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Choosing The Right Builder In Wellington

Whether you want a new build or are renovating your home, finding the right builder within the Wellington region can be a bit of a nightmare! Fortunately we take the hard work out of the equation by having the builders contact you about your job. That only leave you with the task of picking the one that suits your job the best. The question then is how do I know that a builder is the right one for my job?

Using A Wellington Licensed Building Practitioner

It is now compulsory for all restricted building work (RBW) which is structural, weather tight dependant or fire design work to be done by a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP). If your job requires some RBW then you must hire an LBP, otherwise you are free to choose a builder who is not registered. With many homes in the Windy City being on a hillside and heavily exposed to the elements, chances are that a lot of your building work could be restricted in some way. Make sure that you are explicit in your job requirements when seeking quotes and expressions of interest.

Once you have decided on a builder to hire and before you sign the contract, it pays to check what memberships or registrations they hold. Then you will know if they can complete the job to a high standard safely. If your work is RBW and you must hire and LBP, you can find out if they are officially registered by asking to see their LBP photo ID which details the types of building work they are eligible to do. You can also check out them out on the Licensed Building Practitioner’s website. From here you are also able to see what type of category building they are able to work on, as well as the type of building work they are certified to do. While all of this may seem overwhelming, it was put into place to help protect homeowners from dodgy cowboy builders.

Some builders choose not to be an LBP, which does not mean that they are not qualified to do your job. It just means that they are unable to complete any jobs classed as restricted building work. But if you do not need any RBW done, a non-registered LBP is fine. Many of these builders are instead members of one or both of the two trade associations – the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA) or the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand (CBANZ).

As a RMBA member, a builder has to follow the association’s Constitution and Code of Conduct, have their work inspected several times every year by the mobile RMBA team. They must also meet a high standard of business management and financial planning skills and have specific industry qualifications and/or experience. An RMBA member also has to give you third party written guarantee on all the work they do for you.

A CBANZ member has to have enough insurance to cover them and their work during the period they have a contract with you. They must give you a 10 year HomeFirst Builders guarantee on the work they have done and follow their association’s Code of Ethics and Conduct. To be a member, builders also need to meet the required level of industry qualifications and experience the CBANZ sets as a benchmark for their members.

Choosing the right builder for your job actually depends on the job itself. With plenty of experienced and qualified builders within the Wellington region, you will actually be spoilt for choice. Just remember to do your research on the builders you are keen on and Bob’s your uncle! List your Wellington building job here today to start finding the best builder for you!

Latest building articles

Our blog is full with helpful news and knowledge covering building related repairs and renovations around your home. Our trusted tradies will respond to your job, often within a few minutes. You decide who you want to communicate with. You’re in control the whole way.

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 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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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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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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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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7 Things Tradies Want You To Know Going Into 2022

Posted 30/11/21

Next year will be the year of catch-22’s for home improvement. So, how can you get a great outcome for your project in these busy times?

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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

You’ll find out things like size, cost and materials to get an idea for your own decking project (+ plenty of before and after photos!).

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 and hindsight from these NZ homeowners.

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.

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

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Recent jobs posted

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

Transform shed into Indoor sauna

Posted 1 week ago

Hi, I am looking for a builder who can help to turn a room we have attached to the side of our house into an in-door sauna and (outer) shower area by March 2022. The room is small (room for around 2 people sitting) and will require a bench as well as room for the heating unit. The room is on the outer part of the house so there is room for ventilation. I am looking for a quote from someone who has experience building sauna's in the past and knows whats required. (I will update this job w...

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House extension

Posted 5 days ago

design, determine cost, obtain BC and construct (convert deck to living area and internal laundry; extend the house to create a separate unit)

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A perplex roof over my deck

Posted 1 week ago

I have a deck and have 4 poles standing..I want to put a roof over it..the roof size will be approx 5m by 4m..detached from house..so no permits required..

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Flooring - Replace timber joists underneath floor

Posted 1 week ago

Need a tradesman to replace timber joists underneath the kitchen floor that has been damaged by water. About 2 x 2 m floor space. Need the job to be quoted for Insurance and completed asap.

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Repair/replacement of weatherboards

Posted 2 weeks ago

We are moving house and have a few cracked and damaged weatherboards we need replaced. We have to get our house on the market ASAP, and are also painting the outside which is obviously dependent on the weatherboards being fixed, so need this work done quickly.

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Replace rotten base plates in bath/laundry.

Posted 1 week ago

Remove rotten base plates in old laundry and bathroom that is being renovated. In total around 5 mtrs to replace. 1 wall is loading the other is not. This is only a small area so not a big job.

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Boxing repairs

Posted 6 hours ago

Hi, We need boxing around a steel support beam repaired in our dock way, as a truck backed into it. Need quote first to get approval from management.

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Retrofit entrance doorway

Posted 36 minutes ago

We have a door that is not wheelchair accessable. We would like a quote for the work required to make it accessable.

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Erect outside stairs and railings (already built)

Posted 1 week ago

Hello, I need the stairs from our deck to the ground erected. These were pulled down when we bought the house, as they were not code compliant, however the vendor left the stairs and railings on site for us to put up again once we had moved in (see pic). The old entrance to the stairs has been covered up, so needs to be opened again (see pic). The placement of the bottom of the stairs is still marked on the ground below by two concrete bolts (see pic).

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Interior Building work

Posted 1 week ago

2 x Flats Renovated General building work . Interior Work Good site access .

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2 walls for a grinding room

Posted 2 days ago

I need 2 walls put up with plastic sheeting for a grinding room in my workshop, it's to contain the dust

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Repair timber cladding

Posted 4 days ago

Hi all I am seeking a builder or competent handyman who can replace a 5 or 6 x 70mm wooden planks that have become rotted under our deck. The top rung is 2400 mm long and reduces alongside the stairs going down the side of the balcony, as shown in the attached pics. The studs these planks are nailed to look fine and shouldn’t need replacing. It’s a small job but I don’t have the tools or know how. I’d like you to purchase the timber and materials please. Might pay to pop around and c...

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Internal wall and door

Posted 6 days ago

Build an internal wall which is 3.2 metres long and 2.1 metres high. Wall needs to include a door.

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A building job in three parts: closet, bathroom, office under stairs

Posted 9 hours ago

Kia ora! I'm looking for some quotes for a job that involves three parts: CLOSET At the moment, the closet is in a weird space that takes up a lot of room and doesn't add much to the room. I'd like to find out the feasibility of removing it completely and putting in a built-in wardrobe on the other side of the room. This wardrobe will be a cupboard style one - no room for a walk-in! OFFICE UNDER THE STAIRS Due to a bunch of things, I need to create an office space under the stairs of...

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Wall repair

Posted 1 week ago

Have a small hole in my wall. Need to have it repaired.

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Gable end repair

Posted 1 week ago

As per the attached photo, the gable end is in poor condition. Particular points of concern are the board furthest away in the photo lifting away, and whether there is any degradation of the panels themselves? The house has 3 levels. Depending upon what is required there are strong railings on the deck on the 3rd level at the rear of the house which could be used as anchors for harnesses or would edge protection scaffolding be required? The roof itself is being refurbished later this year...

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Baseboards replacement and ground moisture barrier installation

Posted 1 week ago

1. Replace rotted and degraded wooden slatted enclose around bottom of house, and replace plywood side panels, ready for painting. Intention is to maintain required ventilation under the house and minimise wind wash across underfloor insulation. Length of baseboards is 9144mm at the front of the house and 2490mm on the sides, to a maximum height of 1750mm. 2. Install a sheet of appropriate material closing in the overhang at the front of house where underfloor insulation is exposed. 9144mm by...

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New window cavity in external wall

Posted 1 week ago

Im looking at whether we can install a new window in our lounge. There's no window in there at the moment, its an external wall. We'd like to match the style of existing wooden frame windows in the house. Not sure dimensions, probably approx 1500 h x maybe 100 wide? (guess) in the first instance we just want to know if it is possible, who would do it, and what the cost would be, and what the process is (building consent?). thanks Anna ...

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Build small retaining wall for garden

Posted 4 days ago

Hello I am looking for a builder who can build me a retaining wall for a garden in my entranceway (see photos attached for an example). Thank you for reading my advertisement. Kind regards Donna ...

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Convert Kitchen and Bedroom to Open Plan

Posted 4 days ago

Our house is a bit too old and needs a bit of makeover especially now that we have a 7mo old baby! I’m looking for someone to do some renovations on our house and remove the wall that’s between the kitchen and bedroom turning it into an open plan living. Currently there is a storage area between the br and kitchen doors and a water cylinder in the kitchen. We’d also like new flooring installed after.

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Recent building reviews

With over 215,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Chimney Removal - Reframing and relining Lounge

Work carried out by an employee of the company

15th November 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 3
Communication
 3

Flood damage: floor and wall repair

Work carried out by an employee of the company

22nd November 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Garage Conversion to bedroom with ensuite #2

Work carried out by the owner/operator

23rd December 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 3
Communication
 5

Remove and Install Window

Work carried out by an employee of the company

19th December 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Builders Report Remediation

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

17th November 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

External wall repairs in Brooklyn

Work carried out by the owner/operator

25th January 2022

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Open up wardrobe

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th November 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

New floor and ceiling/wall plasterboard

Work carried out by the owner/operator

8th January 2022

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Fencing, Improved Cupboard Access & Pelmet Removal

Work carried out by an employee of the company

22nd November 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Help! We need some repairs so we can sell our house ASAP

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th January 2022

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Removal of dead beehive from ceiling space

Work carried out by the owner/operator

24th October 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Broken Fence, Trellis and Window Repairs

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd November 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Removal: built in wardrobe

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd October 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Dryer external vent install

Work carried out by an employee of the company

9th December 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Exterior cladding board replacement and deck trim

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd October 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Fireplace fix up

Work carried out by the owner/operator

26th December 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 4

Leak repairs

Work carried out by an employee of the company

11th November 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 4

Reline studio

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th October 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Taking out a wall and ceiling

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

18th November 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Load bearing wall removal/ install beam, re gib.

Work carried out by an employee of the company

19th October 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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ST Builders

Joined January 2022

Hi, we have over 40 years experience building in Wellington, all job types considered, from major renovations to small jobs as well as repairs and maintenance. We take pride in our work and provide competitive quotes.

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JAMES THE BUILDER

Joined September 2009

Hello my name is James and I have been building for 10 years. And I specialize in doing those smaller jobs I am NZ qualified and believe in doing the job right the first time. I have a team of sub contractors that have the same motto. As the building process can be daunting it is my job to help my clients thought this experience, keeping the lines of communication open at all times, because a...

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DRB Building Limited

Joined May 2019

I am currently near completing my carpentry apprenticeship and have been working in the industry for 3 years. I am available for small jobs at this stage and have all tools and knowledge available to complete these to a timely and professional standard.

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G&M building services

Joined June 2019

We do building/painting/plaster and landscaping. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and then completing jobs on budget. We strive on going above and beyond for our clients. So please feel free to get in touch for any up coming project we can help you with thanks.

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Greig Building Solutions

Joined November 2019

Greig Building Solutions have a vast range of experience including new builds, alterations and extensions, specializing in decks, fences and retaining walls. Our work standard is very high and we aim to deliver cost effective solutions. We provide competitive quotes and will attempt to beat any quote.

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T&j Building Services

Joined February 2021

Hi, I'm a passionate builder who prides himself on doing high quality jobs everytime. I am a licensed building practitioner who has been building for 8 years. What I enjoy the most is the reward of making clients renovation dreams become a reality. I am competitive in price and have a record of completing jobs on time.

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PacBuild

Joined January 2018

Hi, My team have experience in a number of building projects which includes new builds, renovations and boundary fences, gates retaining walls etc. From time to time the team will do smaller jobs to fill in between projects. We pride ourselves on the quality of our workmanship while remaining conscious of delivering a project on time and on budget.

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AF BUILDERS LIMITED

Joined January 2022

Hi Guys, We've been building new homes and renovating older homes for the past 16 years. AF BUILDERS LTD are a "one-stop-shop" company who can provide all subcontractors from planning to completion and the ground work subcontractors such as Registered Electricians, Certified Plumbers & Gasfitters plasterers painters tilers etc etc. Hardworking, Honest, Efficient, Humble most friendliest bunch...

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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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Linton Construction Ltd

Joined October 2021

We are Licensed Building Practitioners, specialising in residential new builds, alterations and extensions. With over 25 years experience in the industry, My team and I have the expertise and long-standing relationships to manage your project from concept to completion.

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Rubios Pro Limited

Joined August 2018

Hello There, We are a reliable and trustworthy company with the experience and skills required to be able to provide the most professional care to maintain your house looking as good as you would want it. We can ensure you that our workers are hardworking and are ready to finish the jobs as soon as required with a great quality job . Call us for a free quote, good prices guaranteed.

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Uncut Home Improvements

Joined May 2017

Hi We are a small business Myself and my Partner that take pride in our work .We will work to your budget and with you to complete a professional result . We have over 35 years in the Building Construction / Landscape Industry . We do everything from New Kitchens /Bathrooms, Complete make overs, Tiling, Maintenance of Rentals, House Painting Just ask Now with having a Digger and Truck we are abl...

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TNT concrete resurfacing limited

Joined July 2021

Concrete and concrete resurfacing specialists I was currently working in the gold coast pre covid for 22 years in the decorative concreting industry , We can transform existing concrete (patios / paths and driveways using a concrete product with Colour and texture , From basic colours to wood grain like finishes . We take pride in what’ we do from day 1 with a on the spot quote to meetin...

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MJRD building

Joined January 2022

8 years experienced builder, renovations, new builds, kitchens, bathrooms, decks and general building works. Full time on the tools, so no apprentices doing your work. Licensed building practitioner. Passionate builder, very Insightful when it comes to your ideas and will help you deliver your visions of the living spaces you and your family desire. Get in touch Marty

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DoCarpentry

Joined January 2022

Hi, I’m focusing on small carpentry jobs to do in 1-2 days and insulation, where I’ve got a large experience and can provide a professional and friendly service with tidy completion

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Mr Gib

Joined April 2010

12 years experience in fixing stopping and finishing Gib and coving. I also do tiling and have my waterproofing certificate for wet areas. I'm fully kitted out as a builder/handyman and happy to view and take on any sort of home maintenance job be it fencing tiling or any repairs. Happy to pop by and advise/quote. This will cost you nothing.

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Bin Huang

Joined August 2014

Hi, I am a qualified and licenced builder, I have been in the industry since 2010. I have done everything from new build to minor repair. I pride myself on providing top quality workmanship.

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Skinner n Skinner building company

Joined September 2010

Hi, We've been building new houses and renovating old ones for the last 15 years. We've been in wellington for the last 15 years and have worked on jobs around the city as well as in regional parts of wellington. While we specialize in major renovations and new builds we also do smaller jobs from time to time. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion. We prid...

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Legacy Custom Construction LTD

Joined May 2021

I have over 15 years experience in the building industry, both commercial and residential construction with projects from small renovations & decks to high end new builds in Seatoun. My company employs 3 staff including a female apprentice soon to be carpenter. we mainly keep ourselves busy with new builds, most recently we have completed a 301 square meter 3 level home. and we enjoy m...

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C&F

Joined August 2019

Hi I been working building around 12 years. I am licensed builder . Good people to working with . We are very professional and work hard , residential and commercial.

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