Building knowledge drives design outcomes
Hamilton architectural designer Jeff Xiao brings a full set of skills to his clients as he is also a builder and Licensed Building Practitioner.“When I design homes and buildings, because I also know how to physically build them as well, this means I can come up with a design that looks good, is buildable and also fits the client’s budget. “This helps save time on projects and mitigate a lot of risk for my clients,” he says.
Jeff has been working in the building industry since 2006, initially as a builder, then when an unexpected injury left him unable to build, he went back to study architecture to continue working in the profession he loves. He started his company J & J Architecture in 2013.
Based in Hamilton he has largely worked in this city but is open to work New Zealand wide.J & J Architecture offers a full suite of architectural services for residential and light commercial projects. Because Jeff also speaks Mandarin many of his clients come from Chinese speaking countries.
Due to the zoning around Waikato University, J & J Architecture is currently working on a number of student accommodation projects for clients including a three bedroom three bathroom five unit development for New Land Investments Limited, an education agent which specialises in helping Chinese students to study in New Zealand.
Located at Knighton Road Jeff says the main design consideration for the project was to maximise the site and to fit in with the client’s budget. Each unit is around 112sqm and clad in James Hardie panel. Each unit comes with a shared kitchen/dining/living area and garage.
Jeff has previously completed a similar project for the same client next door.Other similar projects J & J Architecture is working on include 11 Gaveley Avenue in Silverdale, which comprises four three-bedroom/three- bath-room units and two two-bedroom/two-bathroom units.
There is also a project in Cameron Road that has just been completed offering two two-bedroom/two-bathroom units, two three-bedroom/three-bathroom units and two four-bedroom/four-bath-room units.North of Hamilton J & J Architecture is working on a development of seven duplexes in Sylvester Avenue.
Aimed at families each duplex offers four bed-rooms, balcony and a double garage. With good hill views, the duplexes are clad in James Hardie board, cedar shiplap and brick.Demonstrating the diversity of the company J & J Architecture has recently completed an architecturally designed home in Sentinel Court.
The 370sqm five bedroom home built over two storeys also includes an office, two bathrooms and large balcony with louvre shutters. Special features include exposed trusses over the living area with a six metre high stud.Extensive glazing helps the owners take advantage of the gully views.
While well experienced in residential projects Jeff says he hopes to expand his repertoire of commercial projects. J & J Architecture is working on a four unit office/warehouse development in McKee Street, which is about to start construction.
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