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Key Advice To Help You Find The Right Architect In Christchurch

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

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

Start with the right foundations

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

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

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

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

Choosing your architect

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

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

Working with an architect

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

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

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

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

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The 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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Choosing Between Another Storey or Adding a House Extension

Posted 16/03/17

Extending your house or adding another storey can give you the much needed space a growing family needs. We look at the advantages and disadvantages of these two renovation options... How to choose between another storey or a house extension Depending on the size of your backyard, you can

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Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

Posted 08/06/17

What does that trade logo on your tradie's website or vehicle mean? What benefit can it provide you, the homeowner? Read on to find out more about national trade accreditations in New Zealand... Some industry accreditations are mandatory, as government regulations require that certain wor

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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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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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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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Small front entrance alteration

Posted 1 month ago

Wanting a front entrance to replace the current hallway cupboard (see attached). The front door should be set inside the hallway so there is a small alcove. Hoping this can get an exemption for building consent?

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Drawings for Building Consent

Posted 2 months ago

This is a straightforward job with preliminary drawings completed. Call me to discuss.

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Draughtsmen for relocatable house Christchurch

Posted 1 month ago

I am looking at doing a relocation house in Christchurch, Will need estimates and will need planning and help with redtape.

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House extension

Posted 2 months ago

we are removing an existing conservatory and replacing it (same or similar floor area)with an extension to the lounge. standard NZS 35604 foundation, will need roof and flashing design have put unknown as job cost as this is part of much larger repairs being undertaken

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Drafting of storage shed off garage

Posted 6 days ago

Hi We require a draftsman to draft a design for a storage shed off our garage and potential access into back of garage. Location is Ilam/ Fendalton

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Draftsman for concept

Posted 2 months ago

Hi we are wanting a drafts man to put our design for our build into a plan(we have already designed it with messurments etc" so we can get quotes from builders and also to do the QS off.

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Seeking guidance on cost fitout of 400square meter medical practice.

Posted 2 months ago

Take Example of floor plan: ...... rJnXiPo ...... LV_wmvJKhMzd4X414ExC5kHjqtmGge-wCy_QM1kQ Thanks for advice/feedback: seeking cost indication to see if project is doable within budget or need to adjust size of project. New Build- specifications in the attached pictures- Assume empty shell. flooring- vinyl/ with cabinetry in each room and fixed desk for computers. + cabinetry for break room Medical exam bed will self source. reception desk, etc Thanks, regards ...

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6m x 8.5 m garage plans for consent

Posted 2 weeks ago

We require plans to be drawn for a 6m x 8.5m garage. A sketch is provided by way of indication. The only purpose of this is to get through consent. Details are as follows: 1. Gable ends 2. 1m off both boundaries 3. Colousteel or similar roof 4. Weatherford cladding to North and West elevations 5. Corrugate or other cheap cladding to other two elevations (non visible from house) 6. Two windows 7. Two side access doors 8. Need to make allowance for future toilet drainage and...

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Kitchen Reno with potential structural work

Posted 3 weeks ago

We are considering removing some walls fir a renovation to open our living space.

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Townhouse plans

Posted 2 weeks ago

Full set of plans drawn for 3 identical townhouses on a 604m2 site in Spreydon Christchurch. Concept has been completed. Will need site plan/floor plans completed ASAP for resource concent application.

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Home Reno

Posted 3 days ago

We are looking to create a master bedroom with ensuite in our double garage and create a new double garaging space

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St Andrews Square Design

Posted 1 month ago

THE BUILD CONCEPT-DRAFT Shape- Half H or L shaped maximizing the north west aspect for kitchen, dining, El fresco area and bedrooms Construction- Low maintenance single level, light weight cladding, colour steel roof and spouting etc Foundation- Engineered to comply with a TC3 land build on a 859sqm rectangle section. North west aspect Windows and Glass- Aluminium double glazing with sliders and sliding windows Entrance Foyer- With seating to remove and place shoes with a shoe storage area...

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Design for New Build

Posted 2 months ago

Looking for a designers assistance to generate a concept design for a new build in Spencerville. Looking to build a house using SIPS and uPVC triple glazing, but looking for a concept design to start, moving through to consenting documents. House to have Lounge, Dining, Kitchen, WIP, Master Bedroom w Ensuite, WIR, Bathroom, Seperate Toilet, 3 bedrooms, Double Garage, internal 40foot Container Pool. The site has coverage requirements which meant the entire dwelling must not be more than 25...

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Drafting/detailing

Posted 2 months ago

Hi we are needing re-drafted and some detailing done on a design we already have to get ready for consenting.

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Re clad

Posted 2 weeks ago

I’m re cladding a house that is direct fix poly and putting a cavity system on , I’m needing plans drawn up and ccc consent applied for

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House extension

Posted 1 month ago

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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Bathroom, laundry and kitchen plans

Posted 2 months ago

We are looking at getting renovation work done on our kitchen, laundry and bathroom. We need some help with ideas and drawings to pass to a builder

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Renovation plan

Posted 3 weeks ago

We have purchased a small cottage and would like to reconfigure the interior and need someone experienced in small house design wall removal etc. to come up with a plan.

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Solution(s) for Entrance Protection from Elements

Posted 1 month ago

Ideas to protect the outside entrance / porch!! from a Southerly. Replace tiled area due to cracking in a couple of tiles. Area 1.78w 1.56L. The photos show the driveway (looking east) and at the end by the garage the front door is to your left (it faces the south).

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Draughtsman/architect needed

Posted 2 months ago

Garage conversations to bedrooms, we are looking for a simple draw up enough for submission for exemption.

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Denvir St

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15th July 2020

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Draftsman required

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30th April 2019

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Alterations

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1st March 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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Outdoor Laundry

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5th February 2020

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LBP review of building consent documentation

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23rd September 2020

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Interior house renovations

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17th September 2020

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Basic drawings required for porch extension

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25th December 2019

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Studio - Rennovation

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21st June 2019

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Garage extension

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6th August 2020

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House plans for Council consent and consent help

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12th April 2019

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179 Innes renovation

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15th April 2020

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Firestone - Glenharrow Ave

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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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Draftsperson needed for bathroom renovations

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10th March 2020

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Design Review for CCC Exemption

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10th January 2020

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Steves house plans

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22nd December 2019

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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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Prestons Park Plans

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30th September 2020

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New house

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27th April 2020

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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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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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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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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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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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ARKI DESIGN AND DRAFTING LIMITED

Joined January 2020

We are a qualified and experienced Design and drafting team with over 10 years of experience in the residential and commercial sector. We offer drafting services to builders and to fellow designers if they have full capacity. We pride ourselves with our work quality, fast turnarounds and affordability.

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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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Studio Soul

Joined August 2017

Hi there, We are a highly experienced Architectural Design company, specialising in new homes and alterations, including Bathroom and Kitchen renovations. Also experienced and qualified in Industrial / Commercial renovations, fit-outs, and new builds. Many references available, upfront costs and Builder recommendations. Great open / clear communicatio with pratical and detailed design....

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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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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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Core Civil Solutions nz Limited

Joined December 2019

Hi, we have been involved in the rebuild of Christchurch for over 7 years. We have experienced LBP builders and able to do a wide range of building works and construction. We are specialist in foundation re-level works and retaining walls, Our team are able to provide a solution that works for you. Please look at our web site for more information. ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Angus Chisholm Builders Limited

Joined June 2020

Angus Chisholm Builders Limited is a Christchurch based residential building business directed by Angus Chisholm, a Registered Master Builder and Licensed Building Practitioner, who has been successfully and competently building houses in Canterbury for over 17 years. Laura Chisholm, BE Civil (Hons), MEngNZ, wife and fellow Director, has been devoted to the business for over 7 years providing exce...

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