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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Check out how homeowners like you are using Architects on Builderscrack to build, repair and improve their homes right now.

Romero garage conversion

Posted 13 hours ago

We have a two room garage the is attached to the main house via a mud room (each side of the garage is a space of 6mx3m). We would like to convert this into a bedroom w/ ensuite and sitting area to gain more living space in the house. It will be pretty straight forward but because we are adding a couple of windows and some french doors it appears we will need building consent...therefore will need to have it properly drawn up for submission to Council. We would like to have this done in Jan/...

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Small front entrance alteration

Posted 14 hours ago

Wanting a front entrance to replace the current hallway cupboard (see attached). The front door should be set inside the hallway so there is a small alcove. Hoping this can get an exemption for building consent?

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Grannies draftsman

Posted 1 day ago

Twin garages underneath the house to be converted into a livable flat.

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DRAW ENSUITE

Posted 1 day ago

Hi we are part way through a ensuite reno but have been told we now need drawings because we have put a door in so we need a licensed person to do the drawings asap

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Renovate House

Posted 2 days ago

Looking for concept designs to renovate my house.

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Looking to build another dwelling

Posted 2 days ago

I am after someone who design and take care of building and resource consent for another dwelling on my property as package

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Roof

Posted 2 days ago

Wanting to take the sides of the roof off on three sides of the house. The roof itself runs at a 30 degree angle from right to left in photo. There is also an internal gutter on the lefthand side of the roof I want shifted to the exterior of the building.

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Home design

Posted 2 days ago

Hey there, We are looking for quotes to design a new home build and all the bits that needs to happen before it goes to council. This wouldnt be beginning till the end of the year, probably early next year with how quickly the year is going by. Thanks

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Cavity re clad, minor renovations, nothing structural, double glazing.

Posted 2 days ago

New exterior cladding design, add soffits, replace all windows, new kitchen and revamp bathrooms

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Garage to self contained unit or a new build

Posted 2 days ago

Need quotes for plans for either converting a garage to a self contained or a new build. Thanks, Adrian

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Deck Rebuild

Posted 3 days ago

Just need my present deck which is above 5 meters demolished and rebuilt extended by 500 (.5 meter) along the side and toward the boundary. Need the approximate cost of : • Plan / Detailed drawings • Building Consent / Council fee’s I can email a soft copy of my house plans

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Draftsman required to design new homes on property for development

Posted 3 days ago

We have a section in Manukau city that we are looking at doing a development on. Currently a house sits on 700m2 and we're looking at taking the existing house away and building 3-4 new homes on the site. Will need a draftsman to do the design for the new homes to go this section and help with resource consent/building consent.

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Bathroom, laundry and kitchen plans

Posted 4 days ago

We are looking at getting renovation work done on our kitchen, laundry and bathroom. We need some help with ideas and drawings to pass to a builder

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Interior Walls and small extension

Posted 4 days ago

We require a draftsman or architect to finish the drawings on removing 2 interior load bearing walls and a small extension to the rear of the house. We have had stage 1 (Measured Survey) and stage 2 (Concept Design) done, but we need stage 3 (Building Consent Drawings) done so we can get them into some builders for quoting

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House additions

Posted 4 days ago

I need to extend my house and have 2 more bedrooms

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Reclad

Posted 4 days ago

We are needing a draftsperson to handle consent documentation for a residential refit in Remuera. We need someone who is familiar with council requirements and someone who would be happy working along side our studio.

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Reclad and Extension

Posted 4 days ago

Looking for an architect to do a reclad and extension. Musts : 1) Reclad experience! 2) Have vision, not looking for a box home. If you are busy or there's a 3month+ wait time...Do not apply!

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1st story deck

Posted 4 days ago

Hi there, Looking for someone to draw me up some plans so I can present to the council. I have 2x450x900mm deep holes that are 3.2m apart and 3m off the house already drilled. (But I can drill more if required). Ideally the overall deck will be 3.6m out from the house and 4.4m in length including the balustrades which I would like to frame out and clad with fibre cement sheet. I’d also like to use the mitek system for the balustrade detail. The height of the deck from ffl below is 2.3m at bes...

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Slice of Paradise

Posted 5 days ago

I have a concept design and need architect drawings. A 1930s house will be demolished and its place is a 120 sqm 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom building. The attic space will be utilised as an open area. This building will be attached to our already built living space/kitchen. Due to “special character” restrictions in our area, the exterior of the home needs to “reflect that time period”. I only need the drawings at this stage and hope to build towards the end of 2021.

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Additons to existing home

Posted 5 days ago

Need to make additions to existing home adding 2 more rooms and 2 ensuite to meet current needs for a family. Need it to get started and possibily into council for processing asap. I have a set timeframe to get this challenge on the way.

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Recent architecture and design reviews

With over 179,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

New doorway

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th November 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 3
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 2
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 3

House plans

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th November 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
Communication
 5

Design new house

Work carried out by the owner/operator

1st November 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Prestons Park Plans

Work carried out by the owner/operator

30th September 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

LBP review of building consent documentation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

23rd September 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
Communication
 5

Interior house renovations

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th September 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Villa/Cottage redevelopment

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th September 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Revision to plans

Work carried out by the owner/operator

31st August 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Hooks Renovation

Work carried out by a subcontractor

24th August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

New House Design #2

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th August 2020

Workmanship
 4
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 5
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 5
Communication
 5

Garage extension

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th August 2020

Workmanship
 4
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 4
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 4
Communication
 5

Design for beam replacing load baring wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

1st August 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
Communication
 5

Draughsman/engineer

Work carried out by an employee of the company

16th July 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Denvir St

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th July 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Townhouse

Work carried out by an employee of the company

10th July 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Draftmen needed for ensuite plans for council approval

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

5th July 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Plans for House Extension

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th June 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

House Reno building consent drawings

Work carried out by an employee of the company

23rd May 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Garage conversion #2

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Renovations

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5
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