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Need to Add an Extra Bedroom for Your Kids?

Posted 10/11/16

Kiwi parents have on average 1.9 kids, which works fine for those who have three bedroom homes. Except when you have more than two children, have guests over to stay or want to use a bedroom as a study or home office. That’s when adding on an extra bedroom for your kids is a great solution to gi

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5 Tips for Spring Home Renovations

Posted 29/10/14

We've talked to industry insiders and experts, and have put together a list of our top 5 tips for getting started your spring home renovations. Spring home renovations Coming out of a cold winter, spring home renovations may seem like a daunting prospect.  Yes, you've been thinking about i

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The Benefits of Building a Conservatory

Posted 22/10/14

If you've been thinking about adding an extension to your home, Building a conservatory is a clever way to add more living space without having to move to a larger home. One of the benefits of building a conservatory is the potential to add a lot of value to your home. Hiring an architect

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Choosing and Using an Architect

Posted 05/10/12

A good working relationship between client and architect is a vital ingredient in the success of any building project. Therefore it's therefore essential to choose an architect whose design approach and practice philosophy best fit your requirements... However, you may have noticed there

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Successful Indoor Outdoor Flow in New Zealand Homes

Posted 13/05/15

One of the most popular selling points of a kiwi home is the indoor/outdoor flow. Whether you’re thinking of selling or just want to realise the potential of your home and the plot it stands on, considering indoor outdoor flow is important... Indoor outdoor flow The secret to unlocking the

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Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

Posted 08/06/17

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What does that trade logo on your tradie's website or vehicle mean? What benefit can it provide you, the homeowner? Read on to find out more about national trade accreditations in New Zealand... Some industry accreditations are mandatory, as government r

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Architect, Draughtsman or Builder - Who Do You Need?

Posted 10/09/13

You want to renovate your home - so who do you call, a Draughtsman, Architect or Builder? We have a look at each of them does and how they can help you... Picking between an architect, draughtsman and builder An Architect will provide the buildings architectural design and also oversee the con

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The Tiny Home Movement in New Zealand

Posted 18/03/15

The tiny home movement is a trend that seems to be here to stay. But why has this movement gained so much traction? Is it a genuine trend that’s both socially and economically advantageous? Or is it just the next not-so-big thing in house design?... Exploring NZ's tiny home movement Since

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Choosing Between Another Storey or Adding a House Extension

Posted 16/03/17

Extending your house or adding another storey can give you the much needed space a growing family needs. We look at the advantages and disadvantages of these two renovation options... How to choose between another storey or a house extension Depending on the size of your backyard, you can

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House renovations

Posted 1 day ago

Hey we are looking for a quote on some concept designs for a house Reno. we have a 118sq meter house with 3 bedrooms 1 bathroom and are looking to see if we can have a more open kitchen lounge area and to see if we can change some of the layout of the house to accommodate that.we have a idea but are struggling to put into a useable drawing we are hoping to start the building early next year

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Help with design

Posted 1 day ago

Hi there I am after some1 who can help me to draft a house plan. Or if anyone has pre drawn plans. As I am looking to build something affordable . Any designs will be considered thanks.T

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House extension

Posted 1 day ago

We require a competent architect who can cast a critical eye over our ideas for extending our house and look for ways to save money then draw it up for us.

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Kitchen lounge renovations

Posted 1 day ago

Need walls taken out to make open plan and a new garage built back door moved and old porch closed in and new kitchen put in house is original from 1950s

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New townhouse

Posted 3 days ago

Looking for a draftsman to draw up plans for a 3 bedroom townhouse on a flat site in Johnsonville. Concept drawings have been done for resource consent, need to work them into working drawings for consent. Ready to start asap

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New Garage

Posted 3 days ago

Looking for a architect / draftsman to draw up a new garage connected to existing house, and some minor internal works for building consent submission. potentially lodge for consent also.

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Ensuite Addition and new detached Garage- Building Consent

Posted 3 days ago

I am looking at adding an en-suite to a master bedroom of my house along with a detached garage at the back of the property. I need to get building consent and all plans drawn up for this. It is a relatively straight forward job which i want someone to take on an complete the full building consent process. I do not require resource consent for this.

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Designer container home rural

Posted 4 days ago

Hi, we are looking for an architect in the Horowhenua area to help us with designing our dream home. We currently live in the Gold Coast but will be returning home in 6 weeks to start the rebuild on our family land which we lost our homestead due to fire last year. Would love to meet up with and share ideas but have a basic plan of what we want already. We plan on purchasing 2x40ft containers in NZ, placed spread apart with an open living area in the middle with high raked ceiling, seems b...

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Additional shower and toilet

Posted 4 days ago

We would like to install a shower and toilet in our laundry. We would require Building Consent, with plans/drawings from a licensed provider. We are seeking architectural/drafting services for this task.

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Cafe renovation

Posted 4 days ago

CBD cafe approx 250m2 will be split into two. We need to update old as-built for full area, plus new plans for the half we will be retaining, including tenancy split walls, existing but reorganised kitchen, reconfigured bathrooms, fit out for new front of house. Ideally within next two weeks. Suitable for discussion with landlord on their works and submission to Council as part of a bigger landlord pack.

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Veranda Close-in

Posted 4 days ago

The job is to close in a veranda that is 3.5msq. as well as open a door way. Including the consent exemption application

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Rumpus conversion

Posted 4 days ago

Downstairs rumpus area converted into a separate living space. Remove walls Insert required bracing Change windows/doors Add kitchen

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Single garages (2) to minor dwelling.

Posted 5 days ago

Hi there, Our home has two single garages that we were hoping to convert into a complete minor dwelling (kitchen, bathroom/laundry). Looking for a draftsperson/architect with relevant experience to advise and then assist with resource/building consents. Looking to begin the process on this conversion ASAP. Many thanks.

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Deck Renovation

Posted 1 week ago

Looking for a deck to be drawn for council consent as deck is over 1.5m high, is to replace current deck but increase in size by 3m

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Patio

Posted 1 week ago

Replacement and extension of current patio and covered back door roofed area. Removal of old material. New decked area approx 13m x 4m. Steps both ends. Meter from ground, varying. Roofed area approx. 1m x 1m.

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House extension

Posted 1 week ago

Need some drawings done for a small house extension in Frankton. Need to apply for building consent to council and believe I need to have plans first. Nothing huge, just an extra room around 20m2 total area with one window and couple of doors on it. Concrete or poly block wall and roof. No plumbing, small amount of electrical work such as lights, power switches. Thanks

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General Construction Drawings for Cladding System

Posted 1 week ago

General Construction Drawings required for cavity and direct fixed stone cladding to New Zealand building code. Using STONECLAD Ltd Stone Ties and STONECLAD Ltd Seismic Clips: 2 versions of system for clips direct fixed 3 versions of systems for clips over cavity (dry and dry vented) 1 version of system for ties direct fixed 1 version of systems for ties over cavity 7 one page system drawings in total - detailed instructions available. Examples of the type of Drawings required are...

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Tokoroa Draughtsman needed

Posted 1 week ago

Looking for a draughtsman that’s familiar with the South Waikato Council regulations to do some drawings for council permissions to insert a beam to NZBC into the ceiling cavity and a wardrobe converted to a en-suite. Unfortunately no drawings exist for the house so council will probably insist on this too?

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Redesign

Posted 1 week ago

Has done the surveyor. 730m2 slop land with 1940's house on it. I want to redevelop the land. Can anyone pls give professional plan? Thanks Jeff

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Extension Planning

Posted 1 week ago

I have an extension for two rooms and a deck that need to be permitted for District Council consent before I hire a builder.

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Recent architecture and design reviews

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Move bathroom access from second bedroom to lounge

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19th August 2019

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Recladd Design

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17th August 2019

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Draftsman for Signage work

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16th August 2019

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Plans for Minor Dwelling parakai

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9th August 2019

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Draftsman wanted

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6th August 2019

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Design to replace load bearing joist to widen clear opening

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5th August 2019

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Morgan's reno plan

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4th August 2019

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Extension drafting needed

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30th July 2019

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House plan for a certificate of acceptance - WC

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15th July 2019

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New floor plans drawn

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11th July 2019

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Kitchen Remodel

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30th June 2019

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Studio - Rennovation

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21st June 2019

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New Build

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17th June 2019

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Big Bedroom Bash

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16th June 2019

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Woodhams ensuite laundry

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10th June 2019

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Drafting and consent

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3rd June 2019

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Draughting services

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30th May 2019

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Garage Foundation Plan required

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22nd May 2019

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Gaynor carport close-in


21st May 2019

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Small bungalow on Coronation Rd

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8th May 2019

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