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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Draftsperson

Posted 11 months ago

We need a draftsperson to draft a dormer window and a conservatory (both from wood, and double glazed). While we are always interested in creative ideas, we mainly look for someone with the drafting skills and to support a smooth consenting process.

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Slip Re-build

Posted 3 years ago

We have a small washroom / office attached to the rear of our house that was damaged by a slip that needs demolished & rebuilt. We have a QS scope of work & a builder lined up and we are finalising our discussions with the EQC but need basic drawings (it is a simple room) & a consent submission.

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Small new house on hillside with pole foundations

Posted 5 years ago

We have a hill site in Cass Bay and are wanting construction plans and building consent application. Also looking for engineering plans for retaining for driveway, and pole foundations for the dwelling. house approx. 100m2, site is about 850m2. We have drawn a concept which is a simple rectangle with 3 bedrooms - open to concept ideas before final working plans. We want to start right away as want to start construction by September 2016. Topo survey done and geotech being done this week. We don'...

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Conversion of subfloor space to consealed basement room.

Posted 2 years ago

I have a client wanting a space under there home converted into a sealed basement room for storage. Stright foward blockwall design with concrete floor. All drawing and concents.

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Verandah encolsure etc - Motukarara

Posted 6 years ago

Looking for someone to draught plans for small house reconfiuration, Specifically, we are wanting drawings to show the enclosure of part of a long verandah, the creation of a doorway through onto the newly enclosed area, plus some other small alterations including a toilet and a shower cubile.

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General Construction Drawings for Cladding System

Posted 2 years ago

General Construction Drawings required for cavity and direct fixed stone cladding to New Zealand building code. Using STONECLAD Ltd Stone Ties and STONECLAD Ltd Seismic Clips: 2 versions of system for clips direct fixed 3 versions of systems for clips over cavity (dry and dry vented) 1 version of system for ties direct fixed 1 version of systems for ties over cavity 7 one page system drawings in total - detailed instructions available. Examples of the type of Drawings required are...

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Rom van stolk

Posted 2 years ago

Extensive repairs required on 1925 earthquake damaged property. To be re-clad, external aluminium joinery to be replaced with pvc joinery. Doors and windows to be moved, internal renovations and relocation of kitchen and bathroom. Load bearing wall. New wall and ceiling linings requiring bracing plan, addition of deck. Need concept design, detailed documentation for construction and building consent, building consent application, submission and liaising with CCC Looking for professional archite...

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House renovation plans

Posted 5 years ago

Local Draftmans wanted to draw up renovation plans and perhaps help with obtaining council consents. Work will involve removal of some internal walls, requiring a new support beam, would prefer this in roof cavity if poss, and a few new walls going in . Moving the kitchen and bathrooms to a new location . Replacing old windows which with include a couple in new locations and new bi-folds installed. The consent to also include new exterior cladding which is to be installed.

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Reeves house

Posted 3 years ago

Building consent drawings for a two storey 144 m2 house from clients concept plans plus large shed. Would prefer Canterbury based.

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Cottage Renovations

Posted 1 month ago

We would like a draftsman to look at some renovations that we would like done to a 1870's cottage in Lyttelton. We are looking at getting the work done in 2022. We would love it if a draftsman could visit the property and discuss our plans which include an extension at the rear of the property and potentially moving a staircase to change the layout of the loft area. If you have experience with older properties and some imaginative ideas we would love to hear from you!

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25J Walkers Rd - Drafting & Building consent services required

Posted 1 year ago

We're looking for support to take concept designs (included below), iterate on them and take them through to building consent ready designs. The links will provide details required. Southern Perspective: ...... aff-4333-bcee-... beb Northern Perspective: ...... cf Further topographic/site details available here: ...

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House design and council consent

Posted 1 year ago

We are owner-builders looking for a qualified person to take our design ideas for a 180m2-ish rectangle house in a very high wind zone and get these through Christchurch City Council building consent stage. While we would appreciate the input of an architect, we are very practical people who find things like very high ceilings nice to look at but hard to clean, and complicated rooflines interesting but expensive and prone to leaks. The winds here are positively cyclonic so the structural int...

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Duvauchelle house

Posted 5 years ago

Design drawings of a medium size house on a hill site. Open plan mono pitch 3 bedroom surrounded by a large deck. Over top of a double garage.

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Need builder/architect to help house reach full potential. Reno project.

Posted 1 year ago

I have a series of home renovation projects I’d like to start planning and getting underway. Adding windows, building walk in closets, drywall, adding cabinetry, figuring out how to better use the floor plan of the house and a potential for kitchen and bathroom reno + deck extension. In the planning and costing phase but very serious about this work. The house is a newer (2015) build that looks like an old cottage from the outside. It’s a small space, 124 sq m over 3 floors with 3 bed a...

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Donna and Johns new build

Posted 6 years ago

Drawing up our plans to submit to Christchurch council

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Kitchen extension

Posted 4 years ago

Extending our kitchen (for a new kitchen) along with access to living area to ensure an outdoor flow onto decking. Have done floor plan options, so know roughly what we want, but the flow to outdoor want it a little bit special so we get more than just an expensive kitchen. Limited budget, although will need a portal frame probably along with a recladding option of that area. (colour steel)

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Building consent documentation - unique one bedroom unit in an urban forest.

Posted 3 years ago

We need an LBP or registered architect to prepare building consent documentation for a alteration / new build of a small dwelling in Lyttelton. We can provide design drawings and a site survey. Essentially there are two existing structures, one (the cabin) needs to be relined and converted to a bedroom and bathroom. A new structure will be build attached to the old structure. providing a kitchen and living space (approx. 75m2 total). The second existing building (the cottage) just needs services...

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Advice and designing of decking/ balcony

Posted 3 years ago

We are needing advice and drafting services for a large deck/ balcony at our Bach in French Farm, Banks Peninsula.

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New garage

Posted 5 years ago

We want to build a garage in the front of our section. As we live in Lyttelton, this requires some excavation. We have obtained a geotech report which confirms the site is ok for this project. We would like a draftsman to cover the project from concept to building permit, however we're on a tight budget, and would appreciate this being taken into account.

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Draft 18x9 shed/workshop

Posted 1 year ago

My partner, a builder of 30yrs, has done some drawings for a 18x9 shed/workshop for our place in Le Bons Bay. Half the shed is a pole & iron construction, half a concrete slab and 3604 building code. We have resource consent & a building platform. We want to work to our own design with a draftsperson to complete plans and building consent application. To be done asap. We want to pour the slab end of November.

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Find Architects in Banks Peninsula

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NuVista Homes

Joined March 2014

Hi, We are NuVista Homes. We are a multi-award winning, family operated business with over 14 years of building experience in New Homes, Renovations, Alterations, Light Commercial work and General Building. We also offer in house interior design services We pride ourselves on making you happy and creating your project into our own master piece. This means we take the time to get to know you...

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Whimbrel Engineering & Architecture

Joined September 2020

In our architectural work we specialize in the design of small to medium size residential and commercial buildings, with a focus on carefully detailed and environmentally responsible new traditional architecture and considered alterations to heritage buildings.

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Boutique Architecture

Joined September 2021

We provide a complete bespoke service from conception to completion. Each project is assessed individually and tailored to your needs. We specialise in new builds & renovations. We use the latest in 3D visual software to bring your vision to life.

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Brown Dog Architecture Ltd

Joined April 2016

Brown Dog Architecture has been in existence since 2016 With over 17 years of experience in all forms of Architecture we are client-focused and strive to bring any project to life. Our team will work closely with you to get the perfect result for your project. We strive to make the journey enjoyable while not costing the earth. References available on request. Our services include Architect...

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Architecture Prime Limited

Joined May 2008

Architecture Prime Ltd is a small, experienced and cost efficient architecture practice headed by registered architect Paul King. Prime specialises in delivering high quality design, documentation, and design visualisation outcomes to other Architects, as well as direct to the public.

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TASdesign Limited

Joined February 2018

Hi there, we're a professional design company offering drafting services for Concept Design and Building Consents. We also specialize in taking your design and creating comprehensive Manufacturing/Shop drawings and Assembly Instructions as part of our unique SmartPLANZ 3D Plan Packages, which are specifically created to ensure a time and cost effective build. We offer competitive quotes and pricin...

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South Design 2008

Joined October 2010

Architectural draughting/design using 'AutoCAD ' on new dwellings, elderly units, extension/modifications, Apartments & Restaurant/bar redesigns. Communication skills. Typing skills. Background in Carpentry & Joinery

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Samuel Banks Design

Joined April 2019

Architectural Design and Structural Draughting Service. I have 26+ formal years’ experience in the design and building industry as an architectural design and structural draughtsperson with an NZCD (arch) qualification and am a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) with licence class Design Level 2. I have carried out the design and drawings for many residential internal alterations and exten...

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Click Works

Joined February 2008

Click Works is a Dunedin based company specialising in Architectural Design and Drafting work. We service clients all around NZ with current projects in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Central Otago. From a simple renovation through to large scale residential builds, apartment blocks and light commercial - we've significant experience in all. We also provide a draughting service...

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ARKI DESIGN AND DRAFTING LIMITED

Joined January 2020

We are a qualified and experienced Design and drafting team with over 10 years of experience in the residential and commercial sector. We pride ourselves with our work quality, fast turnarounds and affordability.

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Draughting Xpertise Ltd

Joined April 2007

We specialise in plans for New Build houses, Additions, Alterations, and decks for council consent. We can also undertake certain commercial project of large sizes such as residential care of warehouse buildings having worked on these types of projects over the last few years . We have been in the building industry for over 30 years and have a wide range of building / construction knowledge....

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Wilson Built Homes LTD

Joined February 2018

Hey there. We have many years of experience through the residential and commercial sectors in Canterbury now. We specialise in new builds, reno's, fences, decks, concrete works, general handyman work and so much more. We work and operate WBH operates with a lot of passion to ensure the clients dreams, ideas and needs are met. We handle every piece of material personally ensuring quality and ef...

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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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Saracen Architecture Limited

Joined August 2017

Hi, Saracen Architecture is a small architectural design and drafting company in Christchurch. We provide design and drafting services to builders and private homeowners who are looking for someone who listens to clients' ideas and their wish-list without a pre-ordained agenda, understands their budget constraints, is able to apply flair and innovation in design, provides a prompt & quality se...

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Designshop Architecture

Joined September 2011

Hi there! We'd love to discuss your project with you! We listen carefully to give you what you need, offer valuable and relevant comment, and think outside the square to make sure you get "the best bang for buck"! And give you an estimate or preferably a fixed fee quote for our services. Designshop Architecture is an award winning business handling all sizes and types of project, new work, a...

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ERGATS Design Ltd Structural& Earthquake Engineering Consultants

Joined August 2014

We are committed to offer structural engineering and drafting design services and to serve you with quality and value. Our design team is highly skilled and has years of experience. We promise to always provide value and outstanding service, regardless of your lifestyle need, design preference, or budget constraint. We provide affordable qoutes and then completing jobs on budget and on schedule.

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Studio Soul

Joined August 2017

Hi there, We are a highly experienced Architectural Design company, specialising in new homes and alterations, including Bathroom and Kitchen renovations. Also experienced and qualified in Industrial / Commercial renovations, fit-outs, and new builds. Many references available, upfront costs and Builder recommendations. Great open / clear communicatio with pratical and detailed design....

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Kairos Design Group ltd

Joined April 2019

Kairos Design Group is a multi-disciplined architectural practice; residential renovations to commercial retail fit outs. From decks and kitchen renovations through to bar and office fit-outs. 13+ year experience, licensed building practitioner and Architectural designers of nz member. KDG has the knowledge and connections to be with you, step by step, through entire architectural design proc...

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OM Design

Joined December 2019

A qualified architectural designer with 12 years of experience in the industry, I specialise in residential projects. I provide complete building consent documentation, from complex architecturally designed houses to basic dwelling alterations.

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dbc Design and Building Compliance

Joined July 2016

We offer a full design service for sizes of building projects. Our knowledge of the building code and Building Act will save you money. We offer compliance reporting (Fire Report, Accessibility Reports and Certificates of Acceptance with your delaingswith Council.

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