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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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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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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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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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Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

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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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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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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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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Reeves house

Posted 2 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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House renovation plans

Posted 4 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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Verandah encolsure etc - Motukarara

Posted 4 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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Rom van stolk

Posted 1 year 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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New garage

Posted 3 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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25J Walkers Rd - Drafting & Building consent services required

Posted 4 months 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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Kitchen extension

Posted 3 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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Small new house on hillside with pole foundations

Posted 4 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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Need builder/architect to help house reach full potential. Reno project.

Posted 9 months 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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General Construction Drawings for Cladding System

Posted 10 months 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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Advice and designing of decking/ balcony

Posted 2 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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Duvauchelle house

Posted 4 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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Small house extension

Posted 5 years ago

We have a small house that we're renovating in Governors Bay that we would like a small extension of roughly 30m2 added too.You'll see from the images attached we have a good idea of what we want to build. What we need is someone to provide us with detailed drawings for a building consent. We will prepare the building consent documents for the council, so any quotes should only be for the detailed drawings alone. It should end up being a nice portfolio piece for whoever takes it on.

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Conversion of subfloor space to consealed basement room.

Posted 1 year 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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Donna and Johns new build

Posted 5 years ago

Drawing up our plans to submit to Christchurch council

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

Posted 2 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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Slip Re-build

Posted 2 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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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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Draughting Xpertise Ltd

Joined April 2007

We specialise in plans for New Build houses Additions, Alterations, and decks for council consent. We have been in the building industry for over 30 years and have a wide range of building / construction knowledge. Member of Design Association of New Zealand

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Brown Dog Architecture Ltd

Joined April 2016

Brown Dog Architecture has been operating now for over 3 years. With over 15 years 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 Arch...

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3DFactory Ltd

Joined June 2019

3D Factory is a boutique architectural design agency specialising in architectural design & photo-realistic imaging. With projects throughout New Zealand, the 3D Factory have experience that crosses many disciplines: from technically demanding earthquake re-builds in Christchurch, to multi-duplex developments in Auckland. We pride ourselves on the ability to combine architectural skill and tech...

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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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Samuel Banks Design

Joined April 2019

Architectural Design and Structural Draughting Service. I have 23+ formal years experience in the design and building industry as an architectural and structural draughtsperson with an NZCD (arch) qualification. I am happy to discuss extensions or alterations, new or rebuilds for residential, commercial and industrial projects. With structure varying from timber framed, precast concrete til...

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Angus Chisholm Builders Limited

Joined June 2020

Angus Chisholm Builders Limited is a Christchurch based residential building business directed by Angus Chisholm, a Registered Master Builder and Licensed Building Practitioner, who has been successfully and competently building houses in Canterbury for over 17 years. Laura Chisholm, BE Civil (Hons), MEngNZ, wife and fellow Director, has been devoted to the business for over 7 years providing exce...

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Harper Architecture

Joined July 2015

We are a small architectural design firm specialising in residential design to enhance your daily living. We design new homes and alterations to existing homes. We are keen to make your home Eco friendly where possible. We aim to: Listen: Work closely with clients to bring your ideas to fruition. Guide: We will step you through the design and consent process making it as seamless as possible...

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ERGATS Design Ltd Structural& Earthquake Engineering

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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SoBeer Structural and Fire

Joined May 2020

With over 15 years of experience, I am a Chartered Structural Engineer (CPEng 239682) based in Christchurch but has undertaken projects all around the country. I am also an Engineering New Zealand Practice Area Assessor for Structural Engineers and a Auckland City Council Producer Statement Author (PSA#123432). I have a broad experience in structural design, seismic assessment, repair and stre...

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SOLE Residential Design

Joined August 2017

Hi there, I am a highly experianced Architectural Designer, specialising in alterations, extension's, Bathroom and Kitchen renovations and new-build residential projects. Also, experienced and qualified in Industrial / Commercial renovations, fit-outs and new builds. Many references available, upfront costs and Builder recommendations. I am a great communicator, easy going, practical and det...

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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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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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Sculptural Landscapes LTd

Joined January 2018

Sculptural Landscapes has been beautifying Canterbury yards for over 5 years now. We will take on anything from putting in a few grasses to entire lifestyle block landscaping and management. We work very hard to keep out clients happy. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and completing jobs on budget and time. If its outside we can manage your job to a high standard. If your looking...

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PHD Building Ltd

Joined October 2019

For 30 years, clients have trusted us to build their dream, eco-friendly homes. Our beautiful homes follow the Passive House standard principle, which means that our work includes some of the greenest, most energy efficient residential buildings in New Zealand. Not only do we build first-class single-family homes, we also build premium, eco-friendly multi residential and commercial buildings....

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Grant Weekes architect

Joined July 2018

All types of architectural work new house design alterations. I have over 30 years experience some of my work is displayed on my web page www.grantweekesarchitects.co.nz I'm happy to look at any size project.

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Archemics Design

Joined April 2019

Archemics Design is an architectural design, structural engineering and interiors studio based in Auckland. We provide design services from pre design briefing, concept design through to full building drawings and documentation and consents. We have worked on both residential and commercial projects in New Zealand that form the basis of our industry knowledge. With a design focused env...

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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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Core Civil Solutions nz Limited

Joined December 2019

Hi, we have been involved in the rebuild of Christchurch for over 7 years. We have experienced LBP builders and able to do a wide range of building works and construction. We are specialist in foundation re-level works and retaining walls, Our team are able to provide a solution that works for you. Please look at our web site for more information. https://www.corecivil.co.nz/

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Xpress Design & Drafting

Joined January 2020

Hi, we are a cost-effective Architectural firm specializing primarily in concept design and building consent documentation. From the smallest of renovation/alteration to complex new builds including hill builds. We also provide a wholesale schedule of fees (trade rates) for ongoing working relationships. Keywords in our toolbox being: NZS 3604, New Zealand Building Code, Timber Framed and Steel F...

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