“We chose lifestyle architects for their experience in building childcare centres, this was our first new build childcare centre. My husband is a developer and is aware of how hard the resource & building consent phases are, we engaged the LAS team to help us through these processes along with concept and design of the centre.
Our brief was to create a childcare centre that looked like a modern home and have a car park behind or underneath for better street appeal. We asked for sliding doors between rooms as we see numerous benefits in mixed aged groupings.
They were experienced and knowledgeable with the design process and childcare regulations and ensuring that the design had the best chance in gaining a resource consent.
They designed a modern childcare centre while incorporating our philosophy which is important to us. We have had many comments from parents, and our colleagues in the ECE community about how stunning the building is, and how homely it is. The middle room in the centre is very functional with its sliding doors on either side. It allows to mix children when necessary but also creates a flexible space for either play or a quiet space for sleeping when the doors are closed.
Upstairs is beautifully designed in a way to support our teachers, featuring a relaxing modern lunch/meeting room for staff with an attached balcony with amazing views to the Waitakere Ranges and a quiet office space away from children”.
Our Kids Early Learning - Anita Kumar
We engaged the team at LifeStyle Architectural Services to design our new home. What a refreshing and straightforward experience it has been! Our brief was a challenging one to come up with a design for an attractive home and minor dwelling to suit our budget, site considerations, and cater for intergenerational living. They made it very simple for us.
With their experience and attention to detail they were able to anticipate everything we needed and some things we hadn't thought of. they applied lifetime design principles to ensure our investment will continue to be practical, enjoyable, and low maintenance for many years to come plus appreciate in value. We liked how their designers broke the design/build process into simple components and explained each stage. Patiently listened to us and we felt he really understood our family's diverse needs - from preschool to teenagers to aged parents - then incorporated those ideas and brought them to life in the design. Nothing was too hard.
We would highly recommend the team at LifeStyle Architectural Services for anyone who is considering building or renovating and would like to enjoy the process!
Home owner - Riverhead
We engaged the team to take us through the concept, design, resource consent and building consent phases of our purpose built modern childcare centre for 60 children.
Throughout our dealings with them we found Lifestyle to be very professional, easy to deal with, and very knowledgeable and informative on wider childcare regulations and specific building design issues that we greatly appreciated. On top of this they coordinated developments very well with our other engineers and planners engaged on the project.
We presented Lifestyle with some concept changes in our scope during the project design phase which they dealt with in a collaborative and professional manner whilst informing us of options so as to optimise our intent and goals.
We have already recommended Lifestyle to other childcare centre owners and professionals in the sector and we have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone looking for sound advice, knowledge and practical expertise in childcare building projects.
Childcare Centre Owner
When I started my business Dayle Beuth and Bert de Graaf from LifeStyle Architectural Services came highly recommended because of the work they had done in designing Early Childhood Centres. The Knowledge they have in all aspects of Early Childhood Centres such as planning, licensing, fire, acoustics and traffic is outstanding.
LifeStyle does a good portion of the design work for our company. We mostly build larger complicated houses in the range of $500k up. Our customers are fairly demanding in terms of design and tend to want a piece of art. Bert and Dayle both have a good ability to sit with a customer, take a brief and in doing so get inside the clients head, learn exactly what the clients needs are. They then discuss budget and size with our sales people and come up with a great concept first time in most cases. The clients usually only make minor changes on working drawings, if any.
Bert and Dayle have designed both of our new show homes and these have been very demanding in terms of design guidelines from the developers of both subdivisions in Anselmi Ridge and Karaka Lakes. These are high quality subdivisions and required a great deal of thought and attention to detail to come up with designs to fit within the design guidelines and pass a review panel in Australia and New Zealand and at the same time do our company justice. In both cases they came up with outstanding designs.
The level of professionalism in the way they both run their company and the great flair they put into design will hold them in good stead in any circles.
The team at LAS have completed two projects for School of Fish (childcare centre).
The first being a significant redevelopment of a 1907 villa previously used as a rest home, this was a challenging project and the team done an excellent job redeveloping spaces suitable for a modern childcare while keeping the historic character and feel of the building.
Our second project was a new build with a twist, it had to reflect our brand and our existing centre. This saw the team design a timeless weatherboard building which provided very a very functional internal layout and again overflowed with character
Their experience is valuable during all parts of the design process, from ensuring concept designs have the best chance of gaining resource consent through to an innate understanding of all childcare standards.
Their experience allows the team to prepare designs and documentation (either “cost effectively” or “cheaper than anyone in the market”) while continuing to provide high quality environments.
We would recommend the team at LAS to anyone looking to design and build a childcare centre
Childcare Centre Owner
The team at LAS worked on the design for my purpose built childcare centre. During this time I have found their approach to be very professional. I had been recommended Life Style Architectural Services by several people who had previous dealings with this company. Both parties spoke very highly of LAS and their experience in designing purpose built childcare centres. The team have done fantastic job with the design but has also been a great help with the Resource Consent process.
I would have no hesitation in recommending LifeStyle Architectural Services.
Childcare Centre Owner
For many years we have been building and developing residential houses for ourselves and others. Experienced in both planning and construction we choose to project manage most of the projects ourselves. We were recommended Lifestyle Architectural Services by a fellow developer. We engaged their serveices on a small subdivision and well havent looked back, since then we have built numerous homes from Lifestyle's plans and have now reached the point where they get all our work. The team at Lifestyle consistently prove themselves to provide fast and efficient turnarounds, quality product and prices that are very competitive. Now building up to 20 homes per year we are happy to have a reliable architect who knows what we want and works with us not against us.
Lifestyle Architectural Services provide site evaluations and architectural plans for our residential investment products. I have worked with Bert & Dayle and their staff since 2003 and have found them to be talented & professional in their dealings with us and our customers.
Lifestyle Architectural Services are a great company to work with and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend their services to others.
Over the past year the team at LAS have assisted Choice Kids to establish 3 new design and build childcare (ece) centres to meet our requirements and tight time frames.
They been able to add value to our projects with smart design ideas while working with us and incorporating our philosophy's which is really important to our team. Their experience has made it possible for us to maximise the sites and achieve great outcomes for all 3 properties
The LAS team also controlled the building consent process and produced accurate plans of which our builders could build from, in effect making the process easy and keeping our build costs down and meaning we could open earlier.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Life Style Architectural Services to design and manage your next childcare centre project
Childcare Centre Owner