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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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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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New bathroom

Posted 3 years ago

Looking to build an extension on our property, a walk in wardrobe and ensuite off the master bedroom. The house is a 1960s split level weatherboard on a full site. I need a draughtsman who can draw up plans for the extension. Possibly have to re draw the whole house, as council don't have any readable plans on file.

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Concept design for garage to bathroom and bedroom

Posted 2 years ago

Thinking of renovating garage into bedroom + bathroom. Looking for someone who could help me come up with an effective design that will meet council approval

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New house

Posted 8 months ago

I have a floor plan and some ideas for design so just need a draughtsman to work with me and finalise them.

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Tiny house

Posted 1 year ago

I am wanting to sound out an idea and talk to someone about a long term project I am planning to have a go at...it is out-of-the-ordinary and will likely require some alternative thinking. It is a small 'tiny house' idea by scale and I am hoping to carry this out on a residential section in Nelson City Council region. I am seeking knowledgeable advice (particularly regarding council regulations/consent, foundation options, insulation, wood burner, and solar roofing) to plan my version of a 'ti...

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Drafting / Architecture for 1st Floor Deck and access stairs in Tahuna,Nelson

Posted 1 year ago

We are looking for a draftsman/architect to initial deisgn our new deck concept for our initial NCC application meeting. You would need to know the RMA to be able to draft it to scale and to meet the controls. We would probably do this in 2 stages. a) The concept drawings for the 1st NCC meeting. b) Detailed working drawings for final submission and construction. It is a 1st floor of deck to a 2 bedroom apartment. We own that apartment and also the apartment underneath it. It will...

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Open my view

Posted 4 years ago

I need to have a plan drawn up to replace an inside wall with a support beam and need to find out what the limits are ,how much I can take out and what beam to use.

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GIB Board Replacement + Insulation Work requring Building Consent

Posted 3 months ago

Requiring drafting services for the purposes of applying for building consent with Nelson City Council, as part of installing insulation onto Internal/External walls, alongside 1x firewall separating properties. Plan is to remove the GIB board within the property and replace with new GIB Board, and as part of consent, I need to identify my load Bearing Boards in order to obtain Code of Compliance. House is a 2 bedoom place of 54sq, located in Tahunanui. Scott

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Renovation plans

Posted 4 years ago

Need plans for proposed additions and alterations

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New Bar / Cafe

Posted 2 years ago

We have a change of use conversion underway. Changing a small residential flat into a bar / cafe. The cafe is only a small part of a larger backpackers building. Resource consent for the cafe has been approved, we now require building consent and require some plans be drawn and perhaps some further assitance with obtaining building consent for the change of use.

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Sarah - office

Posted 4 years ago

I would like to get some office layouts drawn and options done on floor plans

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Plans to convert garage to workshop

Posted 1 year ago

A simple job we want to add a shower, toilet and sink to a garage. We need plans drawn and consent from NCC. It’s really a job for a draughsmen. Can you help?

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Townhouse Turnover

Posted 1 year ago

We require an architect to provide a creative and funky planning layout and renovation design for kitchen, living, and entrance way. With access to private outdoor living. The house is a 1950's two bedroom brick house in Central Nelson. Currently the kitchen is on the sunny side of the house and looks out over a shared driveway. The living room gets the morning sun and has a lovely green outlook. We would like to open plan the kitchen/living to get more sunlight into the living room....

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Rosco's house plans 2

Posted 4 years ago

looking for house plans, basic shape, approved building site and piles already down and council approved, by previous owner, 7835mm x 4650, looking at 2 story, 2 bdrms upstairs, rest downstairs, possible small extension for bathroom toilet, power and water on site, also builder to erect shell and make water tight, ply and color steel cladding,

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Loadbearing wall alteration - is it possible?

Posted 3 years ago

Hello, looking for a draftsperson to have a look at some loadbearing walls I want to remove. If after a first look it seems possible to alter the layout I'd like you to draw a plan for me. Anyone who has good ideas on how to change the room layout welcome. I haven't used any draftspeople before, so not sure what is part of your job description. I want to change the kitchen and create space for indoor/outdoor flow. I would like to know first how much it costs to have a first consultation, as we a...

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Silo home

Posted 6 months ago

I have some architectural designs drawn and am hoping to find someone interested to help me finalise details and plans for submitting an application to council. It's a long term project that will be one out of the ordinary, so I'm keen to find someone keen on doing something odd and exciting!

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New deck

Posted 5 years ago

We are planning to build a simple deck, 6x2m, which will be 3.5m above the ground. Because of the height, we have been told we need an architectural draughtsman to prepare the plan for us.

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Rosco's house plans

Posted 4 years ago

I am looking for cheap house plans, and builder to erect shell and make watertight , simple design, the property I bought is a lifestyle block, it already has piles down, checked with council, piles are legal and permitted on the site, they measure 9m 300mm by 4m 705mm, thinking 2 story, bedrooms x 2 upstairs, no plumbing upstairs, just bedrooms, gable roof, a comfortable angle in which to work on roof without need for safety ropes etc, but also open to possibility of an A frame type roof for up...

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Drawing of cabin

Posted 1 year ago

hi my builder needs a drawing b4 he builds me a 10m2 eco cabin in my garden - Im looking for a draftsperson to do it please.

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Cottage Renovation

Posted 1 year ago

Architectural designer/draftsperson to provide planning layout and renovation design to create indoor/outdoor flow, a new kitchen, moving bathroom/toilet, probably moving one bedroom, removing fireplace and coal range in a 1930s cottage - 60 m2.

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Old villa renovation

Posted 3 years ago

Hello, we own an old villa in central Nelson. We would like to renovate the kitchen and combine it with the dining room, and possibly shift done walls. We are also thinking of renovating our bathroom. We needs some sound advice and plans.

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Find Architects in Nelson

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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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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Architecture ET AL

Joined August 2019

Architecture ET AL is a small, design-focused, residential Architecture firm specialising in new builds and alterations. Delivering simple, modern and site-specific design solutions is what we do. We work hard to meet deadlines, maintain communication and deliver competitive quotes to get your project realised. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

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SOLE Residential Design

Joined August 2017

Hi! I am am Architectural Designer, specialising in Alteration, Extension's, Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations and New-build Residential Projects. Also experienced and qualified in Industrial / Commercial renovations, fit-outs and new builds. Many references available, upfront costs and Builder recommendations. I am a great communicator, easy going, practical and detailed in my design. Working...

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Neltec Designs

Joined April 2019

Hi, I've been a draughtsman since 2002 and a qualified builder before then. I specialise in small to medium size new homes. Focusing on designs that are practical and cost effective to build.

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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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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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Devani Architecture Limited

Joined January 2020

Qualified Draftsman working from home office. Hardworking, reliable and committed to deliver accurate and quality construction documentation to my clients.

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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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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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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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Singer Architecture

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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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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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 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. Communicate: We will keep in close contact throughout th...

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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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Michael Reid Ltd- architectural design

Joined October 2018

I am an architectural designer and have over 30 years experience. My main area of expertise is with House Alterations and New Houses. I have worked on projects which range in size from ensuite alterations to large houses. I have been a professional member of the Architectural Designers of NZ for over 10 years. I provide an estimate of my fees for your project. If you wish to proceed an ADNZ agree...

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ProColour Painting

Joined September 2010

Through my company I paint interior and exterior of houses , spray roofs or commercial buildings. I have great people and project management skills and have references availiable in any of the above areas. I aim to exceed customers expectations. I also have access to other top quality tradesman if the Job requires . I am a member of Master Painters NZ . Feel free to contact me for a free quote a...

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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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Fil Engineers NZ Ltd

Joined May 2018

FIL Engineers is a structural engineering consultancy committed to delivering high quality work in the South Island. Based in Christchurch, our professional, mid-sized team offers cost effective solutions for residential and commercial customers with a guaranteed delivery time.

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Inline Architecture Ltd

Joined July 2019

Husband and Wife Architectural Designers based in our Christchurch Architectural Studio providing Architectural Design Services throughout New Zealand. Call us today to discuss your next project. No project is to small.

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VizMedia Design

Joined November 2019

I have been working in the residential sector for 30+yrs and working with small house designs through to high end properties. I prefer new work as they are easier than renovations , quicker & cheaper compile. I offer competitive rates in today’s marketplace & I mainly deal with putting Building consent together and will deal with all external consultants and council. I also work doing 3D rende...

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