Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to hire an architectural designer?

The cost of hiring an architectural designer varies depending on the scope and complexity of the project. For most new residential projects, which include a site visit, concepts, resource consent drawings, building consent drawings and specifications, and building consent submission, our typical fee estimate is between 4-5% of the total project value.

How long does the architectural design process take?

The timeline for the architectural design process also varies depending on the scope and complexity of the project. It is best to schedule a meeting with an architect to discuss your specific project and desired timeline to get a more accurate estimate.

What are some sustainable design options for my home?

Sustainable design options for a home can include energy-efficient systems and materials, the use of natural light and ventilation, and the integration of green roofs or solar panels. It is best to schedule a meeting with an architect to discuss specific sustainable design options that would be appropriate for your project and budget.

How do I choose the right architectural designer for my project?

When choosing an architectural designer, it is important to consider their experience and portfolio, as well as their ability to communicate effectively and understand your design preferences. It is best to schedule a meeting with an architectural designer to get a sense of their communication style and approach to design.

How do I communicate my design preferences to my architectural designer?

Having open and clear communication with your architectural designer is essential for ensuring that your design preferences are incorporated into the final design. This can include things like mood boards, scrap books and even Pinterest pages. It is best to schedule a meeting with an architect to discuss your design preferences and establish a clear means of communication throughout the design process.

How can I make sure my project stays on budget?

It is important to establish a clear budget and timeline for the project at the beginning of the design process and to have open and clear communication with your architectural designer about any changes to the budget. It is best to discuss your budget and how to best stay within it during the design process.

What is the difference between an architect and an architectural designer?

Architects and architectural designers both work in the field of architecture, but there are some key differences between the two professions. Architects are registered with the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) and are responsible for the overall design and construction of a building. LBP designers are licensed under the New Zealand Government's Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) scheme, they are authorized to design and specify building work in New Zealand.

How do I navigate building and resource consent process?

Navigating the resource and building consent process in New Zealand can be complex and time-consuming. It's best to schedule a meeting with an architect or architectural designer to discuss your specific project and how to navigate the resource and building consent process in your area. They will be able to guide you through the process, ensure that your plans comply with all local regulations, and help you obtain the necessary consents to begin construction.

How do I choose the right builder for my project?

When choosing a builder, it is important to consider their experience, reputation, and communication style. Your architectural designer can often put you in touch with recommended builders, however, it is best to schedule a meeting with multiple builders and have your architectural designer present to help evaluate their compatibility with your project.

What are some common mistakes to avoid during the architectural design process?

Some common mistakes to avoid during the design process include not clearly communicating design preferences with your architectural designer, not staying within budget, and not fully understanding the permitting and zoning process. Your architectural designer will inform you on how they work to best avoid the common pitfalls in projects, however, it is important to keep communication up with your architectural designer to discuss how to avoid these common mistakes and ensure a smooth and successful design process is achieved.

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Fathima Iftikar
Renovation
We really enjoyed working with Sam and Ollie over the past year. They really listened to our requirements but also provided professional input where it mattered. Highly recommend Modal - they work with you to achieve the design and end-product you want!
Nick Morten
New Builds
Modal was very responsive & quick to take on feedback, and to produce/iterate plans - the council accepted the plan documentation with very few change requests. The resulting tiered house layout has resulted in excellent all-day sun to all properties, as well as plentiful parking.