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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

Posted 08/06/17

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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 r

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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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Trainee or newly qualified draughtsman to produce plans for building concent of a small basic 100-120sqm home with mono roof.

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Draught a solution to my lean to roof

Posted 1 month ago

I have a lean to kitchen and bathroom with a strange long run roof that meets at a dip in the middle (where the drain is). This means the ceiling inside the kitchen is sloping downwards on both sides of the drain. This roof is attached to a tiled roof on the main house. I would like a nicer solution - hoping that the roof could be pitched from the bathroom over the kitchen into a gutter drain so so will remove the weird bump inside the kitchen ceiling. Am also wanting a skylight installed.

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Removal of structural wall drawings

Posted 2 weeks ago

Hi , I’m looking for a draughtsman to prepare and submit plans to Wellington city council for me. As part of a kitchen Reno I am removing a 2.78m wall that is structural. We need to place a wooden beam into the ceiling. Thanks

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Extend existing room to build new bathroom ensuite

Posted 1 month 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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Small single level extension #2

Posted 3 weeks ago

Hello I have resource consent granted for a simple small extension on single level flat site in lyall bay..I'm a LBP builder and have drawn plans for resource consent myself but need a LBP Draughtsman to draw working drawing plans for building consent.

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Redesign

Posted 1 week ago

Has done the surveyor. 730m2 slop land with 1940's house on it. I want to redevelop the land. Can anyone pls give professional plan? Thanks Jeff

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Small single level extension

Posted 3 weeks ago

Have a resource consent granted for small single level extension on flat site in lyall bay. I'm LBP builder and drew the plans for resource consent and now need a LBP Draughtsman to draw plans for building consent.

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Design for a new bathroom and laundry area

Posted 3 weeks ago

Looking to add a new bathroom and laundry area. Need services for design work to get council’s consent

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Need plans for recladding wall of house and installing new door & windows.

Posted 3 weeks ago

We have an issue with moisture coming in through the flashing on our old windows & decking joists. We need to do a reclad of one side of the house (2 stories), have a ranch sliding door and new windows installed with appropriate flashing to keep the moisture out. We also need new flashings for the decking joists. The double glazed windows have already been manufactured but the the door hasn't been yet as it would have required a building consent. As the recladding will require a consent, we...

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Car port => garage conversion

Posted 2 weeks ago

Hi We would like to replace our carport with an enclosed garage with internal house access. Cheers

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Drawings for adding bathroom

Posted 3 weeks ago

Give me advice (especially the plumbing) and do accurate drawings for adding a bathroom in existing house. To get through council consent

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Cad drawings of a 139 sqm commercial retail site

Posted 1 week ago

Need to get CAD drawings of a 139 sqm commercial retail site in central Wellington. I don’t know how much it will cost. I need a quote.

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Draftsman wanted

Posted 1 month ago

We're transforming our double garage that has two offices attached to it into a granny flat! We are after a draftsman to help finalise our plans. We've had plans drawn up already and the City Council are happy with them they just need a few minor changes. The work is considered schedule 1 work so it doesn't need consent but we do need consent for the drainage!

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New townhouse

Posted 1 day ago

Looking for a draftsman to draw up plans for a 3 bedroom townhouse on a flat site in Johnsonville. Concept drawings have been done for resource consent, need to work them into working drawings for consent. Ready to start asap

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Plans for new deck and doors

Posted 1 week ago

We have a large north facing window we’d like to turn into doors and a deck. The deck will start about 1m from the ground but the land slopes away from there

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Building a garage

Posted 4 weeks ago

Need a artitech as been told to design a garage before building it

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Garage renovation

Posted 1 week ago

Draught plans for garage renovations for bedroom conversion

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Draftsman needed for wall removal

Posted 3 weeks ago

Hi there, im looking at removing a wall that currently separates our lounge and kitchen. It is load bearing so will need drawing up etc for consent

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Replace existing garage with larger garage/sleepout

Posted 1 week ago

Draughtsman to advise on replacement of existing garage with larger garage/sleepout. Existing garage on concrete pad,where new part of garage/sleepout back section slopes

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Draftsman needed for kitchen & laundry renovation

Posted 4 weeks ago

We want to remove a fireplace & wall between our kitchen & living room and need someone to draft up the plan & submit the council consent application. We know what we want, with the exception of the specific draw & cupboard layout. I have attached an existing & planned floorplan.

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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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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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Cook Costello

Joined June 2017

Cook Costello is a multi-disciplinary consultancy of Engineers, technicians, Surveyors and Architectural designers, successfully serving national and international clients since 1976. We can manage your build project from planning, concept, geotechnical, civil, structural, surveying and design through to building consent stage and project management.

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Abode Architecture

Joined October 2018

We are a company that believes relationships are important. A meaningful life requires meaningful relationships. With this in mind we design architecture that evokes great relationships. We also understand that great architecture fits both your lifestyle and your personal style. I have been in the building industry since leaving school, firstly as a builder then later as a site manager undertaki...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Archemics Design

Joined April 2019

Archemics Design is an architectural design 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 environment we ensure top q...

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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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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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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 12+ years experience in everything from rural n...

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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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Oncore Wellington S W

Joined August 2019

Oncore is New Zealand's leading team for residential and commercial repairs, maintenance, insurance work, and installations. My name is Steve Wang, your local Oncore operator in Wellington. My people and project management skills have enabled me to ensure every project runs smoothly. Working with reliable and qualified tradesmen, we are set to improve homes of all shapes and sizes across the r...

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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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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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