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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Draw & Submit Plans for council

Posted 3 months ago

Downstairs area currently has 1 bedroom, bathroom and living area...we would like to add a kitchen and make it fully self contained. We need advice and plans submitted to council

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13 Strowan

Posted 3 weeks ago

House alterations. Garage extension . Would also like some consultation regarding plans for changes to the internal design of the house.

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Bathroom plan

Posted 8 months ago

Need a plan for council to add a bathroom to existing "workshop/laundry"

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Proposed reno, Inside laundry/storage cupboard. Finish Draughtsman plan please

Posted 2 months ago

We already have a plan drawn up by a draughtsman for a new laundry/storage cupboard to be built inside our home and we require this plan finished now and ready to go to HCC for a permit please. (our current draughtsman can not finish our plan for 2 months due to a heavy workload!) Thanks

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Basement renovation - ancillary building

Posted 3 months ago

Turn basement into 2 bedroom unit with bathroom meeting structural building and council requirements. Masonry block with concrete flat slab ceiling. 6 month time frame including council. Job will require arcitectual and structural design and project managment for complete job.

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Plans for small unit.

Posted 7 months ago

We’re after some basic plans for our small unit. We’re on a lifestyle block and have an existing shed that’s 114m2 with a stud height of 3.6m. What we want to do is turn part of this shed into a self contained unit for our autistic son. The shed is over 20yrs (it was here before us so I don’t have any plans), concrete floor and cladded with ply. I spoke to Waipa council and they said we’re able to turn it into a unit. Cheers.

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Pergola over deck

Posted 3 months ago

Approximately 7m x 7m Kwila deck attached to the back of house requiring covered pergola. Looking for drafting service to draw up the plans.

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New house plans

Posted 9 months ago

Looking for any architect who can draw up a floor plan and elevations for a home that we have drawn up ourselves, within a short time frame. We have used internet software ( ... ) to create a basic floor plan so we just need a professional to produce a better quality plan. House is 4 bed + office, 2 living, triple garage.

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77M Nixon

Posted 9 months ago

Need drawings to present to HCC for building alteration consent - is only a small job of removing a couple of walls and shifting another - plus fitting a kitchen.

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Construction drawings for building consent #2

Posted 1 month ago

Construction drawings for a large gazebo construction details needed for pricing

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Operation knock down wall

Posted 4 months ago

Plans to remove a wall between lounge and family room to make an open plan living area, with possible sliding door. Wall contains an existing gas heater for the lounge and may be load-bearing. The photos below show the wall from the lounge side (1 and 2) and the family room side. Note in photo 2 the alcove containing the television is not included as the wall goes to the deck (see photo 4).

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Foundations plan required

Posted 3 months ago

Simple 6x6 Garage foundations (slab + Footing) plan for council approval required. Have framing design already which can be supplied.

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LDK

Posted 1 week ago

Need a draftsman/designer for a house renovation. Wall removal and kitchen modernisation.

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Tiny House Design

Posted 4 months ago

Stand alone small house with two bedrooms, toilet, shower, kitchen and living area. Floor area is 70 sm.

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Minor dwelling conversion

Posted 4 months ago

We are converting a small section of a house to be a minor dwelling and require someone with experience in this area to get the plan and application sorted.

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Patio

Posted 9 months ago

Replacement and extension of current patio and covered back door roofed area. Removal of old material. New decked area approx 13m x 4m. Steps both ends. Meter from ground, varying. Roofed area approx. 1m x 1m.

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New exterior wall plan

Posted 3 months ago

We have a standard rectangle home on a concrete foundation. It is 7m wide. We need 3m cut off the end of the house, and a new exterior wall replaced in the new location. We need to have the plan drawn so we can move forward in getting the job completed. I have been to council and there are no house plans on record so the job will need to be measured. I have been advised it’s not a major job so shouldn’t take too long. We need it done ASAP. We’re hoping to start the new build next...

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Drafting for a wall removal

Posted 7 months ago

looking at taking out a wall between the kitchen and dining. There is a bearer on the wall (see attached photo. Red narks the wall to be removed. Blue marks the wall that it intersects with (the shared living room/kitchen wall).

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Drawing plans

Posted 5 months ago

Need a reasonably priced plan drawing done. Have an old house that just needs the interior re-arranged (kitchen moved and couple of walls removed etc) . Suitable to be presented to Hamilton C.C. for building approval.

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Kitchen and bathroom and laundry in basement

Posted 7 months ago

Basement Reno ; , need plans drawn and consent from council. No idea of cost, need to discuss.

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SoBeer

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; therefore, I can design and sign off jobs in Auckland. I provide structural design, seismic assessme...

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Mouncherpainting

Joined February 2018

Previous 19 yrs with the New Zealand Police, a qualified Painter & Decorator with UK City & Guilds qualifications. All types of interior/exterior work taken on. Please look at my Mouncher Painting Facebook page for photos of work I have completed.

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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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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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Wyn Architecture

Joined January 2017

Licensed Building Practitioner Whether your job is big or small we can take care of it for you at an affordable cost. We specialize in new builds and renovations. 15 years experience. We work nation wide and can tell you how to save money on your project!

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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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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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Emerge Homes Ltd

Joined June 2017

We offer a variety of building services to suit the needs of our clients. Whether an investor, property developer or home owner, our services can match your needs. We build new homes, townhouses and additions. We aim to be transparent and keep all customers in the loop with their projects, so they can stay in control and get the best outcome for everyone... beautiful projects delivered on time an...

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The Drawing Room

Joined November 2019

Looking for great value Architectural & Drafting work? We guarantee we'll get you your consent, or YOUR MONEY BACK! At The Drawing Room, we pride ourselves on listening to you and work with you to provide solutions to compliance that match your taste. Check out our website on how to get started, www.thedrawingroom.nz

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Royal Building Service Ltd

Joined July 2018

Our qualified glass tradies can do any big or small works in great Auckland area and neighbor cities. Onsite measurement, install, repair 24 hours and 7 days. Free site assessments, Prompt and reliable service, top quality workmanship, affordable cost, we endeavor to have each customer to get the great value for money. The business is home based operated, no high overheads. • All of our produc...

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Kae Interior Designs Limited

Joined February 2018

I am an interior designer that is here to help with all your design needs for your home. I can help with new builds, renovations, bathroom design, kitchen designs & curtain making. I am here to help turn your house into your home.

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COFORM Architectural Design Limited

Joined July 2018

Hi, I am a 27-year old male architectural designer & draughtsman, with a Bachelor of architectural studies with a major in Interior Architecture. I have 5 years of working experience, designing low end to high-end architectural jobs. As a result of me designing your dream home, whether it is a new build, an alteration to an existing home, low end or high end; you will have an aesthetically...

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Landscape Design construction & maintenance

Joined July 2016

Hi We specilize in landscape design,construction and maintenance. We do residential and commercial propertys,we are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines we pride ourselves on our work and do all we can to bring customers vision to a reality.

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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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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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Golden 5R Transport Ltd

Joined July 2017

We have exemplary qualified D-F-RTW endorsed drivers that can transport earth materials on site, had been Health & Safety inducted; with Site-Safe, TC Basic 1 (Traffic Control); We also have network of contractors, driveway asphalt layering and patching. Preparing topsoil for property /commercial building requirements e.g pool installation, property developments, excavating unneeded stumps/contami...

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Embarc Architectural Design

Joined March 2020

Hi there! I'm a freelance Architectural Designer and Licensed Building Practitioner with experience in both new build and renovation projects. I can provide you with a variety of services from Conceptual Designs, Resource Consents through to Building Consent documentation ready for approval. I pride myself in open communication, accuracy and professionalism which has enabled me to see out hu...

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VersatileDesign

Joined September 2009

Let me help design that long awaited project of yours. I am a qualified Architectural Designer, with many years of NZ experience in new residential, renovations, additions and alterations, decks, commercial, remediation and more! I will either take your sketched design OR provide you with other options in completing your desired finished project. All my work is architecturally designed...

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Waikato Construction Management Ltd

Joined May 2020

Waikato Construction Management is an established construction company that is based in Te Awamutu and services the greater Waikato Region. The company is involved in the commercial, residential and maintenance sectors of construction and is managed with a hands on approach by three directors: John Morrow (Business Development/Operations) - Gary White (Contract Administration) and Trina White (A...

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AW Designs

Joined December 2019

Having worked for a well known high end residential architectural practice based in central Auckland for the past 5 years, as a respected Project Architect, I enjoy the whole package approach - from concept to keys hand over. With experience in client relationships, detailed design, drafting, project and contract management, (including on-site observations) for a range of high end architectural...

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