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Our blog is full with helpful news and knowledge covering landscaping 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.

Creating Successful Indoor Outdoor Flow in Older Homes

Posted 05/01/17

Great indoor/outdoor flow is high on the must have list for many homeowners. But achieving this this can be a challenge in older homes... Summer weather just makes us want to head outdoors. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done for many homeowners with older homes. Older properties

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How to Fix Your Retaining Wall Aesthetics with Landscaping

Posted 10/10/16

Retaining walls are often perceived as uninspiring or an eyesore. But a little landscaping can go a long way to improving the aesthetic appeal and/or blend a retaining wall in to the surroundings... Blending existing retaining walls into your landscaping Many of us have existing retaining

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Successfully Incorporating Retaining Walls Into Your Landscaping

Posted 27/10/16

Retaining walls play an important role in our landscaping efforts. Every wall is carefully planned and constructed to ensure it is able to withstand the required load. But all too often, the aesthetic aspect of it is not considered. This leaves many homeowners with unattractive landscaping featu

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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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5 Steps to Transform Your Landscaping Dreams into a Backyard Reality

Posted 25/02/20

We take you through the steps of turning your landscaping dreams into a reality.  Adding value to your property doesn’t have to stop at the back door - and with the rise in popularity of ‘indoor-outdoor flow’, backyards have become quite the asset.  We’ve done the hard ‘yards’ for you and

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Your Ultimate Lawn Comparison Guide

Posted 30/04/21

f you’re wondering what type of lawn to go for, we’ve got you covered. After reading this, you’ll know what type of lawn best suits your needs, budget and lifestyle. Plus you’ll get some practical lawn advice from one of our professional Landscapers who’s been in the trade for 25+ years

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Composite vs. Timber Decking

Posted 28/01/20

Engineered composite decking versus the tried and tested timber - which is better? Composite and Timber Decking Materials Whether you’re looking to repair an existing deck or start from scratch, consider the decking materials available in New Zealand and how they stack up against each othe

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Retaining Walls 101 for Busy Homeowners and Future Developers

Posted 29/09/16

Retaining walls can be both functional and decorative features in a garden.  As structural engineering plays a part in their construction, they are best left to expert tradespeople. We take a look at what you need to know about retaining walls... What are retaining walls? The main purpose

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6 Smart Tips for Hiring a Gardener You Can Use Right Now

Posted 15/09/16

Hiring a gardener may seem like a luxury for some, but having your garden tended to on a regular basis can be a game changer for many homwowners. Freeing up time and allowing space to do the other jobs our modern lives demand... We’ve gathered our best 6 tips to make hiring a gardener

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Stage 5 Life Stages Home Ownership - Getting Your Home Ready for Retirement

Posted 30/11/17

Thinking about whether the house you're currently living in is suitable for retirement is an important to consider. Many downsize, but should you?... While your house remains your castle, there comes the time we need to adapt it. Getting your home ready for retirement is all about thinking

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Latest landscaping case studies

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

Navigating Wet Lawns - One Family's Solution

Hiring Jared, from Firth Landscapes, for a few days work was the ideal solution to put an end to one family's soggy lawn crossings this winter...... The Job Liz needed a garden path extended. One already existed, but it stopped short of the lawn, which meant that every time anyone in her family went to the washing line, or woodshed, they had a stretch of often wet and muddy lawn to cross. Liz had the pavers to match her existing path, she had made the plan and measured up exactly where the path would go, all she needed was to find a willing tradie. The Solution It was during this search that she came across builderscrack.co.nz. She immediately liked the way only tradies interested in doing the job were presented to the homeowner. For Liz, who works full time, it meant she could cut out the time-consuming step of “cold-calling” tradies to see if they were even interested in her job. She decided to give this new way of finding a tradie ago, she posted her job, added

Garden Revamp: How Chris and Rochelle Transformed This Small Space

There’s nothing like waking up to a gorgeous garden. That’s now the case for Chris and Rochelle, Auckland homeowners who made good use of their time throughout lockdown doing prep work for their garden redesign. It included plenty of digging and pulling-up, but there was one job left on their garden-scaping list that was a little too big to undertake themselves. The Problem The new design of the garden patch featured a structural garden bed which required a retaining wall, something that Rochelle says was too much for their skillset. “We knew we needed someone to do the last part of the job,” says Rochelle. The garden edging had previously been lined with bricks, but Rochelle was looking for a timber look. With an open mind and a flexible approach, she was hoping to bring the design to life by making the most of the existing area. The Solution Aside from seeking someone who had the skills to build the retaining wall, Rochelle also wanted someone with landscaping

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

Find out how this Christchurch homeowner transformed a ‘cold and unused’ area to create indoor-outdoor flow. Walking up the long driveway draws out my anticipation of two things: seeing just how much the backyard has changed, and whether I got everyone's coffees right. As I reach the back of the house I’m given a warm welcome by homeowner Lex, and following inquisitively behind is his kitten Naki – in Māori meaning ‘to glide’, and in Ngāi Tahu dialect, ‘cat’. Naki jumps up onto the newly finished deck as if to begin the grand tour, and I’m amazed – what a transformation! It’s completely reinvented the look and feel of this space. It’s not long before Ashraf joins us – he’s the tradesperson who got the job done with his teammate Conor. And after a few minutes of seeing Lex and Ashraf talking, it’s clear as to why this job went so well; there’s a lot of respect here. Ready for the project rundown and eager to sip our coffees, we take a seat at the modern stone table (whic

Why This Fence Gave One Christchurch Homeowner Peace of Mind

Backyard safety: a secure yard for the family.  Babysitting just got easier for Allana, a Christchurch homeowner who has regular visits from her little niece, and Allana’s parents and their dog, Joey. Having recently moved into her new property, Allana set out to ensure it met her family’s needs - and in this case, it meant having a secure yard. The Problem There were two parts to the problem: a small gap on one side of the house, and a privacy fence on the other made up of brick and greenery. While this landscape design added style to the property facade, the access to the road proved tricky to manage with two little ones on the go. The Solution With a fair idea in mind of what needed to be done, Allana posted her job on Builderscrack detailing the project scope. She was after a fencing solution that enhanced the backyard safety to allow peace of mind whenever they were in the backyard. Choosing a Tradie There were four tradies who were interested in the job,

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TBT Earthworks

Joined June 2015

We are a well established small local family company with years of experience in Demoltion, excavations and concrete placing. We do it all -Demolition -Earth-moving -Driveways -Tree/shrub clearing -New lawns - ready lawn/hydro seed -Concrete placing -Retaining walls -Hole augering/boring - 300mm/450mm/600mm/900mm -Foundations -Landscaping -Demolition -Lifestyle block related wor...

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Paul's Casual Building

Joined July 2020

Hi I've been building for 6 years now. I'm qualified with The National Certificate in Carpentry from BCITO. Most of my experience is with major renovations on old houses, but I have done a variety of work. I've just moved to Christchurch from Wellington to do carpentry in the NZ Army but Im looking for some small jobs to earn some extra money.

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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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Hansen tranter contracting ltd

Joined October 2017

Hi H-T contracting Ltd is a new company specialising in driveways and landscaping. We are also involved in handymen work and cleaning services. Look forward to hearing from you.

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FM Construction NZ Limited

Joined March 2021

Hi all! I am a local LBP builder with 10+ years experience. I am capable of any size job big or small. I take pride in working hard and efficiently and I complete all work to a high standard, ensuring that my clients are happy throughout the process. I am happy to provide advice on renovation ideas and mostly have experience in the following areas: - New builds - Renovations - Foundations inc...

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Vostix Creations Limited

Joined June 2021

Hi, I'm a qualified tiler, also have my waterproofing ticket with Mapei I've been in the tiling industry for 10yrs now, I have worked on new builds to renovations covering all types of tiling. I have also worked with all types of tiles from mosaics to large format tiles and natural stone (basalt, limestone, and travertine) I give free advice and quotes I have high attention to detail, I’m al...

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Clear Construct

Joined June 2017

Clear Construct are experts of building and glazing, Skylights, uPVC and aluminium windows and doors, repairing things made from wood. These could be wooden structures, furniture, shelves, rafters, cabinets, drywall, siding, dressers, door frames, beds, stairways, building frameworks, toughened glass, frameless shower, pool fences, balustrade, splashbacks and the list goes on. Do you need a ca...

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A D White Builders ltd

Joined August 2016

Registered Master Builder with over 15 years in the trade. Quality and accountability comes standard with no job too small and I'll work in with clients to ensure that work gets completed on budget and on time. I specialise in renovations / additions and maintainance. I can take care of the project management or work in with clients and their projects as needed.

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DnB Landscapes services

Joined September 2019

Hi ive been sculptural landscaper for the last 6 years ive now just gone out on my own i am very professional and work very hard to meet deadlines.At dnb Landscapes we pride ourselves in our very affordable prices.

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pete's bricklaying

Joined March 2016

Hi i'm an experienced bricklayer who works to a high standard. Most of my work is bricking new build house's which i enjoy. And i also have experience in repairing earthquake damaged buildings in Christchurch. I can get the job done to a high standard for a competitive price.

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Timaru sweeping services limited

Joined September 2019

We are a full property maintaince company inside and out Also ado industrail cleaning and sweeping We do our best to get the job done right the 1st time

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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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Zk builders

Joined October 2016

Hi, I'm a passionate qualified builder that is LPB registered and also have a certificate in auto refinishing and a diploma in audio engineering. Have been building now for 10 plus years and have experience in new builds, renovation, architectural builds and light commercial.

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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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CJs Repairs

Joined February 2020

I am a sole trader mainly doing small construction and repairs to residential buildings. I have a lot of experience working with rental properties to keep up with regular maintenance, curtain installs, as well as repairing doors, windows and everything in between. I offer a bit of everything and like to turn my hand to a creative solution for unusual projects including bespoke items from furnitur...

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Mainland Landscape Construction

Joined June 2020

Hi all, my name is Scotty and i am a highly experienced and professional outdoor landscaping and construction contractor, very experienced in the whole process from the ideas and design phase through to the finished product, wether it is structural or non structural, big job or small job, simple or complex we have you covered, you can view my work on facebook if you search : Mainland Landscape Con...

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Abrasion ltd

Joined July 2018

Many years experience, family trade all types of stone, brick and block. International experience. Work world wide. Look forward to hearing from you soon and supplying you with a quote.

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Craig O'Keeffe Builders

Joined March 2011

Hi. We are trade qualified and licenced carpenters based in Timaru with over 40 years in the trade locally and internationally specialising in renovations , extensions inc. small jobs with new home builds and light commercial experience. We are a young fresh small team ready to provide a service and solution for your requirements. Craig is also a National recognised , accredited , qualified h...

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Dragon stone paving ltd

Joined October 2018

Hi, we have over 30 years of combined experience in the paving industry. We cover commercial, civil and residential projets. If you would like to transform your back yard, upgrade your driveway, or repair your paving we do it all big or small. We pride ourselves on competitive quotes and finish our work to the highest standard.

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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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