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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Conservatory Plans for Content and Build #2

Posted 1 month ago

Need some basic draughting skills to turn our deck into a conservatory. Looking at including a fireplace, will have double glazing (lintel required) and roofing will be tin over ply with skylights. So a solid build as opposed to a glass box.

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BC application for re-cladding + other works - draftsman needed

Posted 1 month ago

Existing dwelling modified under previous building consent never completed. Funding now in place to complete works but to a different scope than that previously consented. Construction drawings required to submit with a consent application to include: - re-cladding of timber framed upper floor and partial lower floor - conversion of upstairs toilet/laundry to become a shower room - non-structural downstairs framing, creating a proper 2nd bedroom - addition of assorted timber joinery units...

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Single garages (2) to minor dwelling.

Posted 2 months 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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Architect required for House Extension

Posted 2 weeks ago

We require an Architect to draw up plans for an extension to our home. We do not have any plans for the existing home. We have an idea of what we want to have done. The extension will be a large room for dining and lounge. We also want to add another bathroom in the existing home.

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PLans drawings

Posted 1 month ago

Need plan and elevation drawing of site re fencing and decking for new pool - container pool 12 x 2.5 m. Have property file and hand drawn plan- some urgency as engineer waiting for the plans for council building/resource consent. Need to be able to visit site today/fri to get started.

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Building Consent Plans

Posted 1 month ago

Building consent plans required for removal of a load bearing wall as per picture.

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Need a working renovation diagram for City Consent

Posted 1 month ago

Need a working renovation diagram for City Consent

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Renovation drawings

Posted 2 months ago

We need drawings done for council consents on our two storey house including additional decking. We have some prelim drawings done and survey reports.

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Pool Fence drawings for Council consent

Posted 3 weeks ago

We have built a pool fence around our pool and the council has said the documents we have provided are not adequate. We need heights and elevations of the fence, which can not be hand-drawn. So we presume a draftsperson is what we need!?

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Additional shower and toilet

Posted 2 months 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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Draftsman for Signage work

Posted 2 months ago

Site Plan and 2D to show Council signage to be installed. Several sites.

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Cafe renovation

Posted 2 months 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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Door and window replacement

Posted 1 month ago

I need someone to draw plans to replace French doors for bigger stacking or bi-folding doors and install I new window.

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Internal renno of a 1940's bungalow

Posted 1 week ago

WE requrie and architect to provide planning layout and renno design. WE are thinking complete gut of the internal area. This includes new kitchen/bathroom.

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Home Renovation

Posted 2 weeks ago

We need an Architect to redesign / renovate our rented property which is in poor condition to a more modern home with ensues with better internal layout and facilities. The job may require a new extension or a totally new unit to be built in the plot.

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Unit extension #2

Posted 1 month ago

I got cross leased unit 1/164 blockhousebay road avondale Looking for extension by building upper level on existing one.

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Roofline re-design

Posted 3 weeks ago

I have a house built in 1999 that has a major design fault with the roof-line/valley gutter that has resulted in a section of my roof leaking during heavy rains. Both roofer and builder have told me that the roof-line needs to be re-designed by an architect. I am in the process of getting my house ready for sale, so need to get this issue resolved asap.

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22 Amy Street

Posted 3 weeks ago

We need a quote for a draftsman to do some concept drawings and once the layout is agreed to and finalised, then detailed drawings to submit to the council. Basically wanting to demolish the conservatory and do an addition of rebuilding and adding a stairwell to link the upper and lower floors. Just after a straight shooter that has the know how and no bullsh1t.

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Ensuite Addition and new detached Garage- Building Consent

Posted 1 month 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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Help to review & refine a Plumbing & Drainage layout under AS/NZS3500

Posted 2 weeks ago

I need a competent draftsman familiar with AS/NZS3500 standard to review a 2 level residential P&D layout and make suggestions to satisfy Council RFI's. I'm a designer however not confident with this standard so am looking for assistance.

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Architect

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19th March 2018

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Plans for Garage Conversion

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28th May 2018

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Drafting and consent

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3rd June 2019

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Amendments required for renovation

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25th November 2018

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Roof extension plans & drawings

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22nd January 2019

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Move bathroom access from second bedroom to lounge

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19th August 2019

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Draftsman for Signage work

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16th August 2019

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Vale Retaining

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21st December 2017

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Home extension

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8th October 2018

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Woodhams ensuite laundry

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10th June 2019

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Interior re-work 1 brm flat

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9th April 2019

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3rd April 2018

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Big Bedroom Bash

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16th June 2019

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Stonewall plan for resource consent

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3rd April 2018

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AA Building Services Ltd

Joined June 2017

Hi, I'm Adam - an architect and builder from 2005. I have experiences in design and building. Giving an amazing services and affordable prices for customers are our company goal. Our team will give competitive quotes and completing jobs on your budget. Please check our website : aagroup.co.nz

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Nuri Construction Ltd

Joined November 2018

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Joined December 2013

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Jeffries Construction

Joined July 2017

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Peter Falconer & Associates Architects

Joined October 2016

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Singer Architecture

Joined February 2014

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smartarch

Joined June 2016

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Nz build tech

Joined May 2017

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INNOVATIVE BUILDING WORX LIMITED

Joined September 2016

OUR COMPANY Innovative Building WORX Limited, We focus on exceptional quality, planning, and safety to ensure the best outcome for your Construction projects. We built a strong reputation for delivering a quality service, on time, and at an affordable price We undertake a variety of work for a wide range of clients from small residential renovation projects to New builds, Commerical projects....

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CHL tiling

Joined August 2018

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Tevunga Construction Limited

Joined February 2019

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DNA Construction Ltd

Joined April 2010

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Boztech Ltd

Joined September 2017

We offer all kinds of Architectural Concept Design and Full Working Drawings, we can do work throughout New Zealand. Also specialists in 3d images and video 🎥

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Goldline Construction

Joined August 2019

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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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Refresh Renovations Manukau Alex Wong

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Refresh is the world's leading home renovation builder. We’ve completed thousands of renovations around the world. Our building teams are some of the most experienced renovation builders in the industry and they deliver it with a level of professionalism that is second to none. Alex Wong is a Manukau Renovation Specialist who understands that without a well thought out plan and process in place...

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