8 Fancy Flooring Ideas for Any Room

Flooring doesn’t have to be boring. Here’s our pick of 8 fancy flooring ideas with a unique twist on carpet, tile and timber. What’s your favourite? Tell us in the comments below.

Flooring ideas for any room

Wooden Puzzle Pieces Flooring

Floor fun fit for any room!  This floor is cut from an assortment of plywood, but a similar effect can be easily done with vinyl.  Hire a professional to get the flooring laser cut and laid for a precision finish and save some time and frustration with a jigsaw.

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Bottlecap Flooring

If you work at a bar or like a drink at home on the weekend with your mates, you may have enough bottle caps lying around to make your own floor!

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Map Flooring

If your son is failing geography then cover his bedroom floor in a giant map of the world and watch his NCEA grades and see how long it takes for his grades to turn around.

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Horseshoe Flooring

Having problems with your horse denting the floorboards?  Work with it, rather than against it and cover the indentations with actual horseshoes. Problem solved!

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Timber & Tile Combination Flooring

This is a really smart way to mix and match flooring materials.  Lay the tiles first, then hire a builder to cut the boards to fit for a neat and tidy finish.  It’s a very clever way to mix two materials. Remember to ensure the tiles are laid at the right height to match the timber. Or do the smart thing and hire a tiler and show them this photo and let them do the work for you.

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Pebble Flooring

You can also create several shapes and designs out of the pebbles, thus making your bathroom look like a real work of art. Or if you’re feeling fancy you can get tiles with the pebbles already attached.  An added bonus with pebble flooring in your bathroom is you’ll get a free foot massage on your way to the shower each morning!

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Stencilled Timber Flooring

If you love the warmth of timber but also covet the bold patterns that you can get with tiling, then try a stencilled timber floor. Hiring a good painter is the best way to ensure a professional looking finish with the stencilling.

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Contrast Flooring

Whitewashed timber mixed with dark contrast timber creates a strong graphic pattern for a dramatic effect.

077d5-13dda-5a522-4de26-6b094If you’re stuck for more flooring ideas, get a free quote from a friendly professional today or check out our free online estimator tool.

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Preparing for winter – 3 things you can do right now

preparing for winterAutumn’s begun in earnest with a noticeable chill in the air recently. If you’re anything like us you’ve been looking longingly at your heater wondering if it’s too soon put it on in the evenings or if now’s the time to hire a handyman to chop  and stack some wood for your fire.

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Female Tradespeople Are In Demand. You May Be Surprised Why!

female tradespersonThere’s been a noticeable demand for female tradespeople here at Builderscrack over the past couple of years. One of the reasons cited for homeowners using our service was the ability to specify in their job listing that they’re seeking a female tradie, rather than having to ‘ring around’ to find one.

Not only do women like to hire female tradespeople for perceived security reasons, but men also sometimes prefer the services they can provide.  However, there’s also a definite shortage of women going into both apprentices and trades in general.

If you’re a female looking to turn your existing talents at decorating or fixing things around your home, there’s work waiting for youModern Apprenticeships are also available in traditional trades such as building, plumbing and electrical work and they’re certainly not exclusively ‘jobs for men’ anymore!

Research reveals that a women’s attention to detail is the most highly sought after skill when hiring female tradespeople.  For example,  one company actively markets that they have women tradies. “Shelley is sympathetic to customers. When she’s in someone’s home, Shelley takes extra care – for example, a customer rang up and said she’s found Shelley sitting at her dining table.  Shelley was checking to see that the placement of the heater ensured you couldn’t see the cords etc while sitting down for dinner – the boys would never think of that.”

What do homeowners feel female tradesmen do better?

  • Attention to detail (66 per cent)
  • Allows the client to feel safer alone in the house (54 per cent)
  • Provide a better service (45 per cent)
  • More reliable/punctual (46 per cent)
  • Better ability to multi-task (42 per cent)

If you’re a female tradesperson looking for more work sign up today. In your business blurb let your customers know what services you offer and how being a female tradie benefits them.

If you’re a company with female tradies working for you, let homeowners know both in your business blurb and your introductory note to homeowners when chasing jobs.

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3 Questions To Ask Before Buying An Old House

Buying an old homeOld villas and bungalows can be charming, but with age, often comes problems.

While we’re drawn to older homes which are often oozing with character, they can quickly become money pits and the source of endless frustration for homeowners. So, if you are unsure if an older home is right for you, here’s three questions to ask before you sign on the dotted line.

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6 ideas a for budget bathroom makeover

budget bathroom makeoverA total bathroom renovation potentially costs tens of thousands of dollars, which may not be realised at sale time if you’re planning on selling your home. Or, if you’re renovating a bathroom in a rental property, updating smaller parts of the bathroom can still have a serious impact.

Whether its lighting or plumbing fixtures, cabinetry or new tiles, you can give the bathroom a whole new look with a budget bathroom makeover.  A fresh coat of paint or using drywall to provide texture are two great ways to update the walls. Continue reading

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We’re Hiring! Business Development Role with Builderscrack

We’re hiring – are you looking for a Business Development role with exciting start-up (that’s us!)

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Builderscrack.co.nz is New Zealand’s leading website helping homeowners find the best tradespeople with least effort. Kiwi homeowners have posted 50,000 jobs on our site, and that number is growing rapidly creating significant opportunities.

Builderscrack.co.nz is run by a small diverse team who are 200% focused on improving the building and renovation experience for both home owners and tradespeople

We are looking for a smart, self-motivated person to build new relationships with strategic partners and help shape the future of our business. We want to hear from you if you are someone who:

  • can relate to everyone from the local construction firm through to the CEO’s and CMO’s of leading NZ companies

  • enjoys identifying what can be made to work better (and then being the sort of person who doesn’t rest until you have made it happen)

  • know’s how to pitch an idea, and can also quickly see new opportunities that arise during conversations with partners

  • understands how to use digital marketing for cross-promotions

  • know’s how to report back to a team and critique your own efforts

  • enjoys listening to and helping our customers

You will be happy to work in a culture that rewards high performance. We can be flexible if you want to work part time or full time – we will be more focused on the results you deliver.

You will be home-based, in Auckland, with your own car and home office, but a part of an enthusiastic and supportive team operating out of Auckland and Christchurch.

Once you have checked out our website and seen that our service is awesome (and spotted some things we could be doing better), write a letter to us to let us know how you think you can help our business improve. Let us know your thoughts on who we should partner with, and why you are the person to drive those partnerships forward.

We look forward to meeting you.

e-mail your letter and CV today!

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10 Dog Friendly Home Ideas

Dog is mans best friend, a relationship that spans back to the beginning of time. Today, our relationship with dogs has evolved to where the dog is as much a part of our home and family as our children or parents.  Simply put, your home belongs to your dog as much as it does to you.  By making a few changes to the house with these dog friendly home ideas, your life will be much easier and you’ll give pleasure not only to your dog but to the rest of your family. Continue reading

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