Our Process

As much as our design process is important, we are often first asked regarding our fees and fee structure. Click the link to the right to understand our fees and how they relate to our process below. 

Remember – ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail’. Every great project begins with a plan, and we’re here to help you create that plan, to ensure a great project. 

Site visit & client briefing

We begin with a site visit by the Arcline Team. We review the shape of the site, view lines, sun direction, prevailing wind direction, vehicle access and services locations. Requirements for your new home are discussed in detail, along with potential design options. We discuss your lifestyle, desired room sizes and budget.

Based on the Site Visit and initial discussions with you, we prepare preliminary pencil concept plans, detailing a floor plan, elevations, and if needed, a site plan, working with surveyors to complete contour plans or your site. Further discussions with you to fine tune the layout and style are completed, ready for the design to move to CAD Concepts.

Sketch Concept

CAD Concept

CAD stands for Computer Aided Design. In this stage our draftsmen detail your concept plans using our architectural computer programs to produce an accurate site plan, floor plan and elevations of your new home. All council rules are checked thoroughly and a build cost estimate can be prepared to ensure the design is running to budget. These plans allow us to apply for resource consents, earthworks permits & more. 

The creation of the CAD Concepts allows us to produce a full 3D computer generated virtual model of your new home, allowing you to walk through each room and make key design decisions based on what you see and feel. This can be viewed on your own smartphone or tablet at any time you wish. 

VR Walkthrough


We have a broad and talented range of industry contacts, so we can arrange and liaise with all needed subconsultants during the design of your project. This includes Geotechnical and Structural Engineers, Truss Designers, Landscape Architects, Kitchen Designers, Interior Designers and Resource Consent Planners. Specialist reports like TP10 (stormwater), TP58 (wastewater) and site suitability reports are sought.

Fully detailed plans and specifications are then prepared exactly to your requirements and to the Building Code. Materials and sizes are selected for their optimum use, saving you money and saving the builders’ time. Plans are checked against a 350-point checklist before being issued. These plans are used for consents and construction.

Detailed Plan

Consents & Permits

Your resource consent, building consent, earthworks permits, crossing permits, just to name a few – can all be looked after by the Arcline Team, who regularly deal with and have great relationships with local Councils. We look after all the forms and details and the next thing you know, your consents are issued and approved, ready to start building. 

Due to the quantity of available builders in your region, we can guide you to the best builder for your project, suggesting who to get quotes from. Because of our experience,we can recommend builders who specialise in projects just like yours. All documentation is passed over to your builder, ready to start the excavations and get building. 

Over to the builders


Arcline Architecture also offer a Construction Monitoring package to ensure that once the construction of your new home is underway it runs smoothly, on time and on budget. Our package includes site visits and construction reviews at certain stages of the build, each inspection providing a report, photos and comments on: 

  • Build accuracy
  • Workmanship
  • Weathertightness 
  • Onsite Safety 
  • Onsite Tidiness 
  • Color scheme advice
  • Non-structural design improvements

Hands on experience you can trust.

Call Us Today: 0800 326 466

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