Find a Designer

1 Prepare
a Brief

A brief will help you to narrow down what it is that you want from your build. Before you decide on the “who” you need to work out what it is you want in a design team and what is most important to you.

A good place to start is to ask:

What is your maximum budget?

Where are you willing to compromise and where do you need perfection?

How many bedrooms, bathrooms and living spaces do you need?

What size home do you need – cool and compact or large and grand?

Are green building principles important to you?

Do you spend most of your time in your lounge, kitchen or bedroom?

What is in your near future – retirement, a big family or three cocker spaniels?

Do you need room in your garage for a work space or are you a one car family?

Do you need a large wardrobe, an ensuite, a scullery, a study, a media room, games room, wine cellar, covered outdoor entertaining – a ballroom?!

Do you want a local design team?

Do you want a design and build team or do you already have a preferred building contractor?

2 Browse

Every designer has a certain style. By using our designer files you can easily check out the work of local designers who will be able to fulfill your design brief. For a start you will want to read their design philosophy, view their gallery of work, check out their website and look at the skill-set of their team. Select a few designers who impress you and then make contact. If you don’t see anyone you like locally, then search for Designers in surrounding regions. Designers often work outside of their local area or may be able to recommend a local designer who has a similar aesthetic.

3 Meet the

It's okay if you have several designers you want to make contact with – in the long run finding the right designer for your project will pay off.

When you meet with a designer, you need to ask questions that are going to help reassure you that you have met your match. Begin with the basics – What are their qualifications? Are they a member of ADNZ? What is their experience? Then move on to questions that will help discover if they will deliver on your expectations. Ask – What do you think is good design? What is your design philosophy? Can you deliver on our proposed budget? What do you like about our build site and where do you see setbacks? Will there be a Project Manager or do you do the work yourself? What are your payment options? Do you have any testimonials or past clients I can call? What is your favorite project you have worked on? Do you do all the design work yourself? Do you have preferred builders? What is your area of specialty- alterations, hill design, green/passive design, compact homes etc.

4 Clarify
the Details

Like any agreement you need a contract to protect yourself and your designer. Ask for a copy of your designer's terms and conditions and make sure they provide you with a legal written contract that clarifies price, timelines and what happens with certain eventualities. If you do not understand anything in the contract or want clarification – ask your lawyer. Make sure your Designers is using the ADNZ or NZIA terms of engagement.

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