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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Neeley's house extension

Posted 3 years ago

Extending our two story house to add an internal access single garage (18 square meters) with an ensuite bathroom & walk in robe above it on the first floor.

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Renovation of garage into bedroom and kitchen

Posted 4 months ago

Garage length of house to be half used for kitchen and bedroom. Includes removing a roller door and installing cladding and windows. Knocking out a internal wall and doing bracing of it. Paint and carpet redone in whole house and few minor repairs in existing rooms

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Squeeze in Garage 2

Posted 4 years ago

We woud like to have double garage and bike port next it in tiny area corner of house. The space of side of house is 6.7m and the back is 6m. We have to have 200mm minimum space between to neighbor using fire wall. Our Spout or Gutter are about 500mm. I don't mind the garage stickking out little bit about same line as an entrance pole and using footpass between pole and door for bike. In that case, don't need any gap between garage and pole and using same brick is the best. Do you have gr...

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New House in Winton

Posted 3 years ago

We have a good sized section in Winton that we want to build a new house on, no plans have been drawn up so keen to find someone to help us with this. We would ideally like 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 garages (2 cars and a boat), open plan living area and outdoor entertaining area.

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Graham Madoc #2

Posted 1 week ago

Re-roof quote some structural weakness, Villa was constructed in 1912,steep grade with a valley , piles needing attention

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Installation of cavity sliders (x2)

Posted 2 years ago

House built in 1960 - wooden weatherboards replaced with Marley Palliside cladding. I am looking to install 2 cavity slider doors in lounge, 1 of which may be impacted by existing disused brick chimney which has been demolished to roof level (new roofing since installed). The walls affected will need to be rewallpapered. Builder to apply for permits/consents and arrange for any electrical work to be undertaken.

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New kitchen ceiling

Posted 2 years ago

I'm about to have a new kitchen installed in the new year. The existing ceiling needs replaced. The space is approx 10m2.

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PLEASE Build my house in Te Anau

Posted 3 years ago

I would like a builder in Te Anau to build a Latitude kitset house (Anchorage) as a labour only fixed price contract, I have a flat section in TheDelta subdivision If you could start building in Dec/jan negotiable, I will be in Te Anau on 26th/27th july if you wanted to meet to go over the process ,

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Colac bay pole house

Posted 3 years ago

I have purchased a property with a couple of hundred blue gums. A lot of them are straight and potentially could be used to build a pole house type structure. Is blue gum suitable and is there a drying process from when they're cut down to when they could be used?

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Builder wanted?

Posted 2 years ago

We required a qualified rupuatable builder who is experienced in home renovation. Remodel of exsisting 1950s original kitchen dining area with removal of structural wall, re-line ceiling and walls and create bulk head over kitchen.

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Container home

Posted 3 years ago

Have plans for a container home. 4x40foot containers in L shape. Section is actually in Fortrose, 10 mins from Tokanui, 30 mins from invercargill

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Dome home / Earth Ship

Posted 1 year ago

We are a young family of four looking to build an eco home on our property on Stewart Island. We have some solid ideas of what we would like to do but are just looking for the right person to help us to put those ideas to paper. We would love to hear from you if it this sounds like a journey that you would like to undergo with us. :)

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Graham Madoc

Posted 1 week ago

General building replaced weather boards/ pile’s under floor needs leveling roof repairs

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House additions

Posted 1 year ago

small extension to existing lounge, An add-on bedroom. Attached carport. 2 small verandahs. All consents in place ready to go. Needed done before winter 2019. Budget constraints

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Home extension + new garage

Posted 2 years ago

We would like the existing garage/car port removed and replaced with a new garage that has a bedroom(s)/bathroom built above it. We would also like the back section of the garage to have a laundry and dining area which will then extend through into the existing home.

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New Garage

Posted 2 years ago

Drafts person to draw plans for a new garage using poles as structure.

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Stage 1 of new house

Posted 2 years ago

Stage 1 of small bespoke house near Orepuki. Want to start build ASAP.

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Tradesman for Garage to be built

Posted 3 years ago

We have a house that has been transported and is requiring a garage put on before the winter. The location is apx 25km east from Invercargill. Plans have been done and consent given. We just require the work done well and in a timely manner.

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Theo Thompson

Posted 3 years ago

Internal, load bearing wall that I would like to take down. Looking for someone to fit some form of alternative support so the roof doesn't come down.

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House renovation 362

Posted 1 month ago

Install 3 new double glazed windows. Insulate outside walls from inside in 3 bedroom house. Take out old kitchen. Frame wall for new kitchen. Replace some borer invested timber in kitchen/ dining area. Start 3 June 2020. 3 bedroom House available for accommodation if needed, during project work.

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BRAGG BUILDING & DESIGN LIMITED

Joined September 2014

Bragg Building & Design Limited is honest and reliable company that prides it's self on going the extra mile to achieve the results of every clients wants and dreams. Owner operator Shahn Bragg has been building in and around the Southland region for 14 years, and has experience in high end builds right down to small alterations. Bragg Buildings team together have more than 45years trade experi...

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shane mccormack building ltd

Joined June 2014

Hi, i have been building both commercial and housing for the last 18 years. I have been trading in Invercargill for the last year and have worked mainly on house renovations. reroofs, installing kitset garages, i am very professional and take pride in my work making sure i meet deadlines for project completion. I pride myself on providing competitive quotes and then completing jobs on a budget. N...

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Blackwood Building

Joined November 2015

Qualified Builder licenced building practitioner. Specialise in residential and commercial builds. Also do renovations across Southland and Otago. Currently based in Queenstown. We also do painting and decorating. Blackwood Building is also proud to be a member of the Master Builders Association.

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JLS BUILDING LTD

Joined March 2017

Hi Here at JLS Building we specialise in new homes, alterations and addition,sheds,decks,fence and small concrete jobs. We are a new establish business out to achieve some new exciting builds on time and budget.

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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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SBC

Joined April 2018

Hello I am a licensed and qualified builder. I have been building for 9 years. I have experience in all building work including project management. I work harder and smarter for the best job possible.

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Elite Build South

Joined July 2016

Hi Mike here Elite Build South Ltd, Elite Build South is looking for more work for the 2020 Period, Although a lot of adjustment is needed during these times, the silver lining is that we are still available for your building projects and may be the best time to start your project we have a few gaps to fill as of now, We pride our selves in doing the job Right the First Time and completing al...

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Harper Architecture

Joined July 2015

We are a small architectural design firm specialising in residential design to enhance your daily living. We design new homes and alterations to existing homes. We are keen to make your home Eco friendly where possible. We aim to: Listen: Work closely with clients to bring your ideas to fruition. Guide: We will step you through the design and consent process making it as seamless as possible...

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Shane's Drainage Limited

Joined October 2016

Hello, Certified drain layers in the Dunedin area for the past 15 years,Specializing in all areas of drainage. Hard working,professional,free competitive quotes.

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Excel Property Specialists Ltd

Joined January 2018

Welcome to Excel Property Specialists Ltd. Southland Owned and Operated, we are the 'go to' specialists for all your Landscaping, interior/exterior Painting and Property Maintenance needs. With 15 years experience in the Trade and Construction industry we are well equipped to take care of the the projects you want done. From home repairs to home improvement through to a complete landscape makeo...

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Corey turner building

Joined February 2020

Hi I have been building for 16 years and I'm a qualified licence builder. I can do renovations big or small and odd jobs around the house. I can meet deadlines and do quotes for those jobs on a budget

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Grid Construction Ltd

Joined October 2016

Hi, We specialize in anything building. Whether its a small maintenance job, through to your dream home or renovation. I am a LBP Accredited qualified builder and pride myself on working to deadlines providing high quality workmanship. Get in touch for competitive pricing. Look forward to working with you.

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Ryan Kincaid building limited

Joined June 2012

Hi , im a qualified carpenter who can start immediately while i specialise in renovations and new builds i also do smaller jobs . I will finish jobs on time and to a very high standard, i have references and job photos i can provide.

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George Mallory Builders Limited

Joined February 2007

Hi - We've been building new houses and renovating old ones for the last 15 years. We've been in Christchurch for the last 10 years and have worked on jobs around the city as well as in regional parts of Canterbury. While we specialise in major renovations and new builds we also do smaller jobs from time to time - check out the photos below. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines...

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Catlins Coast Building Ltd

Joined February 2019

Hi there We are a Building company covering Southland/Catlins/Otago Very professional and prompt contact Very fussy and neat and tidy quality work High end architectural background and also taking on all the small jobs Let us see how we can assist you ?

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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. https://www.corecivil.co.nz/

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Scott Sisson Builder Ltd

Joined February 2016

BUILDING I am a Licensed Builder with nearly 30 years experience in the building trade. I'm available for full contract or labour only contract for a new house build or renovations with a small team available. I work to high standards of workmanship and finish. FIRE INSTALLATIONS I offer a total fire installation service including a free on-site consultation, and will prepare an obligation fr...

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Bang Bang Building Ltd

Joined July 2013

We are a established business trading for 8 years in Invercargill, we have two qualified builders with a combined 42 years of industry experience. I am sure that we can sort any of your building problems.

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Rutledge Plumbing

Joined March 2014

Laser Plumbing Invercargill Rutledge Plumbing Ltd T/A Laser Plumbing Invercargill established in 2004, you can be sure of complete satisfaction in all work completed with prompt, friendly service and quality workmanship. When you require an experienced Plumber in Invercargill and the surrounding Southland region be sure to call Jason and his team! Laser Plumbing Invercargill offer a wide range...

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Jim and Sons Limited

Joined August 2012

We are a very freindly,company,passionate about getting it right for the customer. We have been in the building industry for over 30 years,covering alterations/addition,s through to new homes. We can manage a project ,if required. Maintance is also a big part of our buisness. Please check the website for area,s covered and services provided. Look forward to hearing from potential new cli...

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