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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 [caption id="attachment_8825" align="alignright" width="255"] Adam Pearce. Bath

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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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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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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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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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Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

Posted 08/06/17

What does that trade logo on your tradie's website or vehicle mean? What benefit can it provide you, the homeowner? Read on to find out more about national trade accreditations in New Zealand... Some industry accreditations are mandatory, as government regulations require that certain wor

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Guide to Cladding Options and Materials

Posted 31/07/19

Are you wondering what cladding to choose for your new build? Is your existing cladding looking dilapidated and ripe for renovation? Recladding your home will breathe new life into its appearance. In this article, we give you the information to choose the right cladding for your home. Ext

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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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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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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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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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Install architraves

Posted 25 minutes ago

Need architraves installed around room and in storage room

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UTILITY SHED

Posted 29 minutes ago

TO FRAME OUT AND ENCLOSE EXISTING LEAN TO / CARPORT INSTALL WINDOW PROVIDED IN BACK WALL AND MAKE AND HANG DOUBLE OPENING BARN STYLE DOORS

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Fitting bifolding doors

Posted 55 minutes ago

Hi we need someone to help us fit some bifolding aluminium doors into existing garage door space please before the end if november I have previously had difficulty communicating with people

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Garage to studio

Posted 10 hours ago

Convert single internal carport attached to the house into a studio. We were thinking of including half of an adjacent small room into the conversion (for the studio bathroom and toilet) and the remaining part of the adjacent room into the main house entrance hallway. The existing bathroom and toilet are next to the small room we were thinking of dividing.

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Living room reno

Posted 11 hours ago

Construct a new wall to divide a room in half (about where the sofa is in the photos). Extend an existing privacy wall by the front door and replace the front door. Demolish an existing wall - about 4metres long including a double door. Add bracing gib to an existing wall (with the heat pump) as part of the wall that’s going is a bracing wall. Resource consent has been granted by council so job can be undertaken at any time. All work is inside. Detailed plans available.

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Bathroom Gib fix

Posted 12 hours ago

I have some water damaged Gib in my ensuite bathroom ceiling that needs to be replaced before I put my house on the market.

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Weepholes

Posted 13 hours ago

The builders report for our recently purchased home raised the issue that the brickwork had been plastered over and not left any weepholes in the lower course of the bricks to allow trapped moisture to drain out. We need a qualified builder to help us rectify this by drilling holes and installing vent covers.

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Damaged floor

Posted 13 hours ago

Hello would like quotes on replacing partial water damaged particle board flooring. Located in Massey West Auckland.

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Remove carport and build single garage

Posted 15 hours ago

Removal of old carport and build a new single garage. We would like to build off the side of the neighbors garage if that is possible. Wanting to build with steel roof and weatherboard to match the house. No timeframe at the moment looking for quotes to get the ball rolling. Would like it done before next winter ideally. Cross lease property so I am a bit unsure on the whole consent process

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Home Renovation

Posted 17 hours ago

Looking at doing a small home renovation in the new year and looking for a reliable, qualified builder to quote our plans. They will need to project manage the job from start to finish. If you are interested please reach out and we can share plans with you. Thanks Brent & Chelsea

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Groundwork, building kit set sleepout and.?? Rebuild deck

Posted 18 hours ago

Sleepout/home office with 15 sq. m. kit set structure to be built against house. Requires ground to be cleared, lowered and levelled. If financially viable, rebuild of existing deck over the top (if the preferred flat roof structure can be set low enough) as this currently sits at height of nearly 2m off ground level. Electricity supply and insulation required. Quotes required please.

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Install splashback

Posted 19 hours ago

I want to install splashback in kitchen. Its a small kitchen and approx area is provided in attached photo (black highlighted area on wall) to give an indication. Also splashback around standard laundry tub. Cant provide photo as the tub isn't installed yet.

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Framing for bathroom/ensuite renovations.

Posted 20 hours ago

Looking for a builder to quote for framework required for bathroom and ensuite alterations.

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Structure inspection/replacement

Posted 20 hours ago

Some of the structural frame is rotten and needs replacing. Need a full inspection then replacement of damaged frames. Would prefer someone who is available in next 2 weeks.

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Ali

Posted 23 hours ago

I want a roof built over the existing deck

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Install a ranch slider on a sleep out

Posted 23 hours ago

We would like a builder to install a second hand ranch slider on the front of our sleep out we are building.It is approximately 3m x 2m in dimensions.. labour cost plus extra building materials to ensure it is installed properly. Hoping it is a same day job

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Building window seats

Posted 1 day ago

Hi, we need to get window seats built in a sunroom.

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Preparing the kitchen

Posted 1 day ago

Am getting a new kitchen but need some help to prepare the space. Removal of (non-load bearing) archway, replace scotia, repair ceiling.

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Dividing Fire Wall in house

Posted 1 day ago

To convert existing building wall to firewall, from ground to ceiling.

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Assess vertical crack in external brick wall #2

Posted 1 day ago

I have a vertical crack and some separation of the window frame in an exterior wall. We have it accessed and it if not due to major structural damage. I would like it cosmetically repaired and repainted. It has taken several years to appear and its due to the ground movement in dry / wet weather. Photos included

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Recent building reviews

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wooden outside step on external stairs is cracked

Work carried out by the owner/operator

26th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Small office walls built in a showroom

Work carried out by the owner/operator

24th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

door frame

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Fire Rated wall on existing carport

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th October 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

front ramp and water tank screen

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Internal wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th October 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Front door replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Garden Studio

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replacement of rotten window frames and weather boards.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace front door

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Building Internal wall and ceiling

Work carried out by the owner/operator

14th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

put wire on piles and fix cladding

Work carried out by the owner/operator

14th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Old villa needs kitchen Gibbed and floors fixed for new kitchen

Work carried out by an employee of the company

14th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

build a fence

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Retail stud wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Subfloor section Replacement.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Small hole in floor needs fixing

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Deck needed in glen eden


10th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

renovate master bedroom,

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Need a wall knocked down

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5
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