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Decking - Choosing the Right Material for Your Home

Posted 28/09/17

Timber is the most obvious choice for building a deck but we there are two more popular options that are worth some consideration. We take a look... Types of Decking Materials There are three main types of materials used when building a deck: timber, concrete and composite timber. Timber

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This is How your Gutters and Spouting Could be Damaging your Home (and what to do about it)

Posted 28/06/19

Guttering and spouting do more than take rainwater away, they are essential for a healthy, happy home. Read on to learn signs that indicate issues, and tips for resolving damage... What damage could my guttering be causing? Externally: A sagging gutter will damage your home’s fascia. P

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Stage 2 of Home Ownership or Renting Life Stage – Your Twenties

Posted 26/10/17

Many people entering their twenties are looking at the possibly of moving away from property renting and into looking towards home ownership... Rising house prices have has somewhat stifled early home ownership in many parts of the country. But with a little smart thinking and the ability

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Guide to Installing Balustrades - Up to NZ Building Code Standard

Posted 14/09/17

Wondering what the NZ Building Code requirements are for balustrades on stairs and decking? Then you’re in the right place, we take a look... What is a Balustrade? A balustrade is basically a safety barrier. It can vary in appearance from simply a rail with supporting balusters, all the wa

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

Posted 06/07/17

Brick or weatherboard? Choosing the cladding for your new home is 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

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What Should You Do After a Damaging House Fire?

Posted 11/05/17

A house fire is a devastating experience, regardless of the amount of damage. Your first instinct may be to begin the clean-up and repair work, but there are several key things to work through first... Five things to do after a house fire There are five important tasks for you to do, if yo

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Top 5 Bathroom Renovation Tips - Direct From Our Experts

Posted 29/04/19

Find out the Top 5 bathroom renovation tips direct from our Builderscrack bathroom experts. This advice can make all the difference between a successful bathroom renovation or not... 1) It's All in The Planning As the saying goes -  "The devil is in the detail" and this couldn't be mor

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Tips on Repairing Your Home After an Earthquake

Posted 27/04/17

In the days and weeks after an earthquake, priorities turn towards repairing the damage to your home. We've put together this handy guide to give you some tips on repairing your home after an earthquake... Your first step should be to contact the Earthquake Commission and your insurance c

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Women in Trade - Pocket Rocket Building, Rotorua

Megan Dimozantos, owner of Pocket Rocket Building Rotorua, recently made the career change to building after 17 years working in corporate leadership. She shares with us her story... It all started several years back when she tackled her own home renovation. The success of her renovation led to several friends enlisting her to do their various projects. With a few jobs under her belt she began to realise she wasn't only good at building, but she really enjoyed it - "I'm a really outdoorsy person and being physical is something I really enjoy". After lots of thought and careful planning, Megan made the decision at the end of last year to go out building full-time. Leaving behind the safety of what she knew in the corporate world, for the unknown world of a self-employed tradesperson. So far, so good. Megan has had a steady flow of referral work, surprising herself with the number of jobs she has secured through her contacts and word of mouth around Rotorua. In particul

Homes On Show - Save My Bathroom

Behind every job there is a story. This one starts with a homeowner, and a vision to renovate her bathroom from an outdated 1970’s relic to a modern, clean, and functional bathroom. The Dilemma The story starts with Joanne and her first tradie, a referral from a friend. The tradie seemed great. The homeowner and the tradie agreed that Joanne would buy everything that was needed for the bathroom, and the tradie gave her a cost to install and renovate to her plan. Fast forward three months and the tradie was nowhere to be seen and uncontactable. With the goods for her bathroom waiting in Mitre 10 and a loan taken out for the project, Joanne was desperate to get the job underway. The Solution “I spoke to someone at work, saying I didn’t know what to do. I needed to have my bathroom renovated, and my colleague said, have you put it on Builderscrack? Then they showed me how Builderscrack works, how to log on and use the site. I put the advert on the next day, and within two

Women in Trade - Pocket Rocket Building, Rotorua

Megan Dimozantos, owner of Pocket Rocket Building Rotorua, recently made the career change to building after 17 years working in corporate leadership. She shares with us her story... It all started several years back when she tackled her own home renovation. The success of her renovation led to several friends enlisting her to do their various projects. With a few jobs under her belt she began to realise she wasn't only good at building, but she really enjoyed it - "I'm a really outdoorsy person and being physical is something I really enjoy". After lots of thought and careful planning, Megan made the decision at the end of last year to go out building full-time. Leaving behind the safety of what she knew in the corporate world, for the unknown world of a self-employed tradesperson. So far, so good. Megan has had a steady flow of referral work, surprising herself with the number of jobs she has secured through her contacts and word of mouth around Rotorua. In particul

Homes On Show - Save My Bathroom

Behind every job there is a story. This one starts with a homeowner, and a vision to renovate her bathroom from an outdated 1970’s relic to a modern, clean, and functional bathroom. The Dilemma The story starts with Joanne and her first tradie, a referral from a friend. The tradie seemed great. The homeowner and the tradie agreed that Joanne would buy everything that was needed for the bathroom, and the tradie gave her a cost to install and renovate to her plan. Fast forward three months and the tradie was nowhere to be seen and uncontactable. With the goods for her bathroom waiting in Mitre 10 and a loan taken out for the project, Joanne was desperate to get the job underway. The Solution “I spoke to someone at work, saying I didn’t know what to do. I needed to have my bathroom renovated, and my colleague said, have you put it on Builderscrack? Then they showed me how Builderscrack works, how to log on and use the site. I put the advert on the next day, and within two

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Bathroom ceiling replacement/false ceiling AND extractor fan installation

Posted 11 hours ago

I need either a false ceiling or new ceiling in my bathroom (existing one is stipple and possibly asbestos). I also need the existing extractor fan removed and a new one replaced, so someone with electrical expertise, or who knows an electrician they can work around would be very handy. No timeframe at the moment, but very keen for a quote.

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Second story extension 40m2

Posted 14 hours ago

Hi We are after an second story extension, which would only include lounge and deck area, approx 40m2. We have an idea how it will look just need someone to build it. We will need to be Architect to draw up design as well. Will need some one keen to do the project and get an approximate estimate to build.

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Carport/ fence

Posted 17 hours ago

Hi we are needing to find someone to build us a carport and fence our property in Parkvale. We are not in a rush as they are currently building a house behind us.

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Internal balcony repair

Posted 18 hours ago

(1) replace defective membrane under internal deck; (2) repaint section of monlolithic cladding; (3) repair butynol sections of roof waterproofing. We have a building inspection report avaialble which describes all the defects in detail.

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House extension #2

Posted 18 hours ago

Looking for a builder to help build my house extension. Ideally looking for a one man band/small company to suit my budget. See photos for plans - full plans available. Building consent has been issued. Earthworks, Foundation and block work will be completed by others. Aim is to get the extension up and closed in. Internal fit out will be completed later. I can supply materials - looking for labour rate/price. (if you can supply materials cheaper then that is an option).

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House extension

Posted 19 hours ago

House extension earthworks. See dazzle outline in photos. See photos and plans for details. Existing driveway also needs to be graved to fall to the new garage entrance. Some material can be used behind the existing house to raise levels. Require the foundation pad to be left with 100mm of AP40 compacted as per plans. Budget is tight so ideally looking for a small company or one man band type arrangement.

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Scoping out work for Storage conversion to WC

Posted 20 hours ago

We are looking for a builder to scope out work for converting our current storage room to a WC. Initial plans of the house had the WC but the developers decided to do a minor variation on the plans along the build

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Leaking wall

Posted 22 hours ago

Due to the heavy rain we now have water running down the inside of our lounge wall. Suspect it may be due to blocked gutter or loose roof tile

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A complete package!

Posted 22 hours ago

Hi, need someone to quote for the below: Paving or exposed concrete in the backyard (small area) Fixing the gutter Little work with the deck Little work with the fence Removal of 2-3 trees Re-roofing/canopy Appreciate the quote. Can arrange a site visit tomorrow. Thanks.

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Gib fixing and Batton

Posted 1 day ago

Room 4.5 × 5.5 . Too Batton and fix Gib ceilings and walls . Ready now . Come take a look .

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Complete bathroom refurb

Posted 1 day ago

Hi. We’re looking for a builder who can lead our bathroom refurbishment: - Remove existing shower, bath, vanity and toilet - Install new shower, vanity, toilet and laundry cupboard - Demolish internal wall to combine toilet and bathroom rooms - Reline walls and ceiling if/as needed. You can coordinate sub trades if you prefer or we can do that. Existing 1960’s bathroom in the photos below!! No idea re costs, so we will gather several quotes.

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Timber Carport

Posted 1 day ago

Hi I need a timber open frame freestanding carport constructed. 4mx3m Flat roof Location, central New Plymouth

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French door install and window removal

Posted 1 day ago

Due to being let down by some tradies I urgently need someone who can remove a large window and replace with a pre ordered set of French doors. This coming Monday is when the window needs to come out and the new set of doors to go in on the same day. Require someone who has experience in this area. Happy to assist

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Ceiling repair

Posted 1 day ago

We have remove the fireplace from our chimney. Now we need a solution for the hole in the ceiling. Can you help?

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Gib fixing and Battons

Posted 1 day ago

Hi ive got a Garage that needs battons and gib fixing 4.5 x 5.5 . This will suit semi retired builder or person working alone as i can help lifting . You will need a trailer as we will need pick up product from Bunnings or Mitre 10 . Please tell me your hourly rate. No companys Thanks

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Changing a garage to an extra room

Posted 1 day ago

Hi, I have an attached garage that I will want to change to an extra room for the house. it will need to be insulated, and floored properly. Please come and have a look for a quote also I might want to add a carport and re-fenced as well.

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Windows #2

Posted 1 day ago

Windows don't close properly, need to be closed shut to the frame

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Bathroom

Posted 1 day ago

replace shower unit and vanity with new (nil alteration to layout of bathroom)

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Pool Fencing & Gate

Posted 1 day ago

Finish pool fence to meet code and add self locking mechanism to a gate.

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Enclose porch

Posted 1 day ago

I recently bought a house which has a small open landing porch at my main door, but it would be much more useful if someone was able to enclose it by extending the sides and putting some sort of roofing over it. Looking for ideas and quotes. No time frame, but of course it will be most beneficial with it being winter now and the porch is quite slippery as it never dries out properly in winter. The wee awning there at the moment does nothing. Thanks 😁

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Recent building reviews

With over 197,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Remove built in desk and drawers

Work carried out by an employee of the company

19th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Close in doorway

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Window

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Rangehood installation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

14th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Split Beam in Attic Space

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Door frame replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Extend wardrobe door opening from single to double door

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace laserlite roof on carport

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Rotted roof support & water-damaged sliding door surround replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

repair/replace rotting beam

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Rennovate kitchen

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Installing ducted, through wall rangehood

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Taylors Rd. shed / carport

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Various small jobs

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Mt Vic interior job

Work carried out by the owner/operator

8th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Drum Room

Work carried out by an employee of the company

7th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Internal renovation 1940s ex State

Work carried out by the owner/operator

7th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Deck Supports/Fence/Bathroom

Work carried out by the owner/operator

7th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Fit new skirting board

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Eave repair and wooden step

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5
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