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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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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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Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

Posted 08/06/17

With so many tradespeople belonging to different accreditation organisations, how do you know which one to trust ? We take a closer look... Tradespeople Accreditations There are 10 common tradespeople accreditation to be aware of. Each one is not equal, yet they are work towards bettering

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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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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 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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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 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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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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Victoria

Posted 2 months ago

I am looking for someone to draw house plans for a new build I am planning. I have a floor plan ready and now want a full set of plans so I can obtain council consent to build the house.

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Minor renovations incl moving one wall and adding ensuite

Posted 4 weeks ago

The home is needing a wall moved and added to make a room larger and also adding an ensuite bathroom so i need a drafting service to draw up the plan and submit the building permit application.

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Self containes sleepout plans

Posted 3 months ago

Plans to support building consent for sleepout. Later work to follow.

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Looking for a draftsperson/architect

Posted 4 months ago

Wanting to extend the mezzanine floor area (subfloor of our apartment). We currently have a mezzanine floor but want to extend it more. Have attached some proposed plans with. We would have to relocate the staircase. We are looking at plan B. We will be requiring consent from WCC.

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New kitchen plumbing and bi-fold doors

Posted 1 month ago

Drawings and assistance with consent for moving kitchen to another room (plumbing already available) and consent for bi-fold doors to replace a wall.

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Replace flat roof with pitched roof with solar panels

Posted 3 weeks ago

We have a 1950s house with a draughty flat roof that we want to insulate. To do so will require replacing the roof. At the same time I would like to install solar panels and that will require a pitched roof.

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18 Farnham Street. Berhampore

Posted 3 months ago

Certificate of compliance needed for sale of House ASAP Deck completed 2004 and signed of by Council inspectors but process was not completed (Certificate not issued). Council has been around last week and will issue report early this week. Structure good but a few modifications required. Need someone to discuss with Council and Builder onsite so we can resolve this issue.

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Window profile

Posted 3 months ago

Looking for an architectural draughtsman to draw window profile.

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Sunroom

Posted 3 weeks ago

we have a 1980s sunroom off our living room (2nd floor, high up, high wind zone) that needs rebuilding, we'd like a design that incorporates a new deck as well as total rebuild of sunroof. 1950s house on steep hill. We'd like to chat with someone about drawing a design, so that we can begin planning/costing etc. Actual building might be a year or more away!

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House Drawing

Posted 2 months ago

We have a section in Johnsonville and we want to build a house there. We have a tight budget so we need a cost effective project.

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Low Cost Bach

Posted 4 months ago

We're looking for a innovative architect who can help us design a very low cost bach for our section in the wairarapa. We love simplicity of design and are attracted to Scandinvian style A-frames with 2 bedrooms up in the mezzanine.

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Plans for existing downstairs layout and house extension for WCC approval

Posted 4 months ago

We would like to connect upstairs and downstairs parts of a house via internal stairs from the downstairs lounge (currently access is around the house). Downstairs renovations were performed years ago that need retrospective plans drawn up for council approval as part of the process. We would like plans for 2 stages. - First stage, add the stairs and get existing downstairs area approved. - Second stage, we would like to extend the downstairs part of the house and build 1, perhaps 2, larg...

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Ridgeway Reno

Posted 1 month ago

Draughting and consents service needed for home reno - build scheduled for early 2020; overall it’s a big project for solo home but will work in stages over a few years if required: Kitchen makeover and build deck out back; deck goes around house, but section at back is steep in a few parts. Full property survey just completed. Bathroom makeover and making two smaller rooms out of one large one. Retaining and levelling work in rear section. Later project: Digging out under the house to mak...

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Extend existing room to build new bathroom ensuite

Posted 12 hours ago

I would like to add a bathroom to an existing bedroom at the end of the house to make it an ensuite and need services around creating working drawings and council submission.

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Gaynor carport close-in

Posted 2 months ago

We have an existing carport. We want to close it in with a roller door and door and window at the rear. The house was designed by Eisenhoffer and we want to maintain integrity. We have a builder lined up. We have cleared resource consent with council. We have had a garage door company come and confirm the door can be fitted. To progress we need plans of a suitable quality to get council to approve and the builder to work from. We are wanting to do this as soon as possible. We need a new...

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Garage Plans

Posted 3 months ago

Require plans for Building Consent application for 6m W x 7m L garage. Specs: Firewall on RH side, internal gutter RH side, 2 x sectional doors front, window and 750mm door LH side, 200mm soffit on front & back, 25 degree roof pitch, concrete pad, weatherboard cladding (except to firewall side), Coloursteel roof, flat section/site in Lyall Bay, adjacent to footpath, no services other than electrical required.

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Draughting services

Posted 2 months ago

Require plans drawn up for renovation project and assistance with council consent

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Skinny Plan

Posted 4 months ago

Hi I need plans drawn up to meet the building code and council specs for Whangarei. I have designed the house already using Home Design 3D software. I have a list of materials for cladding, linings etc. The plan is very simple. It is a long and thin rectangle with single pitch roof, due to house site being sloping. The measurements are for aesthetics rather than compliance so can be adjusted to meet relevant regulations or to suit standard sizing of materials. Can you please provide an...

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Draughtsman for drawings

Posted 3 months ago

on-line drawings to meet WCC requirements to enable placement of french doors in the wall of a single story dwelling in a Wellington city. Floor is concrete and roof is iron.

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Small house design

Posted 4 weeks ago

Design a small house approx 12m long by 4m wide on piles. May need 6+ of them in similar design. Initial work involves placing building on site, plans and council documents for building consent. Overall site has 10+ small houses to do. Prefer CAD based person with some good ideas and thinking outside the box.

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With over 137,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Drafting Services for a replacement garage, deck and internal renovations

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17th May 2018

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Elliott Interiors

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10th August 2017

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Making the home more family friendly

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15th October 2018

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Welliedraught

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4th September 2018

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 5
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Deck for Murphy

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10th June 2018

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 5
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 4
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Draughting services

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30th May 2019

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 5
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 5
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New Restaurant

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21st November 2018

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 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Gaynor carport close-in


21st May 2019

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 4
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Drafting services required to create open plan space

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10th March 2018

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 5
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Plans and consent for toilet in Garage

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14th July 2018

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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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carpentry dan

Joined January 2012

Design , Carpentry , Joinery Building and Maintenance 8 years experience full residential reno with medium size crew. 5 years interior fit out and design / joinery & build Professional . Finishing carpentry. Attention to detail. Excellent design concepts. Custom build fit for purpose. Broad range of finishes and style to suit your taste. Best local knowledge of suppliers & subtrade...

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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. Your 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 30 years experience, New Zealand, Central Europe and the UK.

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W3

Joined August 2017

W3 is a design focused practice providing a full range of architectural services from project creation to construction completion. We can work with you on both residential and commercial projects and collaborate together with our collective network in the design and construction industry. Architectural Services - Registered Architect

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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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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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Singer Architecture

Joined February 2014

I am an LBP registered, ADNZ professional member, Architectural Designer working in residential and light commercial projects. I can offer a range of services including; feasibility studies, concept designs, construction documents, construction administration, and building consent application. I would love the opportunity to talk with you further about your project and put together a fee proposa...

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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 10 years experience in everything from rural ne...

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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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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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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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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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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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Harper Architecture

Joined July 2015

We are a small architectural design firm specialising in residential design to enhance your daily living. We design new homes and alterations to existing homes. We aim to: Listen: Work closely with clients to bring your ideas to fruition. Guide: We will step you through the design and consent process making it as seamless as possible. Communicate: We will keep in close contact throughout th...

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TAP Construction

Joined July 2014

HI, we are a small building company that specialises in renovating old homes, from the repile through to the reclad. We have trade qualified builders and in todays busy, progressive construction industry, we will provide a quote that is competitive and on time.

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Black & White Design Limited

Joined April 2019

Black + White Design Ltd is all about delivering great design, pure and simple. I am an experienced draughtsman specialising in residential alterations, additions, renovations and new builds across the Wellington region. I deliver innovative and functional design solutions that really work for you and your family. Having designed and built many residential alterations in both the UK and NZ, I know...

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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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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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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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Hamish White Architectural Design

Joined April 2019

Hi, I have been working within various facets of Architecture industry since finishing my studies in 2005. Currently I work on projects all over New Zealand specialising in New Residential builds, Renovations and light commercial work. As a licensed building practitioner I can take your project from concept through to your building consent being issued. I pride myself on open client commu...

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