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design awards


2001 Duncan Residence: Finalist Residential Alterations & Additions
2004 The Trading Post: finalist Commercial / Industrial

1999 Fordyce Residence: Finalist
Residential Alterations & Additions
2001 Duncan Residence: Winner
Residential Alterations & Additions
2002 Diamond Offices: Winner
Commercial & Interiors
2002 Diamond Offices: Winner
Colour Award

Abode Designers are Architectural Designers based in the Coromandel Peninsular and specialise in New Residential projects (urban + multi-unit + lifestyle + rural) / Alterations + Additions / House Plans / Working Drawings + Specifications.

architectural Designers

our Profile

  • located in the Coromandel, we’re available locally + nationally to provide you with Residential Architectural Design Services for Urban, Multi-Unit, Lifestyle + Rural properties
  • we operate a small home based studio out of Whenuakite (between Tairua + Whitianga) + are generally available to meet with you anywhere at any time
  • we’re comfortable working in a range of architectural styles + won’t unnecessarily push our particular style preferences on to clients – we’ll listen to your requests / make suggestions + provide alternatives as/where appropriate
  • i’m thorough + accurate in my approach, but flexible + able to adapt with circumstances
  • on Fees : we probably won’t be the cheapest / nor the most expensive – our fees will reflect the extent of our involvement / expertise provided + the level of project complexity
  • on a Personal Note – i’m Ron : very interested in sport + cinema / enjoy travelling + trout fishing / keep active with running, blokarting + playing the odd game of golf / absolutely love a good glass of pinot
  • we love what we do ; we want you to enjoy the process + to be proud of the result

design Process

  • you make contact with us
  • we will send you a copy of our Guide to Architectural Services … then meet with you + visit the building site
  • you outline your project’s design objectives, budget, direction + timescale
  • we’ll listen / write-up a project Design Brief + provide a written Fees Proposal
  • you get to approve/sign a copy before we make a start … invoices are payable at the completion of each stage
  • we get creative … involving you as we progress … then technical … involve others ( i.e. surveyor / engineers / town planners / kitchen, interior or landscape designers ) as necessary … you get to approve each stage before we progress to the next
  • once the documentation is completed + you’ve signed it all off, we’ll apply to council for a Building Consent … then construction can begin

architectural Services

  • Discussions / Design Brief + Sketch Plans : defining the project’s design objectives + budget / indicative freehand outline drawing ideas
  • Concept Design : initial freehand (or cad) floor plans +/or elevations +/or site plan design proposals + alternatives
  • Developed Design Drawings : preliminary cad floor layouts, elevations, site plan, roof plan, cross sections + 3D imaging
  • Surveyor / Structural + Geotechnical Engineers / Town Planning Resource Consent Application : we’ll coordinate with any necessary third party consultants
  • Working Drawings + Specification / Building Consent Application : documentation for building consent + construction purposes
  • Tender Procurement +/or Construction Contract Administration +/or Construction Site Observation : (if/where required )

client Reviews

We’ve had the privilege of working with Ron, both as owner/builders of our own home, and alongside our clients. He takes the time to listen, and his relaxed manner puts you at ease and makes the process enjoyable. He is excellent at what he does, and we highly recommend him.
Phil + Amanda, Whitianga.
Ron, thanks for your work in redesigning our garage area into an independent Bed and Breakfast unit. It was good working with someone who was pleasant to deal with. You are a very good communicator with an eye for detail and we found you very good at interpreting our requirements / preferences.
Eddie + Neta, Hastings.

contact Us

  • Ron Thompson : mob 021 185 6680 / / PO Box 409, Whitianga 3542 / 1047 Tairua-Whitianga Road, Whenuakite RD1, Whitianga 3591
  • use the contact form below + we’ll forward you a copy of our Guide to Architectural Services outlining, in more depth, our Design + Drawing Services / Fees Charging Basis / an Approximate Indication of Fees + Drawing Exemplar
  • looking forward to discussing your project + how we can work together