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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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Need to Add an Extra Bedroom for Your Kids?

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Architect, Draughtsman or Builder - Who Do You Need?

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The Benefits of Building a Conservatory

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The Tiny Home Movement in New Zealand

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Posted 1 month ago

I would like to build a sleep out in my yard and I need a drafter person to help me with it

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Draft up a concept plan

Posted 4 weeks ago

We build tinyhomes. We already have a full set of consentable house plans but want to get some changes made to the concept plan for another client. We do not need full consentable plans. Just a redraw of the concept with their changes. Existing architect swamped so cannot do it an the moment. I have a pdf but I cannot upload it.

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21 Mendip Place

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would like to get option on a house extension

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Would like to extend my lounge out and swap my toilet and laundry around with the kitchen and put the toilet closer to the bedrooms. All plumbing runs down one side of the house.

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I'm a builder myself, we currently have 2 customers wanting quotes for bathroom renovation which include removing a wall. Is there anyone out there that can advise if the walls are supporting/bracing elements of the house and if they can be removed. Design lbp or engineer? Can this be done by as builts or would it require a site visit. This is a common occurrence we get asked to remove walls, would be nice to find someone to review drawings and advise for each job. Currently in quo...

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New Standalone Garage - 42sqm in Special Character Area

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Looking at putting a detached garage in our front lawn area. Our house is in the special character area (info at ... so may need resource consent. Would need a basic concept to take to Council and the detailed design for build consent.

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1,800m subdivision suburban zone

Posted 3 weeks ago

I have recently acquired two adjacent sections on Bassett street. I am looking for an architect to draft concept drawings to fit either four or five 3bed, 100m houses on the site around the current dwelling. I need someone who knows the council rules and what is possible. I would look to have the detailed plans drawn following council approval of the plans

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Deck

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We have had an engineer design the foundations to a deck and would like to find someone who can do some drawings and has a knowledge of council requirements regarding heights and distance from neighbours.

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Hello. We’re looking at creating a dining room in our front yard like a house extension. Spoke to builders they advised us to discuss design with architect.

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Cladding, pergola, carport design

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After some cladding design ideas for 3 townhouses. Site layout and preliminary drawing for townhouses have been done, just need cladding design help.

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Architechure Design

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I am looking for an Architect that can help with the design to code for a small building. It is approx 30m^2 with a full kitchen and bathroom. I have a design and prototype, but would like to get it council ready for small scale production. With the current housing crisis, this may be a way of getting good warm low cost housing to the masses. If you are interested in a start-up business and can help out with this please let me know.

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Draughtsman for small Reno

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Plans to add on one bedroom and en-suite

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Granny flat

Posted 1 month ago

Hi Team... My daughter wants me to build a granny flat on her property, however I do not know of an architect to draw up the plans for this. I know what I want as far as style, inside design etc,. The time frame for the plans will be ASAP. Look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks Lorraine

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House designs and plan ready for Consent

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Looking for an experienced Architect/Draughts professional to create a design and floor plan for a ~170m^2 house ready for submission to council for consent. Please supply a rough cost range as part of your response.

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Exterior outdoor staircase design to second level of home

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Need a drawing to get hopefully a building exemption. It’s a newish home, creative design ideas welcomed. (Working within budget)

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Home Renovation

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Renovating our house and are in need of a Draftsman to draw up plans to submit to the council. We have drawn up the floor plan of what we are hoping to achieve, the consented works include moving the kitchen, moving location of log burner and installing new, adding an en-suite, removal of structural wall and possibly some other things we may have overlooked. The structural wall being removed is to create an open plan living. Wanting tiled floor in new en-suite and bathroom. Some windows/doors...

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Design a small house

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We are wanting to build a fairly simple2 bedroom 75sqm house ,no garage on our property .It is a flat section with easy access. Hoping to build around about December 2021 .

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Drafting for consent application

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I am planning to convert the garage into a studio or sleep out with toilet and shower.

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Draft for council

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I need a draftsperson to make a very small and affordable plan of my laundry to bathroom alteration.

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Steves house plans

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22nd December 2019

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St James Ave

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Denvir St

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15th July 2020

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Ensuite and supporting beam

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15th October 2019

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Studio - Rennovation

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21st June 2019

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 5
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Bathroom and laundry remodel

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23rd March 2021

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Interior house renovations

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17th September 2020

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

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17th February 2020

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garage conversion

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179 Innes renovation

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15th April 2020

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Draftsperson needed for bathroom renovations

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Prestons Park Plans

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30th September 2020

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LBP review of building consent documentation

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23rd September 2020

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Outdoor Laundry

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5th February 2020

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New house

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27th April 2020

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Garage extension

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6th August 2020

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 4
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LBP Design and Drawings for building consent (removal of load bearing wall)

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21st December 2020

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Basic drawings required for porch extension

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25th December 2019

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 5
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 5
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Firestone - Glenharrow Ave

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30th October 2019

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 5
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 5
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Design Review for CCC Exemption

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10th January 2020

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 5
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 4
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 5
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 5

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Archemics Design

Joined April 2019

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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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dbc Design and Building Compliance

Joined July 2016

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Joined August 2017

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Shane's Drainage Limited

Joined October 2016

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Kairos Design Group ltd

Joined April 2019

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Wilson Built Homes LTD

Joined February 2018

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AP Design Ltd

Joined January 2020

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BOAZ architecture

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Joined December 2019

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Sprout Architects Ltd

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3DFactory Ltd

Joined June 2019

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Click Works

Joined February 2008

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ERGATS Design Ltd Structural& Earthquake Engineering Consultants

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Xpress Design & Drafting

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Angus Chisholm Builders Limited

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C3 Building Compliance

Joined July 2020

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