoods Managing Director Andrew La Grouw The 2022 Aria was the first event to use the […]

Lockwood NZ Aria

9 October 2022

Lockwood NZ Aria 2022 – Celebration of Song

We are proud to be the naming rights sponsor of the Lockwood NZ Aria. The prestigious singing competition returns to Rotorua from the 16th – 19th of November 2022. The Aria has been in existence since 1946 and is the largest competition of its kind in New Zealand, drawing performers from throughout Australasia. The event, […]


9 October 2022

Ashburton Show 2022 – See you there!

The Ashburton Show is the largest two-day annual agricultural event held in the Mid Canterbury District. Hosted at the Ashburton showgrounds, the two-day event show attracts competitors, exhibitors and visitors from all over the South Island. The Show offers competitions over the two days and over 190 exhibitors including food, music, displays and entertainment. Our […]

New Plimmerton Show Home

9 October 2022

New Show Home coming soon to Plimmerton

The roof is on the new “Karehana” Show home in Plimmerton. Wellington contractors Tuohy Homes are excited to present this modern three-bedroom design, a re-imagining of the popular Lockwood Verandah plan. It retains some features of the Verandah design, with the master bedroom separated from the two additional bedrooms by an open-plan living area. But […]

Weenink MB HOTY

9 October 2022

Seaside Homes awarded Contractor of the Year and Master Builders Gold

Top Lockwood Contractors, Seaside Homes picking up a Regional Gold at the 2022 Master Builders Awards in September. The Lockwood home, which we have recently featured in the Lifestyles newsletter, won Gold in the the $1.5-$2m home category. Gold Awards are awarded to builders whose entries achieve 90% of the available points in the category, […]

Great use of space in this Lockwood Home

31 July 2022

9 Top tips for low-cost updates

There are a number of ways you can refresh your home without the costs associated with major renovations. We share some ideas to update your space here: Create some open space by losing bulky furniture.  Paint older furniture lighter and trick your eyes into perceiving the space to be open and airy by moving heavier […]

Plants in a Lockwood Home

18 July 2022

The winners of our “Show us your houseplants” competition!

Our recent “Show Us Your Houseplants” competition was very popular! Thank you to those who submitted photos, we had so many wonderful entries – it shows how many people love to bring a bit of nature indoors. Below are our winners – it was too hard to choose one winner so we chose two! Congratulations […]

Plants in a Lockwood Home

30 June 2022

Enter to win a $100 voucher from!

It’s no surprise that houseplants have seen a massive rise in popularity over the last few years. Plants not only can brighten up your surroundings, but they can lift your mood and clean the air. Whether you only have a few potted plants or are an indoor gardening guru with a lush home jungle, we’d […]

Light up your Lockwood Home

30 June 2022

6 Top Tips for lighting – How lighting choices can make all the difference in your new home

Whether your taste is bold and bright or muted and subtle, choosing the proper lighting is an essential step in the design process. Here are our five top tips to consider when illuminating your home. 1: Make a Plan! When designing a home, we tend to focus on choosing finishes in the kitchen, the perfect […]

Lockwood Vacationer exterior

31 May 2022

New show home – sneak peek!

We are very excited to be opening the Vacationer show home in Christchurch next month. The two-bedroom Vacationer design has a monopitch roofline and a modern, monochrome exterior with a VG pine feature wall. The interior of the Vacationer is light and bright with striking black and white, softened by pops of green. It’s a […]

Changes to the building code

31 May 2022

Changes to the Building Code – What does this mean for you?

In 2021 the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) proposed changes to the building code, specifically around the Acceptable Solutions for H1 Energy Efficiency, with the goal to improve the thermal performance of new homes and buildings to make them warmer, drier and healthier. The changes released in November 2021 are the most significant […]


18 February 2022

Innovative eco-products for your home

We are all becoming increasingly aware of the importance of living a more sustainable life. According to, approximately 252,000 tonnes of plastic go into landfills in NZ each year! If we all make an effort to reduce our waste, re-use when we can, and recycle we will ensure a healthy planet for generations to […]

Lockwood home being built

17 February 2022

The Great Building Supply Shortage

Residential building consents were at record highs in 2021. The demand, compounded by Covid, is putting increasing pressure on the construction industry in New Zealand. Homebuilders are seeing delays in the planning and design of their new homes as engineers, surveyors and designers are hard-pressed to keep up with their increasing workloads. COVID has also […]

Earthy toned furniture in Lockwood home

15 December 2021

New Year, new Show Home for Christchurch

Painting, Art exhibition

25 October 2021

He Whakaaturanga Toi nō Te Waiariki l Bay of Plenty Artists Exhibition 2021

Highlighting the remarkable talent of Bay of Plenty artists, this exhibition showcases a wide range of artworks from regional artists. Organised by the Friends of Rotorua Museum in partnership with Lockwood, the first ever Bay of Plenty Artists Exhibition will open to the public from 8 November – 12 December 2021, 10am – 4pm. Located […]

Lockwood NZ Aria

2 September 2021

Lockwood NZ Aria

Talented opera singers from across New Zealand were to come together in Rotorua in October 2021 to compete for the title of one of Australasia’s most prestigious singing competitions, the Lockwood New Zealand Aria. Sadly, the trustees of the New Zealand Aria have decided to cancel the 2021 event. The trustees have worked tirelessly to […]

Christchurch show home

3 August 2021

New Show Home Planned for Christchurch

Plans are underway for a Vacationer show home and office at our South Island Sales Hub in Hornby, Christchurch. The two-bedroom Vacationer is a modern design with a monopitch roofline. The new show home will have a striking white exterior with contrasting black joinery. High sarked timber ceilings and large structural beams combined with extra […]

Seaside Homes

12 July 2021

Seaside Homes Wins Gold!

Celebrating 70 years

10 June 2021

Celebrating 70 Years building homes for NZ Families

This year Lockwood celebrates a special milestone in our company history – our 70th year in business. Our founders Jo La Grouw and John Van Loghem emigrated from the Netherlands, arriving in Wellington at the end of January 1951. The Van Loghem and La Grouw company was formed, and by April in that year, within […]

BOP Artist Exhibition

10 June 2021

Bay of Plenty Artists Exhibition 2021 – Call to Artists

The Friends of Rotorua Museum in partnership with Lockwood are delighted to offer artists the opportunity to be part of the first ever Bay of Plenty Artists Exhibition this year. Friends of Rotorua Museum committee member, Jo-Anne La Grouw, notes that “with Covid-19 restrictions following the Rotorua Museum closure, Bay of Plenty artists have had […]

Riverview Show Home

9 June 2021

See you at Fieldays 2021!

We’re excited to be able to share our Riverview Show Home with visitors to Fieldays 2021. Fieldays is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Agricultrual event. This year, we’ve gone big too, bringing our largest show home possible to the event! Visitors can expect a lot from this 142m² four bedroom home. Designed with modern family living […]

Crombie Family Home

9 June 2021

Our Top Tips for your Design and Build Journey

Designing and Building a home is a significant decision and may feel like an overwhelming task. It should also be an exciting journey, from finding the right floor plan to choosing the final fit out, each decision you make contributes to the realisation of your dream home. Getting the floor plan right can dramatically change […]

Garden art festival

18 February 2021

Garden Art Festival Sale Fundraiser

The Garden Art Festival Sale fundraising event, supported by Lockwood Homes, will be held over two days at the La Grouw Garden in Rotorua at the end of February. A wide range of artworks including paintings, photography and sculptures will available for purchase, with all profits going to support Life Education Charitable Trust. Come along and enjoy the […]

Lockwood Pavilion Schist Exterior

15 February 2021

Queenstown Home Show – Tickets on us!

The Queenstown Home Show is on this weekend at the Queenstown events centre and we have your FREE tickets! Download your complimentary e-ticket here Our Lockwood Queenstown Lakes team, Lightning Homes, recently won the Lockwood House of the Year award with the stunning Pavilon home built for clients in Wanaka. They would love to talk […]

Riverview being built

15 December 2020

Bigger and better for Fieldays 2021

Construction is well underway on the Riverview show home, coming to Fieldays in 2021! The Riverview is the largest show home Lockwood has taken to the annual agricultural event and we’re excited for visitors to be able to experience this outstanding family home in June. Currently under construction in our ReadyBuilt yard in Rotorua, the […]

top tips for home design

15 December 2020

8 Top Tips for Holiday Home Design

Holidays are a time for relaxing with friends, letting kids run wild and summer in the sun. Most of us will have fond memories of spending time in a holiday home (maybe even a Lockwood). What should you consider when designing your bach or crib to make the most of your time away? 1. Low maintenance […]

Lockwood Home Pavilion Day Exterior View Front Door

1 December 2020

Lockwood VG Pine – A durable timber cladding option

Lockwood’s VG Pine weatherboard is a unique engineered cladding solution timber that is durable and has excellent sustainability credentials, whilst retaining the beauty of natural timber. Download the VG Pine Brochure Development of Lockwood’s VG Pine weatherboard started over ten years ago with the question “what can we do to improve our sustainability story?”. We […]

Quality service award

23 November 2020

Lockwood wins 2021 Quality Service Award

Lockwood has been voted Gold Award winner in the highly competitive category of Home Design and Build services, as judged by the New Zealand Public in the 2021 Readers Digest Quality Service Awards survey. The Quality Service Award is an independent survey Reader’s Digest commissions through leading market research company Catalyst. The survey was completed […]

Lockwood Home Pavilion Night View

20 September 2020

Lockwood House of the Year 2020 Announced!

The numbers are in for Lockwood House of the Year 2020, which was up for public vote for the first time this year. Five breath-taking homes across Aotearoa were in the running for the prestigious title situated in Coromandel, Wellington, Tauranga, Wānaka and Rotorua. ***Drum roll please*** Taking out the title this year is Tony […]


15 September 2020

Riverview Concept

The four bedroom Riverview packs a whole lot into a 142m² footprint, including generous bedrooms, two bathrooms, scullery and walk-in-wardrobe. Gable end windows draw your eye up to the raking timber ceilings and offer loads of light into the living and kitchen space. The bedrooms in the Riverview are at one end of the home, separating […]


15 September 2020

2020 Lockwood Contractor of the Year Announced

Lockwood have a wonderful group of Contractors and Builders all around the country who pride themselves on designing and building bespoke high-performance homes for clients. Each year we recognise the top Contractor and the other top performing teams around our network. This year, we are delighted to announce Seaside Homes, Lockwood Tauranga as the 2020 […]


15 September 2020

JPC Fundraising Art Sale – Supporting our Community


8 July 2020

A stunning commercial concept for Long Mile Road Visitor Centre

We’re thrilled to have our concept for the new Rotorua Long Mile Road Visitor Centre shortlisted for development. Early in 2020, Rotorua Lakes Council and  CNI Iwi Holdings Ltd requested Expressions of Interest (EOI) from local companies for the development of a new Visitor Centre within the Whakarewarewa and Tokorangi Forests. The brief included upgrading […]

Lockwood Coins

13 May 2020

What’s in a square metre?

We understand that price is important when you’re looking to build your new home. Often the first question homebuilders ask is “what is the price per square metre”. It seems like a simple way to estimate costs for a project, but building a house is an incredibly complex task. There is no simple answer to […]

Lockwood Pavilion Living Area Unique Lighting with View

19 April 2020

Light and Shade – How lighting choices can make all the difference in your new home

Lighting can make all the difference in how we experience a space. When it comes to choosing the perfect lighting for your home, it’s important to consider both functionality and the overall mood you would like to create. Lockwood clients Tony and Sue went beyond pure functionality, carefully considering accent lighting in their new home, and the […]

Lockwood Colour Online Tool

30 November 2019

Lockwood Colours – our popular online tool has had a fabulous upgrade

Our interactive online tool just had a smart upgrade. At the flick of a swatch or a scroll of your mouse, you can have hours of fun colouring it your way. Not sure if you’d like Black joinery and would like to try it out with a range of cladding and other feature wall colours? […]

Lockwood Aria

8 November 2019

Lockwood NZ Aria – winners crowned in an evening of musical splendour

Lockwood Art Awards

31 October 2019

We have our first Lockwood Youth Award winner!

Lockwood Home in Rotorua Modernised Exterior View

30 August 2019

Great bones and character, 60’s Lockwood with a fresh new look

This Lockwood home was built in the 1960’s in Rotorua by one of the founding partners of Lockwood, Johannes van Loghem – better known as John. It was their family home for a time and stands as a testament to the leading edge architectural design style which Lockwood would become synonymous with over the next […]

Lockwood Award Winners

30 August 2019

Celebrating our Lockwood Award Winners

Congratulations to all our Lockwood Contractors and staff that have received awards during our annual conference which was held on the 23rd of August. The Contractor of the Year is John Hodges, of John Hodges Construction Ltd who looks after the Rotorua and Eastern Bays territory.  John has had a tremendous year and looks set […]

Lockwood Villa in Puhoi Exterior View

24 July 2019

An off-grid Lockwood Villa standing proud on its hillside site in Puhoi

Two Kiwi classics meet at an iconic village home in the heart of Puhoi. The design brief to Coast to Coast homes from Derek and Amanda Lees was for a blending of the villa look with all the benefits of the low maintenance and high performance of the Lockwood building system. Water, septic and power […]

Russells Curtain and Blind Specialists

10 June 2019

ReadyBuilt Special Fieldays® Offer

This offer is now closed, view our ReadyBuilt homes at Sign up to build any Lockwood ReadyBuilt home before the end of September 2019 and we’ll include free window coverings valued at up to $7230 RRP! Choose custom made curtains and blinds to fit out your new ReadyBuilt home from a range of luxurious […]

Fisher and Paykel Appliances

10 June 2019

Arcadia Fieldays® Special Offer

Sign up to build an Arcadia home on your site before the end of September 2019 and receive this amazing Fisher & Paykel Appliance Package worth $15,408 RRP! This stunning package contains high performance appliances featured in the Arcadia Show Home. The package includes a 519L French Door Ice and Water fridge, Designer Canopy 90cm […]

Design and Build Floor Plan

29 April 2019

Design and Build – use our in house architectural design services

Design professionals have the necessary experience, knowledge and conceptual guidance to gain the best from your building site. We design homes that are beautiful because the aesthetic qualities of our homes are integral to the value of living in a Lockwood. Some items to consider while you explore design options for your new build include […]

Lockwood home entrance

29 April 2019

What the colour of your front door says about your personality

Trends might dictate what is popular at the time, but your choice of colour for your front door says a lot about your personality. According to colour experts; Black – is the colour most associated with mystery, elegance and prestige (think 10 Downing Street) Navy Blue – is associated with authority and intelligence Grey – […]

Most Trusted Brand Awards

29 April 2019

Consistently voted one of New Zealand’s Most Trusted home building brands

We are very proud to have once again achieved this Trusted Brand accolade. This mark of approval, as voted for by New Zealanders, means we have been recognised for designing and building top quality homes for nearly 70 years. According to Reader’s Digest, who have been conducting the Trusted Brands research through accredited third party […]

Lockwood Home Acacia Design Bedroom with Walk in Wardrobe View

29 March 2019

Painted Interiors – Adding Your Personal Touch

From sublimely peaceful havens, like this one in the main bedroom of the Lockwood Taupo show home, to bold colour statements as seen in Chris and Kim’s place, there is so much scope to incorporate your personal ideas and style in a Lockwood home. We have curated some of the best images to show how […]

Lockwood Commercial Projects

1 February 2019

New Lockwood Commercial website

We have a long established record of designing and constructing buildings that have proven to withstand earthquakes, weather extremes as well as being beautiful timber structures.  Lockwood homes and buildings are resilient and low maintenance, this robustness further enhancing their appeal for commercial application. There are several case studies featured on the site, which explore […]

Lockwood Home Acacia Design Exterior Deck

1 February 2019

Late night viewing dates for our Taupo showstopper

The new Acacia show home in Taupo has been causing quite a stir with its ultra-modern interior fit-out.  To cater to visitors coming through for weekend getaways, the show home will have two late night Friday special events in February, in addition to their regular 1 to 4pm weekend hours. The Acacia will be open until […]

Lockwood Homes Competition

20 December 2018

Be in to WIN a three night stay in a beautiful Lockwood in Hahei or Tekapo!

Simply visit a Lockwood Show Home before 23rd Feb 2019, talk to our team about your plans to build, and go into the draw to win one of two luxury three night stays in a Lockwood in Hahei or Tekapo, worth over $1500 each! Our show homes may have different hours over the holiday season. Click […]

Lockwood Aria

1 November 2018

Bringing the Lockwood Aria Home Again

Lockwood Group is proud to announce that they are once again the naming right sponsors for the New Zealand Aria. The New Zealand Aria has, over 70 years, nurtured singing talent and provided a respected platform for entrants to showcase their operatic talents, both here and overseas. Joe La Grouw CNZM and Chairman of the […]

The NZ Agricultural Show

1 November 2018

The New Zealand Agricultural Show, Christchurch – see you there!

We’re heading to the 2018 New Zealand Agricultural Show, coming up from Wed 14th to Friday 16th November. We love catching up with our Lockwood family, so look out for the large yellow marquee and our stunning mobile display unit on stand H5, between the dog trials and the wood-chopping action right near the main entrance.  […]

Acacia Show Home Taupo

1 November 2018

Contemporary new Lockwood Acacia show home opening soon in Taupo

The Acacia is almost complete and is standing proudly on its Taupo hilltop site while the final fit-out is in progress.  From the main office, Peter Richards and his building team have created a floating walkway over the gardens to the brightly coloured and welcoming orange door.  The corner profiles of the home and the […]

Lockwood Home

1 November 2018

Looking to downsize in style?

Lockwood offer a range of premium quality ReadyBuilt homes With all the benefits of the Lockwood building system, eco-smart principles and superior design and aesthetics, these beautiful houses are pre-built and are ready for delivery to your site. ReadyBuilt by Lockwood offers a pre-finished high quality, low maintenance home, which minimises on-site costs for clients, […]

Lockwood Concept Design in Taranaki Exterior View

1 November 2018

Glorious Taranaki sunsets on silvered cedar

These clients were originally based in Wellington and were looking to move up to Taranaki.  Wanting to embrace the eco advantages offered with a Lockwood solid timber home, they went with a cedar cladding option, which has gently silvered through the seasons. They took inspiration from the Winton plan for their design and build which […]

Lockwood Interior

9 July 2018

Lakeview show home now open to view in Rotorua

Mountain view, sea view, garden view… this spacious 70m2 home exudes warmth and is a delightful surprise – no matter the view! Our Lakeview is modern and inviting, with spaces made airy and restful by incorporating high sarked ceilings with extra height joinery. This Rotorua show home enjoys a splendid view of Mount Ngongotaha. Right […]

Andrew and Joe La Grouw

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 […]

Commercial Lockwood Building

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. […]

Lockwood Beach house with sea view

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 […]

Before and after cladding

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 73 year history. Owners of older versions approach us […]

Lockwood Home Land Evaluation

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 […]

Living and Dining

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 […]

18 August 2020

Future proof your investment by incorporating Lifemark Design Standards

A recent story on highlighted the importance of incorporating Universal Design Standards to ensure you can enjoy your home as you age, and the costs associated with adapting the home retrospectively. Lockwood are proud to be Lifemark accredited partners. When you work with us to design your home we are able to apply these […]

nz wood

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 […]

Lockwood scullery

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 […]

Lockwood Haven

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, […]

lockwood house being built

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 […]

Beautiful Splash Back

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 […]

Lockwood Home Bedroom with Bunk

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 […]

Lockwood Double Glazing Diagram

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 […]

Lockwood Home Lounge Kitchen and Dining

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 […]

Lockwood Home Te Rakau Design

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 […]

Island Site

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 […]

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