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Residential Services

The team at Totem Studio have both the skill and experience to meet the needs of a diverse range of residential projects.

We have been heavily involved in Canterbury’s post earthquake rebuilds and renovations, as well as new builds; large and small, rural and urban.

Be sure to check out our portfolio for just a sample of what we have provided our clients HERE


For many clients, a residential build is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make their mark and define a piece of the world. As a result the outcome of each residential project we undertake, is as unique and bespoke as the client we work with.

Our “unique to you” mindset means that Totem will not dictate or overlay a signature style over the top of your home or lock you into a pre-set template, that works more efficiently for us than it does for you. Instead we listen and ask questions and together we draw out the unique parameters which will define your corner of the world.

As architects we know all too well that sculpting your home is a process, an evolution, and therefore any bespoke build by its very nature will have surprises, like bumps in an untraveled road.

Our team of registered architects and design professionals guide you through the process from our very first meeting to the day you open the door and beyond. We will even out those bumps, and ensure that the door you open on move-in day is the same door you dreamed of on day one.

Specialising in...

  • New Homes

  • Alterations & Extensions

  • Townhouses

  • Multi-unit Residences

  • Apartments

  • Earthquake related works

...and assisting you with

  • Preliminary, Concept & Developed Design

  • Architectural 3D Renders & Walkthroughs

  • Interior Design, Kitchen & Residential joinery

  • Resource & Building Consent, Guidance, & Documentation

  • Project management, Contract Administration & Observation

Please also refer to the NZIA Guide to Architects Services HERE

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