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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

Our blog is full with helpful news and knowledge covering architecture and design related repairs and renovations around your home. 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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Garage extension

Posted 1 month ago

Extending the garage out from the front of the house about 5m

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Concept townhouse plan

Posted 3 months ago

A graduate draughtsman for concept plan for two townhouses.

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Architectural Drafting

Posted 2 months ago

Hi, We are looking for an architect to help design and assist with consents to build a new granny flat on our back section. Originally was a shed/garage.

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SB home renovation

Posted 3 weeks ago

Need drawings completed based off A current draft plan to get RC and BC for a small house renovation/extension, circa 50 m2, single storey. Have a builder quoting. Want to start the project early 2021.

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Wall removal #2

Posted 1 month ago

Removal of 3.3m wall between kitchen and dining room. I don't think its load bearing, but likely a bracing element. Hoping to have the wall removed as soon as possible.

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Rennovation plans drafted

Posted 3 months ago

We are planning a renovation and are looking for a draught person to draw up plans to be submitted.

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Consents for enlarging/changing shape of two windows.

Posted 4 weeks ago

Hey There, We are currently going through the process of double glazing all of our old windows. As part of this process we have two windows that we want to change the design of. So in order to get this done we need the consent so our builder can start the work. We are after someone who can help with the drafting and consent process so we can start the building work. I've attached some rough photos to give an idea of what we have in mind.

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Draftsman required for detailed internal plans

Posted 3 weeks ago

We are buying a house in Seatoun and require plans for council consent. We would like to move the staircase, add some windows, add bathroom and change the bedroom layout accordingly. Have attached rough plans that were done by previous owners as well as original plans.

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Draft a 30sqm basic cabin house

Posted 3 weeks ago

Hi there! Im looking for drafting services from LBP incl PS1 for a small 30-40sqm cabin in a rural location with a simple layout. Cabin will be gable roof and tall (3.8m approx to apex) with a loft. Loft to be used as a sleeping area with 1 bedroom in the main area of the cabin. The only other room will be a small bathroom. The rest of the area should be open plan with an indicative kitchenette shown. Connection to services needs to be shown, septic tank for waste, connection to mains power and...

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Kelburn villa renovation reality check

Posted 5 days ago

I live in the top floor of a draughty, creaky old villa which is in need of some love. I have lots of grand ideas about what I want to do, but need someone to do a reality check in terms of structural viability, affordability, consent-ability etc. There’s a scale of what I want to do from the very ‘dream-land’ end of removing walls to make a large kitchen-living area, moving where the bathroom and toilet are, removing the fireplace and changing the size of rooms, to the other ‘bare minimum’ en...

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Sunroom+Toilet+landscaping

Posted 3 weeks ago

Looking to build a conservatory/sunroof off the dining area and have a deck/patio extended out (maybe a carport if budget permits). this will require digging out to create more space as back yard is tiered. conservatory to house a toilet. landscaping to potentially include, retaining wall, to cater for flattening of the back yard to put up a green house. So looking for a draftsman who can help us with this.

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Home renovations

Posted 2 months ago

I am looking for someone to create working drawings & engineers report to obtain building consent for a home extension. I wish to remove an existing conservatory & push out an exterior wall of a bedroom to the line of the existing conservatory foundations. In addition I would also like to remove an interior wall between kitchen & living room.

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Home renovation blueprints & consents

Posted 4 months ago

I am currently looking for a draftsman to help me plan my renovation. I would like to renovate the downstairs and some of the upstairs of a newly acquired 1980s house in Brooklyn. Key renovation items include widening exterior openings, expanding a room into a small conservatory and opening interior walls. The kitchen, bathroom and two toilets will be entirely renovated, and an upstairs study converted into a bathroom, so some plumbing and electrical work is also required. I am looking someon...

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Bathroom and en-suite plans for consent

Posted 3 months ago

We are wanting to renovate our family bathroom, which ideally involves moving the toilet and new plumbing for a shower. We also want to put an en-suite in the master bedroom. Looking for a draftsman/woman who can do our plans in order to obtain Council consent.

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Looking for a drafts - design estimate

Posted 3 days ago

Hi I would like to get an estimate for a complete design for renovation of my house. Please let me know if anyone interested in providing estimates first. I do not have a set budget at this state however I may think about planing in a stage. Kind regards, Sangita

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Remove internal wall

Posted 54 minutes ago

I would like some drawings as part of work to remove an internal wall from a 1920’s brick and tile house. In the attached picture (can't get a decent internal picture) you can see the back door which originally an open veranda with the kitchen on the left and the toilet and laundry on the right hand side. At some point in the past, it was closed in and the internal wall on the left removed to open up the kitchen. Now, we want to remove the remaining wall on the right-hand side to open up...

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New doorway

Posted 1 month ago

We would like drawings for a new doorway through an existing wall with that includes a substantial concrete component that is part of the house's ring foundation. At present a window occupies much of the space where the projected door would .

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Re-design entryway and bathroom

Posted 1 month ago

We have an external conservatory from the 80s or 90s attached to our 1908 villa that needs to be rebuilt and are looking for a design that is more in keeping with the style of the house. The conservatory also houses a stairwell to our lower level. We'd like to restore this as the entry to the house. We also need to redesign our bathroom (keeping dimensions the same) to make better use of the space by removing the bath and moving the toilet.

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Thorndon update

Posted 3 months ago

1876 Settlers cottage needs a bit of TLC. Rooms may need to be reconfigured. Possibly add on if the price is right. I would like final working drawings by July.

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Lambton quay redevelopment

Posted 3 months ago

Looking at purchasing 2/326 Lambton Quay and redeveloping it from a commercial office into a 1 bedroom residential property. I like the idea of developing it into a loft style apartment, perhaps with a mezzanine because of its 3.85m stud Looking a getting a picture of the cost to make this possible

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New Restaurant

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Draftsman wanted

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Renovation drafting

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Council plans for small -medium sized renovations

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Draughting services

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South wall reclad etc

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Design for a new bathroom and laundry area

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Plans for new deck and doors

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6th November 2019

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Making the home more family friendly

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Deck design

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Gaynor carport close-in


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Welliedraught

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4th September 2018

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Draft to apply for bathroom consent

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23rd November 2019

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Garage conversion #2

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Garage renovation

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Curb crossing

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Home renovation blueprints & consents

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14th May 2020

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draughtsman for drawings

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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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Right Angle Builders Limited

Joined June 2009

We do all types of building work from new home design and build packages to renovations,extensions. 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. We also specialise in pre purchase and pre sale builders reports, we can inspect and report for insurance co...

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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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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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Kairos Design Group ltd

Joined April 2019

Kairos Design Group is a multi-disciplined architectural practice; residential renovations to commercial retail fit outs. From decks and kitchen renovations through to bar and office fit-outs. 13+ year experience, licensed building practitioner and Architectural designers of nz member. KDG has the knowledge and connections to be with you, step by step, through entire architectural design proc...

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Five AM Design Studio

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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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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Phil Davey Projects

Joined July 2015

20 Years building industry experience on residential and commercial projects. Affiliate Member of the New Zealand Institute of Quantity surveyors. M6084 New homes and Alterations Landscaping, Fences, decks, pools, earthworks and Design and Consultation services Planning and Resource Consents (223/224c Certification) Subdivisions and titles Large network of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors...

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Top Notch Construction Ltd

Joined August 2009

From practical advice through to quality, fairly priced workmanship, Top Notch Construction are your Partners in Successful Building and Construction. Based in Petone, this dedicated company has been providing quality new homes, renovations, alterations, additions and sound advice to the Greater Wellington Region for over a decade, celebrating 10+ years of quality. Give us a call to get your...

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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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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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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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3DR Design & Draughting Ltd

Joined September 2015

Architectural design and draughting service specialising in residential design for new houses and alterations and additions from concept design to building consent including all plans ,resource consents (if required) speciation's. We will work with you help you get your dream to reality.

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Glass and Building Innovate

Joined February 2019

Glass and Building 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 M...

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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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Onemind Design

Joined November 2018

Whether you want a complete new home, renovation/addition or garage to your existing, a granny flat, a garden overhaul or simply want to improve a couple of rooms, deck or a patio area, we can assist in making your aspirations quickly become a reality. We can take care of it all for you, providing a broad range of architectural services from design, budgeting, drafting, , through council app...

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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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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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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 14+ 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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