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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

Our blog is full with helpful news and knowledge covering architecture and design related repairs and renovations around your home. Our trusted tradies will respond to your job, often within a few minutes. You decide who you want to communicate with. You’re in control the whole way.

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

Sleepout

Posted 1 month ago

We have a sleepout but want to replace it with a new one that has a kitchen and bathroom.

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Bishopdale - Garage Conversion plus new ensuite

Posted 1 week ago

Needing initial estimate/quote for work for finance approval. Work to include plans for conversion of double garage to living space, plus addition of new extension to garage for ensuite. Quote needed asap, work on plans to commence as soon as finance approved with the aim to start building consent applications and book in builders asap. Happy to arrange visit onsite to view and assess requirements.

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Drawing plans for my house

Posted 3 days ago

I’m looking to carry out some renovations on my property and would like some plans drafted for the builder

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Draw up plans for renovation

Posted 1 month ago

Must have LBP, need plans drawn up to add bedrooms to ground floor and open up kitchen on the second floor, moving bathrooms and creating an ensuite. Recladding the upper exterior and possibly extending part of the building. Need plans drawn up asap to we can move downstairs before baby number 2 arrives.

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House plans for renovation

Posted 1 week ago

We Need a set of house plans drawn up for a renovation.

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Draughtsman Hornby

Posted 1 month ago

I need someone to draw up plans for a minor renovation to my house. Turning it from a three bedroom to a four bedroom. As I am just at the start of this I am not sure on end times. I have had builders round and this is the next I need before I work on quotes and costs and taking it through the council.

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Full set of working drawings for new home

Posted 1 month ago

small 3 bedroom home with double garage 150sqm section in kainga on 603m2 we have a floor plan that we like and can send to you need full working drawings to submit to council for consent

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Spec house

Posted 1 month ago

Looking to have a chat to a draftsman on a couple projects coming up, looking to discuss pricing, plans, process and time.

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Application for building exemption

Posted 2 weeks ago

I am looking for someone to complete the required paperwork for a building consent exemption on a few jobs.

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Fit - Out

Posted 5 days ago

We are hoping to open a Sandwich and Coffee bar in 78sqm in a bare shell on high st. This operation serves coffee, cold drinks and cold sandwiches, the only cooking we do is a small electric benchtop griddle for cooking eggs which will have a light commercial extraction to take away any smells or fumes. There is no Gas, no ovens and no other cooking facilities. There is dishwashing facilities, a grease converter and seating for 25.

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Renovation of apartment

Posted 1 month ago

Need a Architect/draftsman who maybe specialises in Small Apartments to help redesign assist in a new layout kitchen area, as well as bathroom

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LBP design draftsman

Posted 1 month ago

We are after an LBP design draftsman for two projects

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Plan an extension

Posted 1 month ago

Hey; We are wanting to build an extension on our house. One room. Approx 4x6m. We haven't done this before so not sure on the Avenue to go down. Assuming we need an architect to draw it up/do the plans for us.

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Ensuite plans/consent

Posted 1 month ago

We are wanting someone to do plans and cubmit for consent a small ensuit in an existing house. Space is approx 1200mmx3500mm and will consist of shower/toilet and basin so very basic but we don't know where to start.

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House extension - Drafting required ASAP

Posted 2 days ago

I'm looking to add an existing 100m2 approx to my existing house and needing some one who is available to draft up plans asap. Please don't get in touch if you don't expect to be able to start within the next 2-4 weeks or so. Existing house is only 5 years old - pole house on a sloping section. I have everything you need to hit the ground running: full existing house plans, geotech report, plans for the extension (layout and dimensions, floor levels etc). I can organise any structural input you...

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Balcony Extension #2

Posted 1 month ago

We are looking forward to drafting plans for a Balcony Extension to one of our projects.

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Bulk and Location for RMD/RSDT land. (Townhouses)

Posted 1 month ago

We are looking for an architect who can provide preliminary plans/ bulk and location for building 1-3 bedroom townhouses on RMD/RSDT sites in Christchurch, that will assist us in feasibility studies. Ideally looking for someone who can produce a basic sketch within 1-3 days of making contact.

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Minor Dwelling

Posted 1 month ago

Would like a concept plan to submit to Council for a garage conversion to a minor dwelling. Has a connected consented sleepout on back and wish to extend if possible. Garage originally built by Versatile Garages in 1973, have original plans.

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Ensuite Consent

Posted 1 month ago

Looking for someone to draft plans and do the consenting process for a new ensuite in my upstairs bedroom. There is currently no bathroom upstairs so will be all new.

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Design Review for CCC Exemption

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10th January 2020

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House designs and plan ready for Consent

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28th June 2021

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Outdoor Laundry

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5th February 2020

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 5
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 5
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Steves house plans

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22nd December 2019

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New house

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27th April 2020

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Firestone - Glenharrow Ave

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30th October 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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Bathroom and laundry remodel

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23rd March 2021

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 5
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LBP review of building consent documentation

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23rd September 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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179 Innes renovation

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15th April 2020

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Prestons Park Plans

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30th September 2020

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Draftsperson needed for bathroom renovations

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10th March 2020

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1,800m subdivision suburban zone

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30th May 2021

Workmanship
 4
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 5
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 5
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 5

Interior house renovations

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th September 2020

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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LBP Design and Drawings for building consent (removal of load bearing wall)

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st December 2020

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garage conversion

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4th March 2021

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Garage extension

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6th August 2020

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 4
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St James Ave

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13th March 2021

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 5
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 5
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 5
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Basic drawings required for porch extension

Work carried out by the owner/operator

25th December 2019

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 5
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 5
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Denvir St

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15th July 2020

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 5
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 5
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 5

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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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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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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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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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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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Designshop Architecture

Joined September 2011

Hi there! We'd love to discuss your project with you! We listen carefully to give you what you need, offer valuable and relevant comment, and think outside the square to make sure you get "the best bang for buck"! And give you an estimate or preferably a fixed fee quote for our services. Designshop Architecture is an award winning business handling all sizes and types of project, new work, a...

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Samuel Banks Design

Joined April 2019

Architectural Design and Structural Draughting Service. I have 26+ formal years’ experience in the design and building industry as an architectural design and structural draughtsperson with an NZCD (arch) qualification and am a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) with licence class Design Level 2. I have carried out the design and drawings for many residential internal alterations and exten...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Brown Dog Architecture Ltd

Joined April 2016

Brown Dog Architecture has been in existence since 2016 With over 17 years of experience in all forms of Architecture we are client-focused and strive to bring any project to life. Our team will work closely with you to get the perfect result for your project. We strive to make the journey enjoyable while not costing the earth. References available on request. Our services include Architect...

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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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BOAZ architecture

Joined October 2020

Hi, I have been designing new houses (including townhouses) for the last 7 years. I worked in GJ Gardner Homes and Faye Homes as senior designer. I have drawn over 150 houses successfully. I have run my own business since March 2020. I am working for major housing companies and private clients. I design concept plan, developed plan, working drawings and Resource Consent until Building Conse...

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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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