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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.

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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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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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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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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Successful Indoor Outdoor Flow in New Zealand Homes

Posted 13/05/15

One of the most popular selling points of a kiwi home is the indoor/outdoor flow. Whether you’re thinking of selling or just want to realise the potential of your home and the plot it stands on, considering indoor outdoor flow is important... Indoor outdoor flow The secret to unlocking the

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Choosing and Using an Architect

Posted 05/10/12

A good working relationship between client and architect is a vital ingredient in the success of any building project. Therefore it's therefore essential to choose an architect whose design approach and practice philosophy best fit your requirements... However, you may have noticed there

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Load bearing beam drafting

Posted 1 month ago

Hi, need a load bearing beam lengthened, also need to lodge consent etc

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Kitchen renovation

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Need to know if I can extend the kitchen

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Single level new home

Posted 1 month ago

Hi Team, We are looking for demolishing old home and building new with the same foot print. Current footprint is around 94m2. Singal level. Concrete or old stucco house. It has to be on piles due to new flooding level height 450mm With the same footprint, we would prefer to take building consent to move forward. Brick cladding will be fine as well. We have got fair idea on how we want, so it will be time savers for all. Feel free to contact with your time line and possible expertise.

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Alterations and additions

Posted 1 month ago

Hi, we are wanting to get some drawings done for a bit of work around our place in Karori. We want to do a double garage with granny flat underneath, an extension to the house including master bedroom and en-suite etc, and a couple of large openings in existing load bearing walls. Works will be staged over the next two years and going through the resource consent phase now. The first stage would be the house extension and openings. I have done drawings in autoCAD of what we want if that helps...

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Architect to check if I can remove 2 walls

Posted 1 month ago

Hi there. I have 2 walls that I want to remove to create an open space. One wall has build in chimney in it. I have architectural drawings for the house. I need : 1. Understand if it can be done and if I need a building consent for it. 2. I need help with obtaining consent if needed. ( provide drawings, completing application form ) Thank you, Alexey

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Drafting renovation concept into building/consent drawings

Posted 3 weeks ago

We are planning an extension and some internal reconfiguration to our 1926 weatherboard bungalow. Single story, all timber framing. Have the basic floor plan ideas, need to be formalised into drawings/plans that can be used for consent application and for builders to follow. Plan to start work in about a year. Would ideally like plans drawn by early in 2022 to allow for consent timeframes etc.

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Removal of Load-Bearing Wa

Posted 1 month ago

We need an internal wall removed as part of a kitchen renovation. The wall is load-bearing and accordingly requires plans to support a building consent and to assist our builder. Can you help please?

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Renovation ideas: Seeking local draftsman

Posted 1 week ago

We have a 100 year old bungalow in Lyall Bay, Wellington. we have a lot of ideas but no idea of budget, and seeking a local draftsman to come for an initial visit and discuss with us. Then, have them draft up plans so we can get an indication of price from renovators/builders. Our idea is to minimise any structural change as much as possible, and ideally, a plan that can be done in stages as and when budget is available, so creativity is important.

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Renovation wall changes drafting services

Posted 1 month ago

Drafting services for consent (have sketch plans) for renovation of existing garage wall to provide doorway into house and wall changes for bathroom/toilet (layout changes). As soon as possible as really keen to start renovation before end of year.

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Repiling and renovation plans

Posted 1 month ago

We are planning to get re-piling and some major renovations done at our residential property. Looking to get some plans drawn for that.

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Hired hand

Posted 1 month ago

We are looking for a competent drafts person to assist us in 3604 building consents

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Wall removal draft

Posted 1 month ago

Removing wall between kitchen and living room, require an architect to design an internal pr external beam

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Renovating - residential house floor plan

Posted 2 weeks ago

I require a drafter to draw up plans (for consent and builder) . I have already firmed up 80% of the design so just need them drawn up.

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Internal Garage to Room Conversion

Posted 3 weeks ago

I'm looking to convert my internal garage to a master bedroom with an ensuite. I have drawn up a few ideas and would like some plans drawn up. I'd also like to get an understanding of what approvals I would need. I've attached some images of the current garage, original house plans, and a few of my own drawings, the one I made on the computer is the one I'm leaning towards but happy to take any suggestions.

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Architect/drafter for kitchen bathroom renovation

Posted 1 month ago

We are seeking an architect or draftsperson to help us draft plans to renovate our kitchen and bathroom. We would like to stagger the renovation but would like an architect to give us an overall plan and ideas.

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Renovation

Posted 1 week ago

Our renovation project includes: adding one bedroom, a bathroom, and a deck. We've already had the idea of how we want them to look like, and we are looking for a drafting service that includes engineering.

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Drawings for Kitchen extension

Posted 1 month ago

From a detailed set of photo’s with all dimensions, develop Autocad drawings of the existing (1920’s) house, as a basis for drawings of the extension. The new kitchen plan is very clear cut, but needs technical drawings for Council consent.

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Drafting Plans for Consent

Posted 1 month ago

You should be experienced using some version of ARCHICAD, and Sketchup. Existing plans to be modified and rendered for consenting.

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Miramar Rangers AFC - Clubroom Recladding

Posted 1 month ago

Original weatherboards are a Hardies Hardboard product that is disintegrating and so cladding needs replacing. Need drawings done so that we can apply for a building permit.

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Draughtperson for home extension

Posted 1 week ago

Looking for draughtsperson to assist with plans drawn to spec for an extension to a 1906 one bedroom house in Berhampore. Builder engaged to prepare concept drawings, but room to adjust those on the basis of recommendations by draughtsperson. Main ask is for one bedroom with potential for small office space and storage. Expected size ~20-30sqm. Hoping for someone available as soon as possible.

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Recent architecture and design reviews

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Council plans for small -medium sized renovations

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13th 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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Home renovation blueprints & consents

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14th May 2020

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Draft to apply for bathroom consent

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23rd November 2019

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South wall reclad etc

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29th January 2020

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Plans for new deck and doors

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6th November 2019

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Drafting and consent

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12th March 2020

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Renovation drafting

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29th April 2020

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Create plans for extra room for submission to council consent

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21st December 2020

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Deck design

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26th February 2020

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Curb crossing

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17th January 2020

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Garage conversion #2

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19th May 2020

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New doorway

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16th November 2020

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 2
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Onemind Design

Joined November 2018

Whether you have a potential renovation/addition to your existing home, require a second dwelling, new garage, 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. For over 15 years we have loved designing beautiful and functional architecture to make the best use of our clients resources and budg...

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Modal

Joined August 2021

Modal is a local architectural design company that specialises in residential renovations and new builds. We focus on helping homeowners transform spaces for the benefit of our customers lifestyles.

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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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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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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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Dotco Construction Limited

Joined December 2020

We are a small but reliable team that take pride in our work and can cover many types of building work such as; *NEWBUILDS *RENOVATIONS *DECKS & PERGOLAS *MAINTENANCE and MORE! At DotcoConstruction Ltd We provide competitive quotes and will attempt to beat any quote.

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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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AlphaBuildNZ Ltd

Joined December 2019

From small fit outs to large renovations to new builds, we offer a wide range of expertise. Hard working and thorough to get the job done and completed to a high standard

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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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JK Project Management

Joined June 2012

JK Project Management looks after all the trades on your projects to give you one simple point of contact. Renovating? Full build? Landscaping? - Let us sort the builder, sparky, plumber etc. As well as offering Project Management, we also offer Excavation works, Driveways, home handyman, rubbish removal, tiling, plastering, painting from all the trades on our books. Having so many trades on...

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buxtond id

Joined May 2021

A New Zealand based industrial design practice that designs and delivers complex - industrial - product - architectural - engineered - interior - exhibition & museum environments across commercial and residential spectrums

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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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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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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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Malibu Painting

Joined July 2012

Malibu Painting The Art of House Flipping, Renovation, and Design Your Assets Matter! We, therefore, focus on durability and quality. Global Partnership and Development Ltd has supported more than 100 micro business entrepreneurs in the least developed countries. Why us? We have completed houses in Hamilton, Taupo, Tokoroa, Rotorua, Tauranga, Putaruru, Cambridge, and Taihape. Our service...

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Architeck Limited

Joined November 2018

Kia ora, We are Architeck, we love architecture in all aspects from design, developments through to construction. We would love to hear from you about your project. Please contact us today for a no obligation, free consultation of your next project. We are specialists in providing excellent, professional architectural services. We have over 14+ years experience in everything from rural n...

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NuVista Homes

Joined March 2014

Hi, We are NuVista Homes. We are a multi-award winning, family operated business with over 14 years of building experience in New Homes, Renovations, Alterations, Light Commercial work and General Building. We also offer in house interior design services We pride ourselves on making you happy and creating your project into our own master piece. This means we take the time to get to know you...

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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 ......

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TAKE SHAPE ARCHITECTURE LIMITED

Joined July 2021

Hi there, I have been working in the architecture industry for over 10 years, I've mainly focused on new homes and renovations. I have worked on project all over New Zealand, including contributing to the Christchurch rebuild efforts.

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