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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.

Latest architecture and design articles

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Check out how homeowners like you are using Architects on Builderscrack to build, repair and improve their homes right now.

1920s house wall removal

Posted 1 month ago

I am going to remove a wall in an old house and will need a draftsperson to do provide design and inspection services. The wall is seperating the kitchen and the laundry the joists run over top of the wall. The span will be increased from 3.3m to 5m. There are roof struts in the area with a ceiling runner currently in the centre of the kitchen area.

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Ensuite

Posted 2 months ago

Update and alter previous drawn plans for an ensuite addition

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Plans required.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Hi, Im needing to get in touch with an architect to get some plans going for a potential self contained unit. Looking for different ideas. Will be demolishing current sleepout and building brand new. looking for someone that will work with me through the process and potentially assist when approaching for council consent etc. Welcoming quotes. Thank you

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Entance extension

Posted 1 month ago

Small extension to make a entrance area

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House extension

Posted 1 month ago

We are looking to add two more rooms to our house and convert a existing room to ensuite and walk in wardrobe

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Alternative building

Posted 1 month ago

We need an Architect with an interest in alternative building to help with compliance issues on a very small building in Hillsborough Christchurch. These need to be attended to promptly so applicants will need to have the ability to do the consultancy. There is the prospect of design and drafting work when the current phase is completed.

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Feasibility study

Posted 4 weeks ago

Hi I am looking to engage an architect to complete a feasibility for me for a property based in chch. Please get in touch if you are available and can give me a fixed price quote. Regards Griffin

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Kennedys Green design

Posted 1 month ago

House design for section we have purchased - we also have 6-7 other designs we require so keen to hear from folks that have this kind of capacity. Ph ...

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Residential drafting project

Posted 1 month ago

Hi! We are looking to add another bedroom + ensuite + robe in our roofspace, and need a draftsperson to draw up our concept plans and work in with an Engineer. We already have a builder engaged, and a very good idea of what we are wanting. We basically are looking for someone to come for a site visit and give us an idea of costs (from their end). Thanks! Laura.

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Luxury townhouse working drawings

Posted 2 weeks ago

We are building 2x up market townhouses on a premium site in St Albans. We have used an architect for conceptual design and resource consent and now need a draughtsman for the working drawings and building consent. Ideally to start working on the drawings this side of Christmas.

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Locker room

Posted 2 weeks ago

Current layout of locker room toilets and showers in a commercial building needs to be reconfigured, Toilets to be shifted to opposite end and re-plumbed. Plans need to be able to go to council for consent or exemption. You will need to view the job to be able to provide a quote. Work to be completed asap .

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Drafting Services

Posted 2 weeks ago

I have plans for a new house done just need a draftie to draw in up etc

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Conservatory and extension design

Posted 2 months ago

We want to add a conservatory to the front of our house, knock out some windows to create an open plan kitchen/dining in the space. Also extend out the back of the garage to add a fourth bedroom with ensuite. Would love a loft bed in that space so height would need to be considered as it's a one story home. Slight sloping out the back as property slopes down to a river. Would want to maximise the view opportunity on the back extension. Want to get plans and permissions done so we can start by...

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1920s home alteration

Posted 1 month ago

Looking for an architect to help with a renovation. Old house house in linwood. Nothing fancy just want to make the place more comfortable. Thanks

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Carport or garage

Posted 1 month ago

hi, I want to build a carport or a garage , I would like something with the size of 30 to 45 square meters more or less

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New layout in Woolston

Posted 2 months ago

Hi there We are looking to employ a draftsmen who can help us change the layout of a house. Will require kitchen to be moved to the other side of the house, convert existing kitchen to bedroom,etc.

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Draughtperson to do plans for garage/sleepout

Posted 1 month ago

need a draughtperson to do plans for garage/sleepout for council building consent

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Restaurant kitchen plan

Posted 1 month ago

I wanted a certified builder to get a kitchen design approved and build the kitchen for my start up restaurant

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Looking for a draftsman for a basic one room extension, already have a builder.

Posted 2 months ago

We are planning on taking down an existing sunroom off the main bedroom and building a one room extension in its place (a study off main bedroom). We have a builder but need a draftsman who can draw it up and help with getting consent, on a budget so an independent draftsman working for himself would be great. Looking to do this ASAP. Thank you!!

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Master Bedroom and ensuite extension

Posted 3 weeks ago

I'd like to get plans drawn up for the addition of a master bedroom, ensuite shower room and walk in wardrobe to my property in Mairehau, Christchurch. I'd also like to get the property re-roofed at the same time.

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Recent architecture and design reviews

With over 210,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Design Review for CCC Exemption

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th January 2020

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 4
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 5
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Redesign steps / entry into house

Work carried out by the owner/operator

31st August 2021

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 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Outdoor Laundry

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th February 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Denvir St

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th July 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
Communication
 5

garage conversion

Work carried out by the owner/operator

4th March 2021

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 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
Communication
 5

Bathroom and laundry remodel

Work carried out by the owner/operator

23rd March 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
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 5
Communication
 5

House designs and plan ready for Consent

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Deck Extension Design

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th August 2021

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 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
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 5

Garage extension

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th August 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
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 4
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 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
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Draftsperson needed for bathroom renovations

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th March 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
Communication
 5

Interior house renovations

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th September 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bishopdale - Garage Conversion plus new ensuite

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

11th October 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st December 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 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
Cost
 5
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 5
Communication
 5

1,800m subdivision suburban zone

Work carried out by the owner/operator

30th May 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

St James Ave

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th March 2021

Workmanship
 5
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 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Prestons Park Plans

Work carried out by the owner/operator

30th September 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
Communication
 5

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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microbimm nz ltd

Joined January 2017

We deliver high quality Architectural Design/CAD Drafting Services 3D Modelling BIM - Building Information Modelling to our clients. Our highly skilled team of Architectural CAD Drafters have in-depth knowledge in simple to Intelligent Architectural CAD Drafting/3D Modelling Services as well as in delivering detailed set of Architectural Drawings and Construction Documents in accordance to the app...

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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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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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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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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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