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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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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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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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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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Guide to Cladding Options and Materials

Posted 31/07/19

Are you wondering what cladding to choose for your new build? Is your existing cladding looking dilapidated and ripe for renovation? Recladding your home will breathe new life into its appearance. In this article, we give you the information to choose the right cladding for your home. Ext

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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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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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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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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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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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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 ti

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 ti

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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“Opening up” kitchen / living area 1960s home

Posted 58 minutes ago

Looking to see how we can have a more open plan area with kitchen, dining room and lounge Unsure of what the end product may look like, so keen to hear all design ideas.

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Remodelling feature wall to house bio-ethanol fire and recessed TV

Posted 8 hours ago

Photos to be uploaded shortly. We are renovating, and want to remodel our living room feature wall (see photos. In front of the feature wall we stand a media unit for our TV and associated devices. Next to the feature wall is a Rinnai gas fire. We want to replace the feature wall with a deeper block (450mm), to house a bio-ethanol fire and a recess above for a sound bar and large screen TV. We’d like a hearth effect to run the whole width of the room, below which could be a cubby and dra...

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Renovation Kitchen

Posted 12 hours ago

1. Painting 2. Install new appliances, 3. Connect water/waste. 4. A new water connection required for Fridge. 4. Connect electricity sockets, switch

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Bathroom re-model (apartment block)

Posted 14 hours ago

We're looking to update our 1970s bathroom. Initially I'd like to discuss our options with someone who knows about the plumbing and building sides of things (e.g. can how easy is it to shift the shower head to a different wall), so we can find out what is possible, and get rough cost estimates.

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Major renovations

Posted 14 hours ago

We would like to add a bedroom and possibly a bathroom downstairs which is currently a external garage Would look at extending garage too, move our laundry downstairs to extend the kitchen, possibly add on a deck

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Replacing kitchen sink

Posted 14 hours ago

I have an old kitchen sink leaking and would like to replace that with bigger kitchen sink. I would prefer to reuse the old bench and would like to keep the cost low. This would require: 1. Taking out the old kitchen sink without damaging the old table. 2. Increase the size of the sink fitting on the table by cutting the existing table. 3. Install the new kitchen sink, seal and any plumbing work required.

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Kitchen benches install

Posted 15 hours ago

New, 2nd hand benchtops to be installed, x 4 pieces, 2 are already cut to size, the others to be cut & joined... i don't know the cost estimate

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Kitchen installation

Posted 19 hours ago

Installation of the new kitchen, including electrical and plumbing for new taps and sink

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Kitchen renovation

Posted 1 day ago

Hi there, I am looking to renovate my kitchen.

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Squeaky shower tray

Posted 1 day ago

Need help fixing our squeaky shower tray

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Kitchen installation

Posted 1 day ago

Kitchen installed 1500 by 3550 by 2500 by 1800 Roughly installing 8 lower cabinets and countertop ( cabinets, hardware, handles and countertop provided)

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Shower installation

Posted 1 day ago

Need frameless shower installed

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Shower box needs replacing with a new one

Posted 1 day ago

Hi, I have a cracked shower pan in our corner shower box. We would like to replace the whole shower, add a new shower mixer and shower rail. We will need you to source a new shower and install, tapware, reline the wall (gib stop) , do the plumbing, and install the waste (pretty much everything).

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Factory Renos

Posted 1 day ago

We need our fireplace to be moved from current position into another position. Ceiling to be put in, to cover up an open balcony space, Master bedroom upstairs and open balcony looks over main living area, we want this covered in. Current old style conservatory glass roof in a sunroom to be removed and replaced with a actual roof and Gibbed Ceiling. We are replacing the kitchen, need to be able to work with the kitchen company. Our home is a renovated Dairy Factory that was renovated in th...

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Bathroom

Posted 1 day ago

New floor level shower, waterproofing, tiles, new toilet, small basin, vanity and painting. Ceiling and lights fine. We will buy fittings and mirror.

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Bathroom renovation

Posted 1 day ago

Remove bath and fixtures New backing install New basin + shower + head install Vinyl floor replacement approx 1.5 x 2.5m

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Renovate bathroom

Posted 1 day ago

Bathroom needs renovating - I want to get rid of the bath and change this to a wet room New vanity and toilet / replace walls and ceiling / Windows Waterproofing floor / walls Budget 10k all up includes labour and materials

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Turning garage into another room.

Posted 1 day ago

Renovation of enclosed lean to garage, including replacing aluminum joinery. Concrete floor prep. Possible deck build. Fix my bloody draws in the kitchen!

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Kitchen renovation

Posted 1 day ago

Full renovation (Preferred before 31st December)

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Bathroom Upgrade

Posted 1 day ago

We are looking for someone to renovate our bathroom including removing an internal wall, replacing a bath, shower, toilet etc and replacing the hot water cylinder.

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Recent renovating reviews

With over 176,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Replace old silicone in and around the shower

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom Renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom and Bedroom water damage to property

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

20th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Renovating bathroom

Work carried out by an employee of the company

19th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Dismantle / remove Kitchen #2

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Building/carpentry work in bathroom renovation.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace boxing around bath

Work carried out by an employee of the company

16th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

kitchen repair

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Shirley Intermediate School

Work carried out by an employee of the company

16th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Install Heat Light Extractor Fan

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Kitchen please

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 4

Renovate

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

12th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

DinoA

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Building a Booth Seat

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th October 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Shower and bath replacent

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace old vanity with a new one

Work carried out by the owner/operator

8th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

The Pink Villa

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

7th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 1
Schedule
 1
Communication
 1

Kitchen Cupboard Door Removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Remove old kitchen cabinets

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Complete Bathroom Renovation with Floor Repair

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

4th October 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5
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