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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lining garage

Posted 1 month ago

Framing and lining walls in garage and insulation

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Wall removed/Decking

Posted 1 month ago

We have a couple of projects we need quotes for. They don't need doing at the same time and we can be flexible with time lines. They are as follows: A small wall in garage removed.. could be necessary to remove some floor space in the supported loft Existing decking to be removed and replaced with new decking.

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Barn - shelter walls.

Posted 3 weeks ago

The lean to on our barn needs a side wall 12m and back wall 5m to make to more weather proof. Ideally it will be in corrugated iron to match the rest of the barn.

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Floor skirting installation

Posted 2 months ago

Need to install skirting in the entire house, ca. 95-100lm, asap. 3 bedrooms, study, living, dining, hallway and wardrobes. Skirting is already on site. Size is 135x18, government architrave, MDF, pre-primed. Got few bullnose corners and few funny angles like 136deg but the majority is just 90deg.

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Self-contained unit

Posted 1 month ago

We are looking for someone to draw up plans, and do the submissions to council. Then building: a self-contained unit under the house, next to the garage.

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New House Build

Posted 5 days ago

Looking for Builder to Build a house for me in Orewa

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Redoing and extending deck area

Posted 1 week ago

Part of our deck is rotten and needs redoing. We also want to extend part of it

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Add on

Posted 3 weeks ago

I am looking at the possibilities of adding 2 extensions to my house, a bedroom and ensuite and another approx 40 sqm to create a flat to the side of the house, I need to get some estimated costs and where I need to start.

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Cat day spa

Posted 2 months ago

Need cat cages built and work station

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Gate Door

Posted 1 month ago

we need to build a gate door, we currently have extra Abodo which we would like to use to match it with the exterior. ( Similar to the attached picture )

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Building assessment

Posted 2 months ago

Experienced builder to assess work needed and approx costs to property which is on the market. Paid by lump sum for assessment by owner.

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Woodwork

Posted 2 months ago

Assemble wood and plastic for lean to shade house. One full day's work. Will need circular and cut-off saws.

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Putting in a Window

Posted 2 weeks ago

I need a window approx ... put in an ugly deck area, photos show view from the kitchen. I will supply the window. Surrounding window needs to be weatherboard or perhaps something else.

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Builder who can work daily basis

Posted 14 hours ago

Hi I would like to hire a builder on a daily basis or on hourly basis who can work along the waterproofing specialist. The jobs that involve are: 1. Remove weatherboards. 2. Unscrew railings. 3. Remove plywoods 4. Install plywoods 5. Install nogs on timber.

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Builder - Fixing Relocatable House to Piles

Posted 1 month ago

We've purchased a relocatable house & need a builder to help out with the following, we offer great views, we're friendly & pay on time. When? - 1 to 4 weeks if possible What's been done so far? - Building Consent has been Approved - Earthworks are done - Relocatable House is arriving soon - Piles being driven soon What needs to be done? - Silt fencing - Lumberlock piles to building - Minor Repair of Hardi cladding - Small Deck - Base Cladding with vents - Seismic Restraints...

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New 4 bed residential Home

Posted 1 month ago

We have a single level 250sqm residential new build to complete. Consent has been granted.

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General building work Red Beach

Posted 1 month ago

Looking for someone for some building work at 2 houses in Red Beach this week: -Build 1 internal wall with slider door in it as per picture -strip linings off one wall with hatch in it and regib -Replace rotten framing & flooring in 2 bathrooms where needed -regib 2 bathrooms -Replace some door handles/doors -some demo work There will also be more work at the property if keen and it goes well but the above is what’s needed ASAP so painter can get going inside

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Whanagaparaoa road

Posted 3 weeks ago

fit scribers to windows . materials on site could suite a part time builder handy man part time or complete job same day , tools available

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Pool & Door

Posted 1 month ago

1.We need to extend our deck to meet up with our new pool. 2. We need to change the size of a doorway and put in new door.

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New Laundry Area

Posted 3 days ago

We have a laundry that is in the garage, and I'm looking for someone to remove a cupboard (that housed the hot water cylinder), to make room and fit out the area with new cupboards, install a sink and put in a bench over the washer and dryer, please.

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playground build from kitset.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Convert patio to conservatory

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st July 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Small cladding repair

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th January 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace 2 Single Garage Doors With One

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th March 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Remove old and install new windows/frames in bach

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd May 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Maintenance of rental property

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Complete finishing of renovation for final COC sign off

Work carried out by the owner/operator

4th January 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Shower rebuild

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th November 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Wainui Shed

Work carried out by an employee of the company

21st June 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Deck extension

Work carried out by an employee of the company

16th May 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Build storage/play space over stairs

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Removal of small interior wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st January 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Repairs

Work carried out by the owner/operator

1st September 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

garage convert to bedroom

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

13th December 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Internal + fence & deck

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd November 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Carport

Work carried out by an employee of the company

20th January 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 2
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

sleepout roof repair

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st September 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 3
Communication
 5

Small 1/2 day Albany Heights

Work carried out by the owner/operator

29th January 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Small deck

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th December 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Small internal alterations for office

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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Dragon Maintenance Ltd

Joined September 2013

Hi, my name is Jason and part of a family run business from Wales in the UK. I have 20+ years experience in the Building & Construction Industry, from project management and on the tools. Qualified as an Electrician, Joiner/Carpentry, brick/block laying and experience in other trade backgrounds. Now living in New Zealand we are continuing to provide a high quality service in Building, Renovatio...

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Diamond Renovation & Maintenance Services

Joined May 2021

We are experienced and professional team who strive to provide the best service for our customers and completing the jobs with high standard. We service throughout North Island.

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J A Wotherspoon LTD

Joined October 2014

I am a qualified and LBP registered builder. I also am licensed in membrane roofing. I can take on any project big or small. My team and I have a very high standard of workmanship and are very efficient in the work we do. I keep my clients well informed throughout the whole process and make the whole experience as stress free as possible

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Quality Service Tradie

Joined May 2021

Property Maintenance & Handyman Services in Auckland Quality Service Tradie has you covered when it comes to either your Commercial or Residential Property, Office or Building. We specialise in Assembly, Disassembly, Fencing, Installation, Repairs, Maintenance, Moisture Barriers, Insulation, Handyman Services, Building Projects & more.. • Assembly & Installation - We assemble...

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MPE Building Solutions

Joined November 2011

Hi Having worked in the building industry for some 40 years we have extensive knowledge of how to give you the best result for all your building needs. Be it a simple repair to full bathroom renovation,kitchen installations, Decks. MPE has the solution you need.We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and c...

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Blackstone Project Management

Joined June 2019

We provide fixed price / fixed timeframe renovations for homeowners and property investors from kitchens and bathrooms through to full interior and exterior renovations, basement conversion and extensions. With extensive experience in the building and construction industry and a great team we are able to offer peace-of-mind that your renovation project will be done effectiently and to a high stan...

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TTZ contractors

Joined July 2016

Hi there, My name is Tee. I am a qualified joiner. I have been in the shopfitting industry for 18 years Most recently I've been project managing, building and installing kitchens all over Auckland,From new to old homes,altering existing kitchens to design.(my vision is a Practical smart looking cost effective kitchen) I also do handyman work around the house from the smallest to the biggest j...

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Kingdom services NZ

Joined January 2021

We build quality timber fences, retaining walls (up to 0.9m high), stairs, handrails, decks at competitive rates. Please feel free to check out our previous work on our FB page ... services nz. Well let the work speak for itself. Thanks, Ricki

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Renovation Specialist Ltd

Joined August 2019

I've been building for over 30 years and covered a lot of territory in that time from building new houses/new daycare centres, but 70% of my career has been doing renovation work on villas and bungalows, bathrooms, decks, extensions, pop tops, basement dig outs and etc. We would also look at sizeable maintenance jobs. We are very customer focus and we pride ourselves on having a satisfied custome...

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About Concrete

Joined July 2011

Hi there, my names Oliver. I've been in the swimming pool construction industry for over 25 years. New builds and refurbishing your old tired pool back to brand new & cool! Look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Oliver G ... Full project management or labour only options for services available. Customer satisfaction is our highest priority.

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NZ BUILDING COMPANY LTD

Joined April 2015

Very proffesional, reliable with very competitive rates and great workmanship. fencing, decking, repair work on existings structures. Alterations, renovations, and new dwellings. interior and exterior work.

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J Ark Construction

Joined June 2019

Hi, our company is medium size company, I have been building for 7 years now. Our company is growing company and we are specialised in renovation and new building. Our company is focusing on to finish in right time and We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and then completing jobs on budget.

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Binh Duc Limited

Joined August 2017

Hi there. We are a team of three experienced Vietnamese tilers and waterproofers who have been working together on some general bathroom renovations, tiling and waterproofing for the last 8 years. No matter how small or big your job is, we’ll always get it done on time and at a very high standard. We're Certified Mapei and Bostik Waterproofing products, it's mean we can provides PS3 Waterproofing...

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GOKIMS LIMITED BUILDING SOLUTION

Joined April 2018

Hi, my name is Jin &Tim from Gokims Limited Building Solutions We specialize in new builds, cladding, renovations and maintenance. We are professionals and work hard to make quality result. We are always keen for contracting and also to make business relationships with other companies. Thanks. Jin ... ... Tim ... ...

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GI & GM Contacting

Joined February 2020

Hi We have a team of builders/electricians/landscapers and handyman to handle all small to large projects around Auckland -Waikato Our director Greg has been Qualified building/site Manager for the last 10 years Our co-director Grant has Been a Qualified Electrician for the past 10 years We pride ourselves in doing a high quality job and clean and tidy work environment.

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Steven P

Joined July 2017

Hi, I've been building for the last 8 years, and qualified for the last 2. I've done everything from new builds, renovations, reclads, decks, fences retaining walls, pergolas etc. I've done as much time in new builds as in renovations and in the last few years doing mostly architectural builds, to refine my skills and provide a better quality finish. I offer competitive quotes and finish jobs on...

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Xtreme Renovations LTD

Joined June 2020

Hi There, Here at Xtreme Renovations we pride ourselves in providing quality professional workmanship at competitive prices. We specialise in renovations, alterations, extensions, fences, decks, retaining and much more. Our goal is to give our loyal customers the best service and results as we treat every job as our own and expect nothing less than perfect. Mike Xtreme Renovations

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Task

Joined December 2010

Hello, This is our purpose and services:- Carpentry Painting Fencing Retaining Walls Concreting Vinyl Floors Carpetting Kitchen Decking and Handrails Access Ramps and Pergolas We have a great team that meets quality,time and within approved costs. We respect the needs of our customers and we are honest with all our dealings

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Trafford Masonry Ltd

Joined September 2018

Trafford Masonry Ltd specialise in Bricks, Blocks, Paving and Landscaping. Welcome to Trafford Masonry, We offer more than 20 years of experience and qualifications within the trades above and we work all over the Auckland area. Our workmanship is top quality and we believe in do it once and do it right. No job too big or too small. Trafford Masonry Ltd offer you : • Brick and Block...

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Lifeline Construction Limited

Joined February 2019

We specialise in finishing & all the finesse/finer side of building work. Experienced in Residential New Builds, Light Commercial Warehouses, Commercial Apartments, Foundations & Shop Fit-outs. We have built the 814 IVORY Apartments in Grafton. Rawhiti Estate Retirement Village in Remuera. 12 Single story open plan living Residential Homes in Papakura. Foundations for the New World in Red Bea...

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