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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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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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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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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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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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Renovation plans needed for new ensuite

Posted 1 year ago

Plans needed for renovation to an existing house House built in 1950s. It has a large wide hallway which we would like the make narrower to install an ensuite. Ensuite will be in the middle of the house. Also looking at a 10sq meter extension to the side of the house with a flat roof to make the kitchen/dining area bigger. Design and layout is known only need plans drawn to go through council. Would like to know costs for plans and timeframe

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F45 Paraparaumu #2

Posted 8 months ago

We are looking at opening a F45 fitness studio the beginning of January 2020. We require the installation of 2 showers. We are hoping to convert a current office space into a changing room. We’ve had a builder take a look and his recommendation is that we engage a drafts person to help us with the initial plans and consents.

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Looking to understand what could be designed for a section we are considering bu

Posted 1 year ago

We are considering buying a section of land in the Paraparaumu area. It’s about a hectare - a lifestyle section - and before we make any offers we would like to understand what could be feasibly built on it, and if we progress would likely need someone to help guide us through the Council process. It is slightly sloping but not too steep, and has a stream running across it.

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Kitchen extension

Posted 4 months ago

Plans drawn up for kitchen extension. We need plans drawn up for extension of our kitchen so we can get permit from concil

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Draftsman required

Posted 11 months ago

I’m having. Some building work carried out and require the services of a Draftsman. An engineer is specifying A beam for. An internal wall and a lintel for a door on an exterior wall. We require a Draftsman to draw the floor layouts before and after. And flashing details for council on the exterior door.

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Drafting consent drawings for recladding of 2 storey Otaki home

Posted 2 months ago

Hi. I am looking for a draftsperson in the Otaki area, that can work with us to create the drawings for recladding a 2 storey home. Original drawings are available and new drawings will be needed to take to council for consent.

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Tiny House

Posted 8 months ago

Plans for council - I have done design plan, need someone licensed to supply working drawings (I will submit the application). Ive already touched base with a KCC planner as site borders planting covenant and drainage easement - they cant see any issues.

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Garage extension - Studio

Posted 7 months ago

Would like drawings for builders and council permit for studio attached to current garage.

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Draftsman-living space extension

Posted 1 year ago

We are wanting to extend and reconfigure our living space at house in Paekakariki. All systems go just need a draftsman to do the plans. Thanks

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Commercial / residential drafting services

Posted 1 year ago

Looking for an experienced commercial and residential draughtsman to do some designs for a new cafe / restaurant and residential build in local area. Must be available now. Need prelim drawings for initial quote first, and if project proceeds then full drawings will be required.

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One-bedroom studio

Posted 1 year ago

I would like a plan for a small one-bedroom studio unit with a single garage or carport attached.

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10.8 x6 double garage

Posted 5 months ago

plans for 10.8x6 double garage with purpose fit windows and doors. council approval to build this size building . engineers report for ground so standard 3604 slab will suffice ,just have plans and dimensions ,need draughts person to draw them to present for council approval lots of docs plans and council requirements for this project available,need some one with appropriate skill to put it together.

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Designer needed for small 2bm beachfront home.

Posted 1 year ago

I need a clever experienced designer who can work to budget and brief to create a 54 sqm 2bm house that maximises outdoor living and views.The section is large 1930's beachfront and a tricky site with outstanding views The small house will likely become a 2nd dwelling - so is restricted to 54 sqm.Relationships with trustworthy Kapiti builders would be a bonus.

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Sunroom - addition to existing corttage

Posted 1 year ago

I have initial drawings by an architect for a sunroom to be erected on the terrace in front of my house in Paekakariki , There is a proposed gabled roof, parallel to the existing gable, over the whole terrace, with half open ( no sides) and half over the sunroom. The floor wille pretty much flush with the surface of the concrete terrace there now. The sea-facing side is to have aluminium sliding windows, the existing french doors will be turned by approx a quarter to create the entrance ( one...

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15 Freemans rd - planning

Posted 1 year ago

Garage conversion - attached to existing house - I’m wanting another bedroom & en-suite

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Needing a draughtsman to help us plan a small bathroom renovation

Posted 11 months ago

We're removing/moving some internal walls, and planning the layout for how we'd like to update our bathroom. We want to make sure everything is done in line with council requirements/code, and have plans to help us get quotes from framers.

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Drawings for Building Consent

Posted 10 months ago

Hi, we have resource consent for a double garage with home office on top and need a draughtsman to do the drawings for building consent.

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Graeme Bunker

Posted 1 year ago

We require plans suitable to submit to Kapiti council. Double Garage conversion to sleep out with shower room and toilet. please reply with email address and I'll forward a draft outline

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House Extension & Renovation Design

Posted 1 month ago

Designs drawing up for a 3m x 8m extension to one side of the house. Creating en suite to one bedroom which involves internal wall modification. Removing 2 internal walls to enlarge Kitchen. Possible further internal wall realignment depending on price vs budget for the whole project. We know what we want we just need the drawings and advice on any structural issues so we can then obtain quotes for the physical works. I have basic designs drawn in Google Sketchup to show extent of work. We wo...

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Drafting of plans for building consent

Posted 9 months ago

We need plans to submit to the council for building consent to move a bathroom into our laundry and make the bathroom a bedroom in our rental in Raumati Beach. Would be great if you could also liaise with our property manager and the council for this process. Thanks

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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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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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3DR Design & Draughting Ltd

Joined September 2015

Architectural design and draughting service specialising in residential design for new houses and alterations and additions from concept design to building consent including all plans ,resource consents (if required) speciation's. We will work with you help you get your dream to reality.

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Harper Architecture

Joined July 2015

We are a small architectural design firm specialising in residential design to enhance your daily living. We design new homes and alterations to existing homes. We are keen to make your home Eco friendly where possible. We aim to: Listen: Work closely with clients to bring your ideas to fruition. Guide: We will step you through the design and consent process making it as seamless as possible...

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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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Onemind Design

Joined November 2018

Whether you want a complete new home, renovation/addition or garage to your existing, a granny flat, a garden overhaul or simply want to improve a couple of rooms, deck or a patio area, we can assist in making your aspirations quickly become a reality. We can take care of it all for you, providing a broad range of architectural services from design, budgeting, drafting, , through council app...

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Friday Design

Joined April 2019

We specialise in design of residential new builds, additions and renovations. Our commitment to a detailed design process and documentation is evident through all our works.

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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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Architeck Limited

Joined November 2018

Kia ora, We are Architeck, we love architecture in all aspects from design, developments through to construction. We would love to hear from you about your project. Please contact us today for a no obligation, free consultation of your next project. We are specialists in providing excellent, professional architectural services. We have over 14+ years experience in everything from rural n...

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Forturo Design Ltd

Joined April 2019

Operating in the Wellington region since 2005 Simon Law the director of Forturo Design designs everything in the field of residential Architecture. From moving internal walls, new bathrooms, kitchen refurbishments, internal alterations, extensions and new builds. Residential work is our specialty. We can also organise the construction of your project if you wish

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Skinner n Skinner building company

Joined September 2010

Hi, We've been building new houses and renovating old ones for the last 15 years. We've been in wellington for the last 15 years and have worked on jobs around the city as well as in regional parts of wellington. While we specialize in major renovations and new builds we also do smaller jobs from time to time. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion. We prid...

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Right Angle Builders Limited

Joined June 2009

We do all types of building work from new home design and build packages to renovations,extensions, or smaller jobs such as decks and retaining walls. We have our own team of subcontractors and can take care of all aspects in your building project, all our work is carried out by a Licensed Building Practitioner and is fully guaranteed.

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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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Frans Plans Limited

Joined September 2018

Hi, I am an Architectural Designer with over 10 years of experience. I specialise in renovations and new builds. I pride myself on great designs and creative solutions with competitive quotes to match.

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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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Philip Dorward Architecture

Joined March 2019

Hi, Im a recent graduate. I have a Diploma in Architectural Technology and am looking for jobs to work on. I can help with new house design, tiny house, renovations etc.

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Llewelyn Architecture & Design

Joined May 2018

Llewelyn is an experienced Architectural Graduate with a Masters of Architecture and a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry. He has experience with design, rendering, technical documentation and consultation on site for high profile clients in Wellington including Wellington Airport, Te Papa and Victoria University. Llewelyn is skilled in using Revit, SketchU...

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Glass and Building Innovate

Joined February 2019

Glass and Building Innovate is one of Wellingtons top Glass and Glazing companies. Our professional qualified glaziers can install anything to do with glass. From a simple single pane window, to specialized unusual projects that other glaziers wouldn't touch, we can do anything. Some of what we can do include: Splashbacks Frameless Showers Glass Table Tops Customized Aquariums Windows M...

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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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Spatial Designs Ltd

Joined December 2013

I'm a draughtsman or CAD Technician for building work and for engineers. I draw plans for building and construction work whether it need's a building consent or not. I've designed new homes and drawn plans for old ones to renovate or to add on to. I do mostly alterations and additions and if wanted 3D views. I'm a member of the Design Association of NZ. Most of my work has been the lower north isl...

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