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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.

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 Tiny Home Movement in New Zealand

Posted 18/03/15

The tiny home movement is a trend that seems to be here to stay. But why has this movement gained so much traction? Is it a genuine trend that’s both socially and economically advantageous? Or is it just the next not-so-big thing in house design?... Exploring NZ's tiny home movement Since

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Need to Add an Extra Bedroom for Your Kids?

Posted 10/11/16

Kiwi parents have on average 1.9 kids, which works fine for those who have three bedroom homes. Except when you have more than two children, have guests over to stay or want to use a bedroom as a study or home office. That’s when adding on an extra bedroom for your kids is a great solution to gi

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

Architect for renovation

Posted 2 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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Draftsman Required for building consent house drawings

Posted 1 month 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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Draughtsman wanted for house extension

Posted 2 months ago

adding a master room with a bathroom, living room and sunroom on the current deck area

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Remove load bearing wall

Posted 2 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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Small residential drafting work

Posted 1 month 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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House alts & adds.- new kitchen, bathroom, ensuite, deck and outdoor space

Posted 2 months ago

Architect or Designer required to design, prepare and lodge a building consent application, with a potential option to later manage the project. Work may require some structural work and involve a small addition a the rear, but it is not envisaged that a Resource Consent will be required. Existing plans have been obtained from council.

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Resource consent

Posted 1 month ago

CAD contract drafting on hourly rate

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New Dwelling

Posted 1 month 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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Extension kitchen/bedroom storage

Posted 2 months ago

Integrating seperate laundry and storage shed to main house. Glass door all way along leading onto small patio garden. Space to include kitchen and storage, laundry and steps to mezzanine level far end also connects to small terraced garden. Advise design extra floor with 2 bedrooms on main house or single story extension off kitchen with mezzanine level end of extension opening onto terraced garden.

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Mount Cook Bungalow

Posted 2 months ago

Kia ora, My partner and I have moved into a bungalow in Mount Cook. We’ve spent the summer break working on plans to give the place a more modern feel, and better indoor flow. We’re now looking for someone who can help us turn those plans into council ready ones, and something that a builder can help tender on. We’re primarily looking to move our kitchen towards the front of the house, with open plan dining and living and to then move the bathroom to where the kitchen was. We would th...

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Deck design

Posted 2 months ago

30-40 m2 deck requires basic drawings to be submitted to the council for consent application.

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Pergola

Posted 1 month ago

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

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Council plans for small -medium sized renovations

Posted 2 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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Architect Draughtsperson

Posted 1 month 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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Curb crossing

Posted 2 months ago

Drawing/measurement of required curb crossing application for WCC

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Renovation drafting

Posted 1 month 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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75 Amritsar Street - Architects

Posted 2 months ago

Hi, We have a 1964 built house in Khandallah. The house is mostly in original condition, with big rimu windows and a deck off the lounge and dining room looking out to Petone. Cedar exterior with a corrugated roof. Bathrooms and kitchen are original so a complete change is require there. We would like extend the deck from the lounge, so some design and engineering work would be required. We have some other thoughts on some layout changes, but it would be good to talk these over with archit...

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Reconfigure and do up!

Posted 1 month 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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Designs for alteration of staircase and basement

Posted 2 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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Alteration Plans

Posted 2 weeks 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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New Restaurant

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21st November 2018

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Plans for new deck and doors

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6th November 2019

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Design for a new bathroom and laundry area

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4th February 2020

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draughtsman for drawings

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Draughting services

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Drafting and consent

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12th March 2020

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Draft to apply for bathroom consent

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23rd November 2019

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Deck for Murphy

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10th June 2018

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Council plans for small -medium sized renovations

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13th March 2020

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South wall reclad etc

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29th January 2020

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Drafting Services for a replacement garage, deck and internal renovations

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17th May 2018

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Making the home more family friendly

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15th October 2018

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Plans and consent for toilet in Garage

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14th July 2018

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Ridgeway Reno

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25th August 2019

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Curb crossing

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17th January 2020

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Garage renovation

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31st August 2019

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Welliedraught

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4th September 2018

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Find Architects in Wellington

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Devani Architecture Limited

Joined January 2020

Qualified Draftsman working from home office. Hardworking, reliable and committed to deliver accurate and quality construction documentation to my clients.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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