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Our Services

Architectural Design Services offered by Imagine Building Design can be split into four main stages:

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Imagine Building Design has the in-house expertise to take a project from the initial client consultation through to project completion. 
Along the way we undertake full design, building consent documentation, tender/pricing documentation, tender process management and construction supervision.
Each stage has appropriate quality control procedures and checks in place.

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#1 Free Initial Consultation

Imagine Building Design offers a no obligation, Free Initial Consultation (1), to all prospective clients to discuss their dreams, goals and aspirations for their project. The brief, budget and project timeframe are usually established at this meeting.

From this meeting the Design Service Agreement establishing scope of work and fee structure is usually proposed to the client.

(1) The free initial consultation allows for up to 2 hours for the meeting and 75km travel and 1 hour travel time. Any subsequent travel and travel time or additional meeting time incurs additional charges.

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#2 Design Stage

Imagine Building Design carry out all the design "in-house" on our projects. We generally do not provide a “draughting only” service. Our passion for good design, both aesthetically and functionally is apparent through the awards we have won and the testimonies of our clients. There is nothing we enjoy more than seeing the goals, plans and needs of our clients fulfilled through thoughtful, creative and energy efficient design solutions.

Once the Design Service Agreement is signed by both the Designer and the Client then the "Design Stage" begins. During this stage the designer will have visited the site and taken key measurements, levels and photographs as well as doing a records check or getting a LIM report at the local District or City Council. The design process covers concept sketches through to top end 3d artist’s impressions and animations as well as establishing the construction methods and material selections for the project. The design is revised as required until the client is satisfied. The team have broad experience in many construction systems as well as vast material knowledge.

An independant cost estimate by a Quantity Surveyor is undertaken to check the design against the budget. This will give a good indication of the 'build' cost for the client. If the client is happy with the estimate then they 'sign' it off as approved and the project proceeds to the next stage otherwise the design and/or brief is reviewed and modified to suit.

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#3 Documentation Stage

Once the approved design and approved cost estimate are established the design is then developed into detailed drawings and specifications ready for building consent lodgement and tendering. Quality documentation is a priority value of Imagine Building Design.

Our philosophy is that if a job is well designed and well documented the construction side of the project goes much better. Our drawings are clear and concise making the work of the builder and Building Consent Authority so much easier.

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#4 Construction Stage

The majority of our projects have the construction stage administered by us. From tenderer selection, management of insurances, periodic on site observation, processing of contractor claims, compilation of warrantees and guarantees, practical completion inspections and defects liability inspection.

Good communication and regular site visits ensure that problems and delays are identified early and addressed quickly. The predominant standard for construction contracts that we use is NZS 3910:2013. The feedback from clients is that this stage provides security and confidance in the process for them by having their designer continue to be actively involved in the project.

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Additional Services

In addition to the 4 main stages Imagine Building Design also offers the following:

  • Resource Consent applications
  • Kitchen Design 
  • Interior Design and Colour Schemes 
  • Masterplanning 
  • Feasibility Studies 
  • 3D Modelling and Animation

So how much will these Architectural Design Services cost?
Typically, fees are charged as a percentage of the approved cost estimate. This provides the client 'Piece 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!

Typically, a Full Service (stages 1,2,3 & 4) for a new house is around 9-12% + GST and Partial Service (stages 1,2 & 3) for a new house 7-10% + GST. The actual percentage will depend on the size and complexity of the project. A complex renovation will be at the higher end of the percentage scale whilst a large but relatively straightforward new house would be at the lower end.

Example: A new house that has a build cost $500,000 + GST the Full Service fee @ 10% would be $50,000.00 + GST and a Partial Service fee @ 7% would be $35,000 + GST. For jobs under $200,000 in value and our other services, these are charged for on an hourly rate + expenses.

A full and comprehensive Design Service Agreement explaining the scope of services provided, terms of trade, fee structure etc is agreed to and signed by both the Client and the Designer before any work proceeds. This provides a foundation of trust and gives assurance and security to all parties.

For a copy of our terms of trade click the icon "IBD Terms of Trade"

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What They Say About Us

We used Tony & the Imagine team for our new build in Urenui. We relied on Imagine for the core of our build and are very pleased with the result. We found Imagine really listened to our brief and were able to capture the things we most wanted within their concept. We were happy to use their knowledge and skills to a large degree but found them very good at drawing out what we were about and wanted. We feel the fees and charges were fair value for money and are sure that they have been captured in the value of the house. We would definitely use Tony and the team again and have recommended them to family and friends.

- Barry & Ying Cox - Urenui

As a builder, I have worked with a lot of designers and find Tony and his team to be one of the best. Not only have I built a lot of Tony's designs for other people, but I have used him to design my own family home and a show home for my company. As a builder, I find the Imagine Building Design plans are extremely good to work from. This saves a lot of my time on site which is a saving I can then pass on to my clients.

- Wade Smith – Frontline Builders Ltd

“We have worked with Tony and his team on several projects over several years. Tony shares the same vision, which is to make a difference in the community and people’s lives. His team bring the same passion and expertise to all our projects and has a genuine belief in the power of construction to make a difference.”

- Nathan Mumby – Custom Construction, New Plymouth, New Zealand

“When we were looking for someone to design our new home, we wanted an architectural designer who could offer us eye catching design and innovation. We visited several of Tony’s projects and were impressed by what we saw. We were very happy to get Tony and his team on board at the start of our project and to see it through to its completion. Tony listened to our ideas for our new house and he designed us a stunning home which we absolutely love! Throughout the project Tony was friendly, approachable and easy to communicate with. We would recommend Tony and his team at Imagine Building Design.”

- Ross & Dawn Wharfe, New Plymouth, New Zealand

I have found Tony and the team excellent over the many years we have been dealing with them. They have always been efficient in the drawing/consultation process and always worked well with us to achieve an outstanding result. My clients have all been pleased with the relationship created to achieve the design/cost/finish we have required. I would recommend them to any future clients and look forward to our continued association in the future.

- Peter May - Builder, New Plymouth

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, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA

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

After many years of searching, my husband and I found a piece of land with a great outlook over rolling farmland, the sea and the mountain so when it came to deciding the style of house we wanted to build on the land, we had to “get it right”. Tony spent some time with us while we outlined our wish list and he then spend some time with us on the land where he took particular notice of the sun, views, levels etc. All this time he LISTENED. We have lived in our house for a number of years and it fulfils all our wish list and is a pleasure to live in. 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, New Plymouth

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, New Plymouth

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, Inglewood

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, Whitianga

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, Inglewood

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, New Plymouth

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 were in the market for a new Motel design and approached Tony for his thoughts. He soon had concepts, artists impressions and documentation drawn up and his estimate of cost was very accurate. Tony’s communication and service with us and the contractors is certainly a plus, his attention to detail is first class, in fact we would have no hesitation in putting more work his way. We would recommend Tony to family and friends and wish Tony and the Imagine Building Design team all the best for the future.

- Maire Fleming, Pukekura Lodge Motel, New Plymouth