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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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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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Posted 08/06/17

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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

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Posted 10/09/13

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Posted 29/10/14

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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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Successful Indoor Outdoor Flow in New Zealand Homes

Posted 13/05/15

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The Tiny Home Movement in New Zealand

Posted 18/03/15

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Posted 1 month ago

I am looking for a draftsman or architectural draftsman to give me some options & plans for either: 1. extension - about 10-14sqm 2. work within the current footprint of the house but remodel to make better use of the space. We have a 2 bedroom, 1960s weatherboard home that is about 90sqm. Ideally I would like to add another bedroom and the kitchen, bathroom and laundry need to be re-done - also I would like to add bifold doors to the backyard.

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Drafting

Posted 4 weeks ago

We are suppliers of construction materials from Australia. Looking for draftsman, with who we can work on longtime basis.

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Move bathroom access from second bedroom to lounge

Posted 1 month ago

A plan needs to be made to shift this access which I envisage to include: 1 - Fill in an existing door from a second bedroom to the second ensuite 2 - Create a new door from the lounge (so that the second bathroom is accessible to guests) 3 - Moving the hot water cylinder into the bathroom (it's plenty big enough) 4 - Locations for the Washing Machine and Drier (should also fit in the bathroom) Provide advice / plans on: 1 - Best locations for bathroom washbasin etc or if should stay where...

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Kitchen and bathroom renovation

Posted 1 month ago

1960 unit, with tired old kitchen and bathroom, wanting to replace kitchen first, want to know if there are any designers out there who would do a site visit and what charge is please. Elizabeth. Jervois rd Herne bay

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Building design

Posted 2 weeks ago

Would like to have a 3 unit double story building at this site.

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Drafting and consent

Posted 2 months ago

Add a small en suite with shower, toilet & basic to a large room. We need to finish building work by mid-June therefore plans would need to be submitted for consent soon.

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Architecture required

Posted 5 days ago

Looking for an architecture to design units in south Auckland.

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As built drawing

Posted 1 month ago

Survey and prepare as built drawing in CAD and get Auckland city council approval.

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Drafting an extension for ensuite, dining and laundry space.

Posted 1 month ago

Drafting a building plan for an extension to an existing house to include a bedroom with ensuite, dining, laundry area. Plans to be drawn to negotiate with HNZ and Council.

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Woodhams ensuite laundry

Posted 2 months ago

Hi we are looking for a draftsperson who can do plans and assist with council consent for dividing an existing room (a study) into an ensuite and a laundry. We will need a pocket door added off the bedroom to the new ensuite and a dividing wall between the new ensuite and the laundry which will be accessed off the hallway.

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Affordable Houses

Posted 1 week ago

I need some plans for 3 storey 3 bedroom townhouses, in block of 6 adjoining units, so that I can work on feasibility - I want to take the plans to an engineer to who will specify particular building materials after which plans may have to be added to I have photos of the proposed townhouses, double garage on the base floor, kitchen dining family on the 2nd floor and 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms upstairs there is no specific site at present

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Commercial Kitchen Draft

Posted 3 weeks ago

Nb. Our objective is to use the drawings to seek quotes to confirm the kitchen renovation is to go ahead. 24hrs: Our landlord is going oversees on Thursday 23rd May for 3 weeks. If at all possible we would provide him with the drawings prior to his departure. If not possible - drawings required by Monday 27th May. (Negotiable).

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Draftsman certified Meadowbank auckland

Posted 1 month ago

Certified draftsman required for residential property to obtain final code of compliance for council consent. ASAP thanks

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Medicus, Facility design

Posted 1 week ago

Design the interior work flow of a 1500m2 warehouse on Rosebank rd that will be used for medicinal cannabis growing, research and production. There will be security aspects, bathrooms, nutrient supply, CO2 supercritical extractor, offices, laboratory, secure storage, drying rooms

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Villa/Cottage redevelopment

Posted 3 weeks ago

The creation of plans submitted to council for an addition and excavation of basement area and redevelopment upstairs of a villa/cottage with aim to complete bulk of work in early 2019

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Draft person for Home based salon(commercial application building consent)

Posted 1 month ago

I need a draft person to do a floor plan to show existing and new plan. It is a home based salon plan to get a building consent for plumber and new glass door, I'l keep the existing garage door and fit the the new glass door on the outside frame. Thank you

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Drafts person to do Plan

Posted 2 months ago

Looking for a price for a plan from a draftsperson to redesign the interior of my house. Currently a 4 bedroom 1 bathroom in Mt Roskill. Would like a plan for 3 or 4 bedroom 2 or 3 bathrooms if this is possible in the same space. Would like a new modern plan for inside the house. Maybe change the whole layout of inside the house. Don't want any extentions, just a internal plan to utilise space if this is even possible at all. I have current plans. Thanks

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Re design and add extra bathroom

Posted 5 days ago

We need a plan for a new toilet area and a re design of a existing bathroom area.

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Garage conversion

Posted 3 weeks ago

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House extension

Posted 2 weeks ago

We have a 3 bedroom house with a separate garage at the back of the house. We would like to speak with an architect to help us understand what we could possibly do to to create a 4th bedroom and internal garage.... Or if there are better ideas!

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With over 136,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Drawing plans and consents

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18th October 2017

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Rennovation planning

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11th September 2017

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Roof extension plans & drawings

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22nd January 2019

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Interior re-work 1 brm flat

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9th April 2019

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Woodhams ensuite laundry

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10th June 2019

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Amendments required for renovation

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25th November 2018

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Home extension

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8th October 2018

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Plans for Garage Conversion

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28th May 2018

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Vale Retaining

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21st December 2017

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 5
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Drafting and consent

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3rd June 2019

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Stonewall plan for resource consent

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3rd April 2018

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Architect

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19th March 2018

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3rd April 2018

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Licenced Architectural Designer

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26th September 2018

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 5
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 5
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 5

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Singer Architecture

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Muster Brush Limited

Joined June 2017

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Stanson construction ltd

Joined November 2018

Hi we are in the building industry for many years. We can do new builds, project management, renovations and alterations. We think communication is the KEY thing to help us deliver the high quality work to our clients on time and on budget. We have NZ certified builder and LBP in the company to make sure our job is meet NZ lastest building code, we also have very good relationship with suppliers a...

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smartarch

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Pahnia Skinner Architecture Ltd

Joined February 2017

Experienced freelance Designer with a solid working background in the construction industry for 15 years available to accomodate all projects needs from small renovations,bathroom design to new house builds,sub divisions and council consultation.Diploma in Draughting + Architectural Degree,specialising in all aspects of design documentation from 3D models,concept design to full working drawings fo...

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VersatileDesign

Joined September 2009

Let me help design that long awaited project of yours. All my work is architecturally designed to the NZS 3604 standards I am a qualified Architectural Designer, with many years of NZ experience in new residential, renovations, extensions and additions, decks, small commercial, leaky buildings remedial and more! I offer complete Architectural service from Building Consent through to C...

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Auckland repairz

Joined December 2013

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3DFactory Ltd

Joined June 2019

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Architectural designs

Joined October 2018

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One Little Job Ltd

Joined May 2012

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Paragon Solutions

Joined November 2014

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INNOVATIVE BUILDING WORX LIMITED

Joined September 2016

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DNA Construction Ltd

Joined April 2010

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Collate Ltd

Joined March 2018

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Nuri Construction Ltd

Joined November 2018

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CH Design Ltd

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S5 Architecture

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