Eddie van Uden
ADNZ Professional Member
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With a focus on environmentally conscious design, my passion lies in providing clients with homes that are not only energy efficient but also healthy and comfortable to live in all year round. Wherever possible, I design in such a way that building waste is minimised and complex structure is avoided, thus limiting the environmental impact of construction and reducing build costs.
I have a Diploma in Architectural Technology and have been engaged in architectural design and drafting since 2000. I came to architectural design from a building trade background, providing me with valuable practical experience.
Using Archicad software, I model the building in 3D from an early stage, giving clients the opportunity, through perspective views or fly-through models, to see what their new home or renovation will look like during fine-tuning of the concept design. This reduces time-consuming changes later when the plans are more fully developed.
I work from a home office in an extensively upgraded ex-state house that provides prospective clients with a working example of the benefits of eco features such as passive solar design, high levels of insulation, solar panels, rain- water tanks and re- use of salvaged materials. The house has a Homestar rating of 7, up from 2 for the original state house. By comparison, houses built to the current building code generally score 4 or 5.
What I do:
- Design both new homes and additions/alterations
- Obtain resource consent and building consent
- 3D modelling and illustration service
- Provide eco-design advice (Homestar Practitioner)
After seeing Eddie's own state house renovation in the Resene magazine we were impressed with his simplicity of style and environmental ethos, which we wanted included in our own renovation designs. Eddie has provided a very good service throughout the whole design and consent application process for our 1940's state house renovation.
We had a strict budget which Eddie was able to work around, although we did have to leave out some 'nice to haves' for our final build. Eddie's communication was excellent and provided many additional ideas around building a more environmental and cost efficient house. Eddie was able to tailor our ideas and preferences into a well thought out and functional design. The final plans were very detailed and went through the building consent process without any problems. We would highly recommend Eddie as a very professional architectural designer.
— Nick and Belinda Reeves