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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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Composite vs. Timber Decking

Posted 28/01/20

Composite or timber decking – which is better? To choose a suitable material for your project, we have gathered the key aspects to look at.

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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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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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Your Handy Fencing Guide For Common Issues & Repairs

Posted 01/10/21

If you want to repair your fence, or replace your fence all together, use this handy fencing guide to answer some of your biggest fencing questions.

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Guide to Cladding Options and Materials

Posted 31/07/19

Here’s a guide on the types of cladding options and materials available in New Zealand and how they stack up against each other.

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Latest building case studies

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

Women in Trade - Pocket Rocket Building, Rotorua

Pocket Rocket Building owner shares her women in trade story, about how she made the career change from corporate leadership.

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

Renovating with kids at home is no small feat. Read about a family’s experience having their toddler meet tradespeople working with them.

Garden Revamp: How Chris and Rochelle Transformed This Small Space

Read about a couple’s landscaping project where they work with an experienced tradie to give their small space a garden revamp.

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

Find out how a contemporary deck project transformed a ‘cold and unused’ area to create indoor-outdoor flow.

Small Bathroom Renovation Turns Major When The Unexpected Happens

Budget blow-outs, schedule delays and an unforeseen scenario - this bathroom renovation's got it all! See the incredible transformation.

NZ Decks: Here’s 5 Awesome Before and After Transformations

Check out these before and after deck photos from our homeowners, plus, we ask all the juicy questions to help get you in the know for your own project.

Homes On Show - Save My Bathroom

Read about how a tradie helped a homeowner with her bathroom renovation, turning an outdated relic into modern, clean and functional.

Bench Seating Took This Small Dining Room From Awkward To Cosy

Got an awkward space that can't be solved with furniture? Enter: bench seating. Find out design tips, budget and hindsight from these NZ homeowners.

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Replace rotten frame of backdoor

Posted 6 months ago

Frame of back door of my house is rotten, need to replace it or fix it. Locate in Timaru.

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Fix roof leak and ceiling damage

Posted 8 months ago

Fix cracked tile and water damage in ceiling.

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60 sq meter extension Timaru

Posted 8 months ago

Hoping to get costings/talk to a builder for construction cost only. plans approved Materials will be supplied on site . 60 sqm involves about 50 piles 3-7 weeks timeframe to start

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Small aluminium and glass conservatory build

Posted 1 month ago

Remove Archgola currently in place and build an aluminium and glass conservatory on the concrete pad already in place.

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Pre purchase builders report

Posted 2 months ago

Need a pre purchase builders report done to make sure the home is of sound condition this will be in timaru glen street the house is a small 2bdrm sep toilet bathroom and a basement laundry space no outside buildings and need it to be done Tuesday ... I have 10days of this date max to have report in hand sooner the better...So i can negotiate price with vendors if major issues arise thankyou

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Small aluminium and glass conservatory build #2

Posted 2 weeks ago

Remove Archgola currently in place and build a small aluminium and glass conservatory on the concrete pad already in place.

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Lyall Terrace house repairs

Posted 8 months ago

Window replacement; New sheet of iron on roof; spouting replacement; wardrobe catches; weatherboard replacements , some electrical work plus other repairs as per building reports I will supply building report to interested parties

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Healthy Homes Window Work

Posted 3 months ago

Hi- I have some windows/ draught stopping that need some work to be healthy homes compliant. House is in Seaview Timaru. Timber frames. This is a rental so need to manage cashflow. Looking for a two tiered plan. First- install draught excluders where at all possible to eliminate draughts or repair as necessary- replace as last resort. Second- once we are compliant, a staggered solution to improve windows where necessary. I am based in ChCh so need someone with good initiative and someone that c...

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Digging Trench to spa site plus create concrete pad for spa

Posted 8 months ago

1. Dig trench to spa site. 2. Create spa site and lay a concrete foundation for spa.

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60 sqm house extension Timaru

Posted 9 months ago

3x3 deck included in extension to end of brick house . approx 55 piles (up to 1.6 off ground at one end. consented plans can be provided. options to lockable shell or full build needed. All materials will be provided.

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Need a builders report

Posted 4 months ago

Have had an offer accepted on a house and need a builders report. Need it done this week or next week.

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Builder to fit range hood

Posted 1 day ago

Trades person to fit range hood over range.

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Install New Sliding door

Posted 5 months ago

We are in the process of getting a stacker sliding door made and need this installed.

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Build a wall partition

Posted 2 months ago

Put in place a wall partition frame up cover with jib

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Load bearing wall removal

Posted 4 months ago

Require load bearing wall removed and steel beam up to 8mtrs span fitted

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House renovation

Posted 6 months ago

Take out an internally wall and change door location. New plan already approved at council, just waiting for builder.

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Replacement of weatherboards

Posted 3 months ago

Remove rotten boards and replace also window frame

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Fit a new front door to the house

Posted 4 months ago

Fit the door, I have the hinges and will use the existing door handle. The new door is a blank from Starsmeare doors in Timaru.

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Replace rotten wall laundry and above...

Posted 5 months ago

Basement laundry wall mouldy old rot probably requires respiratory mask and electrician safety. Probably upstairs southern bedroom to and kitchen wall is above. I can supply new mask if needed..Also look in the ceiling for any damage to truss and Batts ...

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House extension

Posted 9 months ago

Small extension to brick house to provide internal stairwell access to converted garage below

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Recent building reviews

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Filling in part of outdoor bbq area

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th April 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Pre purchase builders report

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

16th November 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 1
Schedule
 5
Communication
 1

Bathroom Gib fix


10th December 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

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NZ CCS ltd

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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Mark Smith Builders

Joined February 2012

Mark Smith Builders established in 2009, with 13 years experience we specialise in all aspects of residential buildings, architectural homes, hill sites, alterations and repair work. Mark has developed strong relationships with the people of Canterbury helping with the Christchurch rebuild. As a licensed building practitioner (LBP) you can rest assure your home is getting built by a qualified bu...

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Andys Interior Plastering

Joined January 2010

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

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Jamie Crockett

Joined September 2020

Hi, I have be in the building trade for the last 24 years, 19 of them years was in England and the rest here in Christchurch. I am just starting contacting so thought I would give this a go as well, I specialise in renovations and maintenance.

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URBANZ Construction Management

Joined November 2016

Hi and welcome to URBANZ Construction Management. I have recently set up a new business getting involved in the Construction Management side of residential earthquake repairs and renovations. I feel there is a major gap in the market for experienced builders who know the nuts and bolts of managing earthquake repairs, renovations and the on-sold repair programme. I have been a builder for over...

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Fusion Homes Limited

Joined September 2021

Fusion Homes are huge on ‘energy efficiency’ builders. By fusing together the very best building materials with the latest construction technology your new home benefits in many ways. You get a warmer, dryer, healthier home, cost effective to build, cheaper to run for the short and long term future of your home. For on-budget, on-time results, choose Fusion Homes. Our excellent communication with...

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DS Built ltd

Joined October 2014

Hi I have 16 years experience in the residential construction industry both here in NZ and a stint in the UK. We specialize in new architectural builds, but also do smaller jobs; renovations and extensions, bathrooms, retaining walls, custom decks and outdoor areas. We are very professional and pride ourselves on working hard to meet deadlines and budgets.

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Wilson Built Homes LTD

Joined February 2018

Hey there. We have many years of experience through the residential and commercial sectors in Canterbury now. We specialise in new builds, reno's, fences, decks, concrete works, general handyman work and so much more. We work and operate WBH operates with a lot of passion to ensure the clients dreams, ideas and needs are met. We handle every piece of material personally ensuring quality and ef...

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JBR Built Ltd

Joined March 2016

Specialising in all things construction! I am a qualified carpenter and liscenced building practitioner preferably taking on small renovation or alteration jobs, e.g decks, fences, moving a wall or any sort of fix up that you'd like an easy worry free process without dealing with a large construction firm. Free quote available!

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JT CARPENTRY

Joined April 2021

Hi there , I have over ten years experience an offer complete carpentry services an cover all aspects of carpentry , I will work hard to meet your needs an deadlines an pride myself on providing excellent workmanship.

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Felarca Builders Limited

Joined March 2019

Hi we have the right experience, knowledge, tools,peoples to do big or small from A to Z jobs.for Residential and Commercial like Decking ,Fencing, Cladding, Framing, Concreting, Plastering, Painting, Suspended,Ceiling, Tiling. We are very professional and hard work to meet deadlines for projects completion. We pride ourselves on providing quotes and then completing job on budget

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Jmac contractors

Joined August 2016

Jmac contractors is a small business comprising of myself, and a labourer when needed., the person you are talking to on the phone is the person doing the work, no extra costs for office staff or miscommunications.I have been in the building industry for 20 years and have a good understanding of the processes needed for most jobs. I do a large amount of timber works on houses and hard landscaping...

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LVL CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANTS LTD

Joined October 2021

With over 18 years experience from renovations to new builds, with a vast knowledge of how the process should work we can help you with your project including the design.

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NuVista Homes

Joined March 2014

Hi, We are NuVista Homes. We are a multi-award winning, family operated business with over 14 years of building experience in New Homes, Renovations, Alterations, Light Commercial work and General Building. We also offer in house interior design services We pride ourselves on making you happy and creating your project into our own master piece. This means we take the time to get to know you...

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Baseline Concrete and insulation

Joined January 2018

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

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Tekapo Building Ltd and Home Renovation Specialists

Joined May 2020

Our team provides high quality, yet affordable renovations that can be customised to suit your needs. We can help you modify and create a seamless space whatever it may be; Bathroom, Kitchen. Get in touch with us today! We also have a team of experienced Builders for any New Builds you may want priced.

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SoBeer Structural and Fire

Joined May 2020

With nearly 20 years of experience in New Zealand, I am a Chartered Structural Engineer based in Christchurch and a Producer Statement Author for Auckland City Council. I have a broad experience in structural design and site investigation from new build to alteration, and seismic or earthquake assessment of existing structures. These structures vary from residential, commercial, school, and pub...

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Abacus Building Maintenance

Joined October 2014

hi i am a licensed building practioner tradesman carpenter main line of work is building maintenance of all types,i do a lot of bathroom renovations supply and install working with only registered tradesman all types of work undertaken

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GRAB HIRE also trading as GCM BUILDING SERVICES

Joined March 2013

Hi my name ia Gary . I’ve got a Grab lorry that’s ready to grab your materials . I’ve also got a Komatsu 3 ton digger for your excavations . Quick prompt service. Collecting green waste Rubbish Concrete Soil removals I can also deliver I can also grab a load over a fence or deliver a load over a fence . I can transport 8 tons of concrete or soils Or ap40 The list is endless ....

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James Rule Construction

Joined June 2018

Hi, I have been Building for 15 Years. Have worked on a number of new builds , renovations and landscaping jobs over that time. We look forward to working with you on your next project.

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