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Your guide to Bricklaying in NZ

Choosing the Best Roofing Material for Your Home

Ever noticed that great roofs don’t get the attention they deserve? With a watertight roof being one of a home owner’s major concerns, it’s surprising how little attention roofing material receives. We’ve always known that roofs are important. They’re the crowning glory so to speak of your home. That makes choosing the right materials for your roof of high importance. How to choose which roofing material is best for you Our country’s climate varies hugely from coast to coast. From… (view full article)

Brick or Weatherboard – Choosing the Right Cladding for Your New Home

Brick or weatherboard? Choosing the cladding for your new home needs more than deciding what looks best. It’s about the type of home you are building, the cost of the different types of cladding and the location of the house. Let us help you solve the battle of the cladding and choose the right type for you. History of cladding in NZ New Zealand homes traditionally used weatherboard or brick cladding depending during the 1900’s. Bungalows came out of the villa movement, with large… (view full article)

Clean up After an Earthquake - What's Safe to Do?

What can I clean up after an earthquake? During a large earthquake, considerable damage can be done to both your home and your belongings. While the first thought is to clean up the mess yourself, should you be calling the professionals to come and do it or your insurance company first?   Ensuring your home is safe after an earthquake After the shaking has stopped, the safety of you and your family is paramount. If the building you are in is unsafe, then leave immediately.… (view full article)

Choosing Between Another Storey or Adding a House Extension

At some point in your life, your home may become too small for your family. Undertaking a major renovation such as adding a house extension will give you extra space. But are you better off building a second floor instead? Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages between adding a storey verses building a new addition. How to choose between another storey or a house extension Depending on the size of your backyard, you can choose to build up or build out. As sections become smaller,… (view full article)

How to Fix Your Retaining Wall Aesthetics with Landscaping

Retaining walls are often perceived as uninspiring because they are seen as an eyesore. An occasional necessity, there is no reason why they should look ugly or out of place in your garden. Improving a retaining wall with the use of retaining wall aesthetics and landscaping is a simple matter with careful planning and planting. Blending existing retaining walls into your landscaping Many of us have existing retaining walls which need camouflaging into our gardens. They may have been… (view full article)

Creative Driveway Ideas - Choosing the Right Materials & Beautification

If you've not made a list of driveway ideas, relax. The driveway is often overlooked as a functional slab of concrete or asphalt tasked with transporting your car from the street to the garage. But first impressions count and the exterior of your home is what people initially notice when visiting. With imagination and the use of the right materials, you could have an interesting driveway for a great price. Pinterest is a great place to start when making a list of driveway ideas. Pinning… (view full article)

Recent jobs posted by Bricklayers Nationwide

Hello folks, Our house is two plus years old, and have just had house inspected with a view to selling. Inspector noticed some mortar defects which was likely caused during the build, and was not noticed before this…


Need the Inferior pionting job dug out and re pointed due to Dodgie repair


I want a front fence built of concrete block in accordance with the NZ Concrete Masonry Manual section 6.2 (Cantilevered Wall, Wind M, EQ Zone 2). The wall is to be 2m high, and is in 4 sections with length totalling…


Earthquake damege to brick veneer. Need to replace bricks as per EQC. Not wanting to seal cracks wanting quote for replacement.


Merry Christmas to us - some delightful person decided it was a good idea to push our mailbox over in the little hours of this morning. We're looking to have it repaired as soon as possible. Hopefully there's someone…


Hone one block wall - 5.6m long x 1m high. Constructed with 400mm x 200mm blocks. See attached photo.


Small wall hit by bus out front of our school. Needing brick replacement


We have just purchased an 1860’s home in Cust that has old red brick chimneys with pointing in poor condition. The house is 2 storied. We need the pointing done as soon as possible after the 21st December as it’s…


Looking for someone who can build an outdoor fire. Something big enough to cook on as well as sitting around in the evening. Purchasing ready made is very expensive so trying to keep budget 2-3k if at all poss. Would…


I have a brick home. A small window in the kitchen wall had to be removed. The remaining frame needs to be removed and the resulting hole in the wall bricked up. I have plenty of replacement (clean) matching bricks…


Im looking for a quote to fix wall of my garage.


I have a small amount of block work needing to be finished on my fence. Possibly only a days work in Mt Marua.


New palstered block fence required to be built. Approximately 10 meters X 10 meters. Old wooden trellis fence and a couple of existing block pillars need to be demoslished.


Looking for a urgent bricklayer to do last part of bricks.... Of our new build. Not much of it..and then do our retaining wall's a lot of block..


Looking to install brick fence, total length approx 27 metres. Wall will be low (2 bricks wide and 2 bricks high), but will have pillars at approx 2.4m intervals (check image) These will be bare bricks for faux stone…