Getting an Architect On-board for Your Bach Renovation

Living in Tauranga and the surrounding areas is a bit like living in paradise. With the recent turn towards working from home and the growth of online careers, more people are looking to the family bach as an option for full-time living. At Powerhouse Architectural, we think the Bay of Plenty is a pretty spectacular place, so why not live your life like you are on a permanent holiday? Making a move from dense urban areas to a place where the living is a little easier may be just the change you need to destress and really begin to enjoy life every day.

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Save Money by Using an Architect

When you are ready to build or renovate your home or commercial space you will be faced with a plethora of options. Smart choices in the planning stage of your construction project are essential if you want to stay within budget - and have a build experience that doesn’t cause a huge amount of undue stress. While you may feel like hiring an architect to draw up your plans is something other people do, you may be surprised by the myriad of ways hiring an architectural firm can actually save you money.

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Engaging with an Architect for a Tiny House Build

Around the globe, people are turning to alternative ways of living that support a smaller debt load and a more eco-friendly approach to citizenship. New Zealanders are renowned for their love of sustainable practice, and the Tiny House movement has really taken off here in the past few years. At Powerhouse Architectural Design Studio in Tauranga, we are always excited to approach a plan that requires us to think outside the box, even when the box is small.

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Add Value to your Home by Renovating Using an Architect

There has never been a better time to cash in your chips on the family bach in the Tauranga area, maybe you have an old banger in Papamoa Beach or something that looked slick 10 years ago at Mt Maunganui. The market for beachside property is definitely booming, despite any downturn that may be occurring in urban areas. While your beach property may be a little tired, even ramshackle, you may find that if you give it up now you will likely regret it in summers to come. There is a nostalgia that builds with these homes that contain so much laughter and relaxation, and Powerhouse Architectural can reinvigorate your weekender to ensure future generations get to have that some summer feeling.

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Achieving the Right Look and Feel Through Architectural Design

At Powerhouse Architectural Design Studio in Tauranga, we are great believers in turning spaces into places that are meaningful and productive in the ways that are important to you. Not all buildings are created equally and everyone has a story about a place they have been that made them feel relaxed, and perhaps a story about a place they have lived or worked that left them feeling drained.

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Building Relationships and Building Dreams

Powerhouse Architectural in Tauranga provides design and build solutions that connect balanced aesthetics to functional space. We also approach your project taking into account the environmental requirements of the local area, and global concerns around sustainability. Working sustainably in the community includes building great relationships with all of the people who will be involved in your building project - and sourcing products and services locally also makes sense for your budget.

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Why Consultation is Key for Commercial Builds

When you are building a home for your business there are some very specific things to consider. A commercial build is different from a residential build, and it pays to have an architectural designer that is attuned to those differences.

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The Difference Architectural Design Makes to a New Office Space

If your business has secured a new workspace and you’re thinking about how to fit out the interior, working with a design architect can make all the difference. A lot goes into creating an office that is as beautiful as it is productive, as healthy as it is practical, a space that engages employees and impresses clients. Here’s how our Tauranga design architecture firm approaches the design of a new office space.

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Six Lighting Tips for Architecturally Designed Homes

If you’re getting an architect to design a new home in Tauranga, lighting should be high on your list of priorities. From pendants to lamps, windows to sconces, lighting contributes to both the functionality and the aesthetic of any home. Here are six noteworthy lighting tips from our talented architects.

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Six Design Tips When Building a Beachy Home in Tauranga

Coastal. Beachy. Seaside. As a design architecture firm working in Tauranga, we hear these terms from our clients all the time. Over the past couple decades, the idea of a coastal home has evolved from a utilitarian bach to a family home that is well-worn and well-loved all year long. If you want to build a beachy home in Tauranga, here are our top six design tips.

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Designing a House with Winter in Mind

In Tauranga, many homes are built wonderfully for the summer with plenty of sunlight and indoor-outdoor flow. Unfortunately, far fewer can stand up to the cold and draughty conditions that our winters can bring. The benefit of getting in touch with a design architecture firm in winter is that handling the cold weather will be a bigger priority. Here are some of the ways that we design houses with winter in mind.

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How to Share Your Design Visions with an Architect

If you’re at the start of an architecture project, your mind is probably buzzing with ideas. Flashes of colour, textures and house layouts are constantly popping into your head. It’s a great idea to share your design visions with your architect at the outset, but sometimes this is easier said than done. Here are some useful tips to get on the same page as your architectural designer from the start.

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How to Blend Sustainability with Architectural Design

At Powerhouse Architectural, sustainability is at the core of our design work. It’s 2021: we believe that modern design needs to incorporate the traditional principals of architecture – functionality and aesthetics – while also being environmentally-friendly. Here are six techniques that our architectural designers use to incorporate sustainability in our design.

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