Only fully qualified and NZIA registered architects can call themselves architects, and before they can be registered, they must meet a high standard of academic and practical achievement. Typically their fees range from 10 - 15% of the construction value.
Architectural designers are registered under the ADNZ. They are not qualified architects, although they frequently have all the skills needed to design and oversee the construction of your home. Their fees range from 5% - 15% of the construction cost.
Some builders offer a design service, usually using the services of a draftsperson or designer and based on a number of templates. While this is usually the cheapest option, take a look at other houses that the builder has built, and decide if you're happy with the design.
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