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

Alteration

Posted 4 years ago

We have a small 2 bedroom house in Himatangi and would like to alter it

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Plans remove kitchen wall & build separate en suite

Posted 3 years ago

I have two jobs needing permits and drawing up. 1 to remove a load bearing wall 2 to add floor space for an en suite.

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Cabin Design - Manawatu

Posted 2 years ago

We're looking for a draftsman (with LBP) to revise and certify consent-able serviced (20sqm) cabin plans . Design and Engineering already completed.

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Draftsman needed

Posted 1 year ago

I am needing a quote for full working drawings for a 225m2 home, standard construction. I have a floor plan drawn to scale, but need this taken to building consent level.

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King Street New Build

Posted 10 months ago

New design for a single level dwelling with a internal courtyard. Very early stages of gathering thoughts. Seeking architectural guidance.

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Plans for Ensuite bathroom and WIW

Posted 2 years ago

We have a 3 bdrm 1930s approx weatherboard bungalow of about 100m2 total in Taonui, between Bunnythorpe and Feilding on 3 acres. We'd like to add an ensuite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe on (15-20m2 approx), and need plans drawn up to get MDC consents so our builder can start. I've checked with the council and we are allowed to add another toilet. We are on a septic tank system and our main bathroom looks like it was upgraded in the last 10-15 years with all new plastic pipework going out to the...

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Final Documentation Needed for Alterations

Posted 8 years ago

We have concept plans and are interested in contracting an architectural designer/draftsperson, who must also be a licensed building practitioner to draw up the final documentation for our extension. We will need working drawings and specifications and possibly help with the building consent. Wanting a quote on services and availably as we would like to start the process straight away if you are the successful applicant.

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Need plans to add another bathroom

Posted 2 months ago

Hi. We have a large bathroom which we would like to split into two smaller ones (one an ensuite and one will be using the current access from the hallway). We will need to use space from the wardrobe in the adjoining bedroom and create access to the ensuite from that bedroom. Needing someone who can look at our space, decide if it will work and then draw up the plans so we can submit them to council for approval I have no idea how much this service would cost so haven't selected a price in...

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Renovation add on. Plans an design

Posted 3 years ago

We live in a split level home.. An would like to recreate the dinning area by building out accessing our property the best way we can. Down stairs we have a second lounge on another flat level where we would like to convert this into a conjoined granny flat for our parents. We live rural an have plenty of space an land to add on.. nothing structualy needs touching. It's more or less a way to utilize the space.. move the laundry open some walls new kitchen etc. Gah sounds like a biggy! Where to s...

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Lockup shed

Posted 3 years ago

Looking for a draughtsman or similar to draught up some plans for the council for a 3 door pole house/shed from Goldpine. This will have office, kitchenette and bathroom down one side with the other two doors having open space for storage or vehicles. Attached rough floor plan and pole shed. First bay converted as per plans with roller door converted to single entry door and window as shown in front view.

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Wall removal & new space built/designed for en suite

Posted 3 years ago

I need a wall removed & beam installed, floor & ceilings raised, new windows, doors & built in seating. Also, I wish to have design for a 2 X 6m (approx) en suite extension to the existing floor plan.

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Council Consent remodeling: plan draw-up and advice

Posted 1 year ago

We need help with creating/getting plans through Council Consent which includes advice on what we would need to do to ensure we comply with the building code We are re-modelling a two story 'A' frame 1998 house. Downstairs it involves a change in use (garage to kitchen/living), new kitchen, larger windows. Upstairs removing a wall, removing a kitchen, re-layout to include bathroom, and two bedrooms plus study nook.

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Drawings required for council approval

Posted 1 year ago

Bathroom renovation and installing a 2nd toilet in the laundry next to the bathroom and backing onto the existing toilet. I need drawings completed for council consent approval. Renovation is due to start 29 April 2019

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New house plans

Posted 1 week ago

New house plans. Concept through to consent drawings. Have a clear understanding of what is wanted in design and style of house. Need someone that is willing to step outside the box

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One room extension

Posted 1 year ago

Draw plans for Council consent for a one room addition

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Draughtsman House and Site Plans

Posted 2 years ago

We are relocating a villa from Whanganui to Palmerston North we need house and site plans drawn up to apply for Building and Resource Consents. House is being moved in March 2018.

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Frith

Posted 1 year ago

New addition required quote on getting drawings done to permit stage

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Alteration Plans

Posted 2 years ago

We are looking to put in french doors where an old fireplace was so we are needing plans drawn up for that and for a small wall to be shifted(may be load bearing) to submit to the council for consent, also plans drawn up for a bathroom reno, which does not need consent.

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smartarch

Joined June 2016

Hi, I've been working in construction, design and drafting and related industries since 1997. I am a licensed LBP (AoP Design 3) who works on all scales and complexities of new builds in residential and commercial projects. My recent NZ projects include, *2019 - Conversion of Utility Room to Studio Unit *2019 - New Back extension - Living and Bedroom - Moutenau *2019 - New 4 Bed Home - Waihol...

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STEVE WATTS

Joined December 2019

Over 25 year’s experience in architectural design work – BUT – new to Builderscrack. I’m Stephen, experienced in residential as well as commercial & industrial design, furthermore, my strengths are in energy efficiency & sustainability. I have designed & built ‘standard’ & eco houses including my current concept house built with structural insulated panels (SIPS). This activity has meant I have...

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Emma Brown

Joined June 2018

Emma Brown specialises in full service residential and commercial interior design. From new builds and renovations to a refresh of exisiting spaces. Often people have a feeling of how they want their work place or homes to look and feel but no idea how to create it, I am passionate about creating a space that has been design specifically with my clients in my mind. I love to work on all areas of d...

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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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Plans co nz

Joined May 2020

We are an architectural design business, working mostly in the residential sector, drawing plans for new houses, additions, alterations and renovations. We also work closely with Councils lodging both Building and Resource Consents. We are located in the Manawatu but have the capacity to do work all around the lower North Island.

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Mike Hansen

Joined June 2017

Hey I'm Mike, I cant offer fancy websites, or a fancy office building. What I can offer is 11 years experience in the industry providing industry leading quality plans. I hold the same qualification and am answerable to the same board of practitioners with regard workmanship and services as the "big boys" in the industry (the ones with the fancy websites and office buildings.) For me thi...

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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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PS Structural Drafting Ltd

Joined June 2018

Hi, my name is Petra Syme and I run PS Structural Drafting Ltd. company from my home in Napier. I'm experienced in Architectural Technologies/Drafting and also Structural Drafting in residential, commercial and industrial field. I'm very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion using the latest CAD Software-Revit to produce plans at all stages of the design process...

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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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House Plans New Zealand

Joined January 2016

We specialise in designing modern, high insulation, low energy homes that look good and cost less to run. All our homes are designed with ensuite bathrooms and low maintenance materials for easy living. Building consent drawings, specifications, application forms and council liaison provided. We supply custom house plans to private customers and builders throughout New Zealand.

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fortyone ARCHITECTURE

Joined May 2020

We are a Boutique Architectural Studio obsessed with bespoke residential architecture design. Simply put, were focused on intentional design crafted around your families lifestyle. All the while maximizing your properties potential. Great homes don’t just get built. They are thoughtfully designed in a collaborative way that leaves everyone involved, proud of the end result. Palmerston N...

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Draughting and Design Services

Joined December 2010

Plans for small alterations to holywood style mansions. Good service, best price, top quality plans. Manawatu based but able to service nationwide via photographs and scans email attachments. Free quotes and if you build with one of our builders the plans are free.

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Refresh Renovations Manawatu

Joined August 2012

Refresh renovations is New Zealand's leading design and build home improvement specialist offering a range of services including: Create more space | Open plan living | Kitchen Renovations | Bathroom Renovations | Warm up homes | Create indoor outdoor flow | Refresh rooms | Outdoor Renovation | Re-clad and insulate The focus of Refresh Renovations is on designing to your budget and building to...

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Kris Astwood building services

Joined May 2011

My experience includes new house building, alterations, additions, can also prepare all draughtwork / plans for new and alteration work, can do custom designed kitset houses, just supplying materials and plans or labour too, have references, for a quality honest job call me now

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Global Partnership and Development Ltd

Joined July 2012

We are here for you. We specialise in exterior and interior decorating, and colour mixing for elegant and classic looks. We use quality paint. Our painters are skilled, competent hard workers. Integrity, quality, and skills are our strengths. Maxwell Painting and Design Your Assets Matter! polintellpainting.club

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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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Green Perspective Design Studio

Joined September 2018

Green Perspective Design Studio focuses on designing environmentally conscious, safe and healthy homes that are energy efficient. We take into consideration overcapitalization, resale value, sustainability, not only for the environment but also the future use of the premises. Green Perspective Design Studio wants every client to consider their home their haven and enjoy coming home. I hav...

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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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D'Angelo Renovations

Joined April 2018

At D'Angelo Renovations, your satisfaction is our main priority. Since our business started, quality has been our focus. By working with the best materials in the industry and employing the most experienced and meticulous contractors, we are able to deliver solid and long lasting solutions for everyone. D'Angelo Renovations has always operated under strong values aimed at exceeding client ne...

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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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