Mia Casa Architecture can provide design and documentation services to virtually any residential project. These include multiple-unit developments such as terraced apartments or duplex homes, large country estates and economic low-cost housing.

Site selection consultation

With your shortlist of properties, Mia Casa Architecture can provide professional feedback at this crucial early stage to ensure the site is perfect for your dream home. It is prudent to ensure the wish list for your new home can be achieved on the site before you commit to such a large investment. Factors assessed include the site's orientation to sun, dominant wind direction, the opportunity of views and local authority planning controls.

Architectural design

Now that the site has been chosen, it is time to design your home. This process starts with the gathering of a design brief, followed by Mia Casa Architecture providing a scheme for your new home and ends with a complete architectural design. Design schemes are made up of drawings showing the relationship your home has to the site, two and three-dimensional views of the building and floor plans that illustrate room association and sizes. This is the part of the project where your input is most crucial.
A ballpark building cost estimate can be provided by a builder at the beginning of the design process and a more thorough cost can be estimated with a full design scheme.

Consent and construction documentation

With the design complete, the structural aspects of your home are developed into working drawings for building consent and construction. As the client, you can sit back as specialist external professionals such as structural and geotechnical engineers are consulted on relevant aspects of the construction. Following your approval of their fees,
we liaise with these experts to ensure the process is as simple for you as possible. Final documentation will provide building contractors with all they need to successfully take the project to completion once consent is issued.

Building consent

At the completion of the working drawing stage, these highly-detailed drawings and supporting documents are submitted for building consent with your local council or
chosen building consultant, where appropriate. Acting as agents on your behalf,
Mia Casa Architecture manages the flow of information required to issue consent.
We can also undertake this service for Project Information Memorandum (PIM) and resource consent applications.


We aim to produce very detailed construction documentation. Although Mia Casa Architecture does not play an active role in the construction phase of the project,
we are available to answer any onsite queries and provide additional consultation,
design or documentation if required.


At Mia Casa Architecture we feel it is of
utmost importance to our clients that they
have complete confidence in the service
we provide for them.

Licensed Building Practitioner

In 2007 the New Zealand Department of Housing and Building brought in the Licensed Building Practitioner Scheme. This is to ensure that the design and construction of all buildings in New Zealand is being done by those technically competent in their licensed field. We have been Licensed Building Practitioners since 2008. This licence became mandatory from the 01 March 2012. 
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ADNZ Member

Lothar van Middelaar is a Professional Member of the Architectural Designers of
New Zealand
. The ADNZ is a professional body of architectural designers who have
had their skills rigorously assessed. ADNZ members must hold recognised professional qualifications, undertake continued professional development, have professional indemnity insurance and meet stringent competency standards and ethics.
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Professional Member of the Architectural Designers New ZealandLicensed Building Practitioner