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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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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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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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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

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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 r

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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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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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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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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

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

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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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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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Chimney removal

Posted 1 year 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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Garage lintel

Posted 5 months ago

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

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Veranda construction Ashburton

Posted 3 months 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 4 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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DIY breakfast bar!

Posted 10 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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Rachael Kennedy

Posted 10 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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Builder report

Posted 1 year ago

I am purchasing a house and need s builderd report.

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Extension

Posted 9 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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Methven build

Posted 1 year 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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A bit of reno work

Posted 10 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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Draftsmen needed for loft conversion on 200sqm home

Posted 9 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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Man hole needed

Posted 1 month 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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Small extension

Posted 1 week ago

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

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Draftsmen needed for loft conversion on 200sqm home 2

Posted 8 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 10 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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Take down Chimney and take out logburner

Posted 4 months ago

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

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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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Garage deconstructed and trucked to Chch

Posted 11 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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Recent building reviews

With over 141,000 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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BMD Construction

Joined January 2019

Welcome to BMD Construction. With over 50 years combined building experience we can take care of your project, from design right through to completion. We are experienced in everything from multi storey apartment complex's right through to complete shop and bar fitouts with dozens of big brand fitouts all over New Zealand to our credit. Our experience also extends to new builds and nevova...

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wayne duffield builder

Joined August 2015

hi have been building for over 30 years we are very professional company all work under taken . we take pride in our work and all work is done write the first time .free quotes and done on time

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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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Gintas Renovation NZ

Joined October 2016

I've been renovating houses for 15+ years. I focus on getting the job done fast and in high quality while maintaining reasonable prices. My main goal is to understand my client's vision and manifest it as they wish. There are no big or small jobs, all jobs accepted. To see my work you can visit gintas.co.nz

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LDH CONTRACTING

Joined October 2017

We have Contractors based in every major city throughout New Zealand operating under Labour-Day-Hire Contracting. Our business is to provide Expert Project Management offering Competitive Wholesale Pricing, but if preferable, we also cover General Labour Only. We cater to all forms of Home Renovations, Landscaping and General Construction. Enquire now to discuss your requirements.

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L T Construction Building Company

Joined March 2019

Hi I am Luke maitland proud owner operator of LT construction and I am looking for work in the selwyn/banks peninsula areas as I am local to these parts and enjoy rural New Zealand. LT construction is a family oriented business that is proficient in project management, consultation, maintenance, new builds, building renovations, decks, pergolas, paths, drive ways, farm buildings, plastering and...

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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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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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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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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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Petes Construction

Joined March 2018

Pete's Construction is a building organisation fuelled by word of mouth. We specialise in all aspects of building, landscaping and earthworks! Building is our passion, we are committed to delivering superior workmanship and our team consists exclusively of licensed and competent builders, offering you a top quality finish and increased efficency throughout projects. Ensure your next ventur...

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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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DS Built ltd

Joined October 2014

Hi I have 14 years experience in the residential construction industry both here in NZ and a stint in the UK. We specialize in new architectural builds, but also do smaller jobs; renovations and extensions, bathrooms, retaining walls, custom decks and outdoor areas. We are very professional and pride ourselves on working hard to meet deadlines and budgets.

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Austin Anderson

Joined January 2010

Hi. I have been renovating and repairing houses since 1988. Bathroom renovations are a major part of my work, however, I am very happy to renovate any part of your house. I will change a rotten floorboard or re weatherboard your whole house. Sleepouts are now a popular part of my services.

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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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Shane's Drainage Limited

Joined October 2016

Hello,Drain layers in the Dunedin area for the past 10 years,Specializing in all areas of drainage.Hard working,professional,free competitive quotes.

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Foleys

Joined October 2011

We are committed to providing exceptional customer service, for all our customers - Above and Beyond. Every time. This includes our 30 minute time promise - we'll arrive within 30 minutes of the arranged time or the first hour of labour will be free! We have 10 locations across New Zealand, with branches in Central Otago, Christchurch, Dunedin, Oamaru, Ranfurly, South Otago, Twizel, Wanaka, Queen...

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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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GCM Construction

Joined March 2013

Hi my name ia Gary I'm a fully qualified carpenter , I'm 43 and started in construction when I was 16 . I am not limited to carpentry , I also Own excavators and tipper trucks . I have a very broad spectrum of work which can be concrete driveways , decking , kitchens , bathrooms , demolition work aswell as building work I take pride in all the work I do and my company moto is "My aim is your...

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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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