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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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Our blog is full with helpful news and knowledge covering building related repairs and renovations around your home. Our trusted tradies will respond to your job, often within a few minutes. You decide who you want to communicate with. You’re in control the whole way.

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 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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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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What Should You Do After a Damaging House Fire?

Posted 11/05/17

A house fire is a devastating experience, regardless of the amount of damage. Your first instinct may be to begin the clean-up and repair work, but there are several key things to work through first... Five things to do after a house fire There are five important tasks for you to do, if yo

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This is How your Gutters and Spouting Could be Damaging your Home (and what to do about it)

Posted 28/06/19

Guttering and spouting do more than take rainwater away, they are essential for a healthy, happy home. Read on to learn signs that indicate issues, and tips for resolving damage... What damage could my guttering be causing? Externally: A sagging gutter will damage your home’s fascia. P

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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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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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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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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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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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Jack and pack and notch bearing

Posted 1 week ago

Jack and pack up to 18 piles Cut and notch up to 5 piles Replace section of unsupported bearer Lift carpet in hallway and re screw floor and relay carpet

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Down pipe replacement

Posted 1 week ago

I have 3 x down pipes to be measured, brought and fitted plus 1 length of guttering and also some make right on external trunking. Possible further work to make right 2 small fence sections that were remove to allow external plastering. Pictures show existing down pipes but I want black, guttering section and trunking.

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Door Fixed/Replaced

Posted 6 days ago

Looking for a builder to meet us at our property in Papanui off Harewood Road and fix or replace our door as there is some cracking near the handle. Will post a photo as soon as we can. Preferably someone available tomorrow (Tuesday) or Wednesday.

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Door Replaced - This Thursday 24th September

Posted 4 days ago

Looking for a builder to meet us at our property in Papanui off Harewood Road on Thursday a morning and replace our door as there is some cracking near the handle. Same job as previous but I was unable to edit it and add photos. Please could we be sent some quotes tonight, second hand door be great - dimensions 1976cm x 856cm

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Window repairs investigation

Posted 2 days ago

We are selling our house and need a quote and possible repairs done to one window in our house that the inspector had classed as high water readings. All others have come as fine. This is a bay window in a bedroom and need it too at least be looked at as soon as possible. May have rotten wood but unsure. The water reading at the bottom of the window also read as dry so please help us investigate and see what the issue is and realitive costs to fix, repair or replace.

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Weekend project

Posted 2 days ago

We are needing some qualified builders for Saturday and Sunday to assist with the last minute fitout putting together of stuff for our store in Papanui. If you can work Saturday and Sunday, are a fast worker who can work without a plan and takes pride in their work please give me a call asap

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Chimney/wall removal

Posted 2 days ago

We are wanting to remove a chimney from an internal wall creating a new double doorway between two rooms.

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Broken Door Handle & Heater Coming off Wall

Posted 3 days ago

Hi I am looking for someone who can fix a broken door handle and re-attached a heater coming off the wall at my rental property (see pics). I am not sure if the heater is functional, if not we will need to repair, replace or remove entirely.

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Caravan repair

Posted 6 days ago

Pot rivet replacements of caravan sheet to substrait. Sheeting has come loose in parts.... Window realignment

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Fascia Boards repair/ replacement

Posted 2 days ago

Kia Ora, our Fascia boards are appearing a little worse for the wear and need either repairing or replacing at the 4 corners, looking to get these fixed please

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Soffit replacement

Posted 1 week ago

Inquiring about the replacment of a single soffit board on the corner of a house. The dimensions are around 1800m length and 600m width. Unsure on thickness

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Surfeit repair

Posted 1 week ago

Small piece of surfeit is broken due to outside light fitting damage. The light has been disconnected. I need someone to replace a section of surfeit for me. The electrician said it will need one sheet 2.4 by 75 cm. When this is done I will have the electrician reconnect the light.

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2x Privacy Trellis to be put up

Posted 1 week ago

Looking for somebody who can put up 2 privacy trellis up ontop of a fence. Each panel is 2400 long and 600 high. Would ideally like done as soon as possible

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Kitset assembly

Posted 1 week ago

Am planning on ordering this kitset, which includes assembly instructions. The company who makes these does it for $1,000 on site, however it will be sent as a flat pack from Auckland. And is to be assembled on a custom built tiny house trailer. Wanting to know the approx cost to assemble and to add 2 lights, 3 caravan plugs (Standard socket to RV 10amp), 8 power points and 2 8-900mm rounded acrylic showers, with a gas califont and vinyl flooring. It will require gas and electric certificati...

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Put a manhole in the ceiling for access for insulation installation

Posted 2 days ago

We are lined up to have insulation put in the ceiling the house and the installers have said that the current manhole in the laundry is too small. We need a manhole put into one of the wardrobes in the bedrooms. Work includes making the manhole, and making a cover for it to the size specified by the installers. Work must be completed by October 12th as that is when the insulation installers are coming back. We would also be keen to chat about whether a floor hole might be possible to give us a...

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I need a Platform.

Posted 1 week ago

I have a washing machine/dryer in one machine. I love it but it's killing my back so I'm looking for someone to build me a platform to put the washing machine/dryer on making it higher and not so hard on my back. It could be made out of anything and painted, I'm into recycling ♻️ and no waste. I'm not rich but I'll pay for what I need. If you are interested in my wee job please get in touch.

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Help finishing kitchen prep

Posted 1 week ago

We are installing a new kitchen and just need a builder to help get the space ready for install. We need someone who is available for a quick turn around. These are finishing touches. - Small wall to be re-gibbed - Large wall needs either a re-gib or patch - Entrance way to kitchen needs architraves added

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Load bearing wall removal #2

Posted 1 week ago

Hi, Im looking to get some load bearing walls removed in my house. I ve Engineers plans ready to go showing bracing and beams required. Plus have Council Concent exemption sorted. Look forward to hearing from you.

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Attach an awning to a wall

Posted 4 days ago

Attach an awning (2 m by 1 m) to the wall above the sliding door. Thank you. ...

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Shed and carport

Posted 1 week ago

It for my parent they are retied and bought new house need build big shed about 9x 3 but low roof and carport about 40sqm Not sure if need permission or building code? Would prefer guy get it all done one go. Could buy shed pre made or something. I have attach drawing what mumdad would like and Photo of idea something like that. Maybe 5 g total?

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A rafter to replace

Work carried out by the owner/operator

26th July 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Manhole in wardrobe

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Re lining laundry

Work carried out by the owner/operator

7th August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Covering Foundation Board

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replacing (wet) exterior walls

Work carried out by the owner/operator

30th August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

replacing barge board

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Handrail

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th July 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Reno #1 Upgrade #2

Work carried out by an employee of the company

18th September 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Maintainence

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd July 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Double garage refurbishment

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Raised vegetable garden

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd September 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Wooden floor repair

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

27th July 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Clothes line installation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

24th August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Small aluminium trim to finish splashback

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th September 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Create Ceiling Access

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

small skirting job

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th September 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

New Commercial Building Partial Fitout

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Build up sunken floor area

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Leaking conservatory

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th September 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Addition of steel beam in house ceiling according to engineer's report

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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MZI Builders

Joined October 2017

Hi , I have been in construction for the past 7years.Iv been doing new residential houses and renovation but my background is interior finishes as well as building decks and refurbishing decks,concreteing and crack injection/handyman.

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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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PJR Construction

Joined August 2019

Fully qualified and licensed builder with 16+ years experience. Spent the last 5 years specializing in cladding and window installation. Happy to take on any building work and have many contacts for other tradies if needed. Hit me up for a quote. I will do my best to keep it reasonable.

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Stark Builders

Joined March 2020

Gidday team Chch owned and operated building team consisting two honest builders, we specialise in: Renovations/Extensions Decks Building inspection reports New builds Maintenance We will work with you to ensure that the job is brought in on time and within budget We look foward to hearing from you

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GW Built Limited

Joined June 2019

With over 25yrs experience we pride ourselves on getting the job done right the first time to the clients satisfaction , being on time and competitive . We specialise in residential carpentry from foundation work , new home builds and renovations from bathrooms to full renovations of old villas , decks and fences . We will look at the smaller jobs .

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Shaun builder

Joined November 2019

Hi there my name is Shaun I have been building since September 2005 I have built new home's , have worked on relocated home's, have done house renovations, have done house exstensions , EQC Repairs, and recently worked on a commercial building site.

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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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Cadmy Builders LTD

Joined August 2011

We've Build in New Zealand since 2004 and other 15 years over seas.. I'm member of Certified Builders association and License Builder Practitioner, We are a small team of two ready to take over any jobs big or small. Alterations, Renovations, Extensions, New Build, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Decks, Pergolas, etc... We have good recommendations at competitive price with a high standard quality. We c...

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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. Decks are a specialty. Skylights are also in my expertise. I have a team of qualified tradesmen to cover all aspects of your renovation. Covid 19 plan in place .

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Dans Renovations

Joined February 2018

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

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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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Morven Design & Build

Joined March 2017

Morven Design & Build offer a complete in house service, from initial concept plans right through to handover. We strive to produce high quality workmanship and design homes that are affordable, efficient and don't cost the earth by using locally sourced and sustainable products. We are a small company so from day one you will be dealing with the directors for a friendly and trusting environment...

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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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Dreamwood Builders Ltd

Joined May 2020

Hi my name is Craig I have 25 years experience in the building industry I am skilled in all aspects of residential building including new houses and smaller jobs decks bathroom renovations to name a couple So try me for a competitive price Thanks

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One Construction NZ

Joined July 2020

At One Construction we serve all needs in small and large hard landscaping services, Specializing in driveways, paths and patios in a variety of decorative concrete from sponge finished all the way through to coloured and exposed concrete. Whether it be rip out and replace the old or simply a new build that needs that perfect patio. No job to big or small. With over 10 years of concrete and landsc...

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Rawiri Building & Construction LTD

Joined August 2020

Kia Ora! We are Rawiri Building & Construction! A small business located in Christchurch. We are family operated and love working with other whanau to achieve the required Mahi. Whether you are wanting small repair work, fencing, decking, renovations, or a new build we would love to help you achieve your goals! We pride ourselves on efficiently, providing competitive quotes, and completing jobs...

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See More Construction

Joined January 2020

I have been involved in the construction Industry for 20 years. I pride myself in doing quality work, providing competitive quotes and completing jobs on time and under budget. I have a small team of guys who will work with me when needed and are highly competent and reliable. Decks and renovations are my specialty.

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Rogers Construction

Joined September 2018

Hi there, I am a fully Qualified builder and have been in the industry for 6 years. I am currently in the process of gaining my LBP so you can be fully confident in me delivery a quality service. I have experience in a vast number of renovations, new builds and fit out work. Im looking to break through as a sole trader and grow my business so happy to take on any job no matter how big or small....

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Onsite Construction Ltd

Joined March 2017

Hi there. I have been in the industry for over 37 years and have a small dedicated team of 1 working along side of me. We are a very reliable and honest team with our customers needs our main priority. Small minor house repairs/weatherboards and decks are work we love. We specialise in all repairs and any house maintenance. We also have a fully equipped workshop where we make things from wind...

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Rpm carpentry

Joined July 2020

Hi, I have been building and renovating homes, properties and businesses for 12 years and have exeptional experience in property maintenance and renovations. We are passionate about our work and love seeing the clients reaction to their homes becoming exactly what they wanted. We pride ourselves on offering a very competitive quote, completing the job on time and on budget with the utmost quali...

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