Holiday Chill-out Zone
We hope that your holiday period has refreshed and inspired you for the coming year. Our's did. Check out our video clip below for a snippet of one of the beautiful locations the we visited, and sat for a while.
Now we're ready for some new design challenges.
MRA Fee Increase 1/3/19 (Hourly Rate)
It's been 3 years since our last fee increase (2016), reluctantly we need to increase our Hourly rate to cover increased costs with effect from 1 March 2019. Our new hourly rate for charge-up or casual engagements will be $230.00 + GST per hour.
You'll continue to receive our full one-to-one attention, and that we will add value to your project. In most cases, the correct advice at the right time will help you make savings during construction that will save more than the cost of our involvement.
We continue to offer Lump Sum Fees for Design & Building Consent Documentation Stages to assist you in getting your project underway. Always happy to discuss your project and provide a personalised quotation to meet your needs, and the services that you require.
hAPPy Times at MRA
Apps are increasingly providing new ways of connecting and organising our lives, at work as well as at play.
At MRA we've been exploring Apps (applications) to see which ones offer our clients an increased interactive experience as their project proceeds.
For about 3 years we have used Dropbox to transfer large files - a must with our hand drawn Plans which we produce in PDF format. This allows us to invite subcontractors and suppliers into the process - although we've learned that sometimes new users make things disappear!
Our new find is to use Trello (an organisation App) which acts like a big white board, where the 'post-it' notes can updated, moved or archived as the project continues.
Sketches, photos, quotes, notes, web-links, emails and everything else you can think of can be put on the 'board'. Everyone can view in their own time, and comment. Ideas can be grouped, and re-grouped. 'Cards' - the post-its of the system, can even have their own deadlines added.
We love the flexibility and the possibility from this App.
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Working with you, we put the Form to Function around your family and your lifestyle needs. Creating a home that will respond beautifully to the life you want to live. You'll find we get as excited about your project as you do...
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MRA Outdoor Living Spaces
Because we are New Zealanders when we design a home for you, outdoors living spaces are an integral part of reflecting the way you like to live, eat, and entertain. We are pleased to show you a glimpse of one of our outdoor entertainment areas at night.
One of our longstanding clients has added a Louvre Tec opening roof and window louvres to create an outdoor room at their MRA precast home, to replace and original timber pergola.The result was so stunning that Louvre Tec included it in their promotional video (watch from around 21 seconds).
Read more about MRA Limited's relationship with Louvre Tec on our Louvre Tec Blog
Current Project News
Nearing completion in the Waikato, this Precast Panel project is a weekender for our clients. Compact on accommodation, big on hobby space the design 'imagines' conversion of an old Kiwi Woodshed. External Precast Panels have a creosote weatherboard aesthetic or an aged patina, Re-cycled timber beams are exposed to provide connection to the 'old' building elements. The Open-plan living space is centred around an overscale concrete fireplace.
So many recycled features in this build. Our client was intrepid in her pursuit of the right elements to add to the design. We are loving the choice of recycled timbers as sarking and feature cladding.
The 'Woolshed' is found as you would expect, against a tree-line windbreak, across a concrete panel footbridge at the bottom of the paddock.
We hear that the Landscape Consultant is enthused with created an 'aged' garden - complete with the old picket fence feature which will be planted with a rambling rose. We wonder who will be the first to suggest it's time to 'paint the fence'.
For more information about this project, or to begin a special project of your own please contact us.