Respected residential architects in Auckland

Developing modern house designs that are easy to live in is our passion. From perfectly-proportioned apartments to magnificent country mansions, every residential architectural design project we take on gets the special treatment from Houston Architects. While we’re based in Auckland, we can work on projects anywhere in New Zealand.

If you’re still in two minds about whether to involve an architect in your new-build, renovation or extension project, let us assure you that our input won’t necessarily result in a more expensive home overall. However if we’re involved, you’re more likely to be thrilled with the end result. What’s more, it’s likely your home will be worth more than the sum total of its parts. An architect’s involvement adds the X factor that drives up the long-term value of a house.

The process of residential architectural design

The starting point for architectural design of a residential building is a series of meeting where we gather information about your likes and dislikes, style of life and architectural style preferences. You’re welcome to share your ideas with us, including any pictures you may have collected.

We often find a Pinterest board helps during the conceptual stage.  We also have a document called ‘Preparing an architect’s brief’ that helps with information gathering.

Site visits are imperative. We need to observe outlooks, the movement of the sun, prevailing wind, shelter, ambience and the wider neighbourhood. Viewing your property with you helps us to understand its possibilities and the opportunities it offers.

Once we have all the information we need, our architects can launch into the design phase of the project. Part of this is making decisions about materials, fenestration, aspect and aesthetics. While we’re always aiming to create something of beauty, we balance form with function to ensure your home is practical and easy to live in.

As residential architects, we use technical expertise, design flair and management competence to create a home that exceeds your expectations in every way.

Mansion Design

An exciting project 800m2 in West Auckland

Wanganui House

3 Storey House in Wanganui

Marsden Cove

An exciting pre-cast concrete home in a magnificent position

House in Waiheke

House in Waiheke

Penthouse apartment

An extension project to increase usable floor space.

Auckland Road

A modern house design in a prime position in St Heliers Bay.

Aldersgate Road

Turning a leaky home disaster into an amazing home.

Meadowbank alteration

Making over a 1960s house to suit a modern family.

Allan House in Hillsborough

We are delighted to see this house we designed 25 years ago still looking beautiful

Rebecca Rise

Quality design solves huge problems for a big family home.

Seaside living

A generous two-storey home for an adult family.

Pool pavilion

A pool and alfresco area with a walkway link.

Waiwera House

A spectacular home on a lifestyle block.

Parnell re-clad

A value-add project to remediate a leaky home.

Poto Street

A re-clad project to maximise resale value.

Karaka House

A classic English country estate home.

Bucklands Beach

A unique steel and glass design.

Tutukaka bathroom

A luxury makeover for a tired bathroom.

Tutukaka beach addition

Gabled extension for a 1950s beach house.