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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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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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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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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

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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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 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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Urgent floor repair/replacement, New bathroom, and Kitchen

Posted 2 months ago

The kitchen and dining room floor requires urgent repair or replacement. The floor is dipping below the entire east wall, obviously a bearer has gone. I need a kitchen (move oven and put in extractor) Bathroom refurb using alternative vanity, shower over bath. Some rot in dining room window, unsure of the extent. Reline bedroom walls - extremely damp room Toilet replaced. Old style loo with a breather. Rotted beam to be replaced exterior of house, front and back. Will involve re-pl...

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Sleep-out hut

Posted 3 years ago

Build a simple lined hut that will be used for off the grid accommodation. 4mx6m. One room. Would have small wood burner installed. Small kitchenette with gas burner and plumbing to outside. Ranchslider across the front. Colour steel exterior. To be built on piles. 2m deck out the front. Very simple project.

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Liveable barn

Posted 2 years ago

Current builder short staffed and happy if i find additional help. Pole shed with livable area.

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Windows with a view 2

Posted 3 years ago

Price wanted to Remove rotten sections of wooden door frames, surrounds and window frame. And replace with good wood Outside work. I want the job done asap end next month completion at the latest. So if you cant do it in the timeframe please do not contact me. I will be there from tomorrow for a few days so can show you what needs to be done and get your price. Looking forward to hearing from you. I had a guy lined up but he has let me down, so I have a good idea of what the job is worth...

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Bathroom wall

Posted 1 year ago

Needing the bathroom walls relined and new vanity put in.

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Retired Builder needed

Posted 1 year ago

Levels taken on slope of section and also (if possible) some poles put in ground with concrete to be used as foundations for small cabin.

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Retaining wall

Posted 10 months ago

We need a retaining wall done at the back of our property behind our house. approximately 10 metres in length and 3-4 metres in height . Open to options on how it's completed ie can be staggered sections or not and can be wood or concrete .

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Windows with a view

Posted 3 years ago

Price wanted to Remove rotten sections of wooden door frames, surrounds and window frame. And replace with good wood Outside work. I want the job done asap end next month completion at the latest. So if you cant do it in the timeframe please do not contact me. I will be there from tomorrow for a few days so can show you what needs to be done and get your price. Looking forward to hearing from you. I had a guy lined up but he has let me down, so I have a good idea of what the job is worth...

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Odd jobs

Posted 1 year ago

e. Around near the front door there is another storage cupboard and there is a new man-hole in the floor underneath here which the floor joists are 125x50’s, not 100x50’s, all still in very good condition. It is a shame that the access into here is quite tight as they have not removed the floor joist that is running straight through the centre of the opening, it can be done and framed out , there is a gap between the metal framework and the white lining, there does look to be a bit of a se...

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Garage conversion

Posted 2 years ago

Build room in existing garage, line walls, remove roller door and replace with double (French doors).

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Deck extention with stairs

Posted 3 months ago

wanting to add to our existing deck and make stairs going down to the back yard. possibly putting decking over the existing concrete deck? but would love advise from a builder as to what the best options would be

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New home - labour only

Posted 9 months ago

Builder required for labour only build in Waimate

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2x Room Extension + Ensuite

Posted 10 months ago

We are wanting to build 2x extra rooms onto our existing home plus ensuite to form an L shape house. We are also wanting a large deck built enclosed in the new L shaped space. Work is from start to finish move in ready. I have attached photos of our existing house plan along with the new design plan. New renovations are not drawn to scale. Room 4 - 5x3 metres minus hallway Room 5 - 5x4 metres Ensuite - 3x3.5 metres (flexible on sizing depending on price) Deck - 15x5 metres from western...

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Bach wall replace

Posted 7 months ago

Our Bach at glenavy needs a wall replaced. We have had a window made so will just need to replace the existing tin wall and fit the window. Plus there are a couple of areas of rot on two additional window frames. Not a big job and ideally completed before winter sets in.

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Shop fit out - Oamaru

Posted 9 months ago

After Builders or Builder + Labourer/apprentice to help out on a shop fit out in Oamaru. Contract rates to be discussed. Job will involve demo, construction of new walls, install of insulation, gib, joinery, doors etc. There’s a number of these fit outs to do over the South Island so all going well there will be continued contract work. Reliability and an eye for detail is a must.

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2x Room Extension + Ensuite #2

Posted 9 months ago

We are wanting to build 2x extra rooms onto our existing home plus ensuite to form an L shape house. We are also wanting a large deck built enclosed in the new L shaped space. Work is from start to finish move in ready. I have attached photos of our existing house plan along with the new design plan. New renovations are not drawn to scale. Room 4 - 5x3 metres minus hallway Room 5 - 5x4 metres Ensuite - 3x3.5 metres (flexible on sizing depending on price) Deck - 15x5 metres from western...

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New build

Posted 1 year ago

Looking for builder to put up kit set home

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Sleep out

Posted 3 years ago

Hi. We are keen to build a sleep out on our property. Ideally we would like it to have a little bathroom attached (toilet, hand basin and shower). We have a concrete slab where it could go or we would have to build on the lawn from scratch. The sleep out will need to fit a queen bed (for when family visit) and a small wardrobe. I have attached a small little plan. The marking would be where lights go etc. Thanks

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Builders Report

Posted 3 years ago

Looking for a builders report on a property im looking to buy.

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New Kitchen remow install and general building

Posted 3 years ago

We require a builder to remove a interior wall,replace the ceiling and remove and install a new kitchen,plus the plumbing and electrical.Work is in Kurow North Otago.

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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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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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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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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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Matts Handyman & Glass Services

Joined January 2021

Hi, I’m a one man band that can do building work, joinery, plumbing, glazing etc. Just ask! I’m also a fully qualified glazier. I’m a hard working perfectionist who is very professional and driven to do a great job.

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Flint Construction

Joined March 2015

Small family owned building company, servicing the South island. Run by an experienced Licensed Building Practitioner. Providing tailor made building solutions for your budget and needs. We can complete your renomb bvation, new build or light commercial project. No job is too small for us, we can be building a new house or replacing pickets on a fence, our professional attitude remains. Happy to...

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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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Kahu Contractors

Joined March 2018

A small team dedicated to providing an excellent service throughout the building and construction industry. Having spent a lot of time in all sectors of the industry we are known to specialize in everything from formwork amd foundations to crane work and precast installation, We have the expertise, tools and where needed tickets (qualifications) to complete all builds to an excellent standard, saf...

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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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Karl Valpy

Joined November 2017

Small renovations Barthroom and kitchen restoration Rotten timber interior/exterior All handyman jobs Farm matainstance Welding Irrigation / pump matainstance Concrete and digger work Exterior painting

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Fix It Fox Handyman Services

Joined December 2020

No Job Too Small. Hands on Engineer. I have built a broad spectrum of residential and engineering items. I have a full suite of skills - fabrication, building, roofing, plumbing, drainage, electrical etc ie classical handyman who does well in all trades. Good tool base. Multiple trailers. Can cart 9m lengths. Engineers built the world.

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DCR Building Services Ltd

Joined July 2011

Im a Licensed builder in Queenstown , i have been building for 16 years specializing in new homes and anything below, i.e fences, alterations, decks, re-clads etc. I strive for perfection and getting the job done right the first time while being done quickly. I treat every job i do as if its for myself in my own home so i would want it done to perfection.

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SB 2 Build ltd

Joined January 2017

Together we have been in the building trade for over 25 years. Sam is our registered licenced building practitioner and have experience in new builds, renovations, alterations and extensions as well as fencing, decks and all scopes of concrete works.We deliver a high quality end product and pride ourselves on keeping within budget and time frames! Additionally we have access to a wide range of su...

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Ants Demolition & Construction

Joined August 2009

Hi, I have over 20 years experience in renovating, building new houses, sheds, light commercial, and hardscaping Qualified carpernter, LBP, I have an experience in complex renovations on old homesteads, and I enjoy problem solving , fine finishing work, making custom items and helping my clients vision becoming reality. As a one man band I prefer to do jobs I can manage by myself, and am also...

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Dunedin Naturally

Joined August 2009

Small to medium renovation jobs, Bathroom renovations, demolition, rubbish removal, Deck & Fence building,Property maintenance and repairs,, House pre-sale makeovers. -Trade Qualified Builder with experience in multipule areas of building and renovation.

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Calder interior plastering ltd

Joined October 2016

We are a gib fixing and stopping company with plenty of experience dealing with little renos right through to big commercial and high end housing. We provide a service which is very efficient and professional and at very competitive rates so Give me a call and I can sort what ever job you need done. Also have architect and builders available if needed. Cheers Hayden Calder Cell ...

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DRM Building Ltd

Joined August 2017

Hi, we're a small building company based in wellington. We've been around just over a year and have hit the ground running, Completing jobs on time and to budget. Lots of our work has been house restoration and maintenance, but has also ranged from bespoke garden beds to complete renovations. If you're after a friendly and motivated team please feel free to contact us.

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RP Carmody construction

Joined January 2011

We are a small residential building company based here in Dunedin, with 20 years experience we do everything from complete new builds to bathrooms to replacing a paling on a fence. We do it all !

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CRD Construction Ltd

Joined May 2016

Hi, we are a small Christchurch construction company. All earthquake work undertaken, foundations, new builds all building work undertaken. we pride ourselves in doing the job right.

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Built up contracting LTD

Joined June 2020

Hi, we are a small company who strive for perfection. We have a diverse team who have dealt with a majority of renovation projects around the country. Numerous house foundation repairs and house re leveling, our team also deal with restoration projects. We pride in keeping jobs to the time frame. Whether it's one pile or twenty piles needing replaced, even that old fence replaced or a new deck to...

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