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Guide to Installing Balustrades - Up to NZ Building Code Standard

Posted 14/09/17

Wondering what the NZ Building Code requirements are for balustrades on stairs and decking? Then you’re in the right place, we take a look... What is a Balustrade? A balustrade is basically a safety barrier. It can vary in appearance from simply a rail with supporting balusters, all the wa

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Decking - Choosing the Right Material for Your Home

Posted 28/09/17

Timber is the most obvious choice for building a deck but we there are two more popular options that are worth some consideration. We take a look... Types of Decking Materials There are three main types of materials used when building a deck: timber, concrete and composite timber. Timber

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Posted 6 months ago

We think we could use some of your help,We are in need of Renovation service for our Property before we put it for sales, your reply will be appreciated.Probably easier to contact me via email.tobilomorries1990 AT GOOGLEMAIL Regards.

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Builder for Renovations

Posted 4 months ago

Need to add a staircase into an attic, transform attic into a functional 4th bedroom, change beams in attic to accommodate an open space. Add Dormer windows to bring in light and give views of Mt Taranaki/sea Create a second bathroom in what is currently a fourth bedroom. Open up kitchen and dining room to create free flow between the two making one big room. Break through wall in dining room to create indoor access to the attached garage which currently only has access via the french door...

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Hardiglaze around bath and kitchen splashback

Posted 3 weeks ago

Install hardiglaze or similar product around bath and kitchen splashback. Pics and measurements attached for quoting

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Two walls 2create a room

Posted 6 months ago

Hi local tradies Looking to add to walls to a corner area(existing two walls) in the garage which will create an additional room. Approx 3mtsx3mtrs Including frame, insulate, gibb, sand etc Please contact to view or quote and timeframe turnaround - sooner the better Also posting other jobs required

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Sliding Door Fix

Posted 2 months ago

Hi, we have an internal sliding door (on a sort of rail with rollers - not a cavity slider) which has jammed and seems to re-jam shortly after we free it, so looking for some help to fix it a.s.ap. Thanks

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Garage and decks

Posted 3 months ago

Looking to build a single garage and add deck and repair of existing decks

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Fence and Carport

Posted 2 months ago

Replace existing fence and extend with higher private fence, plus car port, possibly pitched roof?

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Wardrobe

Posted 6 months ago

I would like to have my wardrobe opening widened and to have a new wardrobe and wardrobe sliding doors installed. The current opening is 800 wide with 500 and 300 on either side.

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Retaining wall new constuction in timber.

Posted 2 months ago

Design and construct a new timber retaining wall in front of an existing timber wall that is showing its age. Leave the existing wall in place. I have been in and cut back scrub trees and weed wacked so you can see what the job is.

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Repair exterior of second story house (one side only)

Posted 2 weeks ago

There is a crack in the fibro cement paneling that has allowed some leakage into the wooden trims which are affixed to where the second story meets the bottom story...so I guess would be a replacement of fibro cement panels and additional wood replacement

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Wardrobe repair

Posted 2 months ago

The rail that clothes hang off in my wardobe has pulled away from the chip board shelf above... presumably as it was to heavy... I need a replacement (better) railand reinforcements so it will take the load

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Outdoor living area extension

Posted 4 months ago

Extension to outdoor living area including extension to existing roof and sturdy automatic pvc blinds and closing in small area at each end of space and replacing existing shabby paved flooring..no special time frame..

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Two walls 2create a room #2

Posted 6 months ago

Hi local tradies Open to New Plymouth tradies only Registered builders pls Looking to add to walls to a corner area(existing two walls) in the garage which will create an additional room. Approx 3mtsx3mtrs Including frame, insulate, gibb, sand etc Excuse the mess in pic just moved into house Please contact to view or quote and timeframe turnaround - sooner the better Also posting other jobs required Still learning how this site works and have accidentally pressed a few wrong but...

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Mezzainne wall

Posted 1 hour ago

We are looking for someone to help us cover in a mezzanine room for us. We would like to install a window and then close in the rest so would need a builder who could put in the window frame and remaining wall. We are flexible on a timeframe.

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Room additions

Posted 2 months ago

Add on 2 rooms and ensuite to existing 2 bedroom weatherboard house

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Retaining wall

Posted 6 months ago

Need a quote of how much to replace a retaining wall?

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Batten and line studio room in steel frame garage.

Posted 4 weeks ago

3 x 8 meter studio room to be battened and lined to paint / stain finish. Room to be lined with notched ply on walls and standard ply on ceiling. Including skirting and architraves. Whalers Gate, New Plymouth.

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Load Bearing Wall Removal

Posted 3 months ago

We currently have a load bearing wall (approx 4770mm) separating our kitchen and lounge we have plans submitted with the council to bring this back to 1650mm and open up the two rooms. Job will require bracing wall, putting in new supporting beam etc. Time frame is somewhat flexible based on outcome from council. Possibility for future work also.

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Playhouse kitset

Posted 5 months ago

I have a kitset playhouse for my kids I need building before Christmas if possible please help

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BBQ Area and steps

Posted 4 months ago

I have recently renovated my house and now it needs the BBQ area to be finished. It would involve building some decking (low to the ground) and steps from one terrace to another, about 1.8m height difference.

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Recent building reviews

With over 162,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Extra Bedroom

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th August 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

fix broken garage pole

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th November 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Window ledge replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th May 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 4

Fixing up our relocated house

Work carried out by the owner/operator

7th August 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Roofer plus builder

Work carried out by the owner/operator

4th November 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Removal of windows

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th December 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Scenic lodge

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th December 2018

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

fencing and shelving

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th February 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace wooden window

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

House tidy up 2

Work carried out by a subcontractor

31st January 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Replace rusting carport

Work carried out by the owner/operator

7th July 2018

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Shower walls & floor

Work carried out by the owner/operator

24th August 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Trent Hoeta - under shower floor replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th June 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Attic Manhole / Access Hatch

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th June 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Framing and door install

Work carried out by the owner/operator

1st November 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Playhouse kitset

Work carried out by an employee of the company

12th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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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.

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Allan Stuart Park

Joined December 2014

The complete handyman service with skills involving rectification of problems within any form of building.I have had over 20 yrs experiance from leaking bathrooms,Gib hanging/stopping carpentry,repairing decks,licensed waterproofer,tiling,painting,roofing repairs + more.I contracted to a major builder in Sydney repairing all number of issues in new builds till I decided to return to NZ in 2012.Sci...

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SMG Building and Joinery Limited

Joined August 2019

Hi - after building high end homes in Queenstown for the last 15 years i have relocated back to my home town in New Plymouth and now specialise in design and build of outdoor areas - decks being the main feature and working in with our clients to create that perfect outdoor area - we will work within your budget and feel free to give us a call for free consultation

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Hawkes Bay Sheds Ltd

Joined February 2017

We are not just about sheds, we also do fences, garden sheds and all home maintenance from smoke alarms to re roofing. Scott has been building steel framed sheds in Napier for over 18 years, his reputation is built on attention to detail and customer satisfaction.

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Classical Elements Limited

Joined December 2019

Hello we are a company that provides an array of services. We have a 3T Tipper truck and also trailers available with driver for cartage, section maintenance and repairs inside and out. Fencing/retainer walls. Welding and fabrication. Professional house cleaning, end of tenancy.

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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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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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G & N Moratti holdings Ltd

Joined January 2016

building residential houses for the past 7 years, do fencing, decks,concrete drives paths, carports, retaining walls, gibing,small alterations, insulation, and renovation work and new builds. all house work done from ground up to roofs high quality workmanship Guaranteed, never had a disappointed customer. Very competitive prices, work done on time and in budget. No job too small. will w...

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Savvygas ltd

Joined May 2018

Hey there, we are a plumbing and gas fitting company based in new plymouth. Able to anything from a leaking tap to a major house renovation and everything in between. Able to sort out any gas issues. Competitive quotes available and always willing to work to clients requirements.

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Smart Build Solutions

Joined December 2016

I have been in the building industry, working all over Taranaki for the past 5 years. I am proud to be a qualified, licensed New Zealand builder. While my work mainly consists of building houses and doing renovations, I also enjoy helping customers with smaller jobs around their home and increasing value on their properties. Building maintenance is also an area I have been expanding into, assi...

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Werder contracting ltd

Joined June 2019

Whether you want to maintain restore or renovate your outdoors. We can create a safe place for your children to play, the ability to exercise or leave your pet's without concern or add beauty and security to your property investment. We will work with you to find the best options to suit your budget. Simple or custom

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Callaghan Construction

Joined January 2018

We strive to maintain integrity, fairness and honesty in our relationships with all our customers, suppliers, subcontractors and associates. ​There are a lot of companies out there that do what we do. They share the same what and how. But our clients work with us for our why and our who. We're minds and makers with business sense and creative chop.

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mp installs

Joined January 2014

Hi I'm Mat. I have been in the industry for over 15 years now. I'm a fully qualified engineer. No job to big or to small. I pride myself on providing competitive quotes and rates, then completing job on time and on budget. Welding, pool fences, handrails, stainless, aluminum, I do it all.

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merv the handy man

Joined May 2019

Handyman Available fencing decking guttering cleaning/repairs new guttering small plumbing jobs pruning of trees small concrete jobs house repairs poll houses sheds carports look at all jobs

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Webber Building Ltd

Joined October 2010

25 years experience. Member of the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand. Liceinced Building Practioner. Competitive rates for high quality workmanship. Specialise in New Homes, renovations, additions, hard landscaping, Maintenance, Bathroom and Kitchens.

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L & B Construction

Joined September 2019

We have done renovation in houses, painting and decorating, plastering, concreting, paving, fencing, house insulation, and cleaning in and outside the house or offices for 12 years. Whatever others won’t do we will be there to help your needs. Our professional, honest and hard working team will go extra mile for deadlines and to suit your budget. We specialise in any renovations from roof to floo...

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Byrne & Co Builders

Joined August 2019

Hi, I've have had plenty of experience in new builds and renovations. I like to specialise in smaller jobs, not only do I like to give a competitive quote but I also have an attention to detail and like to complete jobs to high standard.

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Superior Steel Structures Ltd

Joined May 2020

Hi There, Our main work is sales and construction of steel frame sheds. We manage projects from demolition, earthworks, concrete, consents aswell as the construction. We also take on smaller jobs repairing or cladding existing buildings. We can supply and build anything from a small garden shed to a large commercial building NZ wide.

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The Good Job Boys

Joined May 2013

We specialise in all property maintenace. Owner occupied and rental. Gardening, Lawns, renovation, carpets cleaning and new, painting, minor repairs etc. Anything to do with the home and property care.

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deanos maintenance services

Joined November 2013

Hi, My name is Dean I have 20 years experience in the building and painting industry. (Not a registered Builder!) General Handyman,bathroom renovations,floor repairs/replacement,rental property tidy ups,fences,landscaping and House Painting are my specialties. No job is too BIG or too small!! Rates are structured on a job to job basis.with a quote to suit you! Due to the nature and v...

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Wano Building

Joined May 2017

Wiremu is a Licenced Builder, located in Bell Block, New Plymouth, Taranaki. Wiremu previously worked for Dave Fabish Limited before taking the leap to be Sole Trader in 2016 Trading as Wano Building. At Wano Building we take great pride in our workmanship and will oversee the job from start to finish to help our clients get their job completed to the highest quality. Wano Building speciali...

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