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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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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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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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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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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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Composite vs. Timber Decking

Posted 28/01/20

Composite or timber decking – which is better? To choose a suitable material for your project, we have gathered the key aspects to look at.

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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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Guide to Cladding Options and Materials

Posted 31/07/19

Here’s a guide on the types of cladding options and materials available in New Zealand and how they stack up against each other.

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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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Latest building case studies

Discover in-depth, ways which our homeowners have used Builderscrack to shape their house into the home of their dreams.

Bench Seating Took This Small Dining Room From Awkward To Cosy

Got an awkward space that can't be solved with furniture? Enter: bench seating. Find out design tips, budget and hindsight from these NZ homeowners.

Women in Trade - Pocket Rocket Building, Rotorua

Pocket Rocket Building owner shares her women in trade story, about how she made the career change from corporate leadership.

A 3yo’s Take on Having Plasterers in the Home

Renovating with kids at home is no small feat. Read about a family’s experience having their toddler meet tradespeople working with them.

Overgrown Patio to Contemporary Deck: How Lex Doubled His Living Space

Find out how a contemporary deck project transformed a ‘cold and unused’ area to create indoor-outdoor flow.

Small Bathroom Renovation Turns Major When The Unexpected Happens

Budget blow-outs, schedule delays and an unforeseen scenario - this bathroom renovation's got it all! See the incredible transformation.

Homes On Show - Save My Bathroom

Read about how a tradie helped a homeowner with her bathroom renovation, turning an outdated relic into modern, clean and functional.

Garden Revamp: How Chris and Rochelle Transformed This Small Space

Read about a couple’s landscaping project where they work with an experienced tradie to give their small space a garden revamp.

Recent jobs posted

Check out how homeowners like you are using Builders on Builderscrack to build, repair and improve their homes right now.

Build a house

Posted 1 hour ago

I have some land and would like a house built on this land. It is on a hill with Panoramic views.

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House Alterations and Extension

Posted 2 hours ago

Iam planning to undertake some internal house alterations (turning 1.5 bathroom into two bathrooms, putting up new walls, doors, etc) as well as doing some extension work(enclosing current deck are to become part of the house, being a new kitchen and utility room). Looking for a local builder to help with the process and guidance around budget and time frames.

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Rebuild garage/carport

Posted 3 hours ago

Hi, I would like to have my carport rebuilt, 2 years ago it lost its roof in a storm!! while rebuilding I was thinking it would be good to enlarge the size if possible, this would take it from a 3.2 x 4.2m size to approx 4.2 x 5.5m . The work would involve rebuilding from the foundation up with a simple sloping roof from front to rear able to accept a roller door. I could have the old removed and new slab laid if that makes it easier. Looking for quotes and getting the job done!!

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HOUSE PILES

Posted 3 hours ago

To line new house piles up, with house bearers, so house can be moved onto it NOTE -The piles do not need to be dug into the ground as they site on top on. Once they are lined up, we will then be reinforcing and concreting them into a pad.

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Carport to sleep out

Posted 4 hours ago

looking for quotes to convert car port attached to garage into a sleepout

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Fencing labourer

Posted 4 hours ago

Need a fencing labourer to help build fence next Monday. Some carpentry/building skills would be great but not necessary. Must have some experience around a building site. Heavy lifting involved. 8am - 2:30pm.

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Builders report

Posted 5 hours ago

Builder to complete a report on house, regarding buying a house and needing it to be structurally sound.

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Put hole in roof for extractor fan

Posted 6 hours ago

Need a hole to put extractor fan in bathroom which is in the middle of a flat roof house

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Replace section of soffit

Posted 7 hours ago

I have a couple of small sections of soffit that have been damaged. Sections are shown in the photo attached. The job is to have both of these sections replaced with the same or a similar material.

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Replace rotten plates

Posted 15 hours ago

Water damaged external plates need replacing, possible small sections of joist. Internal tiled bathroom, would prefer if external stucco wall is cut to access plates if unable to be replaced from underneath. Holes drilled for additional ventilation and area. Can supply more photos.

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Hang 70inch Tv in Lounge

Posted 17 hours ago

Needing someone to just hang our 70 inch TV on the wall with our TV bracket. We would do it ourselves but our landlord wants a builder to do it.

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Steel Tiny House / Sleep out

Posted 17 hours ago

Looking for an independent designer & builder with flare & passion to build a steel sleep out / tiny house on site in Dunedin- Site access is awkward but very possible. Internal loft layout - insulated, multiple windows / set on ground screws. ( approx 3m wide / 6m long / 5m high ) - photo is example of shape I’m looking for but in colour steel. Wanting build to start in January.

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Internal Wall Removal and Door Relocation

Posted 18 hours ago

We have had our HWC replaced with an external cylionder. We would like the HWC removed to make a bedroom bigger. It is appprox 1 metre square and does not appear to be load bearing. The bedroom door will need to be relocated. We are also looking to have the wall between a toilet and bathroom removed and the toliet door plastered over. We would like the work done soon as we are waiting to order a floor polisher and carpet layer, but that works depends on getting this job doen first.

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Building a double garage

Posted 18 hours ago

We are planning to use our current garage as second living room and we are hoping to extend and build a double garage on the driveway. We've attached photos as examples. Thanks!

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Adding a new room to brick home

Posted 19 hours ago

We're looking to convert our carport that runs between the house & our garage into a fourth bedroom & making the garage internal access. Possibly converting our conservatory into a walk in wardrobe/ensuite also, cost dependent.

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Removal of wall and re framing

Posted 21 hours ago

Need an LBP to remove a wall and then put another one up for a kitchen. Plans have already been done by a registered architect. Photos of the 3 walls involved in the refurb are included. Needs to be done ASAP as kitchen will be ready to be installed soon

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Carport

Posted 21 hours ago

Hi there. I would like to convert my current carport into a single garage by closing the back and one of the sides. A garage door to be placed on the front. Also a front deck to be extended as well

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Deck renovation

Posted 21 hours ago

We need to pull up the fibrelight sheet and replace it with wooden decking. The deck is 10m x 2m.

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Building a bar island #3

Posted 22 hours ago

Need a bar island built want it to look similar to the photo added being 1000mm l X 500mm (for the bench facing the kitchen) 450mm (for the bar top bench) and 800mm h (for the kitchen facing bench top) 950mm (for the bar top) I want them to be open facing so I can store a bar fridge on on side

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Removing rotted cladding and replacing with new boards

Posted 22 hours ago

Removing some macrocarpa weatherboards and exterior window framing that have rotted. It's likely a 2 day (or 20 hour) job for one man. Looking for a registered builder. Eager to have the work done as soon as possible. I'm in Island Bay. Thanks

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Recent building reviews

With over 204,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

KITSET SHED CONSTRUCTION

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Underfloor door and frame replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

23rd September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Roof Flue Replacement #4

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

New Ceiling Manhole/Access panel

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Britannia Street new Ensuite

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th September 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace back door (entrance to house), frame and steps

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Kitchen Splashback

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Front fence with gate

Work carried out by an employee of the company

13th September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

three jobs

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace rotten weatherboards on old villa

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Timber around garage door

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Window canopies

Work carried out by an employee of the company

7th September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 3
Schedule
 5
Communication
 2

Building inspection

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd September 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

remove fireplace

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Find and repair leak

Work carried out by an employee of the company

3rd September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Ensuite Extension - Martinborough


2nd September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Ranchslider fixed and shower sprucing

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

31st August 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Rotten Sill and fibre cement panel replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th August 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Handrail

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th August 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5
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