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

Posted 28/06/19

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

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Brick or Weatherboard – Choosing the Right Cladding for Your New Home

Posted 06/07/17

Brick or weatherboard? Choosing the cladding for your new home is more than deciding what looks best... It’s about the type of home you are building, the cost of the different types of cladding and the location of the house. Let us help you solve the battle of the cladding and choose the

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Stage 2 of Home Ownership or Renting Life Stage – Your Twenties

Posted 26/10/17

Many people entering their twenties are looking at the possibly of moving away from property renting and into looking towards home ownership... Rising house prices have has somewhat stifled early home ownership in many parts of the country. But with a little smart thinking and the ability

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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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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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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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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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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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Discover in-depth, ways which our homeowners have used Builderscrack to shape their house into the home of their dreams.

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

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

Recent jobs posted

Check out how homeowners like you are using Builders on Builderscrack to build, repair and improve their homes right now.

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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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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Stage 1 of new house

Posted 3 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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Graham Madoc #2

Posted 3 months ago

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

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New House in Winton

Posted 4 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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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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PLEASE Build my house in Te Anau

Posted 4 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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Graham Madoc

Posted 3 months ago

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

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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 3 years ago

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

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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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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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Renovation of garage into bedroom and kitchen

Posted 7 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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House renovation 362

Posted 5 months 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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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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Design and build Eco home

Posted 3 weeks ago

Looking to build a small two bedroom with mezzanine floor passive solar eco home on a rural site in Orepuki. We wish to take advantage of the views to the north and west. Being a windy site, the design would need to of low profile.

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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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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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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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SoBeer Structural and Fire

Joined May 2020

With over 15 years of experience, I am a Chartered Structural Engineer (CPEng ... ) based in Christchurch but has undertaken projects all around the country. I am also an Engineering New Zealand Practice Area Assessor for Structural Engineers and a Auckland City Council Producer Statement Author (PSA#... ). I have a broad experience in structural design, seismic assessment, repair and strength...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Glide On Services Ltd

Joined January 2018

Welcome to Glide On Services 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 makeover, we a...

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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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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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Woodside Construction LTD

Joined July 2019

Hi, Woodside Construction is a small family company. We pride ourselves in our quality of work and dedication to achieve the ideals set out by the client. We specialise in small to medium renovations but we also have a lot of experience in new builds, alterations, light commercial, maintenance, landscaping etc. We strive to to provide detailed quotes and to be prompt and responsive to clie...

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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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Bullot Contracting

Joined July 2013

We specialise in all aspects of fencing and building. With 19 years experience no job is to big or to small. Please call me today to discuss your next project. I have photos available of previous work that has been completed and I'm sure you will be impressed.

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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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AMK Engineers Limited

Joined August 2020

Hi, We have been helping with the Canterbury earthquake recovery for the last 8 years, both in the geotechnical and structural fields. I am a qualified Chartered Professional Engineer, specialised in both new builds, renovation, ground testing, new foundations for TC3, TC2, and TC1 as well as assessment and repair of existing residential and commercial structures. Detailed seismic assessment and...

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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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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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Buildflex Solutions

Joined March 2016

Sitewise Registered Sitesafe passport in Construction and Civil *15+ Years Qualified builder *Certified builder of K3T walling (System) *First Aid Certificate - Valid *Contruction Certified - On Site *Total Quality Management Certificate *Diploma in Small business Management *Full company Insurance - liability - Tool - statutory - Vehicle. *Fork lift - High Reach Operato...

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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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