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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Latest renovating case studies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Bathroom renovations

Posted 58 minutes ago

Need to add a bath under existing shower remove old toilet and add new vanity/ mirror etc .. but add a toilet on where a bedroom is with small basin

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Removal of wall cabinets, pantry and sink in kitchen.

Posted 1 hour ago

Need a couple wall cabinets removed, pantry removed and bench/sink removed from kitchen as we are renovating the kitchen

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Home upgrade

Posted 2 hours ago

Upgrade several rooms in house - in chronological order: 1) Bedroom - gib removal / replacement + insulation. Install new flooring. Re-gib ceiling. 2) Bathroom / Toilet - adjust balance of space, upgrade & replace bath / shower / re-tile / floor. 3) Kitchen - adjust balance of space & upgrade floor / furnishings.

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Fix wall around leaking shower

Posted 3 hours ago

There is rot in either side of leaking shower including through door frame. Plumber is taking the shower out on Tuesday 24/09 so need builder soon to fix the wall. Also have a patch of wall to gib in another room. Unsure about expected cost, shouldn't take long but unsure on materials required

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Ensuite

Posted 3 hours ago

Large laundry in old brick bungalow to be turned into half laundry/half en-suite. Would need to cut a door opening into bedroom wall, pull wall through laundry, and plumb in toilet, shower and sink. Some plumbing exists due to laundry currently in this space. Will also need some wiring for lights/plugs. Consent not applied for yet.

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Full bathroom renovation with toilet

Posted 15 hours ago

I have an old style bathroom . Want to install new shower and toilet. I need someone to do this job as soon as possible.

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Kitchen Reno

Posted 15 hours ago

Urgently require an experienced builder, joiner, handyman to remove a kitchen (in prestige condition) located in Mt Albert Auckland, on or before Thursday 26 September. Delivery to Rotorua is an additional requirement, but could be left for another job! I have no idea what all of this might cost, so, I am open to receiving quotes!

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Add a Bathroom

Posted 16 hours ago

Add a bathroom. Someone to manage from plans to completion.

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Shower redo

Posted 21 hours ago

Shower was redone a couple of years ago.. but by a cowboy we now realise. So now we are seeing the effects of moisture in places there shouldn't be moisture. Needing to look at getting this fixed by someone who is familiar with waterproofing and bathrooms etc. The shower consists of a white 3 sided wall liner with the original stainless steel shower tray and is positioned behind the bathroom door. However, where the liner overlaps the tray there is exposed gib which is crumbling to pieces. The...

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Moving house to rear section and renovate

Posted 1 day ago

Need to move house to rear section and renovate including new windows,carpet and some internal structural changes as per best possiblities.

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Ensuite

Posted 1 day ago

We would like to have our en-suite renovated. We have done some the demolition and already have the water and power disconnected. The size of the bathroom is approximately 2.4 X 1.5 Please note there appears to be a leak where the toilet was. We are thinking of leaving the current plumbing but moving the vanity closer to the window I have enclosed some photos. Please don’t hesitate to contact for more information.

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Tiling for small toilet/wetroom 2m (L)×1m(W)×2m(H)

Posted 1 day ago

I would like to tile walls and floor of a small toilet/wetroom (2m(L)×1m(W)×2m(H) less the standard door). Its a new build downstairs toilet/wetroom as part of a renovation. I'll use standard bathroom quality ... tiles, black and cream on the floor and cream on walls with black capping tile.

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Shower/Floor repair

Posted 1 day ago

Shower has been leaking so floor (particle board) under shower - and a bit out from the shower - is soggy. Shower will have to be removed and part of the floor replaced. A new shower will need to be installed. Ensuite and vinyl floor need replacing. We are having to use an alternative shower which is inconvenient so would like the job completed ASAP.

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Full house renovation/addition/internal alteration

Posted 1 day ago

PROJECT DESCRIPTION Existing single storey 3 bedroom dwelling with semi open plan kitchen and living area. New extension at the rear to create a large single garage with laundry area and internal access. Reconfigure the existing layout to create: •An open plan lounge kitchen and dining area •Two double bedroom •Bathroom •Master bedroom with ensuite New extension to create an ensuite for the master bedroom, push the front window out to utilise the balcony area. New double glazed alum...

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Shower door needs fixing keeps coming off #2

Posted 2 days ago

Shower door needs fixing keeps coming off We replaced the hinge but needs more help then we can do... We have at the hinge repeated screwed in and repeated attempted to fix I now I am looking for someone that can change the hinges and make it not a concern for us... as well as at the base of the shower some of the tiler filler needs to be refilled.. and also wondering if I purchase another sink if that can be changed as well ?

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Shower enclosure deinstall and reinstallation

Posted 2 days ago

remove existing aluminium and glass shower enclosure before tiling repairs and reinstall and seal after tiling repairs

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Torbay Kaboodle

Posted 2 days ago

Removal of old kitchen & Installation of small bunnings Kaboodle kitchen including new stainless bench which will need lining & adding a dishwasher (No existing dishwasher so will need new dishwasher connection). Also one formica bench that will need to be cut to size. No set time frame for start date still waiting for kitchen delivery but once job started need to then complete ASAP

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Bathroom Renovation - Flooring

Posted 2 days ago

Redoing bathroom with new freestanding bathroom, shower box and vanity. Looking to get flooring done. Still undecided on tiling or lino. Looking to complete job around October 11th.

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Bathroom Renovation - Electrical Work

Posted 2 days ago

Replacing bath, shower and vanity. Installing new lights and an extractor fan. Looking to complete work around October 11th

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Leaky bathroom

Posted 2 days ago

Pre-purchase house with known leaky bathroom. Please can you give a quote ASAP on the repairs to satisfy the bank

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Recent renovating reviews

With over 144,000 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 & Kitchen Reno

Work carried out by the owner/operator

14th September 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Kitchen tiles splashback

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th September 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

New Shower

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Hang kitchen cabinets and wine racks to stud wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Shower Install

Work carried out by an employee of the company

9th September 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Small kitchen renovation

Work carried out by an employee of the company

9th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Bathroom renovation - New Windsor. Builder required!

Work carried out by the owner/operator

7th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom strip plus wall removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

7th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Seth

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Lara's bedroom renovaton #2

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom Renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

4th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace Shower Mixer and bathroom tabs.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

4th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom upgrade

Work carried out by an employee of the company

4th September 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Lois McAllister

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd September 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Remove Wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Shower Lining Repair

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Shower replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Quotes Wanted for Renos on a 100sqm 1968 Summerhill Stone Home

Work carried out by the owner/operator

1st September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Remove bath tub

Work carried out by the owner/operator

31st August 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Shower renovation and toilet flushing system repair

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

31st August 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5
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