Founded in 2010, McKinstry Projects is a family-owned company specialising in architectural design and construction.

Crafting bespoke residential homes and flawless renovations and additions, we provide a comprehensive start-to-finish solution including architectural design, builds from existing plans, cost assessment, consent, construction and management of the project.

Each unique design is tailored to your individual requirements, location and budget, bringing your one-of-a-kind vision to life.

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Why Us?

Are you looking for a seamless, all-in-one design and build team to take care of every aspect of your project?

From the moment you imagine your dream home or renovation, to the moment you receive your keys back, we are by your side. We have worked tirelessly to create trusted partnerships with our build teams, subtrades and suppliers, giving you complete peace of mind. Collaboration between professionals from the very start means we can eliminate problems before they even arise. Plus, with no rigid preset designs, we create exclusive, one-off projects with precision and care, from our family to yours.

Joseph McKinstry
Allan McKinstry

Our Process

Our carefully refined four-stage process affords simplicity and transparency for the duration of your project.

We appreciate that embarking on a new build or renovation can be intimidating, so we have structured our approach to ease your concerns. We’re committed to consistent and honest communication, and with our unwavering dedication, you can trust that your tailor-made project is being cared for every step of the way.

Stage 0

Client Consultation & Briefing

During our initial visit to your home, we will discuss your aspirations, survey the space and help you to visualise the potential of your build or renovation.

Stage 1

Sketch Design + Preliminary Costing

Initial concept design drawings are drafted, and our Quantity Surveyor will provide pricing estimates. We are unique in providing preliminary costing so early, but we aim to give you full transparency and control over your budget from the very start.

Stage 2

Developed Design

This step is not always essential but gives us an opportunity to develop 3D digital views for bigger projects. We will discuss if this is necessary for you during our initial consultation.

Stage 3

Detailed Design, Consenting & Final Costing

The concept design drawings are finalised and our Quantity Surveyor will provide you with the final cost estimate. From here, we prepare and submit the building consent documents to the council, managing the entire process through to approval.

Stage 4

Build & Project Management

Our build team springs into action, and your project is underway. Overseen by the project manager, your unique build or renovation is meticulously crafted until completion. All that’s left is to hand the keys back to you so you can begin making new memories in your beautiful home.

Ready to Start?

If you are planning a new build, extension or renovation we can help. Get in touch today and we’ll show you how an integrated team can save you time and money.

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Our Partners

At McKinstry Projects we like to work with great people and, over the years, we have put together a great team of every supplier and sub trade you can imagine. We have selected them based on the quality of their work, their attention to detail and, very importantly, how they interact with our other sub trades and with you, our clients.


Cadastral Surveyor

A I Bates

Interior Design

Pocket Space

Geotechnical Engineering

Riley Engineering

Structural Engineers

HFC Group

Civil Engineers



JC Design

Suppliers and Subtrades

Builders Merchant

Placemakers New Lynn


K-10 Plumbing


Echo Drainage


Leck Electrical

Gib Supply & Fix



CWF Brick & Blocklayers Ltd

Windows & Doors


Kitchens & Joinery

Legacy Joinery


Elite Bathroomware





Architectural Glass

Action Glass

Timber Cladding/Decking

JSC Timber


Pink Bins

Timber window & door joinery

McNaughton windows and doors

Painting & Decorating

Kempt Painting & Decorating

Home Automation

EAV Electrical and Audio


Feature Landscapes

Air Conditioning

Ace Air Conditioning

Timber Suppliers

South Pacific Timbers

Tile Suppliers

The Tile Depot

Timber Suppliers