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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Various work

Posted 8 months ago

Plumber - to check outdoor drain and maybe other work Builder - Check property for defects, check for moisture, repair deck. Will require for various jobs and advice Concreter - Repair step cracking in veneer, repair concrete slab (if repairable)

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Garage reno

Posted 5 months ago

Single garage turning it into a playroom taking our garage automatic door and putting in a window and single door flooring with ply wood and sub floor and lining a wall. Also needing a fence built. Looking for quotes. Work to be started early mid January.

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Garage lintel

Posted 1 year ago

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

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

Posted 1 year 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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A bit of reno work

Posted 1 year 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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Veranda construction Ashburton

Posted 1 year 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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New piles under kitchen floor

Posted 5 months ago

Floor is becoming unstable sinking and cracking noises. Needing fixed asp

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Rachael Kennedy

Posted 1 year ago

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

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DIY breakfast bar!

Posted 1 year 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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Draftsmen needed for loft conversion on 200sqm home

Posted 1 year 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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Building on to a living room

Posted 1 year 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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Garage deconstructed and trucked to Chch

Posted 1 year 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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Landing & Baseboards needed

Posted 8 months ago

I need baseboards under my house and a landing at a ranch slider for COC. More work to come if you do a good job for a good price

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Garage Build

Posted 5 months ago

Concrete slab is down. Now its time to build a two car garage. Looking for a bang for buck build. Open to site visits and ideas. Cheers!

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Builder report

Posted 1 year ago

I am purchasing a house and need s builderd report.

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Small extension

Posted 9 months ago

A quote for a small approx 6m/2m extension on end of my cottage

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Extension

Posted 1 year 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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Man hole needed

Posted 11 months ago

Needing a man hole cut in wardrobe so underfloor insulation can be installed also quote for taking out a wall on lounge area

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Draftsmen needed for loft conversion on 200sqm home 2

Posted 1 year 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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Take down Chimney and take out logburner

Posted 1 year ago

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

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Recent building reviews

With over 162,000 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

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

Urgent help needed

Work carried out by the owner/operator

30th May 2018

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Chimney removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

23rd July 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
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

Urgent help needed

Work carried out by the owner/operator

30th May 2018

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

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SK Builders Ltd

Joined January 2016

Sk Builders is a building company specialising in renovations, decks, pergolas, carports, fences, retaining walls and also the smaller building jobs. With 10 years experience in the industry and a vast knowledge of the building codes and practices we take great pride in all our work providing a very professional service. We work hard to meet deadlines with punctuality, good time management and cus...

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ko plumb ltd

Joined April 2012

OK Plumb ltd menu # Plumbing # Drainlaying # Waterblasting # Roof leak repairs/replace iron coloursteel. # Spouting leak repaires/replace # Log burner installs # New house plumbing/drainlaying

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Xpress Design & Drafting

Joined January 2020

Hi, we are a cost-effective Architectural firm specializing primarily in concept design and building consent documentation. From the smallest of renovation/alteration to complex new builds including hill builds. We also provide a wholesale schedule of fees (trade rates) for ongoing working relationships. Keywords in our toolbox being: NZS 3604, New Zealand Building Code, Timber Framed and Steel F...

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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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Natural construction

Joined January 2018

Hello there, glad you have taken the time to read our information, We specialise in renovations, decks, pergolas, new builds, and of course no job is to small, We believe its the little things that count. My team are professional, qualified builders who love what they do, not to mention we are Certified and Master Builders and licensed building practitioners, for your peace of mind But most...

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Abacus Building Maintenance

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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Unique Built

Joined November 2019

For quality workmanship look no further. At Unique Built we cover a range of work from your everyday handyman jobs right up to newly built homes and everything in between.

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Wilshire Construction Ltd

Joined January 2019

We specialise in architectural builds, modern design and historical renovations. We pride ourselves on doing what others can’t, we will work with you, your architect and sub trades to achieve a finish we would be proud to come home to. Satisfaction is our main objective whilst delivering a beautiful finish on time and budget. Make your house the home you dream of, it’s just one phone call away...

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Taurus Built Ltd

Joined September 2019

I started Taurus Built Limited in 2017 in Central Otago, with 1 house for GJ Gardener, a 170 Square meter deck and a single employee. Fast forward to today and we are a company with 8 Employees, operating in Central Otago/Lakes, Christchurch and surrounding areas. With a Hill job in Akaroa to an alteration in Twizel, it is safe to say Taurus Built will take on almost every construction task. Ta...

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TW Plastering and Building

Joined April 2015

I am a highly experienced builder with great attention to detail. I truly believe in making the customer happy, even if something is difficult to achieve, the homeowner comes first. I have a great track record of positive feedback, I have added some to the photos section. Please feel free to take a read, I am very proud of my work. Please search my business name in Facebook to see photos of pre...

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ZedZee

Joined April 2015

We have been involved for a number of years in restoration and building maintenance and the construction and design of outdoor structures. We have been involved in trade for 30 years and maintain a high level of workmanship. We have recently completed a number of exciting projects for a multinational company. However no job is too small for our small team we look forward to each new construction ,...

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Dans Renovations

Joined February 2018

Dan's Renovations is a small company run by the owner Daniel. Dan has his NZQA level 4 in carpentry and has been doing building & renovating for 15 years all over Africa and in Chrischurch for the last 6 years. He has done many jobs for home owners in Christchurch with good results. He specialises in bathroom renos, kitchen renos, car ports, house extensions, decks, fences, veggie gardens, garage...

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Mark Smith Builders

Joined February 2012

Mark Smith Builders established in 2009, with 13 years experience we specialise in all aspects of residential buildings, architectural homes, hill sites, alterations and repair work. Mark has developed strong relationships with the people of Canterbury helping with the Christchurch rebuild. As a licensed building practitioner (LBP) you can rest assure your home is getting built by a qualified bu...

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Revolution Build

Joined January 2020

Fully qualified builder with experience from old school renovations to new home builds. I also do smaller jobs and all maintenance. I am very professional and aim to meet all goals and deadlines for the projects completion. I pride myself of providing competitive and then completing jobs o budget.

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Limitless Property Services

Joined December 2019

**Covid 19 update** As per govt level 3 lockdown instructions, I will be able to resume working providing I stick to strict Health and Safety rules. I am more than happy to work in with you for contactless services. My name is Dan and I am a local from Christchurch. I am currently living in the Selwyn area where I have just built a house. I am a qualified LBP licensed builder with 13...

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MB Construction

Joined May 2010

Rise Residential Ltd is an owner-operated Christchurch based company that specializes in all forms of residential construction including renovations, new builds and property maintenance. We employ experienced people who are friendly, courteous and produce good quality results that we can be proud of.

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Carl Taylor Builders

Joined July 2019

Carl Taylor Homes has been trading since 1999 and we are members of the CBS ( Combined Building Suppliers Co -Operative ). Carl Taylor Homes has developed a reputation in Christchurch and the Canterbury region as builders of quality homes, specialising in the construction of semi-commercial and residential buildings, architectural design and construction, project management and building mainten...

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Able 2

Joined October 2008

Painting, Plastering, Tiling, Construction of Fences and Decks, Bathroom and Kitchen Renovation and Installation, Wood Burner Installation, Project management. Im your one stop shop to take care of your project.

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SS The Builder & Property Maintenance

Joined June 2017

SS The Builder & Property Maintenance was born out of frustration whilst trying to solve the same problems on construction sites time and time again. After working with a crazy amount of construction companies I`m ready to change the dinosaur ways of the industry. I want to feel proud of the industry I love whilst constantly shaking things up at the same time. I want to bring modern technologie...

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McA masonry ltd

Joined August 2015

Hi My name is Johnny Mcauley. I work with all things masonry including tiling/waterproofing of bathrooms, exterior block work and brick work, paving paths, steps and driveways, concrete plastering and any small concrete job.I'm also trained and experienced in crack injection and the repair strategy of ring foundation and tilt panel slabs. I have 15 years experience in working with these material...

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