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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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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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Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

Posted 08/06/17

With so many tradespeople belonging to different accreditation organisations, how do you know which one to trust ? We take a closer look... Tradespeople Accreditations There are 10 common tradespeople accreditation to be aware of. Each one is not equal, yet they are work towards bettering

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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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Choosing Between Another Storey or Adding a House Extension

Posted 16/03/17

Extending your house or adding another storey can give you the much needed space a growing family needs. We look at the advantages and disadvantages of these two renovation options... How to choose between another storey or a house extension Depending on the size of your backyard, you can

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

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Decorating a Child's Bedroom? Here's Some Great Tips!

Posted 28/03/17

Decorating your child's bedroom can be an enjoyable, yet challenging task. We share some tips on how to get the best out of decorating this room... Remember to consider your child’s special interests and personality when planning the bedroom decor. Attention to detail helps make the bedro

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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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Ceiling for Bunn

Posted 1 year ago

Repair a hole in a ceiling where someone has put thier foot through installing insulation. Needs to be returned to reasonable standard in keeping with the existing ceiling.

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Chimney removal

Posted 11 months ago

I need a brick chimney removed down to just below the eave, and a small sheet of roofing iron placed over the gap, on a single storey house. No rush to have the job completed. The bricks from the chimney can be left on the property, as I have a few ways to use them up for paving.

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Methven build

Posted 11 months ago

single level 3 and half bedroom, tin cladding, river stone to sill height, 13m long by 10 meters depth (136 square meters) rectangular with simple roof design. log burner, wet back, 2 bathrooms, balacony and veranda. attached 40 squate meter carport. slightly elevated on piles, flat section.

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Rachael Kennedy

Posted 8 months ago

Have some repairs needing done to a couple of walls with holes and also wanting 2 window frames replaced

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New home

Posted 1 year ago

Purchased section and need house 3 /4 bedroom 2 bathroom single story 2 cars outdoor area under cover

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Veranda construction Ashburton

Posted 1 month ago

I would like someone to price a new 30m2 veranda on my property at Lane St in Ashburton, alongside a new french door leading outside from the kitchen, where a floor to ceiling window is currently. Preliminary design drawings have been done by architect David Chilton. Building consent has not yet been applied for.

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Building on to a living room

Posted 2 months ago

Id like to open up my lounge but to do so I need to add a part on to my house about 13m2 needs to be added on the roof will need to be changed along with the brick work. I'm just gauging an idea off cost to give me a rough idea. Cheers

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New house build in Ashburton

Posted 1 year ago

Ashburton location. After quotes for a new house build. Approx 210m2 home, 4 bed, 2 bath, separate living, walk in pantry. Plan attached an indication only, not actually plan to be used as not drawn up yet.

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Take down Chimney and take out logburner

Posted 2 months ago

Take out in built log burner and take down Chimney and replace corrigated iron

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Draftsmen needed for loft conversion on 200sqm home 2

Posted 6 months ago

Hi there, I've purchased a 2005 built, 2 bedroom, 3 living area home with a large footprint in Rakaia and want to extend up into the attic. Ideally I'd like to add two bedrooms and a bathroom up there to maximize my ROI but I need your help! I'd like to hear from experienced tradies who can come out to the property this week to measure up and then draw up plans. Please be clear about the potential costs for renovation plans if you apply so I can compare. Thanks

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Lots of small jobs to make good before we can move in

Posted 8 months ago

We require a builder or experienced handyman who would be able to do the following; Knock down an internal wall and then fix the wall to make good ready for painting. Temporarily take down part of a wall / make a space behind 2x toilets to enable a plumber to fit 2x new toilets in. Then put the wall back up and make good ready for painting. Repair 2x holes in wall from plug sockets being removed. Repair 2x holes in the ceiling from ceiling lights being removed. Take down wooden hanging pl...

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Urgent help needed

Posted 1 year ago

I have found rotten boards on the exterior of the house. Thought I just needed new cladding but have been told a builder is needed as water has gotten in.

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DIY breakfast bar!

Posted 8 months ago

Needing someone to build breakfast bar. Currently made of a Buffett cabinet with a Macrocarpa bench top that I have attached. But not happy with it. Wanting to take bench top off. Extend the back of it, so I’m thinking maybe box the back out a gib it so I can tile onto it latter. If you think you can help me with this let me know.

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Extension

Posted 7 months ago

we require a 3 metre extension to an existing double garage to include a double width sectional garage door and 1 x side door. The garage is part of (at the end of the house ) and is concrete block with rockcote covering . Extension to be in the same format.

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Garage lintel

Posted 3 months ago

Lintel has sagged. 2 building inspectors have said it may need replacing

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Draftsmen needed for loft conversion on 200sqm home

Posted 7 months ago

Hi there, I'm looking to purchase a 2005 built, 2 bedroom, 3 living area home with a large footprint in Rakaia and want to extend up into the attic. Ideally I'd like to add two bedrooms and a bathroom up there to maximize my ROI but I need your help! Recently did a loft conversion in London so the process doesn't phase me. Need a measure up and some design options to decide what to do. Thanks

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A bit of reno work

Posted 8 months ago

I require a qualified builder who is experienced in renovating and general building. I would like the following work to be done however it is subject to "if it can be done" which will be need to be advised by a qualified builder with an on-site visit. - Removal/Closing up of 2 external doors. -Re-boarding external areas with weatherboards - Relocating & Closing of 2 internal doors - Removal of 2 internal walls(non-load bearing as far as I know) -Possible removal of 1 internal load bearing w...

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Garage deconstructed and trucked to Chch

Posted 9 months ago

Hi, I have a garage located in Ashburton that I would like moved to Christchurch. It is approximately 25M x 8M. Location down the back of 53 Carters Terrace, Tinwald. Looks to be branded as a skyline garage, made of timber framing. I am looking for it to be disassembled and flat-packed on the back of a truck. It needs to be delivered to a CHCH address and I would assemble it myself.

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Builder report

Posted 10 months ago

I am purchasing a house and need s builderd report.

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Hotwater

Posted 1 year ago

I need an external hot water cylinder cupboard built and a new wetback hot water cylinder installed in my cottage.

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Recent building reviews

With over 137,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Chimney removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

23rd July 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Urgent help needed

Work carried out by the owner/operator

30th May 2018

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Take down Chimney and take out logburner

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Chimney removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

23rd July 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Urgent help needed

Work carried out by the owner/operator

30th May 2018

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Take down Chimney and take out logburner

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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JMatt Building & Construction

Joined October 2018

I have been in the building industry for the last 15 years. For the last 10 years I have been building high end architectural homes, but there is no job too small for me to complete. I am professional and will work hard to complete your job on time to the highest possible standard. Please give me a call today.

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Otautahi Builders Ltd

Joined July 2016

Hi, I've been building and renovating for 6+ years. Working hard and paying extra attention to detail to set me apart from the others. From new builds right down to a small fix up, I can provide advice and competitive quotes

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Gw builders ltd

Joined May 2016

With over 25 years of experience in the construction industry we are small family business of qualified reliable builders with a high standard in every job we face.. guaranteed to please! Specialising in: *Light Comercial *Architectural builds *New builds *Renovations/extentions *Landscaping *All forms of concrete work No jobs to big or small!

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Murrell Contracting

Joined January 2014

A Team of Qualified Tradesmen inc a Registered Builder and a Drain layer we are based in Christchurch and service We offer6 Excellent rates and Prompt service on Odd Jobs New builds Repair work Odd jobs

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Evergreen house ltd

Joined August 2018

Trying to think of the right builder? Need someone to guide you through your project? People who think their budget is low? High? All could be done through us.

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Hansen tranter contracting ltd

Joined October 2017

Hi H-T contracting Ltd is a new company specialising in driveways and landscaping. We are also involved in handymen work and cleaning services. Look forward to hearing from you.

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Aerotec Ltd

Joined December 2017

We can do re-roofing, new tin, tiles or bitumen roofs.Can install all wooden, bamboo vinyl or laminate floorings. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime with further questions. Kind regards Cestmir 0277666106

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Marjac Building Innovations

Joined December 2012

Licenced Builders delivering quality workmanship with integrity. New builds, renovations, additions, and maintenance issues. Working alongside licenced plumbers, registered electricians we can offer a solution for all your project needs big or small.

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Braden Nelson Builder

Joined April 2018

Hi, I have been building for the past 22 years, I have recently moved from Ashburton to Ch-Ch. Licensed building practitioner and member of Registered Master Builders. Specializing in renovations, additions and alterations, bathrooms, kitchens, decking. No job too small.

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Sheppard Construction Ltd

Joined April 2019

Construction you can Count on. Here at Sheppard Construction we have 10 years experience in the building industry. We can help you with anything from your new deck or fence, to a renovation, or even with your dream home! No job to big or to small.

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Pioneer Solutions Ltd

Joined June 2019

Pioneers Solutions Ltd is a Building, Design and Transportation contractor who provide design, construction and transportation to the residential, commercial and civil engineering construction industry. We provide Architectural design and construction services specializing in residential and commercial buildings, foundation and slab construction, earthworks and transportation of larger sized item...

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Hennessy construction ltd

Joined September 2018

Hi I am an Irish construction carpenter, I have 20 years experience and 7 of them in Christchurch working on a variety of projects. I am a licensed builder for the last 5 years . I have been building new homes ,Exstension and working on big and small commercial projects. I can put my hand to most jobs . Before coming to Nz I was building homes ,Exstension’s and installing new kitchens . I prid...

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PD Arthur Builders Limited

Joined January 2019

I am a qualified, certified licensed builder with 30+ years experience building houses/over 60's units, alterations and general building works. EQC and insurance work are also areas of expertise along with driveways, paths and re-roofs.

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ACP CONSTRUCTION LIMITED

Joined March 2019

Combined we have 30+yrs experience within the Civil Construction trade and can offer a vast variety of Civil Construction services. We take pride in our work, therefore being able to offer fair competitive prices to suit your budget is a must. We are reliable and our time management allows for us to be able to make our deadlines. Both of us hold our Comprehensive first aid and relevant tickets and...

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Panel homes ltd

Joined March 2017

We are qualified builders with nine years of experience in commercial and residential building. We are hard working and reliable, always working to full potential to meet dead lines or clients requirments. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and completing jobs on budget to a high standard.

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Logan J builders ltd

Joined August 2018

Hi we are a new business specialising in new homes and steel frame homes. We provide quality workmanship, excellent communication at a competitive rate.

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Dans Reno

Joined February 2018

Hi, I am a sole trader and I have my NZQA level 4 in carpentry I have been building for 14 years all over Africa and in Chrischurch for the last 5 years. I have done many jobs for home owners in Christchurch with good results. I specialise is bathroom renos, redo bed rooms, car ports, decks, fences, veggie gardens, garage shelving etc. I will work along side my client to achieve the best end resu...

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Tradesman

Joined October 2014

hi i am a licensed building practioner tradesman carpenter main line of work is building maintenance of all types,i do a lot of bathroom renovations supply and install working with only registered tradesman all types of work undertaken

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Kit set Assembly Services

Joined January 2018

Hi at Kitset Assembly Services, we are the manufacturer approved installers of your new nz made garden shed. Fully trained in all areas of Kitset Assembly from indoor/outdoor furniture to BBQs and everything in between. Not to mention that all job related rubbish is removed free of charge. You can be assured of a quality job and with set pricing rather than per hour rates there are no hidden surp...

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Sayers construction

Joined April 2019

LBP builder that prides himself on quality workmanship and customer satisfaction. With 14 years experience as a carpenter/builder and keeping my overheads minimal, I can offer my wide variety of expertise at a very good price for the customer. I take on all aspects of building, renovation and maintenance works. The work is carried out by myself or by myself overseeing trusted sub contractors f...

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