Testimonial from Ann and Terry


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This addition on a bungalow in Mt Eden was the second renovation project we have done with Terry and Ann. Here's what they had to say:

“Jann is excellent to work with. She's intuitive and incorporates clients' own suggestions into her designs. We had specifics such as wanting thicker wall framing and a rigid air barrier to improve thermal insulation and air tightness. These were no problem for Jann to incorporate. Any questions we had were comprehensively answered and in a timely manner, either by email or phone. It was such an exciting process we'd love to do it again. But then again, Jann designed us our forever home!”

Interior Design


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Hurley Architects are excited to add interior design to our range of services. Combining our architectural and interior design skills, our understanding of scale and proportion equips us to implement the overall design brief with a unique insight and an inherent understanding of fusing structure and aesthetics. With design intuition honed through extensive experience we bring an overview of the whole vision to every aspect of the creation of your home.

Testimonial from Jeff and Denise


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We recently had the pleasure of visiting a completed renovation projecton a rural property in Franklin. Here's what the owners had to say:

"This is a home that Denise and I are very proud of and we thank you for the wonderful work you did that let us create it.

Hurley Architects designed what we wanted rather than forcing any stylistic ideas on us… we could see when looking through their website at other projects that had been completed that the work was designed to suit how the clients live. Hurley Architects delivered what we wanted and our family and friends love it and love coming over; there can be upwards of eight people in the kitchen if we are having a function getting various dishes ready and it does not feel crowded. There are lots of options for outdoor living, with multiple places outside that we can move to depending on the time of day and the weather, teenagers can have a gathering in the adjacent living space so they can be separate but still connected. The house is really easy to live in and we have loved the whole process, there was very little disruption to our existing living situation while the extension took place. We are very happy with how it all turned out."

Under Construction


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A project under construction in Ramarama, here's what the builder has to say about working with us:

"Hurley Architects bring the perfect fit to high quality and innovative home design. Jann's ability to listen and understand her clients needs and expectations brings together the link to successful design and construction. Hurley Architects plans are uncluttered, clear and practical with buildable solutions. Van der Putten Construction fully appreciate the continued involvement with Jann, creating award winning designs and and very happy clients."

H1 Insulation changes are coming


In May 2023 the rules for compliance with the H1 Energy Efficiency section of the building code will change and any consent for a new build submitted from the 1st of May will have to meet the new requirements. While levels for wall insulation have not changed much, there is a big step up in the required R-Value for ceiling insulation, which will effect how skillion roofs can be constructed. Floor insulation requirements are also changing and will require at least slab edges to be insulated. Exterior door and window joinery will also change in two steps and R value requirements vary throughout NZ. Contrary to popular belief, the changes don't mean you have to have triple glazing, and you can still have timber joinery in your new house or renovation. We've done a lot of professional development on this topic throughout 2022 and are ready to help you navigate these changes.

Number 8 Reel


Brick Bay Folly


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Congratulations to our students - Seth, Annaliese and Mishori who are finalists in this years Brick Bay Folly with their entry "Shifting Cultivation"

Shifting Cultivation seeks to unearth and expose the process that is required to develop previously fertile and arable land into sites suitable for cheap mass housing. Concrete pipes reference the endless kilometres of stormwater and blackwater infrastructure sunk into the ground in the first stage of land-use conversion, while also representing a scar in the hillside as the man-made structures plough through the land. The spacing and positioning of the pipes replicates and advocates for increased density as the housing moves closer to the larger centres.

For more information, click the link below


7 Homestar Design Rating


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This bach at Bayley's Beach has achieved a 7 Homestar Design Rating by the New Zealand Green Building Council. Designed by Max Kostiuk-Warren, the bach had a strong focus on thermal comfort and efficient space heating while maintaining an elegantly simple aesthetic. Although the requirement to achieve a Homestar rating was not part of the initial project brief, it effortlessly achieved a 7 Homestar Design Rating within the required framework prior to commencing construction on site.

Continuing Professional Development


It been a busy month in the office for our team - keeping up to date with latest products and continuing professional development.

Elizabeth has completed the Homestar Assessor course through the New Zealand Green Building Council. For more info on this go to https://www.nzgbc.org.nz/homestar

Jann and Emma have attended a weathertight Concrete course run by Concrete NZ Inc. and Sharron and Seth are heading to a Timber seminar.

Welcome to 2020


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With Happy New Year already a memory, we are looking ahead to an exciting year in 2020 with some great projects getting underway in design and constructions stages. We're hoping to get out and photograph projects that finished in 2019 to share with you.

Sponsors Rally Day


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Hurley Architects is proud to sponsor Ben Hunt motorsport, and as a result, were able to offer a couple of our clients an awesome rally experience!

Hermpac Visit


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The team left me alone in the office today, and went to visit one of our suppliers - HERMPAC (https://www.hermpac.co.nz/) who are based in Silverdale. They thoroughly enjoyed the factory tour, learning more about the range and processes involved for cedar and other premium timber products. Apparently the lunch afterwards was pretty good too!

Its mid-winter!


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What better way to celebrate than with a mid-winter Christmas dinner!

Today we went to a local restaurant - SAKURA. Interesting, quirky place. We were treated to several courses (I actually lost count) of Japanese cuisine prepared by Japanese master chef and owner Masa.

In:Situ 2019 - NZIA Conference


Held every 2 years, in:situ is an opportunity for architects, graduates, students and interested members of the public to be inspired, to learn and to share in some of the best new architectural thinking.

This year it was held at the Spark Arena from 12-16 February. All our staff had the opportunity to attend the conference and they've come back inspired and ready to bring their ideas to your next project!

For more information, please click the following link: http://www.nzia.co.nz/explore/insitu-nzia-conferen...

Hurley Architects launches on Instagram!


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Hey Readers. Did you know Hurley Architects now has an established presence on Instagram? Now you can follow your favourite architects and designers through the exciting and dynamic world of architecture - on site and in the design office! Be sure to check it out on Instagram using the user handle @hurleyarchitects and show your support by giving us a follow or a like!

Pukekohe architect reflects on 25 years in the industry


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Emelyn McHardy of Franklin County News Dec 5 2017 reports:

Computer drawings and 3-D models are now standard in the architecture world, but Pukekohe architect Jann Hurley started with only the essentials.

"I first started with a pencil, paper and ruler," Hurley said.

Now, the director of Hurley Architects can give her clients a BIN model, which lets them walk around the house without it even being built.

"The BIM model is a 3-D model of the house that the clients can look at with a VR headset on," she said.

BIM stands for building information management and was one of the new changes in architecture that Hurley had adopted to best present information to people she worked with. Another change for Hurley was a change of location, her new offices can be found at 8c Roulston St in Pukekohe.

"We were looking for a building with some character, so we certainly got that here, with the steel stained windows and the concrete walls ... and there's always good light, but mainly character," she said.

"This was the best option for what we were looking for in terms of character, we didn't want to be in a generic office building."

Hurley has seen many changes in the industry happen over time.

"There's been a lot, it's constantly changing, which is one of the challenges," she said

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Office Celebration


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Thanks to all of those who came to our office celebration last Friday. An enjoyable evening was had my all. It was great to meet many of you and I know that Jann enjoyed catching up with clients past and present. Here's to another 25 years!

Check out the before and after office picture.

Office Celebration!


On Friday 17th November from 4-6pm we are having an "office shout" to celebrate the opening of our new office and commemorate 25 years in the architecture business.

We are inviting all clients - past and present so if you would like to come along and have not yet received your invitaiton, please contact Nicola.

@karakalife Housewarming


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Our team were invited out to the house warming of the @karakalife’s recently completed build. The clients were excited to share how smoothly the process was, from design right through to completion and look forward to getting settled in their new home. Inspired by the clients roles in marketing, the name @karakalife is derived from the Instagram account of the clients, which follws the progression of the build in a detailed almanac of photography and videos. In 2017, Hurley Architects also launched their Instagram presence at @hurleyarchitects!

Graduate Development


Recently Nickolas, Max and Marischka went on a course to get an introduction into the registration process of becoming a Registered Architect. The course gave them some great ideas and enthusiasm about pursuing a career as a Registered Architect as the speakers, from a variety of practices imparted their knowledge and experience on our young graduates. Our clients can begin to take advantage of the new skill sets our three graduates have brought back from this course and the the extended capacity for services Hurley Architects can provide.

Town House Development


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Changes to density rules under the unitary plan open up more possibilities for residential development. We have worked on a project recently over two adjacent quarter acre sections. We're excited to be involved in an intensive development offering residents choices beyond the single level brick and tile unit we've seen much of, which in the current climate fails to reach the full potential of a site. We can also incorporate home star assessments into our designs to meet Special Housing Area requirements.

NZIA Conference


Earlier this month a number of our employees went along to the NZIA In:situ conference in Auckland.

It was a moving and inspiring event with speakers from all over the world who integrated both the physical and theoretical practices of architecture.

Their work ranged from a conservative nature, to those who took risks and tried to break the norm, finding ways to sustain communities, encourage medium density housing and the carefree lifestyle.

Here is a link to the speakers - I hope that it will spark your interest as much as it did ours - http://www.insitu.nzia.co.nz



Max has attended the NZ green Building Council Homestar practitioner course this week. We look forward to being able to offer you a Homestar rating on your new home design.

NZ Wood Timber Design Awards


The House for a Grower, featured elsewhere on our website, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Resene Timber Design Awards for Residential Architectural Excellence. Credit must go to Damian's careful attention to detail at the documentation stage, continued by builder John Cocks of Precision Builders in the construction phase, as well of course to a wonderful client who entrusted to us the challenge of delivering an awesome design.

Houses Magazine


We are on the cover of Houses magazine autumn issue, as well as inside of course with some great shots of the Brae Barn kitchen. Thanks A&A for your efforts in making your home available and having the house look so great for the photos.

Green Star


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Jann Hurley Architect Ltd is now a member of the New Zealand Green Building Council. Jann has recently passed the Green Star Accredited Professional exam. We can now offer Green Star Design services and take your project through the certification process. We are looking forward to getting involved in our first certification submission for a project underway in South Auckland.

Brae Barn


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This fantastic new home was handed over to the clients today. A mix of industrial and rural architecture this home has exceeded even our expectations. We'll load more pictures when the landscaping has been established.

Master Builders Awards 2012


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A Whitianga canals home designed by Jann Hurley Architect and built by Ascension Homes won a Gold Award and the Lifestyle Award in the Master Builders House of the Year Awards for 2012.

Master Builders House of the Year | 3 Gold Awards in 2009 | 3 Awesome Builders | 1 Architect


Every successful project is the result of good communication between the client, the architect and the builder. We take time to listen to your individual needs and solve design problems with creative solutions that enhance your lifestyle. Click here to view the three award-winning homes...

Hand-crafted Ararimu Home wins Gold at Master Builders Home of the Year awards


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Building a home on a windy, four-acre block requires a certain amount of planning. To take advantage of the rural outlook, the ideal scenario is to have the main living spaces and bedrooms oriented towards the view with, access to a large outdoor living area. But how do you provide adequate shelter from the elements? And what sort of structure will suit a rural section that is partly covered in bush? Click here to read more...

Also featured on Garland Builders website here.