About Us



Our Architectural Designer/Director is a Licensed Building Practitioner with a Design2 license and is a professional member of the ADNZ (Architectural Designers of NZ) & as such has proven his ability in front of his peers; He is also bound by their code of ethics & has access to a vast information base of knowledge when necessary.

Having started Architectural design in 1988 and training under the guidance of three award winning Architects, He  gained skills in Conceptual Design, Detailed Design, Project Management, Production of clear precise documentation, Clear communication and listening skills and the overseeing of the completion of many successful projects.

AdMore Designs was first established in Gore in 2006, and later started its Invercargill Office in 2010. We service all of Southland, South Otago and Central Otago but have completed projects as far away as Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Nuia.  We are committed to continually developing our knowledge and remaining current with design trends, products development and building industry changes including; sustainable building technologies such as passive solar heating, insulation methods, cooling systems, Solar hot water heating, ventilation breakthroughs and Healthier materials and environments.


We effectively become partners with you in the design arena & spend time with you & forming a picture of who you are & what you are about & how you interact with others & your surroundings.

Using our creativity , knowledge of construction techniques & with clear communication, we are able to together identify design aspects that are important to you & determine how to best incorporate these into your unique situation.

As mentioned prior, we also take into consideration the potential of your site & its current characteristics, personal tastes, functionality & appropriateness of the design to its surroundings. During this whole process we present multiple ideas for discussion & exploration. The technology that we use, allows you to easily visualize your designed home in its earliest form allowing further changes to take place easily leading us to a design that is essentially you, is creative, incorporates quality design & is appropriate to you & your surroundings. The technology also allows us to send you a file and application that allows you to wonder through and around your home on your own Tablet or mobile phone so you can show friends, family and other interested people your vitual home before any building work has started. A real people pleaser.

AdMore Designs aims to maintain a high quality of service for each project. We are experienced in the design & documentation & offer a wide range of architectural services from planning & design, construction documentation, project administration, onsite inspections fire reports for both residential & commercial projects, both new & alteration work.

We have been involved in projects in the following industries Educational, Residential, Commercial, Industrial design, Hospitality (motels, hotels, restaurants & cafes).



We have a number of structural engineers we are able to consult with & have worked with quantity surveyors, land surveyors, geotechnical engineers, electrical and mechanical engineers, project managers & resource management advisors.

Contact us if you are planning to build or considering alterations to an existing building. We will be happy to help in any way we can!


“We believe our clients are the centre of the design process and in doing the job right first time”


Phil Checketts was totally involved with our project to build a residence in Te Anau. Initially he was our Architectural Designer and then, as the project developed his responsibilities broadened and Phil took on the task of Project Manager. Throughout the development we found Phil to be extremely approachable, thorough and more than competent.

We were more than happy with the design of our house and as the project evolved Phil managed the tender and construction phase in a determined and professional manner.

The Nature of the site and challenging construction meant that this was more than a straight forward build and there were numerous hold-ups and time delays. Phil dealt with these problems and contractors in a non-confrontational manner while still achieving the desired end result. Having said that, when necessary, Phil would stand his ground and always had our best interests to the fore and represented us, as his clients to an extremely high standard.

His organised record keeping was something also to be recommended and could be relied upon when needed to clarify a technical detail.

This was a substantial house and the many and varied elements involved in its construction were immense. Throughout the entire process Phil always heeded our opinions and carried out our instructions. When problems did arise he was not hesitant in his approach and if the answer was outside his sphere of knowledge he would not hesitate to source the information.

To say we are delighted with the end result is an understatement. We have a superb and much admired holiday home, thanks in no small part to Phil’s Considerable input.

Jan and Trevor Manson

The fact that we’ve gone back to Phil on our next project says it all….
Helen Eason