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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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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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Posted 22/10/14

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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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We recently purchased a basic three-bedroom 100sqm home on a 560 sqm site in a Residential – Mixed Housing Urban Zone (original photos attached). Since we have opportunities to subdivide in the future we are keen to work with someone to determine the best use of the property in the near term (housing a young family and maximising value of any renovation) and long term (not doing anything now that would impact our ability to subdivide in the future). We are looking for someone who shares our v...

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Posted 1 day ago

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Posted 1 month ago

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Posted 10 hours ago

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Posted 1 month ago

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Posted 2 weeks ago

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Posted 3 days ago

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Posted 3 weeks ago

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Posted 1 week ago

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2nd March 2020

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16th September 2020

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 5
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 5
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Move bathroom access from second bedroom to lounge

Work carried out by the owner/operator

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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

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 5
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 5
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 5
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Building consent

Work carried out by an employee of the company

1st April 2021

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 5
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 4
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CH Design Ltd

Joined December 2012

LBP, Licensed Building Practitioner, Design Class 2, Project ... ing Designs, Building Consent Applications and 3-D Modelling, CAD, Drafting, House plan, Architectural design, Architectural Drafting, Structural drafting,BIM, Draftsman, Draftsperson. Subdivision plan, Resource consent, Designer, Alteration, renovation, Autocad, Revit,Fitout

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Joined December 2010

Hello, This is our purpose and services:- Carpentry Painting Fencing Retaining Walls Concreting Vinyl Floors Carpetting Kitchen Decking and Handrails Access Ramps and Pergolas We have a great team that meets quality,time and within approved costs. We respect the needs of our customers and we are honest with all our dealings

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Cam Moore Architecture

Joined March 2019

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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Manaia design

Joined June 2012

Hi.I have been in the building industry for over 30 years .I have a combination of design and building experience producing quality design-build projects and council consent documentation.I offer a broad range of architectural services to complete your job to a high standard.I work on a variety of projects,mostly being residential and have completed building projects in Auckland and around NZ. I l...

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Trinity Construction Ltd

Joined February 2010

We take pride in our workmanship and get the job right from the start. We have been in the building industry since 1985. We finish the job on time and to budget. Also we are a registered builder under the new governments act. Hiring a registered builder will give you a peace of mind.

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Proxy Models Limited

Joined May 2021

Hi, my name is Biljana and I am the director of a a boutique interior design studio in Auckland called Proxy Models. I am highly creative and I enjoy meeting new people and helping them bring their ideas to life. My past projects range in scale and budget: from 40K renos to 3M workplace fit outs. If you're looking for a designer who is equal parts creative and realistic , l'd love to hear from y...

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drawing table ltd

Joined February 2009

Architectural house / building design, renovations and extensions including the processing of the building permits or exemption from the building consent is our speciality. We have always deliver the best value for the client money.

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Auckland repairz

Joined December 2013

Hi, we are UK qualified with over 40 yrs experience. . We specialize in building repairs, bathrooms, and modifications of existing homes, building through to painting. We are very flexible to your needs, to suit your budget. Apply for a free quote.

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Glenbrook design

Joined July 2014

Glenbrook Design has been designing new houses and renovations both residential and commercial, and providing BC (Building Consent) and RC (Resource Consent) documentation for more than 15 years. We specialize in providing all documentation to the councils to facilitate the clients specific project and follow through to the BC approval and the issue of the consent. The documentation for CCC (Cod...

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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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Pasley Park Ltd

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Philip Dorward Architecture

Joined March 2019

Hi, Im a recent graduate. I have a Diploma in Architectural Technology and am looking for jobs to work on. I can help with new house design, tiny house, renovations etc.

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ECONOMIZED DESIGNZ & CONSTRUCTION LIMITED

Joined June 2016

Hi, we do: I) DESIGN: -Design/Drafting and Construction of New Building -Design/Drafting and Construction of Extension or Alteration of Existing Building -Quality Works and Reasonable Rates -with Professional Indemnity Insurance Website: ... II) CONSTRUCTION: -Commercial Building Construction -Residential Building Construction 10 Years Architectural Designer with Civil/Str...

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Nuri Construction Ltd

Joined November 2018

Hi there, With over 18 years of experience in the construction business, we are experts in renovation works, extensions and new builds. No job is too big or too small for us. We are passionate about building quality homes at a competitive price and completing jobs on budget is very important to us. We pride in meeting deadlines and giving you the best advice that meets your expectations. W...

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CHL tiling

Joined August 2018

New Zealand many years of experience in ceramic tile work, knowing Ned Zealand’s requirements for tile paving, clean and tidy, to meet customer requirements.

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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 for more information about what we can do : ... .nz

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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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Laperse Trades

Joined March 2019

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Commres contractors ltd

Joined May 2016

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Architeck Limited

Joined November 2018

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