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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Designing a 3 bedroom home

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Drafting bathroom & balcony renovation plans for CCC building consent

Posted 1 month ago

We are wanting to have plans drawn up for a CCC building consent. We are adding additional space to a bedroom, a walk in wardrobe and an ensuite to the side of our house. On the first floor above it we are have a balcony/deck space. We are also altering an existing bathroom within the house.

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Drafter required for extension plans

Posted 1 month ago

Cheap and fast drafter required for residential house extension. We have plans of the house with all measurements. If successful we do have other ongoing work.

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Need to draw plan for conversion of garage to self contained studio unit

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Re-clad of earthquake damaged poly clad home

Posted 1 month ago

I have a poly clad home circa late 90s that I want a full reclad on. I want it replaced with a cavity system and some areas to be cedar. I can provide house plans but these are too large to attach to this post. I need plans drafted to submit with the building consent application.

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Master Extension

Posted 3 months ago

Draughtsman to do easy job and get to council concent.

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Plans Drawn For 2 bedroom Townhouse #2

Posted 3 months ago

I need plans drawn for a two bedroom townhouse

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Denvir St

Posted 3 months ago

Looking for a draftsman to do basic plans & site layout to present to council for foundation piles for a 12x4m Port-A-Com

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Extension on house

Posted 4 months ago

Adding on a master room at the back of our house with an en-suite. Builder has been out and said it will be an easy extension for them to do.

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Draftsperson needed for bathroom renovations

Posted 5 months ago

Looking for second quote. Two bathrooms - one is an ensuite. Likely to need council consent to widen a window, make wet area shower. Need to knock internal walls as seen in photos. Have house plans from council already. We know what we want, just need someone to draft it up then we will talk to our builder

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Design for kitchen, laundry, dining renovation

Posted 1 month ago

Needing a layout design for our kitchen, laundry and dining area. Wanting to increase storage and replan the space to make it flow and create a great kitchen area. Needing ideas, options and drawings to work from. We will be doing the work ourselves just needing help before we start to make sure we make the best use of the space.

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Need help with developing a house floor plan

Posted 5 days ago

I need help with developing a good house floor plan with a build floor area about 180 to 190 sq. meters. Land area is 500 sq. meters. I will be able to give rough dimensions of the plot. I myself can draw a plan using Autocad, but I am not an architect. I need someone who can come up with a good floor plan that meets our requirements. In fact I already have a few plans. But still I thought I will explore if it is an expensive to get an architect's service. I have a builder.

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Knock down and rebuild

Posted 2 weeks ago

Looking for someone to do consented drawings for 4 bed ... house in mairehau. Double garage, 2bath 2 lounge. Section is roughly 16.5x37m 612m2

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Townhouse renovation

Posted 1 month ago

We have a 3 bedroom 1980’s Stand-alone townhouse in Merivale - 1 of 4. It has a huge attic space & we’d like to get plans to pop in stairs, dormers and either a master plus study or 2 bedrooms upstairs please

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Plans Drawn For 2 bedroom Townhouse

Posted 3 months ago

I need plans drawn for a two bedroom townhouse

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West coast batch

Posted 2 months ago

Plans for 60sq meter shed/studio

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Prestons Park Plans

Posted 1 month ago

Design concept plans for Prestons Park Density B 3 Bedroom home approx 176m2. Then after approval do working drawings and submit plans for Council approval.

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Plans needed for consent application

Posted 1 month ago

Plans needed for extension to send through to council for consent process

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Looking residential architect services

Posted 2 weeks ago

Hello, I'm looking for an architect to draw a floor plan for a ... square meter, 4 bed, 2 bathroom house. I have looked at many building companies websites but they don't look suitable so looking for an assistance to customize the floor plan. Please send me an message with an estimated cost. Thanks!

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Bulk & location

Posted 4 months ago

mt pleasant sub division, require a B&L done prior to confirming the land purchase

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30th October 2019

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Ensuite and supporting beam

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15th October 2019

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New house

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27th April 2020

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Design and plans for bathroom/hallway/covered balcony conversion.

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24th December 2018

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 5
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Studio - Rennovation

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21st June 2019

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 5
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 5
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 5
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Units prestons

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13th September 2018

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 5
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 5
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179 Innes renovation

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15th April 2020

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Draftsman required

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30th April 2019

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 5
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Working drawings for a 140 square meter renovation

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6th January 2019

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Steves house plans

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22nd December 2019

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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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Basic drawings required for porch extension

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25th December 2019

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"As is" plans


22nd January 2019

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Outdoor Laundry

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5th February 2020

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House plans for Council consent and consent help

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12th April 2019

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 5
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 5
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Draftsperson needed for bathroom renovations

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th March 2020

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 5
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No longer in the 1970's

Work carried out by the owner/operator

8th October 2018

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Alterations

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1st March 2019

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 5
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 5
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renovation

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19th October 2018

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Design Review for CCC Exemption

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10th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 4
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 5
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 5

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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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Toni Thomas Design

Joined November 2012

Architectural design and draughting for concept drawings and working drawings, building consent documentation and applications - full range of services offered by a licensed, competent, very experienced, easy going, and practical designer with a good eye for detail. Free initial consultation offered.

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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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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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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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Shane's Drainage Limited

Joined October 2016

Hello, Certified drain layers in the Dunedin area for the past 15 years,Specializing in all areas of drainage. Hard working,professional,free competitive quotes.

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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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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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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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Five AM Design Studio

Joined February 2014

Designing bespoke residential architecture in which he can call upon a range of different design styles is what Codi finds most exciting. His passion for high spec, energy efficient homes with special focus on building science deeply shapes the way he tackles a design project. Codi strongly believes that a home should improve the lives of its occupants through the way they interact with it...

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George Mallory Builders Limited

Joined February 2007

Hi - We've been building new houses and renovating old ones for the last 15 years. We've been in Christchurch for the last 10 years and have worked on jobs around the city as well as in regional parts of Canterbury. While we specialise in major renovations and new builds we also do smaller jobs from time to time - check out the photos below. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines...

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Styles Civil Ltd

Joined June 2019

Hi All, We cover all your outdoor and underfloor needs , Literally all your needs!! Our quality and pride in our work is second to none and ensure our clients are 100% happy upon completion. I hope to talk soon for your free no obligation quote!!!

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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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Morven Design & Build

Joined March 2017

Morven Design & Build offer a complete in house service, from initial concept plans right through to handover. We strive to produce high quality workmanship and design homes that are affordable, efficient and don't cost the earth by using locally sourced and sustainable products. We are a small company so from day one you will be dealing with the directors for a friendly and trusting environment...

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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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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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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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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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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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