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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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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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Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

Posted 08/06/17

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

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The 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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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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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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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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Recent jobs posted

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

Kitchen Renovation

Posted 4 months ago

1960's bungalow. Plans drawn up as we want to remove a load bearing wall and push out another wall.

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Concept drawing

Posted 5 months ago

Looking to renovate batch into permanent home husband has defined plan but I would like another concept plan to consider house on very sloped site with 180 degree views Very exposed to wind

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New build

Posted 2 years ago

Deck, converted container and swimming pool on existing house

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Plans

Posted 2 years ago

Deck, converted container and swimming pool on existing house

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Create en-suite and family bathroom from existing bathroom and laundry

Posted 1 year ago

We need plans drawn up to split our existing large bathroom and adjoining laundry into a smaller en-suite and family bathroom with a separate toilet preferably. We would like to incorporate the laundry into the bathroom as discretely as possible as well. This is for a beach home so doesn’t need to be high end but would like it to look good and be serviceable and hard wearing. We are also on tank water so there is no need to include a bath in either of the bathroom spaces

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Garage?workshop

Posted 1 month ago

Hi im looking to build a two car garage with a workshop/shed on a retained bit of land by the existing house.I also want all building consents to be dealt with the kaipra council.

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Heatley Road Shed Floor

Posted 11 months ago

I’m actually looking for someone who can provide a shed concrete floor design for council approval. Do you offer a design service? We have the shed plans and have decided we would like it to have a concrete floor instead of earth/metal so we need something to submit for an amendment.

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Plans for house extension

Posted 1 year ago

We are looking for plans to be drawn and submitted to Kaipara District Council for our 5m house extension. House plans from when our house was moved onsite in 2013 are available as a starting point as well as our basic sketches. We will also be moving one internal wall and creating a bedroom in the existing house.

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Deck plans 2

Posted 1 year ago

I need a draughtsman to draw up an existing dec and pool area for the council

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Deck plans

Posted 1 year ago

I need a draughtsman to draw up an existing dec and pool area for the council

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New home drawings

Posted 2 years ago

We have a section in Mangawhai that we are looking to build our holiday home on, we have base ideas on what we want but need help with putting our ideas into a workable house design and drawing these plans to build from. We live in Auckland.

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Mangaturoto House Renovation - Plans Needed #2

Posted 1 year ago

I need someone to provide concept plans/building plans/liase with council for an alteration to my house at 28 Whaka Street in Maungaturoto. This will be an addition of approx ... . image posted below of my sketch concept

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Mangaturoto House Renovation - Plans Needed

Posted 1 year ago

I need someone to provide concept plans/building plans/liase with council for an alteration to my house at 28 Whaka Street in Maungaturoto. This will be an addition of approx ... . image posted below of my sketch concept

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Takahoa house

Posted 1 year ago

Draft plans for permit from conceptual drawings two bedroom house.

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House design and drawings

Posted 1 month ago

We have rural land, restricted to build within .75 hectare boundary we require drafts person / architect to capture the best option that the location we have deserves

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40-50 square meter home

Posted 4 months ago

We want plans for a ply and battery home ready to put into council. Can someone tell us what this will cost.

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New single storey residential build

Posted 2 years ago

We just need plans drawn up. We have a good idea of design and requirements and building materials to be used. Full working drawings required to submit for consent . Perhaps we should have been more explicit about building materials as we wish to build with concrete filled polystyrene blocks (ambience) produced by Styrobec in Auckland. Our present house which we built ourselves using this method has been extremely successful regarding insulation and acoustics.We also like that it is a very so...

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Mangawhai House Extension Drawings for council

Posted 2 years ago

Looking to get someone draw up house extension plans to be submitted for coucil consent and for builder quoting. I have a proposed floor plan and current house floor plan. Thank you.

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Need plans drawn for building consent for Skandinavian timber-lock kitset house

Posted 1 year ago

We decided to build a holiday home from ... at our rural section in Mangawhai. These are customised kit-set buildings in traditional Scandinavian way - unusual for NZ. While we'll erect the building ourselves we'd need the existing plans (pdf and cad available) adjusted to Kaipara requirements to get a successful application on the way. This includes all power, water, waste water requirements. Experiences in dealing with the Kaipara council is required. Experience with this type of timber houses...

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Estuary drive

Posted 9 months ago

I am trying to nut out a plan for our house but need a little help to finish it and draw it up ready to present to council

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Find Architects in Kaipara

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.

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AY

Joined January 2018

I’m very passionate about new and existing residential projects with 10 years experience in the industry. I’m skilled to take all residential projects from initial design to detailed design through to council submission. (LBP Design Licence)

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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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DevonDezign

Joined April 2018

DevonDezign has been in the landscape design and construction industry for the last 10 years. No job is too small; from odd jobs around the garden to make the space more functional, through to full service design and construction of your outdoor living space.

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3drenderstudio co nz trading as Boztech Ltd

Joined September 2017

We offer all kinds of Architectural Concept Design and Full Working Drawings, we can do work throughout New Zealand. Also specialists in 3d images and video 🎥

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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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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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HomeDesign Company Ltd

Joined November 2018

A Great Home Starts with Smart, Great Design. HomeDesign Company will design the home you want, specific to your needs, your land and with your budget in mind. We use smart thinking, the latest products and we understand the costs of construction and methods to get you the most from your budget. We have a process which makes it clear, simple and cost-effective. With a clear design pri...

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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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LMD Planning Consultancy

Joined September 2010

Expertise in preparing Land and Property Development Plans, Architectural schemes, Resource Consent aplications, Landscape Designs, Visual Impact Assessments, Submissions to Councils, Appearing at Council Hearings and Environment Court mediations

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mdl architects

Joined December 2010

We are a small practice formed in 2006 and have practiced since 1994. We are qualified draftspeople and architects and specialize in domestic alterations and new work. Fantastic rates and strong visual presentation of designs through the latest CAD technology that will show exactly how the new work will appear. It is our personal philosophy to make the design and construction experience an enjo...

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Northscape

Joined March 2017

Northscape, a premier team that provides a comprehensive suite of premium landscape solutions to 'create your ultimate outdoor environment' Northscape scope of activities are in the Far North, Bay of Islands, Whangarei, Regions and the services we offer to you are: - Landscape Design - Sourcing Plants & Landscape Materials - Planting, Bark or Mulching of Gardens - Lawn Installation (...

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Cook Costello

Joined June 2017

Cook Costello is a multi-disciplinary consultancy of Engineers, technicians, Surveyors and Architectural designers, successfully serving national and international clients since 1976. We can manage your build project from planning, concept, geotechnical, civil, structural, surveying and design through to building consent stage and project management.

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Abode Architecture

Joined October 2018

We are a company that believes relationships are important. A meaningful life requires meaningful relationships. With this in mind we design architecture that evokes great relationships. We also understand that great architecture fits both your lifestyle and your personal style. I have been in the building industry since leaving school, firstly as a builder then later as a site manager undertaki...

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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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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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Paul Naude

Joined July 2020

I have been working in Architecture and Design for the last 15 years. In that time I have worked at housing companies through to the most prestigous New Zealand Architectural firms, designing and documenting from humble to award winning homes. I have a broad range of experience in design and detailing and I am able to understand your design and budget requirements and help you to meet them. I c...

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Breckon Builders Limited

Joined April 2017

Hi, we specialise in all aspects of building, major renovations, new homes and small jobs also. we pride ourselves on workmanship, professionalism and providing competitive no surprise quotes and then completing the job on budget and on time. We are also members of New Zealand Certified Builders offering the 10 year halo guarantee, Trade Qualified & Licensed Building Practitioner.

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Advancedesign Architecture

Joined October 2012

We are an experienced Architectural Design company with over 500 building consents issued. LBP registered Builders as well, so we come from a practical background. In house Engineer & Resource Consent Planner available for a complete and comprehensive design service. We enjoy creating great homes and buildings and are partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help create cost effective homes for...

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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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Blue Zone Homes Limited

Joined April 2018

Hi, we've been building and renovating homes and commercial buildings for more than 20 years in New Zealand and overseas. We have teams of builders based in Northland and Auckland. While we can handle all types of renovation and new builds our specialty is newer building technology that can save time and money and result in a superior product compared to traditional building methods. Our focus is...

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