July 10, 2024

Custom Creations: Tailoring Your New House Design to Fit Your Lifestyle

  Designing a new house is a significant undertaking that’s both extremely rewarding and also challenging. If you take the time to get it right you […]
June 4, 2024
New House Design

Modern Marvels: Exploring the Latest Trends in New House Design

Architectural design constantly evolves to reflect global trends while adapting to local needs and preferences. In 2024, several trends have emerged as innovative ways to create […]
March 25, 2024
heritage homes christchurch

Preserving the Past: Renovating and Restoring Heritage Homes with Care

To renovate a heritage home is to embark on a journey through time, requiring an understanding of the way houses were designed and built in the […]
February 19, 2024
minor dwellings

Minor Dwellings: What To Think About When Creating A Welcoming Second Residential Unit

There are many reasons that you may want to build a second residential unit on your property. Until recently, this was very restricted and only permitted […]
February 16, 2024
Accessible Homes

Designing for Retirement: Creating Comfortable, Sustainable And Accessible Homes for Your Golden Years

As retirement approaches, many people start considering their living arrangements. For some, it’s about downsizing to a more manageable space; for others, it’s about making their […]
January 18, 2024
kitchen renovations christchurch

Kitchen Renovations: Choosing The Right Layout And Materials For Your Dream Kitchen

If you’re not entirely happy with your Christchurch home, then it may be time to consider looking into how kitchen renovations can transform what is the […]
December 20, 2023

A Grand Design in the Waitaki Valley

Featured on Grand Designs New Zealand in December 2023, this project is a great example of how a character home project can enhance enjoyment of the […]
November 23, 2023
architectural design

Exploring The World Of Architectural Design: From Concept To Construction

  Creating your dream home is an enjoyable process that involves several important stages designed to combine your vision with our architectural expertise. At Chaplin Crooks […]
October 24, 2023
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Bathroom Renovations on a Budget: Tips for Refreshing Your Space Affordably

  Renovating a bathroom can be a daunting task, especially when working within the constraints of a tight budget. However, limited funds do not mean sacrificing […]
August 21, 2023

The Role Of Architects: Creating Functional And Inspiring Spaces

All around Christchurch and Aotearoa, you’ll see gorgeous homes that look simply incredible. Innovative buildings that are not only architecturally stunning, but functional perfectly to allow […]
July 18, 2022

Medium-Density Housing – Should We Be Worried?

The leafy suburbs of Otautahi Christchurch apprehensively await their fate. Long-standing buildings sit uneasily on their foundations, mature trees quiver in the winter breezes and expansive […]
July 14, 2022

What if I can’t read plans?

“I can’t read plans” . . . it’s something we hear all the time when working with clients. The technical demands of construction documentation have become […]
January 26, 2022

What Are The Different Types Of Exterior Wall Cladding?

Your choice of exterior cladding materials is one of the most significant decisions in determining what your new home looks like. But there’s much more to […]
October 31, 2021

How Hard Is It To Build On A Slope? 

Building on the side of a hill has always been an attractive prospect for builders, architects and homeowners alike. Why? Aside from the spectacular views, hillside […]
October 10, 2019

Farewell old friend

We’ve finally said goodbye to our trusty large format plotter, which has printed out A2 and A1 plans for most of our clients over the last […]
July 30, 2019

Christchurch Home Replicated in Grand Style

Accurate architectural detailing and selecting craftsmen skilled in the old ways of building have been the keys to success in replicating a grand Edwardian home lost […]
June 28, 2019

Can Smaller be Better?

Did you know that the average new house in New Zealand is around 45% larger than those built in the 1970s and 1980s? Bucking the trend […]
November 19, 2018

8 Design Tips for Small Homes

The design of small houses plays a huge part in how well they work – designed with care they can be efficient and functional homes, but […]
August 30, 2018

9 Essential Tips for the Perfect Tiled Shower

  Upgrading your bathroom is a simple way to add a little bit of indulgence to your daily routine. Just imagine getting rid of your old […]
July 27, 2018

Project Update – Edwardian Re-creation

Construction work is well underway for one of our largest projects in recent years, the rebuild of a grand old home in Richmond. Constructed in 1913, […]
June 20, 2018

McCormacks Bay House – Archipro Feature

We’re excited to have our ‘McCormacks Bay House’ feature in Archipro’s latest ‘Curated Collection’ publication. Click on the link below to see the full listing.  
May 27, 2018

Five Favourite Fireplaces

Winter is nearly here . . . and what better way to spend it than relaxing in front of a crackling fire? So make yourself a […]
May 10, 2018

A High-Performance House of the Future

This 198 sq/m family home represents an example of the how our future dwellings might be designed and constructed. It contains a number of innovative features […]
April 5, 2018

A Perfect Storm

John Chaplin’s article “A Perfect Storm” published in the Progressive Building magazine in April 2013 foresees many of the issues that are now arising in the […]
February 27, 2018
Christchurch Architects

Texture, Colour, Convenience and Flair

Our ‘Cannon Hill House’ has recently featured in an article on the New Zealand Metal Roofing Manufacturers Association Website: This house has it all. Amy and […]
December 20, 2017

Buying & Selling EQ-Repaired Homes

I have recently been involved with the buying & selling of earthquake-repaired homes, which made it clear just how incredibly difficult it can be for a […]
September 5, 2016

Chaplin Crooks Newsletter

We recently sent out our first newsletter! Click the link below to access an online version. Newsletter 1
August 1, 2016

New Facebook page

Our new Facebook page is here!  The page will feature updates on our projects along with general news from inside our office. Follow the link below […]
July 29, 2016

Mt Pleasant Community Centre

Chaplin Crooks are pleased to have recently supported the Mt Pleasant Community Centre with a donation of 10 Square feet.  
June 1, 2015

Abode Magazine Article

A project of ours featuring in the latest abode magazine.