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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. E

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Composite vs. Timber Decking

Posted 28/01/20

Engineered composite decking versus the tried and tested timber - which is better? Composite and Timber Decking Materials Whether you’re looking to repair an existing deck or start from scratch, consider the decking materials available in New Zealand and how they stack up against each othe

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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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What Should You Do After a Damaging House Fire?

Posted 11/05/17

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

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Top 5 Bathroom Renovation Tips - Direct From Our Experts

Posted 29/04/19

Find out the Top 5 bathroom renovation tips direct from our Builderscrack bathroom experts. This advice can make all the difference between a successful bathroom renovation or not... 1) It's All in The Planning As the saying goes -  "The devil is in the detail" and this couldn't be mor

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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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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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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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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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Garden Revamp: How Chris and Rochelle Transformed This Small Space

There’s nothing like waking up to a gorgeous garden. That’s now the case for Chris and Rochelle, Auckland homeowners who made good use of their time throughout lockdown doing prep work for their garden redesign. It included plenty of digging and pulling-up, but there was one job left on their garden-scaping list that was a little too big to undertake themselves. The Problem The new design of the garden patch featured a structural garden bed which required a retaining wall, something that Rochelle says was too much for their skillset. “We knew we needed someone to do the last part of the job,” says Rochelle. The garden edging had previously been lined with bricks, but Rochelle was looking for a timber look. With an open mind and a flexible approach, she was hoping to bring the design to life by making the most of the existing area. The Solution Aside from seeking someone who had the skills to build the retaining wall, Rochelle also wanted someone with landscaping

Bench Seating Took This Small Dining Room From Awkward To Cosy

ot an awkward space that can’t be solved with furniture? For Christchurch homeowners Simon and Chelsea, that space was the old dining room. They had ‘tried to make it work’ ever since they purchased their 1990 home four years ago. Enter: bench seating.  With the job now done and dusted, Simon explains to me over the phone just how awesome it’s been chilling out in their new space, sitting in the sun on weekends and sipping their morning coffee. As a fellow chilled out, sun-loving coffee drinker, I knew we had to capture those idyllic scenes for this story. So, our photographer Alana and I went round one Saturday morning with high hopes of two things: sunny weather, and their cat Elphie making an appearance. After a warm welcome, we walk through the kitchen where we’re graced by gorgeous natural light from the high-ceiling skylight, and the sweet smell of freshly brewed coffee. To appreciate the space as it is now, let’s take it back a step. The dining room, before a

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

A 3yo’s Take on Having Plasterers in the Home

t’s not every day you get to show off your crayons — at least that’s how three-year-old Quinn felt shortly after meeting the tradespeople plastering her living room. Quinn’s mother, Kate, tells me the crayons were just the start, and that Wayne and Ronan from Claddagh Plastering coped incredibly well with her daughter’s constant line of questioning while working. “She would walk up beside them and say ‘look at my carrots’, ‘I’ve got cucumber’, and ask them ‘do you want to be my friend?’,” Kate laughs. “Wayne was really good with her, he’d take time to say ‘oh wow, yes, wow look at that’ — I think he’s got young ones at home, so he was used to it. “She’d stand there and watch them work, mesmerised by the plaster being put on, it was very cute.” As Kate and I relish Quinn’s adorable toddler bravado, Kate lets me in on how they got to this point of renovating their home, and let’s just say, anyone with EQC experience will be able to relate. “We Could Start to Se

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

Small Bathroom Renovation Turns Major When The Unexpected Happens

ulian and Lexie had one month, $5k and a straightforward plan to renovate their small bathroom. Let’s just say, if you like a good ‘down to the wire’ reno story, you’ll love this couple’s drama-filled journey from settlement to move in day. We’re talking budget blow-outs, schedule delays, on-the-spot decisions and eight scope changes. Yeah — total ‘Block’ vibes, right? Julian jokes that he had a couple of grey hairs come flying through at a rapid rate. “It was a significant, unforeseen scenario,” Julian says, alluding to the cause of the delays. This eventful Project Story will leave you with practical insights for your own bathroom renovation. You’ll discover: What to look out for in your pre-purchase building inspection How to manage scope and budget changes The full list of bathroom upgrades What they would do in hindsight (involves saving money!) Plus, the awesome before and after photos. Let’s get stuck into i

Overgrown Patio to Contemporary Deck: How Lex Doubled His Living Space

Find out how this Christchurch homeowner transformed a ‘cold and unused’ area to create indoor-outdoor flow. Walking up the long driveway draws out my anticipation of two things: seeing just how much the backyard has changed, and whether I got everyone's coffees right. As I reach the back of the house I’m given a warm welcome by homeowner Lex, and following inquisitively behind is his kitten Naki – in Māori meaning ‘to glide’, and in Ngāi Tahu dialect, ‘cat’. Naki jumps up onto the newly finished deck as if to begin the grand tour, and I’m amazed – what a transformation! It’s completely reinvented the look and feel of this space. It’s not long before Ashraf joins us – he’s the tradesperson who got the job done with his teammate Conor. And after a few minutes of seeing Lex and Ashraf talking, it’s clear as to why this job went so well; there’s a lot of respect here. Ready for the project rundown and eager to sip our coffees, we take a seat at the modern stone table (whic

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Aluminium window install

Posted 1 year ago

Install 5 new aluminium windows

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Bach Build, Iveagh Bay, Lake Brunner

Posted 2 years ago

SIPS Panel Bach Build, Iveagh Bay, Lake Brunner. Qualified Builder and/or Labourer required from October- February (Two weeks of holidays over the Christmas period)

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New conservatory

Posted 3 years ago

I want a small conservatory added with aluminium windows to match house etc. Two sides needed about 3.5 and 2.5m. PReferably glass roof

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Home reno (accommodation incl. if from out of town*)

Posted 3 days ago

we would like to add the follow to the ground floor of our 2 storey 1980's house: to have approx. 5 bedrooms (including a guest suite), a toy room, office, new kitchen, new laundry, lounge extension, a garage extension and make some changes to the front entrance. We would also possibly like to redo the windows throughout as well. We are in Greymouth but if there is tradies interested outside of Greymouth we may be able to provide accommodation. We are currently finalising plans and would...

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Parfitt Place House

Posted 1 year ago

New house, monopitch roof single story 170 m2. Labour-only price required to complete this build including concrete work, frame and truss, roofing and soffits, installation of windows and doors, cladding above brickwork, insulation, gib fix, installation of joinery, hardware and finishing trims.

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Structural assessment

Posted 6 months ago

We are looking for someone to check the piles and structural beams in a house we are looking to buy.

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Builder

Posted 1 month ago

we need a garage built 7.5x6.0m in nine mile 20minutes north of greymouth. build to take place in august

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Building Renovation

Posted 10 months ago

Renovation, wanting to insulate a 240sqm space, and create some internal walls, install a kitchen and 2 bathrooms, looking to take two people on to complete a variety of building/renovation work. Will pay by the hour, expect there will be 1-3 month full-time work. Must have high standards of finish and have tools.

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ROA RD

Posted 2 years ago

6/12 mtrs in size around 2.4 high single garage door single window corrugate or long run. full build ,site is ready

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TV Bracket

Posted 2 years ago

Install wall bracket for large TV

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Enthusiastic New Team Member

Posted 3 years ago

Hello everyone I am Catherine. I am looking for the opportunity to work on a build site. I am attending polytech studying carpentry. My goal is to become skilled in home renovation and new builds. I will be making phone calls aswell as trying other ways to get in contact with you to see if you need a helping hand. I have 3 seperate 3 week blocks available to work with you and your team. April 16th - May 4th. July 2nd - 20th. October 1st - 19th. Should I be successful in my study I would be the...

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New job board

Posted 8 months ago

I need a fireplace removed and all 4 walls in one room rejibed and insulation put in outside wall

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Verandah and garage erection

Posted 7 months ago

Add a verandah to front of cottage , less than 20sq m Can start immediately Prepare slab and erect 7.2x7.2 Versatile type garage. Awaiting permit etc. Work to be completed by august 2021

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Rata Hill

Posted 2 months ago

liveable barn, built to enclosed and one room (sc ) liveable. It is 12 x 6 m with mezzanine floor. Plans are done and passed by engineers, site engineering done. There is no specific time frame but it is a high wind zone so want work once started to not stop. Prefer soon.

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Repair roof/flue leak and rotten window frame

Posted 1 year ago

I need someone to repair a roof that leaks badly at the flue pipe. Possibly also a couple of roof iron sheets. This job is somewhat urgent due to increasing damage. Also have a bedroom window with a badly rotten frame - would like a quote for either repairing or replacing the frame.

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Gallant 39876

Posted 2 years ago

We have a customer who needs her ceiling repaired after insulation was installed. We need to have it repaired and brought back to the same standard as the rest of the house

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Packing concrete pile

Posted 2 years ago

Pack a few concrete piles to bring floor to level. Care to be taken underfloor regarding old copper pipework. Recently insulated floor and has plastic protection. Clean work space, lots of crawl space.

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Shop Extension

Posted 3 years ago

We have a Service station & a garage in adjacent building. we want to merge the current shop area with garage & extend the shop into it.

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Build a cabin or unit .4.800 wide.by 7m long gable roof

Posted 3 years ago

want a price of a future build on a greymouth flat section. I want a unit built. also called granny flats 4.800 wide.by 7 metres long. gable roof. .one bed. small toilet suite.. one open plan. I just need a price to see if I can afford a build. can it be built for under $30.000

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Relevelling & roof

Posted 2 months ago

1910 house 180sqm needs - One half repiled/levelled. Not seeking perfection. General levelling as house will never be level. -Roof needs patching for 3 water leaks. Long flashing, pan in gulley and slope in garage. Prefer someone can do both, top and bottom of building. Looking to have gulley roof leak secured immediately or ASAP while gathering quotes/estimates for whole job.

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Baseline Concrete and insulation

Joined January 2018

At Baseline Concrete we specialize in all aspects of Concrete. From house slabs to driveways, terraces and many more. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and completing jobs on budget. We are also have a home insulation business that we run specializing in making homes warmer and meeting the Nz stan...

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Kit set Assembly Services

Joined January 2018

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

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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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Core Civil Solutions nz Limited

Joined December 2019

Hi, we have been involved in the rebuild of Christchurch for over 7 years. We have experienced LBP builders and able to do a wide range of building works and construction. We are specialist in foundation re-level works and retaining walls, Our team are able to provide a solution that works for you. Please look at our web site for more information. ...

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Flint Construction

Joined March 2015

Small family owned building company, servicing the South island. Run by an experienced Licensed Building Practitioner. Providing tailor made building solutions for your budget and needs. We can complete your renomb bvation, new build or light commercial project. No job is too small for us, we can be building a new house or replacing pickets on a fence, our professional attitude remains. Happy to...

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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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plank & co

Joined August 2020

We specialize in small space joinery fit-outs but also do standard house kitchens Our kitchens are produced on a CNC and can produce anything to suit your needs - Custom design and build - Furniture - Kitchens/Laundry/Study As licensed builders we can also do any home renovations/builds that you may require

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Andys Interior Plastering

Joined January 2010

Hi, We've been plastering new houses and tidying up old ones for the last 20 years. We've been in Christchurch for the last 20 years and have worked on jobs around the city as well as in regional parts of Canterbury.We also do handyman work around your house and light building work. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion. We pride ourselves on providing com...

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Mark Stentiford Renovations Ltd

Joined April 2013

So hi potential customer, I have been in the building industry for around 27 years. Most of that time in Perth but have returned home in 2010. I have been mostly doing Renovations, predominantly Bathroom & Kitchen renovations. I pride myself on a FIXED PRICE JOBS (No Extra or Hidden costs) at a competitive price and a quality job, I organise all the other necessary tradesmen needed like Plumbe...

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TFB Contracting

Joined February 2021

Can repile, relevel houses, retrofit and renovate, plumbing and even reroute pre existing pipes, electrical issues, not a problem. Very professional, no communication issues, I pride myself and am very attentive, small jobs, big jobs am happy to help

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Culmer Construction

Joined January 2018

Hi, Culmer construction is a small building company that specialize in new houses,renovations,decks and pergolas but also get stuck in to all the little jobs. I pride my self in being very hard working to get the client exactly what they want on time and on budget.

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FIRTH HOMES LTD

Joined August 2013

Building, Renovating, Landscaping and Project management. Over 18 years experience. We have simple, practical solutions that are affordable with a 10 year guaranteed quality finish. Work with clients to meet there fixed budgets. Assist with specific requirements, advice and direction from concept and design to completion. All work performed or supervised by licensed Tradesmen. H...

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Insulation Concepts NZ Ltd

Joined August 2015

We specialise in supplying and fitting Insulation to your Existing Home (Retrofit), New Builds & Commercial Buildings. Contact us now for a free competitive quote. Or check us out at ... OR ...

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Woodland Carpentry Co

Joined November 2018

Woodland Carpentry Co. are Qualified and licensed building Practitioners. We specialise in large renovation and new builds, but we also love and enjoy the small projects and would love the opportunity to talk to you about your building project and offer you a free no obligation quote. We have good relationships with our suppliers providing us good buying power on most building materials. We pride...

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DS Built ltd

Joined October 2014

Hi I have 16 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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Built up contracting LTD

Joined June 2020

Hi, we are a small company who strive for perfection. We have a diverse team who have dealt with a majority of renovation projects around the country. Numerous house foundation repairs and house re leveling, our team also deal with restoration projects. We pride in keeping jobs to the time frame. Whether it's one pile or twenty piles needing replaced, even that old fence replaced or a new deck to...

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Maximum Planning

Joined April 2020

Maximum Planning is a professional Environmental Planning Consultancy. We provide cost affordable Resource Management Act, District Plan and Town Planning services to all of NZ. We provide high quality resource consents and planning advice to help save you time and money.

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JLF CONSTRUCTION

Joined October 2020

Hi, I've been building for over 10 years and decided it's time to be my own boss. I've worked on and completed high end architectural new builds to small maintenance jobs and everything in between. I take huge pride in my work from start to finish I'd with that providing competitive quotes and completing jobs on time and on budget

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Sembel it

Joined February 2021

Big or small we do it all. 20 plus years industry experience. Honest and quality workmanship with reviews to back up. Price competitive and we go the extra mile Police vetted. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and then completing jobs on budget. We aim to exceed your needs and expectations.

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CRD Construction Ltd

Joined May 2016

Hi, we are a small Christchurch construction company. All earthquake work undertaken, foundations, new builds all building work undertaken. we pride ourselves in doing the job right.

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