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Three Ways An Architect Can Improve The Plans For Your Wellington Home

You may think you don't need an architect to help you with your Wellington building project especially if you are just doing renovations, but hiring someone qualified to draw up your plans can have benefits. So before you embark on your building project solo consider these ways in which an architect could help.

Planning tricky areas

Some rooms are simple, but others like bathrooms and kitchens can be harder to get right. These rooms need to be functional as well as stylish, and a good architect can combine these two aspects.

Often rooms like bathrooms are smaller and getting the layout right can be tricky so this is another area where a professional could help.

Knowing planning regulations

If you choose an architect who has spent some time in the area where you are building, they should have a good working knowledge of local planning regulations and any particular issues you might face.

This means you can start building knowing your plans are in order, and there should be no unwelcome visits from the council planning officer. It can also help you rethink your ideas in light of potential restrictions such as roof heights or boundary lines.

Dealing with difficult sites

If your site is tricky, then an architect may be able to create a design you had not thought of. With many plots in Wellington being on the hillside, it can take skill to make the most of the site for both the house and the garden.

An experienced architect, particularly one who has worked in Wellington and its surrounds will be able to skillfully plan your house and where it should be sited to maximise the living spaces.  They will also factor in things such as where the sun will hit the house.

Finding the right architect for you

Before you choose your architect, invite two or three to discuss the project and supply you with an estimate for the work.

Ask friends or family who have built which architect they used or ask for references from other happy customers. You may also be able to find other local properties designed by an architect you are considering which could help you decide if their style will suit you.

If you are planning on building in a particular style, for example, an eco-build or a character renovation, it could be better to seek an architect who has experience in the specific area as they may have more in-depth knowledge of any potential problems.

You should also find out how involved the architectural company will be as the build progresses. Will they only draw up initial plans or will they help you with any redesigns needed as the home is constructed? If you cannot be on site regularly, you may also need to find out if your architect is willing to liaise directly with a project manager or contractor should any questions arise.

Undertaking a new home build is a big task even if you have built or renovated previously so don’t feel bad about taking your time over choosing something important like an architect on Builderscrack. Making the right decision at the beginning will lessen regrets at the end.

Latest architecture and design articles

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

South wall reclad etc

Posted 2 months ago

Hello our 1913 good ol wooden Wellington home needs work on the south wall. Two stories. Some rotten boards, likely some internal frame also needs replacing and all wall insulated and re clad either in boards Wellington Profile or in Corrugated Iron. We need a plan for building consent. Ideal to have plan done before Christmas hols. Thank you :-)

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Plans for window installation

Posted 1 month ago

We need plans for the installation of an exterior window we are putting into a garage conversion.

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Designs for alteration of staircase and basement

Posted 15 hours ago

Looking for design and consent for 2 renovations to house. 1. Our master bedroom is in the loft space. Looking for ideas and design for adding door / private screen. Also a partition wall to create a walk in wardrobe At the same time design for replacement of tired stair balustrading. 2. Design and documentation for buildings approval for converting basement (approx 5x3 m) into a study and the addition of a bathroom. No pressure on timescale

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Curb crossing

Posted 2 weeks ago

Drawing/measurement of required curb crossing application for WCC

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Resource Consent & Building Plans

Posted 2 months ago

4 story building with 10-14 units and 2 shop-fronts and a double garage on the site. The development is to comply with the rules and standards of the district plan.- Centre Area

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75 Amritsar Street - Architects

Posted 2 weeks ago

Hi, We have a 1964 built house in Khandallah. The house is mostly in original condition, with big rimu windows and a deck off the lounge and dining room looking out to Petone. Cedar exterior with a corrugated roof. Bathrooms and kitchen are original so a complete change is require there. We would like extend the deck from the lounge, so some design and engineering work would be required. We have some other thoughts on some layout changes, but it would be good to talk these over with archit...

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Turn large basement into individual unit

Posted 1 month ago

Turn a large basement into a one or two bedroom unit with separate toilet and kitchen

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Architect for renovation

Posted 1 week ago

Old home in need of serious renovations. Need someone who is creative with turning the odd layout into a modern home.

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Mount Cook Bungalow

Posted 1 week ago

Kia ora, My partner and I have moved into a bungalow in Mount Cook. We’ve spent the summer break working on plans to give the place a more modern feel, and better indoor flow. We’re now looking for someone who can help us turn those plans into council ready ones, and something that a builder can help tender on. We’re primarily looking to move our kitchen towards the front of the house, with open plan dining and living and to then move the bathroom to where the kitchen was. We would th...

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Deck design

Posted 2 weeks ago

30-40 m2 deck requires basic drawings to be submitted to the council for consent application.

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Add toilet to existing rumpus room

Posted 3 weeks ago

I want to create a plan for adding toilet to a rumpus room downstairs and need quote for the same.

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Alter a double garage into two rooms

Posted 3 months ago

My plan is to disconnect the first floor and ground floor into a separate unit and alter a double garage into two rooms. I have drawn a plan (see attachments) and seek advice from the City Council. The Council recommended that I consult a suitably qualified person to complete the drawings. This person will be able to provide the technical information required to enable an assessment to be carried out against the building code of the proposed building work.

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House alts & adds.- new kitchen, bathroom, ensuite, deck and outdoor space

Posted 2 weeks ago

Architect or Designer required to design, prepare and lodge a building consent application, with a potential option to later manage the project. Work may require some structural work and involve a small addition a the rear, but it is not envisaged that a Resource Consent will be required. Existing plans have been obtained from council.

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Extension kitchen/bedroom storage

Posted 3 weeks ago

Integrating seperate laundry and storage shed to main house. Glass door all way along leading onto small patio garden. Space to include kitchen and storage, laundry and steps to mezzanine level far end also connects to small terraced garden. Advise design extra floor with 2 bedrooms on main house or single story extension off kitchen with mezzanine level end of extension opening onto terraced garden.

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Council plans for small -medium sized renovations

Posted 1 week ago

We're looking for someone to draw some plans for council submission for us. We know what we're wanting and just need a draughtsman to put it on paper. We're looking at changing some windows, adding a couple of external doors, removing a couple of internal walls, and installing supporting beams, removing a bathroom and adding an ensuite and replacing an existing kitchen and bathroom - all within the existing floor plan of the house.

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Draughtsman wanted for house extension

Posted 2 weeks ago

adding a master room with a bathroom, living room and sunroom on the current deck area

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Drafting and consent

Posted 1 month ago

Looking for a draughtsman to draw up some plans to get into council as soon as possible. We’re planning on doing a kitchen renovation and adding a deck, around April 2020. We need to remove a wall, increase a window and change a window to a door. Would you be interested and have capacity? If not, could you recommend anyone?

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Internal/external renovation to house

Posted 2 months ago

Need a draftsperson to come up with plans for new bathroom, bedroom and widening of garage.

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Upgrade front entrance and deck area

Posted 2 months ago

We would like design and drawings for consent. Need to excavate floor level to provide full height entrance door and hallway under house to downstairs room. Also would like creative design to upgrade outside area which includes a rooftop deck requiring new balustrades & privacy/wind screening.

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A conservatory room

Posted 2 months ago

Need an architect to do a drawing for a conservatory room of 6x5m or even get a consent too.

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Ridgeway Reno

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Welliedraught

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Drafting services required to create open plan space

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10th March 2018

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Making the home more family friendly

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15th October 2018

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Deck for Murphy

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10th June 2018

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New Restaurant

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21st November 2018

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Draft to apply for bathroom consent

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23rd November 2019

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Curb crossing

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17th January 2020

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draughtsman for drawings

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4th September 2019

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Plans for new deck and doors

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6th November 2019

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Draftsman wanted

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6th August 2019

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Garage renovation

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31st August 2019

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Drafting Services for a replacement garage, deck and internal renovations

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17th May 2018

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Draughting services

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30th May 2019

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Plans and consent for toilet in Garage

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14th July 2018

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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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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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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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DGi Architecture Ltd

Joined November 2015

LBP Design Class 3 Architectural technician with sound knowledge base across residential, commercial and retail design, end to end. Concept brief through feasibility, detailing, specification, consent applications, contract management and final Code Compliance. Wellington Region based but prepared to travel. LBP Design Class 3 Over 30 years experience, New Zealand, Central Europe and the UK.

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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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Building Art Ltd

Joined November 2019

We provide an architectural design service with 30+ years experience. For all residential projects - new homes, alterations and additions to existing dwellings. From initial ideas to concept design right through to producing documentation for Building Consent applications. We have good understanding of the NZ Building Code along with local council requirements. A friendly, professional service.

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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 13+ years experience in everything from rural n...

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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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Glass Innovate Ltd

Joined February 2019

Glass 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 Mirrors Balus...

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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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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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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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Whisk Renovators

Joined February 2009

Whisk Renovators is a renovations company, providing innovative solutions to Kitchen and bathroom consenting, design and build projects. Whisk services the greater Wellington region in both the residential and commercial sectors. Whisk has been a member of New Zealand Master Painters since 2009, providing quality service and workmanship guarantees to our Clients. We won National awards in 2015...

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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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Precision Building Projects

Joined July 2016

Precision Building Projects (PBP) is a trusted family operated building company, part of NZCB with qualified licensed buildering practitioners taking care of all your building needs. Here at PBP, we take pride in our eye for precision detail and our ability to provide work to a high standard. With years of experience, in all facets of building there is no job too big or too small. Have a look...

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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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Onemind Design

Joined November 2018

We love designing beautiful and function architecture to best utlise our clients resources and budget to enhance their lifestyle From a Concept Plan to a complete set of drawings sufficient to obtain a building consent and meet contractors needs for pricing and construction.

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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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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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Ed building

Joined August 2010

Hi, We've been building new houses and renovating old ones for the last 18 years, NZ and Europe. We specialise in major or smaller renovations and new builds. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion. We pride to provide competitive quotes and then completing jobs on budget.

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