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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.

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

Rennovation plans drafted

Posted 1 month ago

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

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Lambton quay redevelopment

Posted 2 weeks 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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Home renovation blueprints & consents

Posted 1 month 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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Council plans for small -medium sized renovations

Posted 4 months 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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Resource consent

Posted 3 months ago

CAD contract drafting on hourly rate

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Renovation drafting

Posted 3 months ago

Hi, I require some drafting for an old house in Wellington. All the drafting would be within the existing envelope and hopefully requires no structural engineering. The items I'm looking to have drawn are, the existing bathroom, a new bathroom, a new bedroom, The replacing of windows for external doors and remodelling a small kitchen. I'd like to get the project started asap, thanks!

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Draftsman Required for building consent house drawings

Posted 3 months ago

Draftsman required to create new drawings of existing home for building consent. Unfortunately the architect who drew the initial renovations on the home has passed away, and final drawings were not obtained for the renovation. The council now requires that the entire home is re-drawn and lodged with them in order for the home to obtain compliance. Images of the home to be drawn can be found here: ...... .htm?rsqid=... e-002 Please provide a cost and time estimate for completion of...

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Architect for renovation

Posted 4 months 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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New Dwelling

Posted 3 months ago

Hi I have a existing house in 13A adams terrace , Aro Valley . with the section of 1500 Sqm approx . like to add one more dwelling into this site . as a first step i am looking for some initial consultation and concept plans how this all hangs together and get it to council to see if it is the doable . Please let me know if interested and available Regards Sushil

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Architect Draughtsperson

Posted 3 months ago

Require someone to draught up specifications for the conversion of a garage and storage room to a self contained dwelling, floor area 50 sqm. The dwelling is on the ground floor with main house on the first floor. The drawings have been done already by someone who is not licenced yet. Require for building consent and proposed by an engineer. The lintel above the proposed window to the bathroom needs to be sized. If possible, need someone to look at the job this coming Friday please. Thank you

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Small residential drafting work

Posted 3 months ago

I'm wanting a new window put in a garage plus a small internal floor put in. I need council consent for the window apparently. Need plans etc done.

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Designs for alteration of staircase and basement

Posted 4 months 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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Home renovations

Posted 2 days 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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Remove load bearing wall

Posted 4 months ago

We like to remove a load bearing wall, need design and build done. The job is in Newlands Wellington.

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Alteration Plans

Posted 2 months ago

Needing some plans drawn up for a small alteration which will need consent. A small 2 bedroom cottage that has had add-ons over the years and we want to tidy it all up and also take advantage of the wonderful sea views. Wanting to remodel the whole rear of cottage, and possibly do something to the front.

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Reconfigure and do up!

Posted 3 months ago

1920's house seems to be in good condition but various extensions over the decades need reworking and blending back into the original house. Looking for an architect designer to help us draw up plans which make best use of the space and views- within budget of course!

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Concept townhouse plan

Posted 1 month ago

A graduate draughtsman for concept plan for two townhouses.

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Bathroom and en-suite plans for consent

Posted 2 weeks 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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Pergola

Posted 3 months ago

Permit drawings for car pergola extending to a small glass house and storage

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Thorndon update

Posted 1 month 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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Ridgeway Reno

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Drafting and consent

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12th March 2020

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Design for a new bathroom and laundry area

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4th February 2020

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Draftsman wanted

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6th August 2019

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Welliedraught

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4th September 2018

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Deck design

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26th February 2020

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Renovation drafting

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29th April 2020

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Home renovation blueprints & consents

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14th May 2020

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Plans for new deck and doors

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6th November 2019

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New Restaurant

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21st November 2018

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South wall reclad etc

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29th January 2020

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Draughting services

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30th May 2019

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Garage renovation

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31st August 2019

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Gaynor carport close-in


21st May 2019

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Garage conversion #2

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19th May 2020

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Council plans for small -medium sized renovations

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13th March 2020

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draughtsman for drawings

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4th September 2019

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Making the home more family friendly

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15th October 2018

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Curb crossing

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17th January 2020

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Draft to apply for bathroom consent

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23rd November 2019

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Find Architects in Wellington

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Llewelyn Architecture & Design

Joined May 2018

Llewelyn is an experienced Architectural Graduate with a Masters of Architecture and a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry. He has experience with design, rendering, technical documentation and consultation on site for high profile clients in Wellington including Wellington Airport, Te Papa and Victoria University. Llewelyn is skilled in using Revit, SketchU...

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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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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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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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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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CMS

Joined March 2019

Hi there, Construction Management Services is a small personal management firm with 20 years experience in the industry. we are focused at providing dedicated project management and consultation for both property owners and existing contractors throughout the Wellington region. we pride ourselves in being a multifaceted construction management and consultation firm dedicated to providing a...

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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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Manaia Build Nz

Joined February 2020

20 years experience. Renovations. Restorations. New Builds. Decks. Fences. Retaining walls. Pathways. Interior fit out. Re fit. Cabinetry and kitchen installation. Cabinet repairs. Shower installation. Wet seal. Landscaping. We do it all. Text or call 0211120046

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Onemind Design

Joined November 2018

Whether you want a complete new home, renovation/addition 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 approvals and p...

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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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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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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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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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Holmes Architecture

Joined May 2020

Holmes Architecture is a Wellington-based architectural studio specialising in bespoke home design, renovations, and commercial work. From multi-unit housing to complex renovations, commercial interior fit-outs and new home builds, leading edge design technology alongside a passion for contemporary architecture ensures highly crafted and considered architectural design and project delivery. We bel...

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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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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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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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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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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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