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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

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Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

Posted 08/06/17

What does that trade logo on your tradie's website or vehicle mean? What benefit can it provide you, the homeowner? Read on to find out more about national trade accreditations in New Zealand... Some industry accreditations are mandatory, as government regulations require that certain wor

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Choosing 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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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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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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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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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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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.

Extension drafting

Posted 1 month ago

Drafting of extension to current home for council consent. Expansion of downstairs room to provide upstairs landing / decking area, plus drafting of new wing to the house which includes downstairs garage and upstairs bedrooms. We have prepared some rough concept drawings, and are fairly sure about project direction, so primarily looking for drafting skills (ideally with building experience and solid understanding of the building code) to allow us to consent the work.

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Drummison West End Revive

Posted 1 month ago

Our aim is to get much more use out of the western end of our house, which has our kitchen/informal dining area that was built as an extension to the house in the 90s, and backyard. Currently there is a standard backdoor leading out to a small deck on the northern side of the house & a small backyard across the western end of the house. Our high-level idea is to replace this with a larger deck that wraps-around to include the western side of the house, and have doors (either sliding or bi-fo...

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Alex Whitney

Posted 1 month ago

Converting kitchen and dining rooms into open plan living (replacing lean to with new section) En suite and wardrobe of master bedroom Divide up end of large lounge to be bathroom and laundry area.

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Home Renovation

Posted 1 month ago

We require a brief and concept drawings for home renovations. Renovations include the whole interior of the home and a potential extension. We have our own ideas however we require someone with creative flair to contribute their own ideas and thoughts to the plan.

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Explore adding a storey to existing house

Posted 1 week ago

Explore the feasibility of adding another storey to a house that was builti n 2010. The house is 177 sqm - First floor is 117sqm and the second storey is 60 sqm. Based on constraints with the size of the section/shade angles it is hoped to determine if another storey can be added (approx 40-50sqm) that will meet council regulations.

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Draftsman needed for wall removal

Posted 1 week ago

Want to remove wall between kitchen and lounge to create open plan. As seen in picture below it is wall from ranch slider side. Need to see if it is a load bearing wall and if council context is needed.

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Bathroom Remodel

Posted 1 month ago

We are looking to remodel our bathroom - including relocation of plumbing and introduction of new facilities. Approximate area is ...

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Garage conversion #3

Posted 1 month ago

Hi, I'm looking to convert my garage into living space, and would like to find an architect to help draw up the plans for building consent, and to inform the building contractor. The garage will need a new floor, insulation on the walls/ceiling , a new external wall with window and door, lighting, electric sockets etc.

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Doors in Seatoun

Posted 1 week ago

We need some drawings done for some doors to be put into an exterior wall. Need advice on size and placement and drawings for consent.

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Help with working drawings to support building consent

Posted 2 weeks ago

We are working towards a substantial (in kind) renovation to the rear of our 1906 Villa (remove lean-to, extend existing roof line and building in a granny flat that is underneath our house but not accessed from inside the house at the moment) and I have a good idea of what I’m after as I want to maintain the symmetry and proportions of the home, but I need help and support to prepare initial plans to engage a builder and go to the bank with and working drawings suitable for building consent and...

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26B new bedroom

Posted 2 days ago

Add new bedroom (new build on land in front of and lower than the lower left room) and add on to existing house 2m extension (conservatory style?) Need plans approved by Q2 2021

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Monk Home extension

Posted 1 week ago

Turn a 3 bedroom 1 bath home into a 5-6 bedroom 3bath family home We would like initially concept design and if the right concept can be found to suit our budget then proceed with consent and for construction docs.

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Hair salon renovation

Posted 4 weeks ago

My wife needs a plan drawn up for her hair salon to get council approval, specifically around the plumbing for the 2 hair wash chairs she's putting in. Would you be able to help with that?

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Renovations

Posted 1 month ago

We have a rumpus room and want to check if small kitchenette and bathroom can be added. Plus we want to add guest toilet upstairs and move laundry on a different side

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Drawings from Building consent - Small renovation

Posted 1 month ago

We are renovating our downstairs room and turning the the laundry area into a bathroom (ensuite). We have the concept and design already sorted and some draft plans in CAD. We need to turn these into Council's standard drawings for building consent.

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Extension

Posted 4 days ago

Creating a new entrance way and extending lounge and an outdoor area.

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Design/renovation

Posted 1 month ago

We require an architect to provide planning layout and renovation design for an extension to accomodate a third bedroom with ensuite. We would need the exisiting layout of the house reconfigured to more of an open plan. Existing master bedroom to split in two. 1930s bungalow.

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Garage and deck attached to.house

Posted 6 days ago

Plans drawn for consent through to build. Ideas on whether we extend house or just build deck on top of garage and would like ideas on how to design this.

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Draughting involving structural support to submit for consent

Posted 1 month ago

We are an interior and kitchen design company looking for a draughtsperson to work on a Kitchen/Laundry/Dining renovation. The plans will involve changes to structural support, removing a 'kink' from a wall/beam, widening a doorway to make the area more open-plan and drawing up the new kitchen that we will be designing. Draughting should be electronic and the draughtsperson will be responsible for applying for consent. Building is currently booked to commence in February. Home is a bungalow/v...

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Change Front - entry to House block up old Entry

Posted 5 days ago

Drafting for Consent - Smaller window , wall up old front door drafting for reno of bathroom and window removal create new front entry at opposite end of the house We have architect concept plans not in great hurry

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Curb crossing

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Ridgeway Reno

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New Restaurant

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21st November 2018

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Draft to apply for bathroom consent

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23rd November 2019

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Draftsman wanted

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Draughting services

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Garage conversion #2

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19th May 2020

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Renovation drafting

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Terra Restaurant

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South wall reclad etc

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29th January 2020

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Drafting and consent

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12th March 2020

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Plans for new deck and doors

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6th November 2019

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Deck design

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26th February 2020

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draughtsman for drawings

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4th September 2019

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Council plans for small -medium sized renovations

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13th March 2020

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Home renovation blueprints & consents

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14th May 2020

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Garage renovation

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31st August 2019

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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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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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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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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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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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Designshop Architecture

Joined September 2011

Hi there! We'd love to discuss your project with you! We listen carefully to give you what you need, offer valuable and relevant comment, and think outside the square to make sure you get "the best bang for buck"! And give you an estimate or preferably a fixed fee quote for our services. Designshop Architecture is an award winning business handling all sizes and types of project, new work, a...

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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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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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3drenderstudio co nz trading as Boztech Ltd

Joined September 2017

We offer all kinds of Architectural Concept Design and Full Working Drawings, we can do work throughout New Zealand. Also specialists in 3d images and video 🎥

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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. ...

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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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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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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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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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TAP Construction

Joined July 2014

We specialises in small subdivisions and new builds. If you have been thinking about subdividing your large section and building on your new title we are the people to see. We can take care of everything from the subdivision process right through to Code Compliance. We also renovate old homes, from the repile through to the reclad. We have trade qualified builders and in todays busy, progres...

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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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Projects at Home

Joined July 2020

We offer design, planning and project management services for your renovation, tailored to your specific needs. We can help you as little or as much as you need and we’re here to make things easier and save you time and money. To help achieve this we like to break our work into 'packages' that reflect where we think there are natural decision points throughout your project and to offer you flexibi...

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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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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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