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Key Advice To Help You Find The Right Architect In Christchurch

If you are planning to build a dream new home, do extensive renovations to extend or change your existing Christchurch property, a qualified architect can help bring your ideas to life.

Your architect will be the one who takes your ideas and turns them into workable concepts, so it is important to find a contractor who understands you and your style.

Start with the right foundations

Before you look for an architect, think about what you want from your partnership and what you wish to achieve with your property.

If you are looking to build in a certain way such as eco-building or renovating a heritage property then seriously consider finding an architect with experience in your chosen area. It may cost you a little extra, but the specialist knowledge they bring could be the difference between your build being average or spectacular.

Develop a list of questions to ask an architect at a first meeting to help you decide if they will be a good fit for your project. This might include questions about their working style, how varied their work is and how involved they are in each project.

How hands-on you need your architect to be may depend on your circumstances and whether you can be available to answer questions from your builder and make decisions. If you are not confident about interpreting plans or cannot be on site regularly, then ask if your architect can help you with this and liaise directly with the builders.

Choosing your architect

Before you make your final decision look at some previous work done by the architects you are considering. Most firms will have a gallery of work on their website or at their office and if they are a local company you may even be able to visit, or at least drive past, some of the buildings they have worked on.

Have clear expectations when you discuss the details of the contract so you know exactly what you are paying for and what services you will be getting. For example, you should find out whether the architect will charge extra if revisions have to be made to the original plan or whether these are included in the initial price.

Working with an architect

Once you have chosen your preferred architect, it is important to develop a good working relationship with them as you could be working closely together for some time depending on the size of the project.

Be clear about your expectations and be firm about parts of the design that are important to you, but be prepared to be flexible if your architect says something is not feasible or will be too expensive. They will have experience in building for Christchurch conditions and may recognise issues that you do not expect, especially if you are a novice builder.

Talk to your architect regularly and keep them updated about any issues that might arise once the building has started so they can help you work around any potential problems sooner rather than later.

Building a new home is a significant milestone but finding the right architect on Builderscrack can help your dreams become a reality on time and on budget, so pick your contractor carefully and you will reap the rewards.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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

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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Building Consent documentation - residential

Posted 5 days ago

We are looking for a contract technician that can complete working drawings for building consent applications and to deal with any RFIs from the council. You will need to be able to work on archicad plns. We have an increasing workload and are hoping find a source that can help us out on an hourly rate when required. We will provide concept design and any consultant information required

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Sleepout studio drafting

Posted 1 month ago

Need a quote for drafting a sleepout plan for consent purpose. About 30 square meters.

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Re pitch of old roof and extenstion

Posted 1 month ago

We have a 1950s house with a 70s flat roof extension we would like to re-roof this section further up into the main ridge of the roof on a single plan and volt the ceiling underneath, We have had a builder and architect look at it and both say its doable we just need some basic drawings done for council.

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House Extension

Posted 1 month ago

Looking to extend the rear of the house creating an open plan kitchen/lounge along with a second bathroom and need plans drawn up.

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Building consent

Posted 4 weeks ago

We need a draft person to duplicate one of our existing plan and get the building consent

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Starting up medical practice

Posted 1 day ago

Thanks for your interest, I am looking for guidance with starting a medical practice in Christchurch: 1) Land zones that are able to be used to run a medical GP practice? ? urban fringe? ? general industrial ?residential? 2)Ability/ cost to convert - a residential building into a medical practice? -Motel? -Warehouse? 3)Cost of a new medical practice building? 4) Feasibility/cost for 204 main north road to turn into a medical practice. (note only the middle building on 204...

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Plans for new en-suite and bathroom for CCC exemption

Posted 1 month ago

Hi I’m looking to get an exemption for a small en-suite being added to a bedroom and an existing bathroom upgrade. Just looking for the drawings and work accompany an exemption application. Looking to do as soon as possible.

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Plans Required for 1 new toilet, and shifting a 2nd toilet for consent.

Posted 1 month ago

We require drawings/plans for 1 new toilet, and shifting a 2nd toilet for consent. We would also like the same person to organize the building consent.

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Design ready for consent

Posted 1 week ago

It is roughly 225 sqm house in te whariki Lincoln. Have floor layout, clading to be cedar and roccote. Roof pitch 28-30 degree etc

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Revit Training

Posted 2 months ago

Hi, Looking for a very experienced Revit 2020 user to offer some instruction on site modelling/property boudaries/sun modelling. I have using using Revit for 2 years and haven't need some paid support for this. Thanks

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Bathroom and laundry remodel

Posted 1 week ago

Design bathroom and laundry layout and provide estimates

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LBP Design and Drawings for building consent (removal of load bearing wall)

Posted 2 months ago

I am planning a renovation of a 1950's brick veneer home. including; - Removal of load being wall (will likely require structural engineering design) - Insulation and internal relining of external walls - Relining of most internal walls and ceilings - Re-plumbing - New bathroom/laundry layout - New kitchen House is wood framed with brick veneer, wooden floors with concrete piles, roof is corrugated iron, construction type is hip and gable, with underpurlins and struts. The wall to...

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Design deck, fence, roof and apply for consent

Posted 1 month ago

Hi, I may possibly require the help of a professional to design a deck, fence and roof covering for a corner of our property. The area is around 90m2 We will need to create a new perimeter fence at least 1m away from the boundary fence. And then build a deck within the open space. Afterwhich we will also need a suitable but aesthetically pleasing roof covering for the entire space. Quick turn around time will be required and full support with applying for consent.

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Teaching Revit 2020

Posted 2 months ago

I currently use Revit and have done for 2 years but have never come to terms with the intricacies of site modelling. I am looking for someone experienced in Revit to spend a couple of hours teaching me onsite here in Redcliffs. Flexible with times and days. Possible could go ongoing support. Thanks

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New House design

Posted 1 month ago

After an additional designer for a new 220m2 home to be built in Prestons

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Converting garages into studio

Posted 1 month ago

Two side by side internal garages converting into studio with shower, toilet and sink south garage and kitchenette north garage

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Drafting a plan for a cafe space for building consent

Posted 2 weeks ago

We need a plan drafted for a cafe space in summer. The base layout of the cafe layout has been done already. So not much design but just drafting a plan to apply for consent to the chch council.

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Creating sleepout

Posted 1 month ago

We require a draughtsman with an LPB to draw up our sleepout with a bathroom to have consented for the council. We will be applying for this under the Owner-Builder Exemption as my husband is a builder or may go for his LPB if cheaper. We have already looked into the RMA and we will not need it as there are no recession plane problems. There is no addition to the building, just an alteration of approximately 20m2 to an existing 58m2 garage. We are hoping to commence building works as soon a...

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Home renovations plans needed

Posted 1 month ago

Hi there, We are looking to remodel our kitchen, laundry and bathroom and require somebody to develop plans and help with visualising the space. The total scope of the work is: Create open plan kitchen and living space - remove a wall. Reconfigure kitchen - in partnership with Kitchen Design company Turn laundry and backdoor passage into butlers pantry with integrated laundry Reconfigure bathroom stealing space from a part of the hallway allowing us to add a bath Plans required to...

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Staged renovation plans

Posted 1 week ago

wanting to get plans drawn up for some renovations to entry and laundry and living area. need to be able to break down into stages to help with costs. this may include consent process for some or all of the work

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Recent architecture and design reviews

With over 175,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Prestons Park Plans

Work carried out by the owner/operator

30th September 2020

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Draftsman required

Work carried out by the owner/operator

30th April 2019

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 5
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Ensuite and supporting beam

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th October 2019

Workmanship
 4
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 5
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 5
Communication
 5

Basic drawings required for porch extension

Work carried out by the owner/operator

25th December 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
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 5
Communication
 5

Firestone - Glenharrow Ave

Work carried out by the owner/operator

30th October 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
Communication
 5

New house

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th April 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
Communication
 5

Denvir St

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th July 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
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 5
Communication
 5

LBP review of building consent documentation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

23rd September 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
Communication
 5

Steves house plans

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd December 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
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 5
Communication
 5

Garage extension

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th August 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Studio - Rennovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st June 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
Communication
 5

179 Innes renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th April 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

House plans for Council consent and consent help

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th April 2019

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 5
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 5
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 5
Communication
 4

"As is" plans


22nd January 2019

Workmanship
 4
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 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 3

Alterations

Work carried out by the owner/operator

1st March 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
Communication
 5

Extension to the rear of the house for a new lounge.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th February 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
Communication
 5

Outdoor Laundry

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th February 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Draftsperson needed for bathroom renovations

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th March 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Design Review for CCC Exemption

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Interior house renovations

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th September 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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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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Lammas Architects Limited

Joined August 2019

Architecture + Interiors. Registered Architects NZIA Practice Stephen established Lammas Architects Limited in 2019, with over 13 years of professional experience gained in New Zealand working for 3 leading architecture practices. He is a talented designer with a proven ability in the management of project teams, and works closely with consultants and contractors while maintaining a strong...

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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 Wilson Built Homes with a lot of passion to ensure the clients dreams, ideas and needs are met. We handle every piece of material personally ensuring quality...

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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. ...

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AP Design Ltd

Joined January 2020

We welcome you to one of Christchurch’s leading technical drawing design firms. AP Design has seen over a decade of success and continues to focus with developing the Commercial, Educational and Multi-Residential buildings, throughout New Zealand. Our new and innovative projects spread from Auckland to Central Otago, offering clients personalised design and cost-effective solutions. We pride our...

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Sprout Architects Ltd

Joined January 2019

My wife and I run a client focused, small and agile architectural practice specialising in residential alterations, extensions and new-builds. We have run our practise together since 2015 and have been in the industry for over a decade. Our collective experience covers building and resource consents for multi-unit residential developments including apartment buildings, commercial fitouts; from...

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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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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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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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Form Builders

Joined July 2020

We are a Christchurch building company with loads of experience and a true passion for helping people build their homes. With a unique skill combination of joinery, building, design and communication, Form Builders take the worry out of all building projects. Form Builders are Licensed Building Practitioners and are also recognised as Accredited Earthquake Repairers in the Canterbury region. W...

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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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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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SI Services Ltd

Joined June 2014

HI I have been renovating homes and doing handyman work for the past 15 years. I believe in great communication and pride ourselves on doing a great job in a timely cost effective manner. Look forward to quoting your job.

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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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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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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 offer drafting services to builders and to fellow designers if they have full capacity. We pride ourselves with our work quality, fast turnarounds and affordability.

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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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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. ... .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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