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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.

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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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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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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 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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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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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.

New townhouse

Posted 3 months ago

Looking for a draftsman to draw up plans for a 3 bedroom townhouse on a flat site in Johnsonville. Concept drawings have been done for resource consent, need to work them into working drawings for consent. Ready to start asap

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Draughting services for the removal of an internal load bearing wall

Posted 1 month ago

Need draughting and engineering services for the removal of an internal load bearing wall. Two story house, lower story wall between kitchen and dining. Original House plans available to inspect. Kitchen will need some modifications too.

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Draft to apply for bathroom consent

Posted 2 months ago

Hi there, we would like to transform our laundry into a bathroom. Currently is a laundry, so we already have water and drainage, but we need the plan in order to apply for consent at the council. We won't do the bathroom quite yet, but we'd like to get going with the permit and be all set-up to go when the time comes.

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South wall reclad etc

Posted 1 month 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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Khandallah home extensions

Posted 2 months ago

I need help with producing detailed drawings and obtaining WCC building consent for a; Double Garage, Master bedroom and Open lounge, dinner & kitchen extension.

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Upgrade front entrance and deck area

Posted 1 month 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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Help with Building Consent

Posted 2 months ago

Hi there We have submitted our building consent and our architect has gone overseas for a month. We had a few questions come back via RFI and one of the issues we need to address is the decking around our cabin. We need the services of an architect or draughtsman to help us update our site plans to include a deck plus the support to get us through building consent. We already have site plans and have plans for the cabin that is being prefabricated and the located on site. Full briefing can be...

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Garage conversion

Posted 3 months ago

Drawings and assistance with council consents needed to change double garage to a single, add shower in downstairs bathroom, sound proof ceiling and make rumpus room into bedroom to create guest accommodation on the lower floor of the house.

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Draftperson

Posted 3 months ago

Need plans drawn for garage conversion

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Plans for deck

Posted 3 months ago

Would like deck built under existing deck, may need consent as parts are 1m off the ground.

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Tiny house

Posted 3 months ago

I want to build a one bedroom tiny house in front of a existing house. I need you to help with applying for the building consent, and build the house.

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Garage conversion #2

Posted 3 months ago

Drawings and assistance with council consents needed to change double garage to a single, add shower in downstairs bathroom, sound proof ceiling and make rumpus room into bedroom to create guest accommodation on the lower floor of the house.

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Replace existing garage with larger garage/sleepout

Posted 3 months ago

Draughtsman to advise on replacement of existing garage with larger garage/sleepout. Existing garage on concrete pad,where new part of garage/sleepout back section slopes

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A conservatory room

Posted 4 weeks ago

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

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Alter a double garage into two rooms

Posted 1 month 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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Drawings for planning consent

Posted 2 months ago

1. Builders drawings to replace a window like for like. 2. Drawings for the installation of a bi-fold door and a window into a brick and roughcast wall. Also drawings to finish the corner area of this room where there is currently a bay window that will be removed.

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Resource Consent & Building Plans

Posted 1 month 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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Redesign

Posted 3 months ago

Has done the surveyor. 730m2 slop land with 1940's house on it. I want to redevelop the land. Can anyone pls give professional plan? Thanks Jeff

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Drafting and consent

Posted 2 weeks 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 1 month ago

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

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Welliedraught

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Draftsman wanted

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Drafting services required to create open plan space

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Deck for Murphy

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Plans and consent for toilet in Garage

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New Restaurant

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draughtsman for drawings

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Draft to apply for bathroom consent

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23rd November 2019

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Making the home more family friendly

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15th October 2018

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Drafting Services for a replacement garage, deck and internal renovations

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Draughting services

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Garage renovation

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Ridgeway Reno

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25th August 2019

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Plans for new deck and doors

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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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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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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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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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microbimm nz ltd

Joined January 2017

We deliver high quality Architectural Design/CAD Drafting Services 3D Modelling BIM - Building Information Modelling to our clients. Our highly skilled team of Architectural CAD Drafters have in-depth knowledge in simple to Intelligent Architectural CAD Drafting/3D Modelling Services as well as in delivering detailed set of Architectural Drawings and Construction Documents in accordance to the app...

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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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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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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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Raven Architecture Ltd

Joined August 2017

Over the last seven years I have been involved in designing and draughting hundreds of new homes and alterations in both the residential and light commercial areas. I started Raven Architecture as I am very experienced in this field and am passionate about environmentally conscious building design and want to make a positive difference. This greener approach benefits not only the environment b...

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Friday Design

Joined April 2019

We specialise in design of residential new builds, additions and renovations. Our commitment to a detailed design process and documentation is evident through all our works.

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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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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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MV

Joined May 2019

We are a small established Architectural practice who specialize in Residential ( Multi unit, New builds, Renovations, Additions), Commercial, Cultural and Master planning. We have experience through all phases of the project and have worked nationally to provide sort after, bespoke Architecture to our clients.

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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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Onemind Design

Joined November 2018

oneminddesign.co.nz We've been designing new houses, alterations and additions for the last 25 years. Whether it’s a new build, adding on a room, second storey, kitchen, laundry, bathroom, garage, spa, swimming pool, deck, courtyard, conservatory, retaining wall, pergola, addressing a leaky home, maintenance, a complete renovation or garden makeover, we can assist, turning vision into realit...

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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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STEVE WATTS

Joined December 2019

I'm new to Builderscrack........I have over 25 years experience in architectural design work in NZ. During that time, I have designed & built houses including my current concept 'eco-house' built with SIPS. My hands-on knowledge allows me to offer workable, cost-effective solutions I use the latest 3D CAD software & can quickly generate renderings of the proposed projects. As a sole trader, I...

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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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