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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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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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Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

Posted 08/06/17

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 regulations require that certain wor

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kitchen, laundry, bathroom re-design

Posted 4 hours ago

We need to know what’s possible/best for upgrading the layout of our adjoining kitchen, laundry and main bathroom, in a 1910s villa. Love to see what you can suggest. Thanks

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Fire rated wall / warehouse conversion.

Posted 1 day ago

Have just bought commercial warehouse building which we wish to convert into separate warehouses. I think this requires installation of fire rated wall between both proposed areas. The wall is approx 16m wide and 7 meters tall. This Draughting work needs to be completed Asap so we can get council building consent and arrange construction. Additionally we may choose to build new 2 Storey offices in one half of the property and we will be adding toilet and kitchen areas.

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House design - hillside block

Posted 1 day ago

Section in Ngakuta bay, 15 mins by road from Picton. Driveway access to sloping land section. Looking for architect to work with us on (lower end budget) build of 4 bedroom house. We are at the start of this project, so looking for a good architect to help us design a great home. Looking to build in the next 12 months.

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Creating an open plan living/kitchen dining

Posted 2 days ago

We need to remove a potentially load bearing wall, move the kitchen into a new location and also potentially insert a skylight, roof to floor windows across external wall and remove a few windows. We need a quote for drawings that we can then take to the council for consent/ builders for quotes .

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Master suite

Posted 2 days ago

Reconfigure master suite to enlarge bathroom and walk in robe

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Alterations and renovations #2

Posted 2 days ago

Remove walls to open up the kitchen and spare bedroom by taking space from the laundry. Kitchen and bedroom both back onto the laundry (laundry is the middle of both rooms). Reconfigure layout for laundry. Add in more wardrobe space, widen kitchen through adding in space from laundry, add in doorway between kitchen and laundry, add in walls in laundry, extend a wall where rangehood is going, remove a wall between kitchen and lounge room that is a load bearing wall. Put in wider sliding doors lea...

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Bathroom/laundry/entry reno

Posted 3 days ago

Need some plans drawn for an entry change with new external stairs as well as some bathroom/laundry changes

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Designing Family home

Posted 3 days ago

Hi Guys , Looking for a clever designer who can think a bit out of the box to design our family home in Henderson. Looking to have a 3 story spacious home with 7 bedrooms. Please only approach if you have done something like that before. Would like to see your past works and feedbacks from clients, please. Regards Raksha

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Rural new build

Posted 3 days ago

I need someone to take my preliminary concept design for a 2 bedroom, 1 bath house (approx 90m2) and turning it into a final design. Building consent application will also be included. This will be a solar powered house on the rear of a rural property . The build has a small budget which will need to be taken into account. I am planning for it to be a mono pitch rectangular house (similar to Matrix Homes design) with a N/NE aspect. Waste water planning is also required. No resource consent is...

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Extension Design Architecture

Posted 3 days ago

Living area extension with updating entrance

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Drafting Fire Rating Plans for Council

Posted 3 days ago

This is a small job with a fast turnaround. We have a fire rating report for three flats which require some minor work to meet the building code in order to be unit titled. We need plans to submit to Council for a building permit. Speed, accuracy and budget are important.

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Architect that can Retrospective sign off for below (in description)

Posted 4 days ago

We have a property that needs the below for the council to sign off our CCC requirements. We do not have the Original Documents and need a retrospective one. 15. Other Written confirmation from an architect to revisit for possible fire rating details as requested by Building Inspector Tim Elliot at cavity wrap inspection on ... (also ref. site instruction notice No. 48782) If we can get someone to the property to draft something up for us, that be great. Would like to get this done so...

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Design and plan house extension

Posted 4 days ago

Need design and plans for a house extension, which will comprise master bedroom, ensuite, laundry, and outdoor garage, shed.

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Architect required for development planning

Posted 5 days ago

Looking for a good reliable architect to guide us thoroughly in our subdivision plan. Do all the plans for us. Someone who wont overcharge please.

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Drawings for new Aluminium doors and window

Posted 5 days ago

Hi I'm looking for someone to draw up some plans for a 3.5 m stacker slider and a new large window to be installed. Need to be licensed

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Need help with developing a house floor plan

Posted 5 days ago

I need help with developing a good house floor plan with a build floor area about 180 to 190 sq. meters. Land area is 500 sq. meters. I will be able to give rough dimensions of the plot. I myself can draw a plan using Autocad, but I am not an architect. I need someone who can come up with a good floor plan that meets our requirements. In fact I already have a few plans. But still I thought I will explore if it is an expensive to get an architect's service. I have a builder.

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Draw plans for 75sqmtr house

Posted 5 days ago

draw and supply new house plans for 75sq mtr home to be built on rear section in Kaiapoi behind an existing house

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Church

Posted 5 days ago

Draftsman to draft initial plans for renovations

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Garage conversion

Posted 6 days ago

I would like to have designs for converting my garage into a self contained sleep out ie studio style with en suite and internal stairs.

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Recent architecture and design reviews

With over 166,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Draftmen needed for ensuite plans for council approval

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

5th July 2020

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 5
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 5
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Plans for House Extension

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th June 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

House Reno building consent drawings

Work carried out by an employee of the company

23rd May 2020

Workmanship
 4
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 5
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 5
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 5

Garage conversion #2

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Renovations

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Home renovation blueprints & consents

Work carried out by the owner/operator

14th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Rob's En-suite

Work carried out by a subcontractor

10th May 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Renovation - Licensed Building Practitioner

Work carried out by the owner/operator

7th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

New Porch / Deck and Stairs

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
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 5
Communication
 5

Renovation drafting

Work carried out by an employee of the company

29th April 2020

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 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

New house

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th April 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Drawings for additional WC

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th April 2020

Workmanship
 4
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 4
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 5
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 5

179 Innes renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th April 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Garage 2nd floor extension/conversion


27th March 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Council plans for small -medium sized renovations

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th March 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Drafting and consent

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th March 2020

Workmanship
 4
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 4
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 5
Communication
 5

Draftsperson needed for bathroom renovations

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th March 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
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 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom plans

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd March 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Deck design

Work carried out by the owner/operator

26th February 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Extension to the rear of the house for a new lounge.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th February 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5
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