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Choosing Between Another Storey or Adding a House Extension

Posted 16/03/17

Extending your house or adding another storey can give you the much needed space a growing family needs. We look at the advantages and disadvantages of these two renovation options... How to choose between another storey or a house extension Depending on the size of your backyard, you can

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Are You Considering Adding an Ensuite to Your Master Bedroom?

Posted 24/11/16

Should I build another room for my ensuite or should I alter my existing master bedroom to fit one in? It might not seem like an important question, but there are pros and cons to consider for both these options... Adding an ensuite - should you extend or convert your master bedroom? Insta

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Home Renovation and Repair – It’s All in The Prep

Posted 29/06/18

Renovating or doing work on your home can be a big investment – yet most of us put more effort into choosing a pair of shoes or a new camera. Repairs might not be as exciting as new clothes and gadgets but if you want a good result, value for money, and minimum hassle, the more you think abou

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Asbestos Removal - Stay Safe & Hire a Professional

Posted 07/01/15

If you’re looking at buying or renovating a property built between the 1940’sand 1980’s then there’s a good chance that it contains some Asbestos... A fibrous mineral that’s found in metamorphic soils and rocks, it was a popular and widely used material in the building industry due to its

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The Benefits of Building a Conservatory

Posted 22/10/14

If you've been thinking about adding an extension to your home, Building a conservatory is a clever way to add more living space without having to move to a larger home. One of the benefits of building a conservatory is the potential to add a lot of value to your home. Hiring an architect

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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 [caption id="attachment_8825" align="alignright" width="255"] Adam Pearce. Bath

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Need to Add an Extra Bedroom for Your Kids?

Posted 10/11/16

Kiwi parents have on average 1.9 kids, which works fine for those who have three bedroom homes. Except when you have more than two children, have guests over to stay or want to use a bedroom as a study or home office. That’s when adding on an extra bedroom for your kids is a great solution to gi

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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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Deluxe Bathroom Renovation Costs - What You'll Get for $30,000+

Posted 01/10/14

Bathroom renovation series - The deluxe bathroom renovation. One in a series of articles that looks at bathroom renovations and what to expect at different budgets. The deluxe bathroom renovation $30,000 to $100,000+ The deluxe bathroom renovation may also be known as a full gut job. There

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5 Tips for Spring Home Renovations

Posted 29/10/14

We've talked to industry insiders and experts, and have put together a list of our top 5 tips for getting started your spring home renovations. Spring home renovations Coming out of a cold winter, spring home renovations may seem like a daunting prospect.  Yes, you've been thinking about i

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Latest renovating case studies

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

Garage Door Colour Update Challenge Solved By Our Tradies

A simple colour update for her garage doors was all that one homeowner wanted. But it proved a little easier said than done until a “can do” tradie was found... The Job Paulette wanted to update the colour of her metal garage doors from what she called a “bland new denim blue” to a more striking ebony black. The Challenge Paulette contacted the garage door company to find out if, and how, the colour could be changed. They came back with two options; replacing the doors entirely at great expense; or powder coating at a cost not much less than new doors, and required them being taken away for two to three weeks. The Solution Not satisfied with these options, Paulette turned to builderscrack.co.nz to see if there were any other options. She already trusted the platform, having used it in the past to find some great tradies. For Paulette, the “ease of use is the best thing”, going on to say that “once you’ve used it the first time, it’s easy to go back and use again” and

Expert Tiling Provides The Finishing Touch to a Kitchen Renovation

Hiring an expert tiler gave the final polishing touch to one of our homeowner's stunning kitchen renovations...... Only a few months ago Natalie's kitchen was a dark space, coated in the once popular dark blue of the 90's. It not only made the already small kitchen appear tiny, but it created a dark feeling throughout the wider open plan living area. Fast forward to today, and the transformation is something out of a magazine. Not limited to the kitchen itself, but also the lightness it's brought to the rest of her living space. The Vision Natalie started with a firm style in mind, along with some key "must have" elements. “I had a vision of what I wanted, I wanted it bright, fresh, clean, compared with the dark blue.... every time I came into the space there was a gloomy feel to the room.” A essential element was to incorporate a crisp, white subway tile splash-back. The Execution After sorting her kitchen supplier, she turned her attention to finding a tiler.

Homes On Show - Save My Bathroom

Behind every job there is a story. This one starts with a homeowner, and a vision to renovate her bathroom from an outdated 1970’s relic to a modern, clean, and functional bathroom. The Dilemma The story starts with Joanne and her first tradie, a referral from a friend. The tradie seemed great. The homeowner and the tradie agreed that Joanne would buy everything that was needed for the bathroom, and the tradie gave her a cost to install and renovate to her plan. Fast forward three months and the tradie was nowhere to be seen and uncontactable. With the goods for her bathroom waiting in Mitre 10 and a loan taken out for the project, Joanne was desperate to get the job underway. The Solution “I spoke to someone at work, saying I didn’t know what to do. I needed to have my bathroom renovated, and my colleague said, have you put it on Builderscrack? Then they showed me how Builderscrack works, how to log on and use the site. I put the advert on the next day, and within two

Garage Door Colour Update Challenge Solved By Our Tradies

A simple colour update for her garage doors was all that one homeowner wanted. But it proved a little easier said than done until a “can do” tradie was found... The Job Paulette wanted to update the colour of her metal garage doors from what she called a “bland new denim blue” to a more striking ebony black. The Challenge Paulette contacted the garage door company to find out if, and how, the colour could be changed. They came back with two options; replacing the doors entirely at great expense; or powder coating at a cost not much less than new doors, and required them being taken away for two to three weeks. The Solution Not satisfied with these options, Paulette turned to builderscrack.co.nz to see if there were any other options. She already trusted the platform, having used it in the past to find some great tradies. For Paulette, the “ease of use is the best thing”, going on to say that “once you’ve used it the first time, it’s easy to go back and use again” and

Expert Tiling Provides The Finishing Touch to a Kitchen Renovation

Hiring an expert tiler gave the final polishing touch to one of our homeowner's stunning kitchen renovations...... Only a few months ago Natalie's kitchen was a dark space, coated in the once popular dark blue of the 90's. It not only made the already small kitchen appear tiny, but it created a dark feeling throughout the wider open plan living area. Fast forward to today, and the transformation is something out of a magazine. Not limited to the kitchen itself, but also the lightness it's brought to the rest of her living space. The Vision Natalie started with a firm style in mind, along with some key "must have" elements. “I had a vision of what I wanted, I wanted it bright, fresh, clean, compared with the dark blue.... every time I came into the space there was a gloomy feel to the room.” A essential element was to incorporate a crisp, white subway tile splash-back. The Execution After sorting her kitchen supplier, she turned her attention to finding a tiler.

Homes On Show - Save My Bathroom

Behind every job there is a story. This one starts with a homeowner, and a vision to renovate her bathroom from an outdated 1970’s relic to a modern, clean, and functional bathroom. The Dilemma The story starts with Joanne and her first tradie, a referral from a friend. The tradie seemed great. The homeowner and the tradie agreed that Joanne would buy everything that was needed for the bathroom, and the tradie gave her a cost to install and renovate to her plan. Fast forward three months and the tradie was nowhere to be seen and uncontactable. With the goods for her bathroom waiting in Mitre 10 and a loan taken out for the project, Joanne was desperate to get the job underway. The Solution “I spoke to someone at work, saying I didn’t know what to do. I needed to have my bathroom renovated, and my colleague said, have you put it on Builderscrack? Then they showed me how Builderscrack works, how to log on and use the site. I put the advert on the next day, and within two

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

Benchtop to repair

Posted 8 hours ago

We have a laminated bench top that has separated due to water damage and we need it repaired

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Bathroom Makeover

Posted 9 hours ago

Open to ideas/suggestions to modernise bathroom. Swap shower and toilet over. Replace toilet, vanity, install new shower(larger size). Regib all walls. Add wall mirror. Remove tiles - replace with Lino. Paint walls and ceiling. Add fan over shower. W=1728mm x L=2967mm

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Install new kitchen

Posted 15 hours ago

Install new kitchen. Space is approx ... Proposed cabinetry for install: 1x 600 wide, 3 drawer unit 1x 450 wide sink unit 1x 600 wide oven base cabinet 1x 450 wide 4 drawer unit 1x 400 wide pull out pantry 1x straight benchtop with 2 cut outs (sink & Cook top) 1x splashback Also installing sink/ tap, new dish washer, oven and cook top.

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Lina's Reno

Posted 15 hours ago

I need work done x2 kitchens, x3 balconies, fencing, patches around the house x2 houses, bathroom, laminating flooring, carpet, lighting, spouting to repair. I am working on a budget here but will work with good communication in what is required. Please contact via the details provided. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Replace broken shower door

Posted 19 hours ago

Remove remains of shower door and replace with new one. New door has been ordered and will be here Thursday

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En-suite 1940 villa

Posted 1 day ago

En-suite and wardrobe on outside wall to master and second bedroom. 1940 villa in excellent condition. Size approx 4m x 2m. Bedrooms are back to back. Would want permits, if necessary, trades necessary to complete, builder, plumber, sparky etc.

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Sleep out bathroom and Laundry renovation

Posted 1 day ago

Two separate jobs 1) Add a bathroom to existing sleep out and renovate sleep out to liveable condition 2) Replace laundry room roof and renovate it to be weather tight

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Bathroom, toilet and other building work

Posted 1 day ago

We are looking to sell our house very soon and there are a number of jobs. As part of the process we would like the following work done: Bathroom The wall behind the shower taps will need to be removed as it has black mould. We need the floor redone as it is soft and needs replacing. We have had an initial plumber over to ensure our plumbing is not causing this mould and he has confirmed that our pipes are good and that he suspects a leak from the shower somewhere. We need a new shower, ba...

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Shower needs to be replaced

Posted 1 day ago

We have a shower that needs to be replaced and the wall behind it. Looks like there was a leak covered over by the previous owners.

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Bathroom renovation

Posted 1 day ago

We're looking for quotes for a basic bathroom renovation, more of a swap out than anything else. The bathroom is upstairs, and is furnished with a not so classy ivory arrangement. We would need the bath, shower cubicle, toilet suite and vanity swapped over to a similar sized white equivalent. Please give us a call if you're interested in quoting.

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New bedroom

Posted 1 day ago

We want a bedroom built on an existing patio area. This patio currently has a pergola over it and is at a ‘second story’ level.

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Installation of gas/electric oven, dishwasher & rangehood installation

Posted 1 day ago

We have purchased a new 900mm gas/electric oven and need it installed including the setup to gas bottles on the wall behind. We also need to install a dishwasher were there is no current dishwasher and install a rangehood above the oven, including ducting to outside. Appliances will be purchased by us but all parts need to be supplied

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Kitchen renovation

Posted 1 day ago

We need help taking out the kitchen including the oven trunk connected to the ceiling, knocking out part of a wall and putting in a new kitchen. we would be happy for a kitchen installer to do that part if needed

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Shower door replacement

Posted 1 day ago

New shower door was installed this year. Door is faulty, and needs replacing. Shower is 3 sided alcove. Replacement door needs to be collected, taken to site and installed. Existing shower door can be disposed of (or keep it. Very little wrong with it)

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Renovation - ensuite and laundry

Posted 1 day ago

Hi there, we are inviting qualified builder and tradesman to work on our project - building ensuite and renovation of our laundry. Building consent has been granted. Anyone interested please contact us on ... Aileen or ... Darren. Details will be provided upon our communication.

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Repair replace damp, mouldy sash windows

Posted 1 day ago

We have an old house with original sash windows in the master bedroom. There is a lot of damp and mould around these and we would like someone to come and size the job to replace these windows with double glazed.

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Bathroom fitting renovation

Posted 1 day ago

Hi there! This one-bedroom, 90's sleepout in Avondale is currently home to a newly wed couple. The bathroom is in need of: - Replacing old fittings with new ones (sink basin and mixer, vanity, mirror cabinet, toilet, shower). - Replace old floor vinyl with new vinyl. - Potentially repainting bathroom walls.

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Bathroom renovations

Posted 1 day ago

We want to renovate our bathroom in a 1906 workers cottage, plan to keep layout but upgrade plumbing, electrical and fittings in the bathroom, toilet and laundry room. Possibly also lowering the ceiling and building a loft style storage area.

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New kitchen needed

Posted 1 day ago

We need to find an affordable kitchen to replace our existing one, in matakana. Cabinets, benchtops, an island, sink and tap, etc. Have all appliances. Can you help us find one on our limited budget please?

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En-suite bathroom

Posted 2 days ago

I would like to renovate my en-suite bathroom.

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Recent renovating reviews

With over 135,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Bathroom renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Rebuild a garden path with timber

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Renovate bathroom, toilet and ensuite.

Work carried out by a subcontractor

15th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Update 2 bathrooms

Work carried out by the owner/operator

14th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace bath

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

13th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 3

Reno for Small Bathroom

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

12th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Bathroom Fan reinstall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

New Bathroom

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom renovation

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

9th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 4

Small, tired upstairs bathroom needs compete renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

8th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Bathroom


7th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Gareth Beck

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

7th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Renovation of Bathroom & Laundry

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Internal wall removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th May 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

New kitchen

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Jensen Street Install shower

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Laundry repairs and minor renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

creating great workable open space

Work carried out by the owner/operator

29th April 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Pantry removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

24th April 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

24th April 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5
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