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24 May 2022
The Different Approaches to Specifying & What to Consider ​
In this article, we talk about the approaches to putting a specification together and what to consider.
18 May 2022
What is a Construction Specification?
A construction specification or, architectural specification, is a document that states how a building is to be constructed, demolished, altered, or...
18 May 2022
The Different Ways to Create a Specification
In previous articles, we defined what a specification was and its importance. Now that we understand the basics of specifying, it is important to...
23 Feb 2022
Boosting the Masterspec Writing Team
We’re happy to announce the appointment of five experienced professionals to the Masterspec team. This equates to an almost doubling of the...
23 Feb 2022
Introducing Masterspec Cloud Issue
Masterspec has introduced a new way to output and share your specification, targeted to the recipient’s requirements and totally secure. The process...
08 Dec 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: SOLUTIONS ARCHITECTURE
Solutions Architecture is a small but knowledgeable team with over 20 years of experience in the industry. This highly skilled design practice uses...
01 Dec 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: MIA CASA ARCHITECTURE
Mia Casa Architecture is an Auckland based architectural practice driven to create functional designs that are aesthetically pleasing. With a growing...
24 Nov 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: CGW CONSULTING ENGINEERS
CGW Consulting Engineers is a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy with offices located across New Zealand. With over 40 professions, this...
23 Nov 2021
MASTERSPEC FAREWELLS MANAGING EDITOR ALEX SHAW
It is with some regret that we must announce that Masterspec Managing Editor Alex Shaw, having now completed a six-month handover period, has retired....
23 Nov 2021
WET AREA TIMBER FLOORS NOW AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION
With the adoption of the Building Code updates in November, timber-based products covering a wide range of timber flooring types are largely excluded...
17 Nov 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: FABRICATE ARCHITECTURE
Fabricate Architecture is an emerging, design-driven studio that is focused on delivering unique, functional, and affordable homes. Led by Hamish...
10 Nov 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: IGNITE ARCHITECTS
Ignite Architects is a full-service design practice that specialises in master planning, architecture, and interior design. Masterspec assist this...
28 Oct 2021
BUILDING MATERIAL SUPPLY SHORTAGES
It has been well publicised that there is currently a global shortage of building materials, stemming both from demand and a disrupted supply chain...
22 Oct 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: PONTING FITZGERALD ARCHITECTS
Ponting Fitzgerald Architects is an architectural practice committed to delivering world-class architecture through design and service excellence....
01 Oct 2021
WORKING TOGETHER - MASTERSPEC INTEROPERABILITY
Masterspec extends to many areas of the construction sector, that’s why we’ve made sure it’s versatile and interoperable.
30 Sep 2021
UNIVERSAL HOMES USES MASTERSPEC TO EXCEL DIGITAL CONSTRUCTION WORKS
Universal Homes are a major New Zealand building company and prepare over 200 sets of compliance documents for Building Consent every year, with that...
24 Sep 2021
AMPS MATTER WITH ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES
In this article we will give a background of amps, cables and mains for house designers. It won't get too technical as that can get very complicated...
13 Sep 2021
THE HISTORY OF MASTERSPEC
Construction Information Limited (CIL) is a New Zealand owned and operated industry organisation incorporated in 1995 to manage and create information...
09 Sep 2021
THE BEST WAY TO COLLABORATE THROUGH MASTERSPEC
There’s nothing quite like the peace of mind of a professional, well-thought-out specification. Build quality specifications in Masterspec with...
31 Aug 2021
SPECIFYING SCNZ STRUCTURAL STEEL ON MASTERSPEC
Structural Steel New Zealand (SCNZ) has had a Structural Steel specification document based on AS/NZS 5131 since 2018. However, a new industry...

A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: FABRICATE ARCHITECTURE

17 Nov 2021

Fabricate Architecture is an emerging, design-driven studio that is focused on delivering unique, functional, and affordable homes. Led by Hamish Stirrat, this small but personable practice has their clients' needs at heart.

As Fabricate Architecture is focused on bringing beautiful designs to everyday people, the greatest challenge is managing the cost and time involved. This creative practice invests in understanding the needs of their client, so they can get it right from the start. By doing this, they ensure they present the best possible result, which of course is the building their clients have dreamed of within their budget.  

The solution to meeting budgets is efficiency. When designing these practical bespoke homes, Stirrat has come to realise that a winning formula not only saves time, but money as well. To help him achieve high quality designs for less, he does a few things. First, he ensures he engages the builder early in the process. Secondly, when he begins drawing the design, he also makes a start on the specification documentation. MasterKey, Masterspec’s keynoting tool makes this process easy. “Custom keynotes are our favourite feature as we have the ability to reduce complex information in our drawings down to simple annotations, just exactly how we want it,’ Stirrat mentions.

“Using MasterKey has enabled us to link our documentations set together and now they seamlessly talk to each other. This helps our builders out.” The best part about Stirrat using this intuitive tool is that it simplifies the design process and manages the practices risk. Instead of leaving the specification document to the end of the design as an afterthought, Stirrat can save time by making it part of the initial conversations. This also assists him with speedy council approval.

The result of Stirrat’s winning formula (early adoption of builder + MasterKey + Specification) is happy clients with a beautiful, well-designed home.

Bonus tip from Hamish Stirrat: “Keep up with Masterspec updates, as they are always making changes to the spec content. This ensures that we are up to date and getting the most out of all of the available tools.”

Visit Fabricate Architecture's website to learn more about their projects. Interested in managing your projects with Masterspec or MasterKey? Reach out to us on 09 631 7044 or gen@masterspec.co.nz. 


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