Architectural Design 

Specialists in architectural design of new homes and alterations.

Architectural Design 

Specialists in architectural design of new homes and alterations.


At Nest Architectural Design we're driven to design a place you're proud to call home.

Nest offers an creative, responsive service to homeowners and builders in the Manawatu region. With our practical and design experience, we can make building, renovating and the consent application process easy.

We would love to work with you and your building ideas. Contact us today to find out how we can help.


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We listen, we discuss, then we design. Read on to find out about our process outlined below. We will talk about these steps in more detail during our initial meeting.

Whether this is your first time, and you don't know where to start, or if you've done this many times before - we can help!

Initial Meeting

Where we discuss what you would like to achieve, what we can offer, how long it is likely to take and an estimate of likely design cost.

Design Brief

Following our meeting, we then review and consider your ideas, scope of project, budget and other design assumptions. We will then provide you with a proposal confirming the scope of the design project and costings. 

Concept Sketches

It's time to start drawing. We form your ideas into preliminary sketches. Often there are changes at this stage, as sometimes it is not until we start to put things on paper that it is possible to see what works well and what needs improving.

Developed Design

Once we have agreed on the basic floor plan, we prepare more detailed drawings that include elevations to show what the house or alteration will look like from various angles.

Working Drawings

This is where we create a full set of plans and specifications needed by the local council in order to issue the Building Consent. With working drawings complete, you can begin to source quotes from builders and related tradesmen.

Building Consent

We will submit the working drawings to the Council on your behalf and answer any questions they may have. We monitor the Consent process to ensure it is issued as quickly as possible.


Once construction is under way it may be necessary to make a change to the plans. We can carry out a Minor Variation to present to the building inspector or if the changes are more significant, we can prepare an Amendment to the Building Consent.


Tim Smith


Since he could piece two lego blocks together, Nest’s founder and director, Tim Smith wanted to design and create.  A Design 2 Licensed Building Practitioner, Tim formed Nest in 2015. His wealth of practical experience having spent 10 years as a licensed builder means that he understands the significance of each line he draws in a very practical way.

Kathy Brunton

Architectural Designer

Kathy has always had an interest in house design and started drawing house plans in a maths book as a child. She has recently designed and built her own home in Feilding and is now integrating her past experiences to provide exemplary service and design. Having been through the process herself, she works to ensure the design phase is as smooth as possible.

Nick Dalton

Senior Architectural Designer

Nick brought 13 years experience as a builder with him when he joined the Nest team in 2017. He’d always loved helping clients to capture their house design ideas. Now as an architectural designer he can apply his practical knowledge of what works and what doesn’t to give homeowners and their builders a head start in the design process.

Richard Houlahan

Senior Architectural Designer

Richard naturally finds himself involved in various musical and sporting activities, often with his family, throughout the Manawatu. As a Design 2 Licensed Building Practitioner with 17 years of architectural design experience in residential and commercial buildings across the country, Richard brings a deep knowledge of design, construction and town planning solutions to the team.

Martin Bolkovec

Architectural Designer

After travelling around NZ for 9 months, Martin and his partner decided they quite liked it, so they stayed! Originally from the Czech Republic, Martin has spent 6 years working in Architecture and Civil Engineering,  where his interest lay in minimalist architecture and simple design.  With a passion for skiing and mountain biking, when not at work you might find him in the mountains.

Patrice Grant

Office Manager

Patrice joined the Nest team not because she had experience with design, rather she was looking for a career challenge and a supportive team culture. Bringing with her a natural enthusiasm for what we affectionately refer to as her 4 P’s -  People, Places, Plants, and Pets. If we were going to add another P – Patrice is Passionate about customer service.    

Tom Clark

Architectural Designer

As a keen surfer Tom always has one eye on the forecast, and with a family background in building, it was unlikely Tom would stray far from the Construction game.  With architecture his chosen pathway, Tom excels at creating quality designs for clients.



Diego Miranda

Architectural Designer

Born in Chile, and growing up in Palmerston North, Diego has a passion for design and the arts; exploring drawing, painting, and designing for as long as he can remember. After studying and working as an industrial designer, where he worked on projects from Boats to motorcycle helmets, Diego brings his eye for detail and love of design to the Architectural world, where he loves working with clients on their homes.

Andrea Yeatman

Master Weaver

Having worked across several different industries, Andrea is excited by the design industry and the journey our clients have.  With an uncanny ability to weave together the numerous strands of the business, Andrea brings together our people, processes and ideas;  developing, and enhancing our team and client experience.  After work, you’ll find Andrea being Uber mum to her 2 busy children, or out and about walking her two schnauzers.

Nest Architectural Design
38 Fergusson Street
Feilding 4702
06 323 3484