An exciting New Zealand tech startup is revolutionising the way homeowners are interacting with the country’s leading architects, designers and industry suppliers. New Zealanders’ love affair with property shows no signs of slowing down with the local market continuing to boom. As Aucklanders spread their home owning wings beyond the expensive city’s limits, the New Zealand dream of building a house from the ground up has become more achievable. But building your own home -- especially if it’s your first -- can be daunting, and costly if you don’t get it right from the start.
But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Milot Zeqiri, the founder and CEO of New Zealand company ArchiPro, a comprehensive and interactive online directory that “connects the dots” between the country’s architects, designers, builders, products and homeowners via a ground-breaking, user friendly website that is as functional as it is inspirational.
“Traditionally if you wanted to engage a professional or source products you’d go to the Yellow Pages or visit showrooms, home shows, websites or spend a fortune on magazines. Now ArchiPro exists, and you only have to go to one place to find everything you need,” he says.
“It’s like Google for architecture and building.”
Having previously renovated 5 properties and worked in the industry for over a decade, Milot and his wife Brittany both understand the pain points homeowners have to go through when managing and planning their projects. The solution was the creation of ArchiPro in 2014; an all-encompassing, user-friendly digital platform that links all major components of building for the end user.
ArchiPro’s premise is simple, and effortlessly executed. The site connects architects, designers, builders and product suppliers with clients, using technology to help build their brands, while homeowners use ArchiPro to brainstorm ideas, research and hire professionals, find products and manage projects. It’s a goldmine for anyone looking to build, renovate or redecorate their home.
The high-spec website -- the only one of its kind in the country -- is organised into three main sections beginning with “Projects”, which currently showcases more than 5000 New Zealand architecturally designed builds. Industry professionals pay a small fee to list their project portfolios on the site, while users have the advantage of being able to browse the country’s best builds in one place.
Various filters allow users to narrow down what they wish to browse and within each project are gorgeous photographs and project details. Some of the projects have had interactive tags with product details added.
The “Products” library features nearly 13,000 high-quality building and interior products, from garage doors to wallpaper and everything in between. The library allows users to browse by category or brand, compare product types and ranges, find the exact specifications of thousands of products, and contact suppliers and manufacturers directly.
“It couldn’t get easier and simpler to find the exact product you are looking for, meaning you don’t have to spend your valuable time visiting hundreds of separate websites,” Milot says.
Finally, the “Professionals” section is where you can peruse the work of interior designers, cabinet makers and landscape architects, to name just a few of the industry professionals listed. It is an extensive compendium of design and building professionals from throughout New Zealand. You can search, filter and contact companies directly all from this one portal.
“And this is only the tip of the iceberg,” says Milot. “This is just the start. Watch this space. We’ll be rolling out new initiatives and deploying new features every month, with the aim of simplifying and amplifying the connection between industry professionals and product suppliers, and those planning to design and build new projects.”
Unlike other websites, everything featured on ArchiPro is available in New Zealand and complies with our building rules and regulations so you don’t have to waste time on Pinterest or Google Images browsing overseas projects that don’t comply with local standards or finding products that you can’t source locally.