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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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 reFit

Posted 18 minutes ago

Need a whole bathroom refitting. Tiles taking off wall and new jib. then new bathroom. We would prefer a company that does it all instead of trying to tie it all together.

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Install showers - Bathroom renovation

Posted 1 hour ago

Need 4 showers installed, done to a good standard

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Bathroom Renovation

Posted 1 hour ago

We need to to redo this bathroom.

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Full house n section renovations in papamoa ,insurance work quote needed

Posted 1 hour ago

full renovation on kitchen and bathroom. full paint job needed ,some repairs needed for subfloor,gib,windows,plumbing etc . exterior cladding need to be repaired in some places and painted.full deck renovation,fence to be looked at.electrical maintenace needed.proper entrance to property with carport to be looked at and quoted for.doors need to be replaced ,pinkbats may need to be replaced,guttering to be looked at,downpipes to be fixed.

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Gas Infinity water connection and shower connection

Posted 2 hours ago

Hi I need a registered plumber and a gas fitter or someone who could do both the work is adding infinity or hot water cylender shower to attach laundry connection 2 more tab connections pipe work needed Drainage pre plubing pre concrete slab has been inspected and passed i have the inspection report

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JOANNA SZELENBAUM

Posted 16 hours ago

Total renovation including shower and bathtub

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Squeaky shower tray

Posted 17 hours ago

Fix the the acrylic shower tray which squeaks when stepping on it. Will provide a video at contact.

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Making fridge alcove bigger!

Posted 19 hours ago

We recently moved into our house and the space for the fridge isn't big enough to accomodate our 900mm wide double door fridge. I started to rip off the job and attempt it myself but once I saw bracing and studs I decided it was too big for my own poor skill set. The job would involve encroaching upon the linen cupboard to the left to make the alcove bigger. The copper piping is not in use, there used to be a water heater there but now the house is on gas.

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New kitchen

Posted 21 hours ago

We are looking to upgrade our kitchen.

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Hufton

Posted 21 hours ago

We need to confirm if a wall in our kitchen (we wish to remove to renovate ) is a weight bearing wall?

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Remove old kitchen stainless steel sink and install new one

Posted 21 hours ago

Kitcehn sink needs to be replaced as garburetor removed and therefore hole in the smaller section of sink. Not sure if taps are ok - but hopefully should be.

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Powder room/toilet replacement and tiling

Posted 22 hours ago

I need a toilet replaced and floor re-tiled. It is a small toilet area. I will provide the toilet and tiles - consumable materials only to be provided by tradie.

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Bathroom Renovation

Posted 22 hours ago

We hope to move the shower to where the bath is then convert the shower area into a second toilet. Can anyone provide a quote please.

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Removal of interior brick wall plus small amount of asbestos encapsulation

Posted 1 day ago

There is an ugly brick wall inside our house that we want to remove (see photo), it is decorative only with standard wall behind it. The ceiling in this room is encapsulated asbestos, however when we started to remove brickwork today we could see that it looks like a very small amount of ceiling above the top row of bricks may not have been encapsulated as it's a different colour (see pic). At this point we stopped work and thought probably best to get professionals in to at least remove the top...

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Ensuite rennovation

Posted 1 day ago

Extend existing ensuite (WC and vanity) to add new shower cubicle in garage sleep out. Some existing internal wall framing and garage door to be removed and made good to allow for the extension. New interior wall linings. new fixtures & plumbing to connect to existing.

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Kitchen Reno

Posted 1 day ago

Upgrade to the kitchen bench and cupboards

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Shower Installation x 2

Posted 1 day ago

We need 2 x showers to be replaced - currently both are corner showers with tiled walls and acrylic bases, although we are looking to replace both with acrylic liners and bases and new doors. Both showers are on concrete floors.

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Install a new shower

Posted 1 day ago

Remove old shower and install a new 900 by 900 shower with rounded doors (may be best for the plumber to buy the products including shower hose and and head). It's on the second floor of an old Thorndon house. Probably done in August or early September.

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New Deck and Sliding door

Posted 1 day ago

We would like to open up the front side of the house. We have a triple window we would like to replace with a sliding door to then drop down to a new deck. We know we will need a “landing area” outside the window before dropping down to the deck area. This will replace the existing concrete steps. We would like to keep the existing entrance on the “landing area” too. The deck will be snug to the house and the retaining wall. The wooden steps can be removed/replaced if necessary.

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Recent renovating reviews

With over 162,000 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 refit - Main Family Bathroom

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd June 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Install shower over bath and vanity.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd June 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom makeover


1st June 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Small bathroom renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

29th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Reno bec roberts

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Showerwell glass door adjustment

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom Rennovation

Work carried out by an employee of the company

20th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Shower replacement

Work carried out by an employee of the company

20th May 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom Renovation

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

18th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Fun Bathroom Renovation

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

15th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Renovation of Oven space.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom replacement required!!

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Small job to cut small piece of concrete

Work carried out by the owner/operator

7th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

repair / replace leaky shower and floor

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Shower wall

Work carried out by a subcontractor

3rd May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

light switch replacement

Work carried out by an employee of the company

2nd May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Shower box

Work carried out by the owner/operator

30th April 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Sinking toilet.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

30th April 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

New ensuite

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th April 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5
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