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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mid to Upper Range Bathroom Renovation Costs & Ideas

Posted 24/09/14

Bathroom renovation series - The mid-range bathroom renovation. Part three in a four-part series of articles that looks at bathroom renovations and what to expect at different budgets and what you need to help you plan your bathroom renovation. Mid-range bathroom renovation costs ($12,000 t

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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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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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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.

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 tiler.

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

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Laundry Bench

Posted 8 hours ago

Shorten bench so top loading washing machine will fit. May need to adjust plumbing under the sink. Need this done asap.

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Joys bathroom reno

Posted 9 hours ago

Strip out the bathroom first then knock out a whole wall, make it a level wall pushed out, with cavity door in the middle. Put in bigger shower, new vanity, and new toilet.

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Renovating 2 bathrooms

Posted 13 hours ago

Our 2 bathrooms are in need of updating. Nothing structural, just new details. If they can advise on the design too, great. If not, we'll get someone else to do that. Probably just (in both): taps, shower heads, shower doors, towel rails, lights, & anything else that's necessary. We'd like the work done in the next few weeks, so asap, please. Photos of both attached. 1st 3 upstairs bathroom. Last one downstairs.

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Update 2 bathrooms

Posted 14 hours ago

Our 2 bathrooms are in need of updating. Nothing structural, just new details. We need someone to advise in the design and where to buy the stuff & what to buy. If they can install too, great. If not, we'll get someone else to do that. We'd like the work done in the next few weeks, so asap, please. Photos of both attached. 1st 3 upstairs bathroom. Last one downstairs.

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Naidoo Golf rd

Posted 18 hours ago

Replace old shower and vanity and toilet. Tile bathroom. New shower vanity toilet and tiles will be bought by ourselves.

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Update bathroom

Posted 1 day ago

Replace bath, shower in white hotel style. Shower ... Bath 75x166 Vanity ... Remove vanity & replace with new vanity purchased. Rip up tiles and put down cream or white tiles. Possibly add back splash to bath and new bath taps. Replace with shower box and shower dome. Either same size shower with sliding door or a corner shower Possibly a shorter bath tub so more room

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Kitchen renovation

Posted 1 day ago

I’m interested in renovating kitchen with layout change. New flooring and two walls removed to create open plan living.

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Bathroom reno

Posted 1 day ago

Replace rotten framing, new lining, plumbing fittings and possibly redesign of bathroom layout

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Remove kitchen & install 2nd hand kitchen

Posted 1 day ago

I have an old kitchen to be removed & a 2nd hand one I bought from trade me installed. The one going in does need a slight adjustment made for it to fit on one side. On a tight budget. House is vacant.

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Kitchen Renovation

Posted 1 day ago

Looking for someone to renovate kitchen with cabinets and benchtop only. I have a builder who will be doing preparation job. Kitchen size approximately 2.9x3.3 meter.

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New shower

Posted 1 day ago

I would like a quote to install a new shower cubicle in

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Bathroom renovation

Posted 1 day ago

Moisture in the bathroom and tiles grouting getting black Need to fix asap . Also the vanity need to replace and put a new one. Door knob to be changed and brick need to fix. Pictures will be attached .

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Additional toilet

Posted 1 day ago

I would like a toilet added to a compact space (currently used for storage) located under a stairwell. The job will entail adding a back wall (preferably with the plumbing then hidden), pipes laid (plumbing less than 5 metres away in a straight line), a slimline toilet added and the area tiled. The area is 95 cm by 145 cm. I would like it done as soon as possible taking into account council approval time frames.

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Lab and warehouse renovation

Posted 1 day ago

Hi there, We are a Hamilton-based pharmaceutical company located in Riverlea, Hillcrest. We are going to renovate our QC Lab and the warehouse and looking for a local handyman/ contractor to help with some simple structural works. Jobs include: remove of nonstructural walls, remove and install doors, painting, flooring etc. Just wondering if you are interested in this project? If so we could organise a site meeting to go over more details about this project. Thank you and regards,...

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2 days work needed to finish reno

Posted 1 day ago

I have about two days work left to finish a reno: jobs needed to be done: Install drop in bath (frame already there), install (small) kitchen and benchtops, install laundry tub and some minor stuff outside. Prefer to be done next Monday - Wednesday (carpet being installed on the 28th) if possible

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Home renovation/extension

Posted 1 day ago

Hi, we just bought a new house that needs rearranging of layout and updating of kitchen, bathroom, toilet. In the current layout living spaces are disconnected from eachother, as well as from our back garden. We'd like to get some ideas of what we can do with the current space (break through current walls etc), or possibly extend the house. Want to improve indoor/outdoor flow and improve access to the garden from living areas. Our budget is limited and will need to cover full house renos. We pla...

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J Talbot

Posted 2 days ago

Small bathroom Renovation , wanting tiled walls at back wall and along left hand side wall, with laminate flooring . Wanting to start first week march , I am removing bath and replacing out dated cabinet & shower which is in front of Bath . Thanks

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Plumber for new bathroom

Posted 2 days ago

Looking for a plumber for new bathroom installation. Converting downstairs study to bathroom. Concrete floor. Looking for quote on costs, initial advice on where to position layout and plumbing and then commitment can do the work and when. Room located next to laundry and exterior walls cinder block. Room size 1770 x 3170.

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Sleepout Replacement

Posted 2 days ago

In our backyard, we have a sleepout and workshoo attached to the garage. We would like to demolish the sleepout and workshop and replace it with a granny flat similar to the product of ... .nz. It will be around 15m2. We need the following: Build the foundation for the pod. Connect to power outlet. Connect to wastewater. Connect to stormwater. Check the ground stability for foundation. Cover the wall between the workshop and garage.

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Complete bathroom removal & new install

Posted 2 days ago

I have a very neglected old bathroom that needs gutting, wall between shower & bath removed, waterproofed & new shower unit, bath & vanity installed. Working on a tight budget so happy to find my own shower units etc. Will need to have some wall & floor replacement due to rotting floor.

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Recent renovating reviews

With over 128,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

New kitchen

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom fix-up

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Bathroom Tidy up

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Install Shower, Vanity & Toilet

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

19th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Shower replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Gibstopping, install coving and skirting

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th February 2019

Workmanship
 3
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

General interior fixes plus a leak in the ceiling needs sorting out.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th February 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Dishwasher installation

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

13th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

New Bathroom

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

12th February 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 4

Small Bathroom Reno

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Repair Bathroom Roof and other small jobs 2

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Out with the old in with the new

Work carried out by the owner/operator

8th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

shower Unit installation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

8th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Toru & Tracy’s Tawa Reno

Work carried out by the owner/operator

7th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Plumb in and fit a bath, Change Shower config from Felton Mix to slide shower.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

7th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

New extractor fan + ceiling repair

Work carried out by an employee of the company

7th February 2019

Workmanship
 3
Cost
 3
Schedule
 3
Communication
 4

New ensuite

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

7th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Western Heights Damage

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Wall removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Shower installation

Work carried out by an employee of the company

6th February 2019

Workmanship
 3
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5
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