Building Design

Building design is the part that is the most fun and the most exciting…

This is where you create your home in your imagination, then to design…

This is where your dreams can begin to become reality…

A good design process is key to a successful project. Design evolves over a period of time during which you and your designer discuss, digest, think and rework ideas until the best solution is arrived at to ensure you Build It Right.

Building Design and environment

What Building Design for Your Home?

This is where turning your dream into a reality begins. Now you’ve decided what you want, what you can afford, and how you’re going to pay for it, the next thing is to decide what you want your home to look like.

As with most things, it’s best to use a professional for this process. You may think it’s an expensive option, but they will bring imagination, experience and knowledge to work with you to make your home the best it can be and will have advice on ways to build within your budget.

Using a designer to tailor something specifically for you will give you a home that is unique and often with elements that will give you values both in real terms and intrinsic, but these drawings by leading New Zealand architect, Gerald Parsonson, will give you a good idea of modern house types.

On-line house plan companies can supply drawings and specifications that are guaranteed to get you a building consent anywhere in New Zealand if buying one pre-designed and then work with their Architect to customise the design if desired to suit your site and lifestyle.

Those who can prepare a custom-designed home are:

  • A Registered Architect (Please note – only those registered can call themselves an ‘Architect’)
  • An Architectural Designer
  • An Architectural Draughtsperson
  • Some Group Home Builders have Registered Architects or Architectural Designers who can design your home from scratch
  • You can (but you’ll need engineers and an architect/architectural designer/LBP Design to sign off on the design for the consent application)

Go here for advice on choosing a designer…

Building Design Budget


You will know what you can afford. Inevitably, in looking at beautiful homes in home magazines you will gather exciting ideas.

The reality is that many of these homes have costs many hundreds of thousands of dollars to build – budgets outside of the reach of many of us.

Compromise is a fundamental requirement. The good news, however, is that many of the design ‘looks’ can be achieved within more limited budgets by building smaller or using alternative materials.

We’ve put together a Budget Tracking page for you to keep on top of things.

For more inspiration visit our new Design Guide website…

Look for inspiration on our Pinterest Page here…

Building Design Inspiration