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Hiring A Builder In Christchurch

Looking for a Christchurch builder can be quite a mission nowadays. Many builders are already booked for months in advance to fix earthquake damaged buildings. Then again there is the large influx of new builders to the region, including builders from overseas who you have never heard of before. But to top it all off, your mate from down the road says that he knows ‘the friend of a friend who could fix your place for half the price some other bloke quoted.’ How do you choose the best builder for your job?

Hiring a Christchurch Licensed Building Practitioner

Choosing the right builder to fix your Canterbury home depends on the type of work you need done. If the work is structural, designing a fire system or is related to the weather tightness of your property (all of which are classed as restricted building work), you will need a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP). If it is cosmetic such as building a fence, putting in a new kitchen or building a deck, a non-licenced builder is fine, as is  an LBP.

The Government has made it compulsory to use an LBP for all restricted building work (RBW) throughout the country to safeguard and protect homeowners. For a builder to be accepted onto the LBP register, they would have had to been assessed as competent to carry out work of weathertight or structural basis on a residential property. This makes choosing the right builder to hire easier. It allows you to confidently pick an LBP who specialises in  the job you want completed, knowing that it will be done to a high standard. Remember to check that they are certified in the area of building which you need their skills for, as there are six different types of building work you can be licensed for (such as bricklaying or carpentry).

There are a couple of ways you can check if the builder you have chosen is an LBP. Firstly they are required to carry their LBP photo ID and you can get the details off this card to check the official LBP register. This public registrar can be accessed on the Licenced Building Practitioner website where you can check what type of work they are registered to do. You can check out their licence history and disciplinary records for the last three years.

Some builders have chosen not to become LBP’s even though they might have had years of on the job experience and knowledge. Instead they might be members of one or both of the two building trade organisations, the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand (CBANZ) or the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA).

The CBANZ will only accept members who have either the level of experience required or an accepted building qualification. They also require their members to have insurance to cover them and their work for the term of the contract. Members must also provide a 10 year Homefirst Builders guarantee and must follow their Code of Ethics and Conduct.

The RMBA requires members to have either a certain level of experience and/or appropriate qualifications. Their work is inspected several times during the year by the RMBA mobile inspection team. They must be financially responsible and follow the Constitution and Code of Conduct set by the RMBA. Members must also give their clients a third party written guarantee on all new homes and renovations done by them.

While a builder may belong to either or both of these trade associations, remember though that if you want them to do restricted building work, they must be a Licenced Builder Practitioner. Find the best builder for your Christchurch based job here. Post your building job today and let the builder chase you!

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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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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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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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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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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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Creating Successful Indoor Outdoor Flow in Older Homes

Posted 05/01/17

Great indoor/outdoor flow is high on the must have list for many homeowners. But achieving this this can be a challenge in older homes... Summer weather just makes us want to head outdoors. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done for many homeowners with older homes. Older properties

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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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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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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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Really just looking for an idea of whether a back porch with decking is able to be built and if so, how much it would be. We already have an extension, so door and roofline are close - need advice please.

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Posted 1 week ago

Filling some grates and fixing guttering on side of house. I need one or two grates filling and guttering fixing on one side of the house. You really need to come over to give an accurate quote.

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Hello there, we are planning to buy a home in Christchurch and for that we did BUILDING INSPECTIONS . As per building report there are certain recommendation to repair eg :- 1) sub floor - Ground vapor Barrier : no vapor barrier .. 2) sub floor- insulation : foil insulation.. 3) Bathroom - Heated towel rail bracket broken.. 4) Roof space - roof framing & connections :- insufficient gap between fire flue and timbers .. 5) moisture testing - moisture readings :- High readings.. 6 ) Garage...

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Posted 1 week ago

I have a new microchip reading cat door to be installed in my dining room wall through to courtyard outside. The wall is linear board and gib. As soon as possible please would be great but by arrangement okay. There doesn’t seem to be any wiring in area but you would need to be able to check.

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Posted 1 week ago

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Posted 1 week ago

A small job but fiddly because of awkward access - above glass roof of porch over entrance to fornt door. The rot has allowed water to drip through to hall ceiling. Roofer has made temporary repair but advises soffit needsreplacing.

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Install range hood (with external extractor through brick wall)

Posted 1 week ago

Hi there, we need a qualified and experienced person who can make a hole our external brick wall (or make similar recommended exit point) as we to install a new range hood extractor for above the oven. The current one does not send the steam outside but just re-circulates it which doesn't do anything to remove the steam. Please provide a quote and how many hours it would take to do.

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Qualified builder required to assist with installation of a new roof and gutter

Posted 1 week ago

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Mt pleasant new build

Posted 4 days ago

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Posted 6 days ago

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Vent removal 2

Posted 1 day ago

I have an old vent under my house which is blocking access to get underfloor insulation put in. Just need someone to come and take it out. Its from an old diesel heating system that hasn't been used in years. There is access in the middle of the house and from outside where the old unit was taken out. Unsure who would do this kind of job so hoping to get a response here. Wanting this done as soon as possible, because want to get it insulated before winter.

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Building report

Posted 1 day ago

Need a person for my sons first home to do a building report for the bank done asap can you please quote your price

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Garage extension

Posted 9 hours ago

hi have existing 6m x 7m concrete block garage and want to extend to 14m x 12, hence 2 walls extended and 2 new walls built. New garage will be 165sqm. and will be free standing. 2 rollers doors at front, 1 side access door and a couple of windows. Spouting will need to connected to stormwater. I will need to get proper drawings done to gain building consent . site is level and flat in papanui. I am not sure if better to demolish the lot and start again or if extending what is there. I wou...

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Shift door position in structural wall

Posted 1 day ago

This is the door to my kitchen, I need it moved along the wall approximately 400mm to the right. This is also a structural wall. I would also like the lintel put a little higher than the current door so I can have a more standard size door installed. Feel free to also quote for the supply and install of a new door. Note also that the wall linings will be off when this job is happening as I am having asbestos removed from the walls. (So you won't have to remove or reinstate wall linings.) Wire...

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Garage roof and skeleton repairs 2

Posted 1 week ago

Garage has a section of opaque corrugated roofing that has broken and water damage to the skeleton support wood. Looking for a quote to replace damaged wood and roof plastic.

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Small Kitchen & Bathroom Reno 2

Posted 5 days ago

Require a builder carpenter to replace damaged joists in bathroom and kitchen (size 5.7m X 2.5m for both room adjoining each other). level floor and lay flooring sheets. Create small hall wall through existing bedroom and 2 new door entry points ( one into bathroom and one into bedroom. Close off current bedroom entry. Change one external back door move about 3 meters add new window in Kitchen. Type of house: Older weatherboard house with staco finish. Some studs also may need to be rep...

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Harewood Rd

Posted 1 week ago

Errect framing and trusses then put up plywood roof sarking and ecoply to walls

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Posted 1 week ago

Hi looking for someone to build a wall and sliding door in a commercial premises. Dimensions Wall 1 9M long x 3M high Wall 2 5 M x 3 M high with sliding doors Construction would be ply /MDF one side -- Plumb deck /colour steel / side 2

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Foundations

Posted 2 days ago

Hi, I'm looking for a builder to advise on and repair foundations. I'm in need of some repairs to cracks etc in ring foundation. Also the house is mainly on concrete piles which seem to be ok, but there are also a couple timber posts which look a bit makeshift. This is not an EQC job. ...

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Remove existng wall

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19th December 2018

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 5
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 5
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Weatherboard replacement, scribe and flashing

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14th January 2019

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 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Alter ceiling joists

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10th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

reclad exterior wall

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28th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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Hang a large heavy mirror

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11th April 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Repairs to pile foundation

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18th March 2019

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 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Lay down pavers, or put down a concrete pad for spa pool

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20th April 2019

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 5
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 5
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 5
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Outside window frame

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25th February 2019

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 4
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 5
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 5
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528

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10th April 2019

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 5
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Garage help

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6th January 2019

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 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

New bedroom, bathroom and laundry

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20th December 2018

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Laundry Floor

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2nd March 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 4
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 5
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 5

General House Maintenance and Repairs

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29th March 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 1

water cylinder leak damage

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21st March 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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office re model

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15th March 2019

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Aviary

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19th March 2019

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Floor check/fix

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3rd February 2019

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Cat door through house wall

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Chloe Coutts

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31st January 2019

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Demolish existing payroom's wall and Setting auto garage door

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22nd December 2018

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Victor Grant Building Ltd

Joined September 2018

Hi, I have been building,renovating &repairing houses for 25 years plus... I am a licence Building Contractor,who speciality is prompt,personal service.

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DGK Builders

Joined January 2019

Hi, we are licensed builders and have been building in Christchurch for 5 years. With a vast experience in large muilti unit new build dwellings and earthquake repairs. We complete all jobs on time, within budget and will accelerate programmes when required.

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AA Construction ltd

Joined January 2015

I am a registered Master Builder & Licenced LBP. We are a small building company we have been building new houses & renovations .we Can under take all types of building & repairs, painting plastering & decorating..

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ACP CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

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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JPL Construction

Joined August 2018

Hi, I run a small building company specializing in bathroom renovations, decks, fencing and general building and maintenance. I am professional, competitive on price and pride myself on having satisfied customer's.

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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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Mitchell and Milmine Construction

Joined September 2017

Mitchell + Milmine Construction is a small family owned residential building company focused on building quality. We are team players and are committed to working within our community with other locals alike. We are passionate about modern architecture, and believe each home tells a different story, this makes us the perfect partners on your next building adventure. We offer a transparent...

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Bloomfield Building

Joined March 2018

qualified carpenter seeking out some work, 5 years experience in the residential industry covering many earthquake repair jobs and architectural builds. Christchurch, looking to get into the swing of decking,fencing,patios work, i.e - general landscape construction.

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Scott Turner Building limited

Joined December 2016

Scott Turner Building limited will take on any job, big or small. From new builds to any renovation. all joinery installs, decks and fencing, nothings a problem! High level of workmanship garrenteed ! Qualified and have a current LBP

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Otautahi Builders Ltd

Joined July 2016

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R P D Construction

Joined November 2016

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Joined April 2015

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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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Tuii Build Ltd

Joined March 2019

Hi there! I have been building for the last 5 years with the 6 years prior to this spent in painting. My work has mostly revolved around renovations both big and small, doing everything from decks and fences to complete house renovations. My wife and I have recently branched out and started out own building company. My work ethic is second to none and I always complete any job quickly and thoroug...

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Phormium Construction

Joined October 2016

Hi. We are licensed qualified builders and tackle any residential project, new builds, additions ,extensions, landscaping and maintenance. Our quotes are competitive and our work is done once and done right!

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Roman Building & Construction

Joined November 2016

Hi, we are Qualified Builder and Sub-Trade with Quality as First Priority in our job. We carry out New Build, Extension, Renovation, Landscaping, Project Management and Handyman/Maintenance. We give competitive quotes and endeavor to get job done on time with top quality. We look forward to provide Excellent Services for you !!

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Base 7

Joined March 2011

With approx. 40 years in most aspects of the building trade,Starting in my earliest years installing poggenpohl kitchens in upmarket homes in the UK . To building houses on the hills in Queenstown.Recently I purchased a flooring franchise in Christchurch, Not a good idea as it was just before the earthquakes and so didn't work to well. I can lay carpet,vinyl , tiles and underfloor heating at ver...

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HJL Building Ltd

Joined January 2019

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Otautahi Bespoke Builders Ltd

Joined August 2016

We are a family owned business offering Bespoke building services. We pride ourselves on keeping things real in terms of timely manner of completion, cost and most importantly communication. Our service is innovative and intuitive. If we can't personally do the work, we make it happen due to our proactive approach to project management, all while delivering the highest possible standards.

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R W Steele Builders Ltd

Joined September 2010

We are a 50 year old family business. Work undertaken is of a professional standard. We believe customer satisfaction is the utmost, wtih immense attention being paid to detail. A high level of communication is necessary. All types of work are undertaken, whether this be a new home, alterations or additions to existing homes, kitchen and bathroom upgrades, decks and pergolas. We have the ab...

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