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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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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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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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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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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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Make our house bigger

Posted 1 year ago

We want to make modifications/extensions to our house. Our kitchen is small and our lounge is narrow so we want to work to make these spaces bigger. We also have a bedroom that we would like to convert into 2 rooms. We are wanting some one who can help with the design of this work

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Architectural draughtsman needed to draw up house plans

Posted 9 months ago

I am looking for a draughtsman who is able to prepare house plans for submission to council. I am able to provide a basic 2D floor plan etc.

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Plans for a relocatable house for consent

Posted 1 year ago

Hi just need a basic draughting service for relocation of 1920 4 bedroom 120m2 house in palmerston north

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To apply for resource consent to build 1 to 2 towers for rental

Posted 8 months ago

i am looking for a daughtsman who can draw building plans etc to the stage of Resource Consent application and success. This projection is about stacking up 2 to 3 shipping containers to form 1 Tower on a concrete foundation. The section is about 730 m2 with a small house on it which can be moved away if required. The aerial photo shows the actual section in the Roslyn area in Palmy. This job with be extremely rewarding to the right person who design the plan with my input. I have a few gr...

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Outdoor Patio area with Pergola

Posted 4 months ago

Our house is currently being built minus a patio area... We would like plans drawn up for a patio area of combination decking and pavers with a pergola - The house is a wing shape so not sure how to make that area work. We want the pergola covered (glass or similar) and not interrupting our view. Would like plans drawn up fairly soon so if they require council consent can go in before xmas. Can provide full house plans etc Should be a nice easy job for someone - We just dont know how to max...

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Bathroom/laundry

Posted 9 months ago

Need plans drawn up for bathroom/laundry/spare room to account for load bearing walls and window placement

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New Garage

Posted 1 year ago

We are needing a garage designed that meets council requirements. It is a garage that is to be attached to our house with a mono pitch roof.

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Drafting removal of interior walls

Posted 1 year ago

Drawing a plan to show how two interior walls can be removed, one of them is a load bearing wall. I need the plan to approach city council and apply for a permit to do the job.

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Draw up plans for relocatable building to be added to existing building

Posted 1 month ago

Draw up plans to be presented and approved by PN City Council for a relocatable building to be moved onto a existing commercial site and added to back of existing building

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Ensuite for 3 brm home

Posted 1 year ago

Adding an ensuite next to our master bedroom. 1780 x 2500 space Axcess door from bedroom 850mm wide. Possibly cavity slider if things are tight. To keep costs down just a 900 enclosed shower. Laundry is behind the clock wall for easy access to water works. Other toilet is about 2500 away for an outlet. As the room is on the inside of the house perhaps install high glass panes for natural light from laundry. Door has glass on it too. Extractor fan accessibilty is good too and lighting would need...

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Renovation drawings needed

Posted 3 weeks ago

I have the original house plans of a 1970s house and I know the design I want. Just need someone to draw it.

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Plans drawn for garage consent

Posted 3 months ago

Hi looking for someone to draw plans for consent for a relocated garage approx 6m x 6m with a flat roof and sloping walls 2.7m high at front to 2.4m high at the back on a new concrete garage floor with ground level sloping approx 200mm fall , time frame before xmas so i can get the consent for January

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Lot21

Posted 7 months ago

I am looking for an architectural draftsman to produce a full set of plans for building consent. The plans will be for a single storey house on concrete slab with 2.7m stud. Roof is standard trussed except through kitchen/dining which will be vaulted with 3 or 4 heavy dimensional trusses which will be exposed. The footprint is appx 360m2. I will be able to supply a detailed floor plan and elevations to work off (nearly complete, see attached). At this stage I am looking to see what services you...

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4 container apartments.

Posted 6 months ago

This is a new design to create extra spaces above for living extension and 4 car parks below the apartments. I enclosed a simple idea here of 4 room being lifted up by a shipping container on either side. You can imagine each room is replaced by a 40 foot long container. The stairways go up by the sides to the front and back of the 4 containers! I think the job is relative easy as the prefabricated containers give it the modular design. Below are some photos for illustrations and th...

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House Renovation Plans/Drawings Needed

Posted 1 year ago

We have our own concept plan drawn on AutoCad but we are now looking for a draftsperson to look over these and provide technical drawings for us to follow and submit to council. This is a full house renovation, including some layout changes.

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Draught/Design services Garage to sleepout (with Bathroom)

Posted 6 months ago

I need drafting/ design Services for work I would like done to an outdoor space (large space above garage) to renovate into a room with ensuite (where currently no bathroom facilities exist).

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156 Russell Street

Posted 4 days ago

We have a two storey house with four current rent by rooms and the owner would like an idea/plan to transform the back section of the house into more habitable rooms. There is a existing internal garage and room for scope.

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TO GET DRAWINGS ETC TO GETTING A RESOURCE CONSENT

Posted 8 months ago

I intent to build a few new apartments on the back section of 44 Tyne Street. I have one drawing here in pdf and also in dwg format. There are no surprises here. I enclosed the pdf of the drawings which I can build since I bought these drawing off the architect. I need these drawings to be redrawn to NZ building standards. This should not be difficult since these homes have been built many times. If you are New not to worry as long as you got the degrees. I intend to represent mysel...

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Removal of Load Bearing Wall

Posted 1 year ago

We are looking at getting an internal wall removed however we believe its load bearing so we would need plan drawn up to submit to council.we are after a quote to have this completed

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French doors in lounge

Posted 2 weeks ago

A plan is required to add French doors to an outer wall. The wall is brick. We also need options on replacing our brick deck

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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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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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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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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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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!

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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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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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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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John OConnell Tree, hedge and section.

Joined June 2010

Hi, I've been contracting and working in the forestry for 20 odd years. The last year spent focusing on the residential tree, hedge and section care. Prunning and thinning and shaping, and total removal of anything from small shrubs, to larger difficult trees. All section clearing and yard work undertaken. All those chainsaw jobs done efficiently with no mess left. High probability of beating...

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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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About Building Ltd

Joined August 2009

New residental homes ,alterations , decks , fences , texture coatings ,interior & exterior painting and maintanace.Pre cast concrete panels for homes, pools, retaining walls and commercial buildings.

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BB Construction LTD

Joined April 2012

BB Construction is a family owned & operated business with second generation builders having over 40 years in the construction industry in and around the Manawatu region. We are based in Palmerston North however; we also work within the wider surrounding centres and rural locations. BB Construction focuses on all aspects of the construction industry. With our good size team, we confidently m...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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