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Developing A Good Working Relationship With Your Auckland Architect

Building a new home or undertaking extensive renovations at your Auckland property can be exciting but if you have never built before it can be easy to make mistakes. A qualified architect can help transform your dream home ideas into a workable plan easing the stress of your building project. However with such a lot at stake it is important to feel comfortable with your architect so here are four tips for creating a productive working relationship.

Be clear about your expectations

Your architect can only respond to your choices and ideas if you communicate them clearly. If you are too vague, then you risk getting a design that does not truly reflect what you want in your new home or renovations.

You also need to be clear about budgets and time constraints to make sure your architect comes up with a feasible design.

Remember they are the professional

While it is your prerogative to set the style and layout of your new home, remember that your architect is a professional and will have undertaken training as part of their career.

They will know if something simply isn't practical or will stretch your budget too far so take on board their advice. An experienced local architect should also have a good knowledge of planning regulations and be able to tell you if any of your ideas will fall foul of the council.

Be flexible

Even the best-laid plans sometimes have to be changed so be prepared to be flexible. It might not be until you start building that you discover part of the plan won't work and will need to be rethought.  Keep an open mind throughout the build process.

Keep in touch

Because things might change and you may need further clarification, it's important to make yourself available and keep in touch with your designer during the work. Some may visit the site while others will deal with you over the phone, but a good architect should be on hand until the building is complete.

If you are using a project manager or main contractor, make sure that they have all your contact details in case they need to clarify anything with the architect directly.

Picking an architect

Entrusting the design of your home to someone else is a big step, so you want to be sure you have chosen the right architect for the job. Spend time talking with the planner before you commit and ask to see some of the other buildings they have worked on. If you choose to work with a local architect, they will probably have completed other local homes that you could visit.

Different architects may have different styles of working so make sure their approach fits with your ethos and the way you want to run the project. For example if you will not be able to supervise the work directly, you might want to look for an architect who is willing to take the lead on the building site as well.

Don’t be afraid to talk to two or three different contractors through Builderscrack before making your final decision.

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Our blog is full with helpful news and knowledge covering architecture and design related repairs and renovations around your home. Our trusted tradies will respond to your job, often within a few minutes. You decide who you want to communicate with. You’re in control the whole way.

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Drafting for Auckland Council

Posted 1 month ago

We need to install a disable shower in the gym and needs an architect to draw a plan for submission to Auckland Council for Building Consent. The job includes advise on the documents required for the consent, draw and design the shower plan and submission to Auckland Council for Building Consent.

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Scale drawings for Council

Posted 2 months ago

Need scaled drawings of a dance studio sufficient for council....

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Cafe

Posted 2 months ago

Hello! Opening a cafe in st heliers and need the kitchen drafted for council consent- we don’t need anything fancy as we will do all the design stuff. Just the basics for the council. Thanks, Michelle

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Renovation Job in Ellerslie, understanding Council Requirements.

Posted 1 week ago

Renovation Job in Ellerslie, looking who's able to sign and understanding Council Requirements.

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Bathroom plans

Posted 2 months ago

Bathroom renovation. Plans needed for submission for building consent.

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Reach for the stars renovation.

Posted 1 month ago

Resource consent plans and building plans, for building a second level (approx. 100 sq metres) on an existing bungalow including a second level balcony. Also includes plans for re-doing a lower level deck and adding a laundry to lower level.

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Technical drawing for Council Consent - change window to bifold doors

Posted 1 month ago

Replacing existing window 1.8m wide by 1.2m tall with an aluminium bifold door 1.8m wide by 2.0m tall, need technical drawing for Council Consent submission. Quote for technical drawing only

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Plans for council / building consent

Posted 2 months ago

Requiring council and building consent plans for the construction of a two story deck with stairs and privacy screen and new french doors to house, removal of some load bearing walls and move of kitchen, as well as the creating on a rumpus area in an existing basement, and adding a toilet and shower to an existing laundry.

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Convert downstairs garage and laundry

Posted 1 month ago

Wanting to see the feasibility and estimate on cost for converting downstairs space from double garage and laundry room into better utilised space with rental return in mind. See attached images of my current concepts. It is a cross leased property with concrete block downstairs and brick upstairs.

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Drafting and council consent for new build in Mt Roskill

Posted 1 month ago

I’m looking for someone to draw plans for my new build in Mt Roskill, small 80 square meter dwelling on narrow section. The drawings then need to be lodged for building consent. Looking at a 4 week timeframe, as project needs to start soon. Resource consent, geotech report, site survey and cctv survey already done. Please get in touch if this is something you’d be keen to help with.

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Akldrft

Posted 1 month ago

Drafting for a recladd required on an existing 2 storey plaster house. We will recladd using weather boards.

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Draughtsman

Posted 1 week ago

Reconfigure apartment space - upgrade existing layout

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Gymnasium and Pump house with deck over roof

Posted 1 month ago

Need design and engineering for Gymnasium and sewage station filter and pump house with deck over, adjoining the gym. This is to be combined into one consent document with the sewage treatment system consent.

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127 Atkinson.

Posted 1 week ago

I have plans that need finishing. It’s a Boarding house that requires building consent. ASAP

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Draughting house plans & lodging building consents

Posted 2 months ago

We require a draftsperson using Archicad to complete working drawings for our new homes and lodge and manage the building consent application. We're a long standing company based in west Auckland and build all over Auckland and the work is on going. We already have engineers & consultant we work with to handle the tricky reports etc and we have an in house architect you can consult with when you have any questions. call us for a chat cheers Brent

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House extension

Posted 3 weeks ago

intial design to council building consent

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Renovation design & drawings

Posted 2 months ago

Two story concrete block house, built/CCC 2008. Require plans drawn up for partial re-roof to roof over 2x internal gutters, add eaves & external gutters. Also to roof over and/or enclose into the house 2x internal decks to remove possible future concerns on resale (NO history of water ingress). While at it, possible re-cladding of north & west elevations which have plaster cladding over the steel portal framing - to remove plaster stigma and improve appearance. Due to partial re-roof (small s...

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Drafting

Posted 1 month ago

drafting work on a container home

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Bathroom Plans for Building Consent

Posted 2 months ago

I'm a builder looking to do a bathroom renovation in central Auckland. The client would like to replace the old plastic/glass shower with a new tiled shower. The floor will need to be retiled as well and there may be some waterproofing detail around the new bath. I would like a copy of plans to submit to the council for the waterproofing and plumbing details of the new tiled shower. Thanks

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Project Swift

Posted 2 months ago

Professional architect support to undertake concept planning for the internal reconfiguration of a 1920's bungalow working collaboratively with the owners as a basis for them to be able to develop and deliver the project. Looking for availability now and person(s) who can point at good hands-on architect experience with this type of work.

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With over 159,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Stonewall plan for resource consent

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd April 2018

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Big Bedroom Bash

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th June 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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Small drafting job


3rd April 2018

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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Draftsman for Signage work

Work carried out by an employee of the company

16th August 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Bathroom plans

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd March 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Home extension

Work carried out by the owner/operator

8th October 2018

Workmanship
 5
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 3
Schedule
 3
Communication
 5

Roof extension plans & drawings

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd January 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Amendments required for renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

25th November 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
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 5
Communication
 5

Licenced Architectural Designer

Work carried out by the owner/operator

26th September 2018

Workmanship
 5
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 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Plans for Garage Conversion

Work carried out by an employee of the company

28th May 2018

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Interior re-work 1 brm flat

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th April 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
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 5
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 5

Move bathroom access from second bedroom to lounge

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th August 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
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 5
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Drafting and consent

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd June 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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Woodhams ensuite laundry

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th June 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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La Peres Construction

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Cam Moore Architecture

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Hi there, I've been in the industry for 10 years, and been involved in all kinds of residential work from renovations, additions and new builds. I'm a lecturer in architecture and have a practical approach when it comes to design, construction and the council. I'm focused on communication and will lead you step-by-step from conception to completion (or part there-of).

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Holmes Construction limited

Joined January 2017

About us We are a small team of qualified builders our specific areas of expertise include. New residential builds,renovations,alterations,bathrooms and out door spaces.Holmes Residential also offer a design/drafting service if you require plans for your project. We are professionals and strive to maintain a high caliber of workmanship and client satisfaction with each and every job.

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Peter Falconer & Associates Architects

Joined October 2016

I have been designing new homes as well as renovating some existing homes over the past 36 years. I have a particular skill set for creating striking and sometimes gorgeous homes that are both visually attractive and with excellent internal planning. Internal and external photo-realistic images can be generated during the design process.

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The Property Survey Company

Joined May 2019

Hi, Having an issue with a trade or managing work at home we can provide assistance. We can inspect work, provide remedial lists and assist with obtaining a code compliance certificate (CCC) Or looking at buying a home, building or renovating your existing home and everything in between we can help. We can assist with; Design management The building consent application Project Co-ordination...

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3DFactory Ltd

Joined June 2019

3D Factory is a boutique architectural design agency specialising in architectural design & photo-realistic imaging. With projects throughout New Zealand, the 3D Factory have experience that crosses many disciplines: from technically demanding earthquake re-builds in Christchurch, to multi-duplex developments in Auckland. We pride ourselves on the ability to combine architectural skill and tech...

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Royal Building Service Ltd

Joined July 2018

Our qualified glass tradies can do any big or small works in great Auckland area and neighbor cities. Onsite measurement, install, repair 24 hours and 7 days. Free site assessments, Prompt and reliable service, top quality workmanship, affordable cost, we endeavor to have each customer to get the great value for money. The business is home based operated, no high overheads. • All of our produc...

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Xpress Design & Drafting

Joined January 2020

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CCG ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS

Joined April 2015

Your design delivered – Process simplified. CASA CONSULTING GROUP is the problem solver. CASA CONSULTING GROUP is a team of highly experienced design architects with strong building compliance background - with the managing director had hands-on experience from his council compliance background in the past. We currently have a team of 10 people. There are two Registered Architects in the...

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BRAVE CONSTRUCTION

Joined July 2019

Hi, we specialize in interior fit outs. We have been working with major retail companies throughout New Zealand and residential owners who deserves truly beautiful high end works. Together of 30years experience, we will finish the job successfully.

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Archiform ltd

Joined July 2019

We provide a range of services that tailor to each of our clients. Our main focus are on extensions, renovations and new builds. We use 3D programs to provide an easier visual understanding and contextual outlook of the design. Need a building / resource consent? or are you looking for as-built plans or concepts? We can manage this process for you and take the hassle of dealing with council from...

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Mulu Design Workshop

Joined May 2019

Hi, we are experiencing in residential renovation and have good ideas on residential design. we care the looks and concern about budget. we like to work with you through the design stages and provide quality design work.

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VersatileDesign

Joined September 2009

Let me help design that long awaited project of yours. I am a qualified Architectural Designer, with many years of NZ experience in new residential, renovations, additions and alterations, decks, commercial, remediation and more! I will either take your sketched design OR provide you with other options in completing your desired finished project. All my work is architecturally designed...

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Jeffries Construction

Joined July 2017

Family business specialising in high quality efficient workmanship. A Qualified builder and LBP with over 18 years experience in commercial and residential construction. You can rest assured knowing that your project is in capable hands. Please feel free to have a look at our Facebook and Instagram pages for more reviews and work history. BCITO, LBP, HazardCo

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Haigh Workman Limited

Joined January 2019

Haigh Workman has a wealth of experience in civil, industrial and residential engineering with offices in Kerikeri, Warkworth and Auckland. Haigh Workman Ltd is a multi-disciplined civil & structural engineering firm, with experience in our Kerikeri office dating back to 1981. We have a strong team of qualified engineers with a comprehensive range of skills. We offer specialist expertise provid...

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SAMT Painters Ltd

Joined September 2015

Hi, We are running our own small painting business and we have 5 young active guys working with us. We have been working commercial, Residential, Private and even Housing New Zealand houses. We have more than 5 years experience in working on this trade. If you need more information don’t hesitate to ask we’re here to help with all your painting needs from water based to oil based. Why not call u...

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Condor Consulting

Joined October 2019

I am kiwi born structural/bridge engineer offering my services to engineer your home/project. If you need anything from structural design or code compliance, to second opinions then I'm your guy! Get in touch! I look forward to hearing from you :)

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Task

Joined December 2010

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Nuri Construction Ltd

Joined November 2018

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Devani Architecture Limited

Joined January 2020

Qualified Draftsman working from home office. Hardworking, reliable and committed to deliver accurate and quality construction documentation to my clients.

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