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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 18/03/15

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Architect, Draughtsman or Builder - Who Do You Need?

Posted 10/09/13

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Successful Indoor Outdoor Flow in New Zealand Homes

Posted 13/05/15

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Posted 22/10/14

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5 Tips for Spring Home Renovations

Posted 29/10/14

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Choosing Between Another Storey or Adding a House Extension

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Need to Add an Extra Bedroom for Your Kids?

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Posted 1 month ago

Design a carport for an existing car deck. Have concept drawings from 2009 (and resource consent at that time) when first was looking at this. Now scaled down and using existing car deck.

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Design back yard, one deck on boundary around pool. One deck against house

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Apply for building consent

Posted 1 month ago

Just wondering if someone can help me with building consent application to put up a new kitchen in a leasing unit. Can take you to view and go through our plan as it is going to be a takeaway.

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Mark's Refurbishment

Posted 1 week ago

We are looking for an architect and a builder and plumber for the following; a) the removal of a supporting post in the lounge, and the strengthening of the beam. We already have the calculations and drawing for the beam. We require detail drawings, calculations and submission for widening the entrance to the galley kitchen. We are renovating the kitchen and two bathrooms. We currently do not expect any plumbing to be moved to accommodate the renovation. We also wish to much of the house int...

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Drafting services required for a minor dwelling.

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House plans

Posted 1 month ago

resource consent application and detailed construction plans for 6x3 bedroom houses.

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Review property

Posted 1 week ago

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Plans for Consent

Posted 1 month ago

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Plan to make kitchen and bathroom downstairs. On top is three bed room house

Posted 3 weeks ago

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Posted 6 days ago

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Draftsman required for minor dwelling.

Posted 1 week ago

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Posted 2 weeks ago

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Hawthorne

Posted 1 week ago

The renovation is 90% completed. My builders slacked off & caused me inferior work, therefore I sent the packing. I need my roof fixed at the end of the house. My garage steps need a railing fitted & the plywood walls finished. I need most of my bottom Cedar reattached to wood as the builder only got the nails through the vermin strip. I think that might be a major issue. I have some uneven flooring in my kitchen & entry foyer. I have some damaged Cedar boards in the very top just under my e...

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Full set of working drawings for Waikato/Coromandel Council consent

Posted 1 week ago

Looking for quotes from draftsman to find out how much it will cost to get my house plan drawn up into working drawings. It will be 2 level, 4bdrm, 2 living. Don't have set time frame yet.

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Outdoor Living Area Design

Posted 6 days ago

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Building Consent - existing bathroom renovation

Posted 1 month ago

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Garage Studio in One Tree Hill

Posted 1 week ago

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NTF & COA

Posted 1 week ago

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Hi there, We are looking to renovate our house, and needing quotes for drawings and consent. The main changes are outlined in images 1,2,3,4, and these can be summarised as: - Removing a wall between kitchen & living room, likely load bearing - Removing a wall between toilet and bathroom, as well as re arranging bathroom layout - Renovating kitchen by closing off external access to laundry, and creating internal access to make it a scullery/laundry

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Paragon Solutions

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VersatileDesign

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