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FAQs

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Is Imagine Building Design affiliated to any nationally recognised organisations?

Yes. Tony is a Professional Member of Architectural Designer’s New Zealand Inc (ADNZ). To be a member a thorough registration process is undertaken which includes a number of interviews, submission of sample work, compliance with the ADNZ Code of Ethics as well as meeting the annual Continual Professional Development requirements.

How long has Imagine Building Design been in business?

The business started in January 2002.  Imagine Building Design is the trading name of Imagine International Ltd which was established in April 2002.

How will you keep my project on budget?

After establishing your budget at the initial meeting we compare it to the project brief. Sometimes it is apparent that the budget is too small or the brief is too big and discussions ensue to sort out priorities and overall feasibility of the project.  Once a budget is agreed upon we get into the design stage of the project. During this stage the design is assessed and estimated by an independent Quantity Surveyor.  If necessary the brief is trimmed or the design changed to ensure that the client is satisfied with costs.  The project only proceeds to the next stage once the client is happy and signs off both the design and the estimate.

How much will it cost to hire Imagine Building Design for my project?

Typically fees are charged as a percentage of the approved cost estimate as agreed to by you. This provides the client 'Peace of Mind' by having the fee 'Fixed' at an early stage. The actual percentage is agreed to at the start of the project so there are no hidden surprises. See our Services page for details on the range of percentages.

Who will actually be designing my project?

In almost all situations Tony Biesiek, the Design Director of Imagine Building Design, will be personally in charge of the design of your project and oversee the entire project from start to finish. Other team members will contribute by applying their specialist skills in preparing drawings, specifications and 3D images.

So what is Tony's industry background and experience?

“I have been involved in the building industry full-time since 1993. Prior to starting Imagine Building Design I worked for an Architect for 7 years whose main client was a multi-national company. Part of my role included the design, documentation and project management of nearly 160 projects for this one client in the seven years I worked there. About 70 of the projects required building audits and reporting back to the clients corporate head office with recommendations to formulate the design and construction brief. The geographical area covered was from Whangarei in the north to as far south as Dunedin & Queenstown. A lot of travelling was involved with these projects so efficiency and good management skills were essential for the success of the projects. During this time I learn't and established and developed a lot of the principles to which I base my designs around. Prior to this role I worked as Quantity Surveyor with a Structural Steel fabrication company.”

Other specialist experience gained over the last 16 years time includes:

  • Special needs facilities design
  • Apartments
  • New and renovated residential design
  • Property Development
  • Skate Parks & Parks Facilities
  • Quantity Surveying and Cost Analysis 
  • Commercial Buildings 
  • Sub Divisions
  • Zoo Hospital Facilities
  • Crematoria 
  • Lecture Theatre Design
  • Building Audits and Reporting
  • Schools & Educational Buildings
  • Project Tendering & Project Management 
  • Structural Steel Fabrication & Shop Design
  • Spreadsheet design
  • Skyscraper feasibility design
  • Computer 3d presentation work and 3d animation
  • Resthomes 
  • Accounting Systems

What ongoing training and education does Imagine Building Design do?

Tony, as an ADNZ member, is required to complete a Continual Professional Development (CPD) programme that has a minimum compliance level of twice the DBH Designer registration system. This involves attending an annual conference, monthly branch meetings which include a trade presentation as well as numerous other education presentations as provided by ADNZ.

In addition to ADNZ CPD the entire office has over 20 BRANZ & DBH seminar and training certificates. The most recent being the Right House Energy Efficiency Seminar.

Imagine Building Design also has an in house training programme where skills are taught such as client briefing, project supervision, design philosophy, design rules, accounting systems, and job management.

Imagine Building Design as an organisation realises that the building industry is in a constant state of change and that only through continual training, up-skilling and research are we able to maintain a high level of service and relevant knowledge.

Will you look after all the council consents and applications?

Yes. Imagine Building Design will establish all the requirements of the local council on your behalf. We will check if Resource Consent is required for any of the work. We will fill out all the application forms for you and inform you of the application fees and when they are due and co-ordinate other consultants if their expertise is required. You will not need to deal with any council building consent or town planning officials.

Does Imagine Building Design do projects outside of Taranaki?

Yes. Imagine Building Design has completed a number of projects throughout New Zealand as well as a couple in Australia. The team has the skills and tools to take on almost any project, anywhere.

Do I have to get my own builder?

You don’t have to get your own builder. Imagine Building Design can organise builders to price your work through a tender process. However, it is not uncommon for a client to already have their “friendly” builder on board before engaging the designer.

My builder says we don't need a designer or architect and that we could save a lot of money by using a draughtsman.

Many people are tempted to go the less expensive route by hiring a draughtsman. When you hire a draughtsman, you are only purchasing a drawing of a house. When you hire Imagine Building Design you are entering into a relationship that offers you many valuable services and you will be working with a team that are passionate about tailoring a design solution specific to your needs with the final result ultimately saving you time, money and frustration.

Do you have a Health & Safety policy and plan?

Yes. The organisation has a Health & Safety Policy in accordance with the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 that covers both on site and in the office situations. In addition the company has also sent staff on a Health and Safety Representative training course through Construction Land Based Training Ltd.

What They Say About Us

Imagine Building Design has been involved in two building projects for us. The first was a renovation of our house in Brisbane, Australia. We found Tony to have great communication skills with us whilst being in New Zealand. The project went very smoothly and we were really happy with the service Tony and his team provided.

- Russell & Vanessa Kirk

I have found Imagine Building Design to have a very sound knowledge about design and eye-catching architecture. They have a very friendly service and great people skills, easy to approach. I have recommended Imagine Building Design to many clients and have had high comments as a result.

- Te Paea Weco - PLS Builders Ltd

In looking for someone to draw up our dream home we wanted someone with up-to-date design and product knowledge. We wanted a designer who would listen to our ideas, refine them and make the ideas become reality. We wanted someone who was approachable and professional. We found Tony to be all of the above. We would highly recommend Tony to anyone who needed any design work done.

- Andrew & Sarah Birchler

We would be more than happy to recommend Imagine Building Design to any family or friends who were building a new house or doing alterations to an existing dwelling.

- Peter & Margaret McNeice

We love our house that Tony designed; we get so many positive comments from people about different features in the house. So when we build again for ourselves we will give Tony a call.

- Bryce & Sandra Hunger

We have been acquainted with Tony for the past two years since we originally decided to renovate our family home. Throughout the process, we have found Tony to be extremely approachable and very forthcoming with his advice and ideas. We look forward to embarking on this exciting venture with Tony at the helm!! We would have no hesitation recommending him and would certainly use his services again, should the need arise.

- Tony & Lisa Varga

I thoroughly recommend Tony Biesiek of Imagine Building Design. He has designed us a house that meets all our requirements as well as looking good and being functional. He was easy to explain things to, prompt and we are very happy with the service we received. The price was reasonable and we would not go to anyone else for our plans in the future.

- Keith & Jan Marshall

Imagine Building Design is a young growing organisation in which Tony listens to the clients. Options are considered but the client is always listened to. We would definitely use Tony and his team again and have no hesitation in recommending him to others as we have already done.

- Kevin Riley & Raewyn Wyngaarden

I use Imagine Building Design regularly because I find Tony good to deal with, being responsive to providing the service I need within the time frames required.

- Stuart Skene – New Plymouth District Council

Our introduction to Imagine Building Design was by watching a new house being built in Inglewood. From the outset we were impressed by Tony’s quick appreciation of our requirements for our new home and his eagerness to share our vision. His enthusiasm, dedication and attention to detail was brilliant. We feel we received superb value for money and would have absolute faith in recommending Tony and his team at Imagine Building Design to share a vision and create a home for anyone.

- Brent & Debbie Smith

We owned a very small section in New Plymouth (334m2) overlooking the Port on which we planned to build a three storey house making the most of the fabulous views. As a builder of forty years and building my own house, after looking at several houses that Tony had designed, we chose Imagine Building Design. We are very proud of our stunning and eye-catching home.

- Andy & Maree Smith

After visiting numerous, newly completed, buildings within New Plymouth designed by Tony of Imagine Building Design it certainly showed that his ability in this field was superior. We would recommend Tony to family and friends and wish Tony and the Imagine Building Design team all the best for the future.

- Brian and Maire Fleming