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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 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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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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Successful Indoor Outdoor Flow in New Zealand Homes

Posted 13/05/15

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Choosing Between Another Storey or Adding a House Extension

Posted 16/03/17

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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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Choosing and Using an Architect

Posted 05/10/12

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The Tiny Home Movement in New Zealand

Posted 18/03/15

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Posted 2 weeks ago

We would like an architect to visit and discuss options to improve the layout of our house (i.e. removing walls to make open kitchen/dining/living, removal of fireplace, adding walls to create bedroom from living room, etc.)

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1930 Bungalow Kitchen, Dining Renovation

Posted 1 month ago

Hi there I am looking to do a small renovation in my kitchen, dining, lounge area. I have a 1930's Bungalow, the kitchen is tiny and will need moving for a bigger kitchen to be put in, there is a fireplace between the lounge and dining that needs to come out and I am looking for a relatively cost effective plan on how to do it. Someone to come in and see how it will all work.

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Working Drawings & Council Consent

Posted 1 month ago

We would like a draftsman to complete a set of working drawings 1:50 for our new house. Looking for a fixed fee contract. Design (layout) is already quite set. Will need assistance in cladding choices, foundation and drainage planning etc.

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Posted 3 weeks ago

design garage and storage garden shed building

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High level estimate and feasibility for converting downstairs to 2 ensuits

Posted 2 weeks ago

hi, I have a downstairs area of 62 sqm out of which half of the area is currently covered with sloped mud. other half is concreted. I would like to know if the area can be converted to an ensuite and a living room or 2 ensuites so that i can rent it for boarders. regards, Shiv. ...

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Upstairs toilet

Posted 1 week ago

I am wanting to put a toilet and wash basin into a large storage cupboard upstairs in a 2 bedroom townhouse

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Ensuite

Posted 1 week ago

I am a builder and have a customer who wants an ensuite-Will need a permit and some plans drawn up-Very straight forward.

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Doorway Access

Posted 5 days ago

Hello There We are in need of creating a door way between our two buildings. Please advise what is the required in terms of architectural work to submit the application into the council to get the building consent. No development work is needed. We only need to create one doorway access between the two buildings. I have paid for and requested the property files from the council, these will be provided to you. Please get in touch touch to discuss further. Thank you

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Downstairs & External Renovation

Posted 1 week ago

Reconfigure downstairs 2 bdrm, 1 bathroom to a standalone 1 or 2 bdrm unit. Reconfigure upstairs entrance. External reclad for downstairs

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Electric meter relocation

Posted 1 month ago

We require an electrician to relocate our power meter . This work

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House Design and Renovation/Re-design options

Posted 3 weeks ago

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Large Garage to Granny Flat

Posted 1 month ago

Hello We have a large garage (70m2) which we want to turn into a granny flat. Looking for an architect to let us know more about what is involved and help us with the process of getting this consented for a small kitchenette and bathroom. Thank you Harry

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Extention x 1 room/office

Posted 3 weeks ago

Need an architect to do drawings for 1x room/office to existing house. Exploring possibilities.

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Looking for architecture

Posted 3 weeks ago

i matt I am looking for architecture to build a new house.i got exsiting house in front and got space at back.i actually want double or triple storey if possible. Address  is 3 Suwyn place Weymouth auckland.attach find topolgy and property file. Feel free to call me on ... for site visit.

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Adding bathroom and toilet

Posted 3 hours ago

Can you quote to do the following for an existing house for planned renovation- 1)Two self contained rooms with their own entrances which will require addition of a toilet and bathroom each. 2)The passages to be removed from the main entrance to accomodate the bathrooms 3)The passage between the two room on the right near entrance door to be removed by moving a non load bearing wall. 4) adding a toilet in existing bathroom 5)One entrance from existing ranchslider to one self contained ro...

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Application for removing load bearing wall

Posted 1 month ago

Hi there, I've got a load bearing wall that I'd like to remove - just need someone to draft it up for me so that I can submit it to council. Structural engineer is already sorted. See attached photo markup of the wall to come out. I've also got the original drawings and here as .pdfs which I can't attached here. Give me a shout if I'm missing anything. Thanks

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Design a three sided fireplace on wall

Posted 2 weeks ago

We have an internal wall that I would like to redesign into an three sided open electric fireplace with tv and shelves. It can be done at any time. The wall has electricity already connected and is above a stairway.

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New Windsor Workshop Conversion.

Posted 1 month ago

I require plans to be drawn up for a conversion of a workshop into habitable space on a property in the mixed-suburban housing zone in AKL. Requiring plans, guidance through council etc. Ideally, someone with prior experience with this type of work in Auckland. Wanting to get the process underway as soon as possible.

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Gowing Drive - Flat improvements

Posted 1 month ago

I’m considering extending my kitchen out and adding a single bedroom but I live in a cross-lease block of 4 units. I’m on the ground floor and it would incorporate the balcony of the unit above. Just want a consult to advise if it is even possible and if so, will then go the route of drawing up etc. So cost budget below is initial consult. If project goes ahead possibly $100k - $150k

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25th November 2018

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8th October 2018

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Bathroom plans

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2nd March 2020

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Roof extension plans & drawings

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22nd January 2019

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Drafting and consent

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Licenced Architectural Designer

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26th September 2018

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Draftsman for Signage work

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Woodhams ensuite laundry

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Garage 2nd floor extension/conversion


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Interior re-work 1 brm flat

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Architectural designs

Joined October 2018

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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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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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The Property Survey Company

Joined May 2019

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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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Archiform ltd

Joined July 2019

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VersatileDesign

Joined September 2009

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KFC Limited

Joined April 2010

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Refresh Renovations Manukau Alex Wong

Joined January 2019

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Auckland repairz

Joined December 2013

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CH Design Ltd

Joined December 2012

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Idee Architecture

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COFORM Architectural Design Limited

Joined July 2018

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Xpress Design & Drafting

Joined January 2020

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Paragon Solutions

Joined November 2014

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Nuri Construction Ltd

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Click Works

Joined February 2008

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