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Your guide to Building in Whangarei

Guide to Installing Balustrades Which Meet NZ Building Code

If you’re planning on installing balustrades or wondering if you need to, then you’re in the right place. We’ll walk you through the process of identifying if you need a balustrade, the options you have and how to make sure it will meet the current NZ Building Code. Let’s jump to it! What is a balustrade and do I need one? A balustrade is basically a safety barrier. It can vary in appearance from simply a rail with supporting balusters, all the way to a full fence. It’s often confused… (view full article)

Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

With so many tradespeople belonging to different accreditation organisations, how do you know which one to use and what tradesmen accreditations are right for the job you want doing? Is an industry based accreditation offer the same as one from the government? We’re here to dive into the mysteries of what the most common tradespeople accreditation are. Let’s jump on in! Tradespeople accreditations There are 10 common tradespeople accreditation to be aware of. Each one is not equal,… (view full article)

Successful Indoor Outdoor Flow in New Zealand Homes

One of the most popular selling points of a kiwi home is the indoor outdoor flow. Whether you’re thinking of selling or just want to realise the potential of your home and the plot it stands on, considering indoor outdoor flow is important. Indoor outdoor flow The secret to unlocking the potential of both spaces is blurring the boundaries between inside and outside. This works regardless of the size of your garden compared to the size of your home. Select from our great ideas below to… (view full article)

The Tiny Home Movement in New Zealand

The tiny home movement has definitely come to New Zealand, especially since the Christchurch earthquakes which have seen kiwis both living out of and doing business out of remodelled containers. But why has the tiny house movement gained so much traction and caused excitement lately? Is it a genuine trend that’s both socially and economically advantageous? Or is it just the next not-so-big thing in house design? Exploring NZ's tiny home movement Since the mid 1940s we've seen the average… (view full article)

Mid to Upper Range Bathroom Renovation Costs & Ideas

This is part three in a four part series where we’ll discuss what features to expect for $3,000 to $100,000-plus when undertaking bathroom renovations and what you need to help you plan your bathroom renovation. This week we're looking at bathroom renovation costs for: Mid range bathroom renovation costs ($12,000 to $30,000) Location, cost of labour and materials all play a part in the costing of a bathroom renovation.  The average bathroom renovation job in Auckland will definitely cost… (view full article)

Budget Bathroom Renovation Costs - What You Can Expect

Like all home renovation projects, there’s 3 levels of renovating: good, better and absolute best. We've already discussed getting started with bathroom renovation costs.  Today we're going to talk about a basic budget bathroom renovation. The basic budget bathroom renovation (from $3000-$12000) It’s likely you may not be able to move a lot of plumbing around due to costs. But you could replace and update fixtures and fittings off the shelf. Getting creative with an interesting… (view full article)

Reviews of Whangarei Builders

Tree down

10th September 2017

“We had a tree down on our section (uprooted stump & all) & we listed a job for it to be taken away. Steve was prompt & took the tree away but we were not advised that the quote did not include for the stump to be taken away even if it was already lifted out of the ground, disappointed to see that it was put back in the ground, although it had been cut low down. We just wish we were told before hand that the stump will not be taken away & would it be considered a separate job.”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

Reply: “im sorry there was obviously a communication break down as have explained to customer taking stump out is a separate job would have left big hole and don't cut dirt with chainsaw its a stump grinders job to remove fallen tree thought only fallen tree not stump to remove”


“Gavin was excellent to work with. He took great pains to explain what would be required and even met me at a central city building to show me an example of a similar installation (large mirror wall tiles) to be sure he understood what I wanted. Our house has uneven walls so the job was not straightforward. I would definitely employ him again.”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

Doggie Day Care Centre

13th February 2017

“Mat was brilliant. He gave us a fair price and got started at short notice over a holiday period, made the deadline and followed up with some finishing touches we later requested. We definately recomend Mats Engineering.”

Work carried out by a subcontractor


“great guy and great communication”

Work carried out by an employee of the company

Reply: “Thanks for the great review, it is much appreciated.”


“Good service and good price. Ask for the terms and conditions.”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

Lining Room

6th July 2016

“Excellent work , carried out by Marty...went out of his way to ensure job was finished to highest standard.”

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Recent jobs posted in Whangarei

Rotten door frame at front door. 1970s home with concrete stairs/landing which has leaked causing problem. Needing to replace what has rotted out. Great access underneath from rumpus area.

Hi I'm looking for someone to convert my van (Mitzi L300 short wheelbase) to a camper, so me and my dog Tui can see some more of our beautiful country! We are after a space to cook by the rear door and a bed in the…

I have high pitched 2 storey house and have complete drawings and BC for an approx.5m x 1.5m two storey extension to enlarge existing downstairs bathroom and add new bathroom upstairs. New extension to be clad in…

I have a 3 bedroom 1 bathroom 1 toilet and open plan living, dining & kitchen all located on the top floor. I want to turn the open plan living area into a large Master Bedroom + Ensuite. One of the bedrooms I would…

As a family business, started by Keith Hay in 1938, Keith Hay Homes literally stakes it’s name and reputation on customer satisfaction The Whangarei Branch of Keith hay Homes is experiencing a busy period and…

As a family business, started by Keith Hay in 1938, Keith Hay Homes literally stakes it’s name and reputation on customer satisfaction. We are currently experiencing a busy period and require a carpenter to construct…

Looking for someone to price and build an outdoor covered area. Will attached a picture is possible. Just a pole structure 2.5 x 4m gable type roof shape with no walls. Ridge beam down the middle - wanting to hang a…

As a family business, started by Keith Hay in 1938, Keith Hay Homes literally stakes it’s name and reputation on customer satisfaction. We are currently experiencing a busy period and require a carpenter to construct…

Small bedroom with old plasterboard & soft ceiling - needs replacing with GIB plasterboard & insulation to outer walls & replace coving. Prefer if you can Gib stop as well. Budget is higher than this but there is a…

We required a qualified builder to over see and build a timber barn, very easy layout with an indsutrial type of feel, for example open plan living, polished concrete, exposed beams etc

Floor in toilet needs replacing. See photo. Negotiable on price not sure how much this job will cost. Thanks

I have a dream! It's a dream that my husband and I can find a reliable builder, that charges a fair price for a great job. In Auckland where we live, it would appear that we are more likely to see a pig take off…

My client has some BOH movable racking which needs some repairs. The fault lies underneath the unit and the shelving on one bay would need to be unloaded also to access the fault. It currently gets stuck about once a…

To start with we would like a quote for replacing rotten wood along concrete deck and around ranch slider in the front of house. Photos attached from building inspection. Photos show work needed doing.

1/Small room (possibly 2) needs insulating and lining. 2/ Closing in 2 alcoves. Framing, Gib, Doors required.