Sally Turnbull


Sally Turnbull

Architectural Designer

Sally Turnbull Architect

A well designed home should provide comfort, aesthetic appeal, and structural integrity. But most of all, it should feel that it was designed for YOU.

I am an architectural designer based in Kaikoura, North Canterbury. I provide architectural design services for unique new homes, additions, alterations and repairs.

Since joining the architectural design industry in 1992, I have enjoyed working on a huge number of new builds and design projects, and have many satisfied customers throughout North Canterbury and beyond.

As well as many transformations of existing houses from dysfunctional to fabulous, my design experience includes new family homes, townhouses, earth block houses, farm homesteads and sheds, motels, studios, aircraft hangars, and even a luxury treehouse which is soon-to-be featured on Grand Designs!

I am a Licensed Building Practitioner with a Design 2 License, and established my own design company Architectural Draughting & Design Ltd in 2004.

Through my membership to Architectural Designers NZ (ADNZ), I regularly attend professional development training and keep up to date with the latest innovations in the building industry.

When it comes to any building proposal, my client’s needs are my top priority. I listen to your ideas, needs and dreams, and then use my knowledge and innovative flair to evolve concepts into buildable reality.

I have a strong focus on sustainability in construction, energy efficiency, and designing comfortable, healthy, and adaptable homes, while working within my clients' budgets.

Now is a very exciting time to build, with initiatives such as the Superhome Movement, Homestar, and Passive House inspiring the creation of homes that are not only warm and dry year-round; they are also ultra energy-efficient, durable, and significantly cheaper to run for the long-term.

After every initial client consultation I give a brief and no-obligation fee proposal, and explain the stages of the architectural process. Costs vary according to the complexity and nature of the proposed work.

All of my designs are modelled using the latest 3D architectural modelling program, so that at every stage you can easily visualise your dream home coming to life.

Thinking of building your dream home? I’d love to hear from you.

Send me an email at or head over to the Contact Page.

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Fact finding exercise to ensure the viability of your project and various options.


A summary of your site’s opportunities and restraints.


A presentation of creative & original ideas that answer the brief and maximise the site’s potential.


Developing concepts into a buildable proposal and evolving the design.


Enabling you to experience your building at design stage with sun studies, perspectives, photo rendering, 3D images, 3D fly-through.


All the paperwork required for building consent submission to the local authorities including construction details, specifications, calculations…


To obtain project-specific information from the authorities. Can be made early on in the process or at building consent stage.


Documentation showing how the proposal will meet the New Zealand Building Code.


Showing why the proposal should be approved even if it doesn’t quite fit the rules.


Ensuring building code compliance is achieved by assisting the contractor with documentation for amendments and variations.


A4 to A1 full colour.

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47 Shearwater Drive,
Kaikoura 7300
P: 027 341 1431