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

Sleep out with ensuite

Posted 1 month ago

Hi I'm needing to please get plans drawn up for a 8.4x3 metre cabin with a bedroom. Ensuite and lounge area. I have a floor plan to work from. I need the plans for a building consent. I know that alot of people are busy this time of year but I'm hoping to get this done as soon as possible so if you could please include when you might be able to help with this i would greatly appreciate it. I already have. Builder, an electrician and a plumber. I have attached a photo of the floor plan but it wil...

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Home renovation

Posted 6 months ago

We are looking to do some renovation work on a 1989 built single story living, 100 sqm house. We have a pdf of plans from the council as a starting point and hoping these can be entered into some CAD software to begin with. We need to get some drawings ready for council permits etc. There are basically 2 parts needing council approval (1- a door becoming a ranch slider in the living room & 2- a new entry/hall/3rd bedroom out of an existing garage conversion). We are also looking to get some...

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Deck extension

Posted 1 month ago

I need plans to extend an existing deck with glass balastrades from 1.5 metres to about 4.5 metres. Deck height is approx. 3130 metres so may need an engineers report for the height and the balastrades. I have most of the original house plans. Help with council approval would also be good. I already have a builder

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New Home Build

Posted 1 year ago

Draft working plans for new build. I have concept plans and Engineering Report.

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New build

Posted 1 year ago

Use a homepacks house design plan with the engineers site report to draft plans for council submission. Cad files included from home packs. Council submission to be handled by me.

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Garage sleepout conversion

Posted 1 year ago

Design garage conversion to sleep out with toilet, shower and basin, to comply with council consenting requirements and lodge consent

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Bennett Reno

Posted 2 weeks ago

We are wanting to renovate our kitchen, bathroom and other parts of the house.

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Relocatable house require draftsman for building consent

Posted 1 year ago

Relocatable house require draftsman for building consent - Waipu Township

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Small amenities shed and drainage drawings required for WDC permit.

Posted 3 months ago

We require Council ready drawings of a small amenities shed 3.0m x 2.6m showing a hot water cylinder and a washing machine and tub. We require a drainage plan showing sewer from sewer connection at boundary to the amenities shed. The drainage and site plan have been hand drawn already by drainlayer. The amenities shed will be constructed on a deck, which will be less than 1.0m high. Both deck and shed need to be drawn to NZS3604. Council requires 3 x site plans, 3 x floor plans, 3 x elevations,...

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Renovations

Posted 1 year ago

Provide plans for reconfiguration/renovations including new Kitchen, laundry lounge.

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Waterfront house

Posted 1 year ago

House design. 4 bedroom, open plan, windows and deck on water side. Long rectangle section. 800m2. Single story or part upper story. Not planning on starting build till next year. Ideally an appropriate design or builder with similar plan made.

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Warkworth house plans

Posted 1 year ago

Got 2/3 weeks to get plans drawn for 70sq minor dwelling for WDC. I have engineering report and photos, town supply sewerage and building suitability report done. But no plans. House is a secondary minor dwelling to go 15 meters from house that we resited to Ruakaka in 2008. house is onsite in Warkworth and moving to Ruakaka.

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COA

Posted 1 year ago

Need some1 to do a report and plans of work that has been done to the house (b4 we got there, and work we've done) so we can get a code of acceptance for the house.

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Preliminary Plans

Posted 1 year ago

We are wanting to do a 2x bedroom extension- hoping it will be fairly simple! We are looking for someone to draw up some preliminary plans and submit to council. We have recently had as built plans drawn up. We also have a fair idea of where we want the bedrooms, unless someone tells us otherwise!

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Staircase

Posted 1 year ago

Plans to submit to council

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Outside shower and toilet

Posted 1 year ago

We are looking at building an outside shower and toilet at our property near the swimming pool. Currently family and visitors need to walk throught the house to get changed or use the toilet. We are on a septic tank rather than mains sewage. We would be grateful for your advice re how we could do this, need for planning permission and design and costs.

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Help with design

Posted 1 year ago

Hi there I am after some1 who can help me to draft a house plan. Or if anyone has pre drawn plans. As I am looking to build something affordable . Any designs will be considered thanks.T

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Verandah

Posted 2 weeks ago

Need drawing completed for covering over deck

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Aspect, floor and pile plans for resite house

Posted 1 year ago

Got 2/3 weeks to get plans drawn for 70sq minor dwelling for WDC. I have engineering report and photos, town supply sewerage and building suitability report done. But no plans. House is a secondary minor dwelling to go 15 meters from house that we resited to Ruakaka in 2008. house is onsite in Warkworth and moving to Ruakaka.

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Add bathroom to garage

Posted 1 year ago

Hi I want to ad a bathroom to my garage and needs someone to do the drawings and manage the consent. There are no structural changes to the garage, the garage is being repaired, and reconditioned, and a bathroom being added.

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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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mdl architects

Joined December 2010

We are a small practice formed in 2006 and have practiced since 1994. We are qualified draftspeople and architects and specialize in domestic alterations and new work. Fantastic rates and strong visual presentation of designs through the latest CAD technology that will show exactly how the new work will appear. It is our personal philosophy to make the design and construction experience an enjo...

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AY

Joined January 2018

I’m very passionate about new and existing residential projects with 10 years experience in the industry. I’m skilled to take all residential projects from initial design to detailed design through to council submission. (LBP Design Licence)

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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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Blue Zone Homes Limited

Joined April 2018

Hi, we've been building and renovating homes and commercial buildings for more than 20 years in New Zealand and overseas. We have teams of builders based in Northland and Auckland. While we can handle all types of renovation and new builds our specialty is newer building technology that can save time and money and result in a superior product compared to traditional building methods. Our focus is...

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LMD Planning Consultancy

Joined September 2010

Expertise in preparing Land and Property Development Plans, Architectural schemes, Resource Consent aplications, Landscape Designs, Visual Impact Assessments, Submissions to Councils, Appearing at Council Hearings and Environment Court mediations

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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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Embarc Architectural Design

Joined March 2020

Hi there! I'm a freelance Architectural Designer and Licensed Building Practitioner with experience in both new build and renovation projects. I can provide you with a variety of services from Conceptual Designs, Resource Consents through to Building Consent documentation ready for approval. I pride myself in open communication, accuracy and professionalism which has enabled me to see out hu...

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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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Advancedesign Architecture

Joined October 2012

We are an experienced Architectural Design company with over 500 building consents issued. LBP registered Builders as well, so we come from a practical background. In house Engineer & Resource Consent Planner available for a complete and comprehensive design service. We enjoy creating great homes and buildings and are partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help create cost effective homes for...

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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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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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VersatileDesign

Joined September 2009

Let me help design that long awaited project of yours. I am a qualified Architectural Designer, with many years of NZ experience in new residential, renovations, additions and alterations, decks, commercial, remediation and more! I will either take your sketched design OR provide you with other options in completing your desired finished project. All my work is architecturally designed...

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Breckon Builders Limited

Joined April 2017

Hi, we specialise in all aspects of building, major renovations, new homes and small jobs also. we pride ourselves on workmanship, professionalism and providing competitive no surprise quotes and then completing the job on budget and on time. We are also members of New Zealand Certified Builders offering the 10 year halo guarantee, Trade Qualified & Licensed Building Practitioner.

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AW Designs

Joined December 2019

Having worked for a well known high end residential architectural practice based in central Auckland for the past 5 years, as a respected Project Architect, I enjoy the whole package approach - from concept to keys hand over. With experience in client relationships, detailed design, drafting, project and contract management, (including on-site observations) for a range of high end architectural...

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DevonDezign

Joined April 2018

DevonDezign has been in the landscape design and construction industry for the last 10 years. No job is too small; from odd jobs around the garden to make the space more functional, through to full service design and construction of your outdoor living space.

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Paul Naude

Joined July 2020

I have been working in Architecture and Design for the last 15 years. In that time I have worked at housing companies through to the most prestigous New Zealand Architectural firms, designing and documenting from humble to award winning homes. I have a broad range of experience in design and detailing and I am able to understand your design and budget requirements and help you to meet them. I c...

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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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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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Northscape

Joined March 2017

Northscape, a premier team that provides a comprehensive suite of premium landscape solutions to 'create your ultimate outdoor environment' Northscape scope of activities are in the Far North, Bay of Islands, Whangarei, Regions and the services we offer to you are: - Landscape Design - Sourcing Plants & Landscape Materials - Planting, Bark or Mulching of Gardens - Lawn Installation (...

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