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Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

Posted 08/06/17

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The Tiny Home Movement in New Zealand

Posted 18/03/15

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Architect, Draughtsman or Builder - Who Do You Need?

Posted 10/09/13

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The Benefits of Building a Conservatory

Posted 22/10/14

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Choosing Between Another Storey or Adding a House Extension

Posted 16/03/17

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Choosing and Using an Architect

Posted 05/10/12

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Successful Indoor Outdoor Flow in New Zealand Homes

Posted 13/05/15

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Need to Add an Extra Bedroom for Your Kids?

Posted 10/11/16

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5 Tips for Spring Home Renovations

Posted 29/10/14

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

Garage design

Posted 4 months ago

We want a garage that is attached to the front of our house that incorporates an ensuite for the master bedroom. The garage will also have a loft apartment with bathroom and the rest open plan. We would like the loft access to be external stairs if possible. Please contact for more info.

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Rathgen house

Posted 2 months ago

We have had an architect start our job three months ago and we have rough plans drawn up by her. We are getting into a time crunch now where the bank is getting unhappy about us applying for more extensions to have this work submitted into council (before they will unconditionally approve the loan) but our architect has now asked us to look elsewhere due to not know when she can complete it. We also don’t want to be taken advantage of price-wise because of needing a rush job.

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Wood shed

Posted 1 year ago

Full renovation from large old wood shed to luxury home 2 large bedrooms with ensuite large open plan living with inside outside flow

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Draughtsperson

Posted 1 year ago

I need plans drawn up to make alterations to my house including putting in a glasshouse type ranchslider into a bedroom, altering the current seperate bathroom, toilet and laundry to become a walk in wardrobe, ensuite and bathroom/toilet. Possibly put laundry in garage but would appreciate advice.

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Architect

Posted 1 year ago

Need to add a staircase into an attic, transform attic into a functional 4th bedroom, change beams in attic to accommodate an open space. Add Dormer windows to bring in light and give views of Mt Taranaki/sea Create a second bathroom in what is currently a fourth bedroom. Open up kitchen and dining room to create free flow between the two making one big room. Break through wall in dining room to create indoor access to the attached garage which currently only has access via the french door...

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Draftsman needed for new bathroom

Posted 1 year ago

I need a draftsman who can draw up council acceptable plans for a 2nd bathroom to be installed downstairs, talked to plumber who reckons it should be possible to hook into the top bathrooms drainage, sewage runs through the back of section, we have already purchased shower, vanity and laundry tub.

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Deck Rebuild

Posted 1 month ago

We are needing plans to be drawn up for a new deck that will be over 1.5m in height, so will need to be sent to council for consent. We have just bought the house and we are taking over on ... . The current deck is really old and never got consent. We are needing the job to be completed within 3 months of moving in.

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Drawings for small renovation

Posted 3 months ago

Architect/Draughtsman required to draw up basic plan of downstairs area for building consent of a new kitchenette addition.

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The cottage & garage

Posted 1 year ago

To assist with design and drawings to submit to council. For the Cottage to moderise it by recommending new cladding options to replace existing material. While also inserting insulation and dble glazing. These changes must meet current bldg standards. To provide a new internal layout for the cottage. The garage is to be extended to allow 2 cars and plans are required for permits. This will alter the front entrance to the house. The design must add a practical feature and the plan is required...

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Plans for bathroom and laundry reno

Posted 1 year ago

I have a rental property with dodgy plans from 70s and want to relocate the bathroom and laundry. After someone to draw some plans with the new layout so I can get consent.

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Plans for Partial Recladding

Posted 1 year ago

We need to re-clad the front section of our home. Currently in ply, want to change to weatherboard. Need plans updated (last done 2016) and consent arranged with council. Note: We contacted the previous designer who did the renovation work plans but he has since retired and can’t help us.

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Extension Plans for Bathroom off Stucco House.

Posted 5 months ago

Plans for bathroom build between existing stucco house and if possible hard up against existing old block garage. Plus 700cm pass the end of the stucco house. (in picture where white gate is.. build out 700 frm that end of house)There is existing plumbing drain where wanting to build over the top. (The concrete surrounding that drain can be grounded lower to fit under joists ) There's a fibre box needing to be moved around the corner. There is a window in the stucco house that is to be cut into...

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Carport drawings for council consent

Posted 1 year ago

Need a single carport lean to drawn up for council consent

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Renovation construction design

Posted 2 months ago

We have a 1950's weatherboard house. We are needing plans drawn up for a reno. We want to knock out 2 walls in the center of what will be the living area, move the kitchen, add an entrance to the front door, add doors, remove some windows, close over the old back door area.

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Draftsman to help with wall demo project

Posted 1 year ago

Looking for a draftsman to just help with a drawing to submit to the council for a building consent to knock down a wall. We already have a builder but need a draftsman to do drawings for us :)

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Plans needed for extension

Posted 9 months ago

I have a wooden window that needs to be replaced and having spoken with a builder, he has recommended that I get a plan drawn up for what I want done.

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Funkify My Whare!

Posted 1 week ago

I’m wanting to give my 1950s weatherboard home a makeover! But I don’t have the eye (or style!) to really see her potential! Bathroom, laundry, kitchen/dining & lounge are my main priorities, with the possibility of closing off an external door and creating a whole new entrance area! I’ve lived here for over a decade & been told the place has so much potential, but I need advice and ideas and a fresh set of eyes and drawings so I can visualise the improvements for myself. This could suit s...

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Draughtsperson needed for extension

Posted 2 weeks ago

We require a draughtsperson to draw up plans for a 2 bed, 1 bathroom extension. This would include advising adjusting existing layout to accommodate this. Our project deadline for drawing completion is end of April.

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Plans required for renovation and new shed

Posted 1 year ago

Plans for council for renovation and new car shed.

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J R Builders

Joined March 2011

Hi, I am a young quilfied builder looking for extra work. I have spent most of my time building redesintal homes, including decks, fences and some renovations.

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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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Webber Building Ltd

Joined October 2010

25 years experience. Member of the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand. Liceinced Building Practioner. Competitive rates for high quality workmanship. Specialise in New Homes, renovations, additions, hard landscaping, Maintenance, Bathroom and Kitchens.

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Mandy Wood Stained Glass

Joined January 2011

I have been making stained glass for 25 years and was the first stained glass artist in Queensland to be accredited by the governent to train apprentices who I used in my 5 galleries. Over the years I have made 1000's of stained glass commission windows and doors for the cyclone prone Queensland coast line. I came back to NZ and bought a home and gallery in Dargaville in 2007. I can ship s...

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C3 Building Compliance

Joined July 2020

C3 Building Compliance has been in the Compliance field for over 10 years. We specialise in ensuring your Building Consent gets through Council in a efficient manner and therefore saving you money. We also have partnership agreements with some of the leading experts in surrounding fields like Architectural Design, Structural, Geotechnical and Fire Engineering.

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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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Up Ease LTD

Joined March 2011

Here at Up Ease we have over 15 years experience providing access solutions for residential and commercial properties. Specialising in all forms of vertical access we also provide Dumb waiter's chairlifts for stairs, frieght lifts, hospital bed lifts,passenger lifts,Maintenance/service and car park solutions. As well as elevators we can undertake onsite engineering, demolition and removal wor...

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Kitchen Cabinets and Stones

Joined November 2020

Kitchen Cabinets and Stones is a premium manufacturer, supplier and installer of top quality European Kitset Kitchens, Kitchenettes, modular flat packed Kitchen Cabinets and Accessories, having showrooms in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch. Our aim is to provide a quick, easy and budget friendly solution to building a new Kitchen. From complete new kitche...

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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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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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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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Global Partnership and Development Ltd

Joined July 2012

Global Partnership and Development Ltd The Art of House Flipping, Renovation, and Design Your Assets Matter! We, therefore, focus on durability and quality. Global Partnership and Development Ltd has supported more than 100 micro business entrepreneurs in the least developed countries. Why us? We have completed houses in Hamilton, Taupo, Tokoroa, Rotorua, Tauranga, Putaruru, Cambridge, a...

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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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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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