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From the tallest to the smallest Architectural Designer Geoff Brown has done it all – and his CV makes exciting reading.

Easy to talk to, one of Geoff’s greatest attributes is his ability to listen, to take your wish list and translate it into a design that meets all your requirements. In the 22 years that he has worked as an architectural designer he has gained much both personally and professionally. He has worked on a wide variety of projects, from large commercial projects to up-market residential work, giving him an appreciation for design and building systems and the ever changing raft of regulations governing them.

His resume features work done on large commercial buildings in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. Whilst working as a contract draughtsman for CraigCraigMoller, Geoff supervised the construction of ‘The Point’ apartment complex in Auckland, was involved in construction documentation for Macau Tower and worked on the developed design stages for Skycity Conference Centre and Viaduct Point Apartment complex.

So what’s an architectural designer of Geoff’s calibre doing in a small town like Whitianga?

Geoff & his wife Tracey (of Mercury Bay Business Assist, conveniently located right next door) made the move to the Bay seven years ago so that their children could appreciate growing up in a small town. The whole family has become actively involved in the community and particularly enjoys belonging to the Hot Water Beach Lifeguard Service.

Just as he appreciates having a healthy environment for his family to grow up in, Geoff has a strong interest in healthy and environmentally friendly homes. His approach to environmentally sustainable design is to work with nature rather than against it, moving beyond a focus on efficiency towards innovative design solutions that are more suited to the client and the site. Also considered are the impacts of building design, construction and ongoing operation.

To develop a design solution, Geoff believes it is important to keep focus on the needs of the client and keep them involved from start to finish, so producing a design that suits them. He is interested in the details and keeps a careful eye on making sure that everything works. This professional approach is something Geoff takes pride in.

Since its inception in 2003 Mercury Bay Design has been responsible for a number of quality residential and commercial projects with a distinct focus on executive waterfront housing.

One of the highlights from 2004 was preparing drawings the Ofafonua Charity House project completed by Rod Percival of Auckland Registered Master Builders. A bonus for Geoff from being involved with this project was having his animations for the project featured unedited on Holmes TV program. Geoff was also Winner of the First Time Entrants Award in the ADNZ Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Awards for 2006 for his Buffalo Beach Road entry and achieved Finalist with the project in the national competition.

Geoff offers a full range of design and draughting services for architecture, transforming your vision to reality. His three dimensional computer based design process allows you to walk through your project before you commit to working drawings so you can have complete confidence in the completed project.

Keeping his focus on offering the best service available and therefore the best value for money, Geoff is regularly recommended by a number of reputable local builders and the local council. He has been self employed for over 13 years, is a Professional Member of Architectural Designers New Zealand and a Licenced Building Pracitioner with a Design D2 Licence.

Whether it’s a project of monumental proportions or a modest holiday home Geoff has the skill and experience to interpret your dreams and make them a reality which time – and your neighbours – will truly appreciate.

 

Awards


Winner - First Time Entrants Award ADNZ Regional Awards 2006 for Buffalo Beach Road House.

Finalist - First Time Entrants Award ADNZ National Awards 2006 For Buffalo Beach Road House

Process

My design and draughting process is broken down into the following key steps:

Client Brief agree scope of work Fee estimate

Sketch plans 20% of Fee estimate

Includes:

Floor layout located on site plan
Four presentaion Elevations
Four colour 3d views
Intended for client approval

Developed Design 40% of Fee estimate
Includes:
Site Layout
Dimensioned floor layout
Four Elevations
Typical Section

Intended for client approval to complete the work. These drawings are often suitable for cost estimation and Resource Consent if required.

Revisions/variations agreed beyond this check set may be subject to a claim for the extra work required charged at an hourly rate. This will be advised prior to commencement.

Completion to agreed level 100% of Fee estimate

 

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