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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 As the saying goes -  "The devil is in the detail" and this couldn't be mor

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Composite vs. Timber Decking

Posted 28/01/20

Engineered composite decking versus the tried and tested timber - which is better? Composite and Timber Decking Materials Whether you’re looking to repair an existing deck or start from scratch, consider the decking materials available in New Zealand and how they stack up against each othe

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Your Ultimate Lawn Comparison Guide

Posted 30/04/21

f you’re wondering what type of lawn to go for, we’ve got you covered. After reading this, you’ll know what type of lawn best suits your needs, budget and lifestyle. Plus you’ll get some practical lawn advice from one of our professional Landscapers who’s been in the trade for 25+ years

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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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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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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. E

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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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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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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

Living the Dream: Geoff Converted This '86 School Bus Into a Home-on-Wheels

It's an unconventional story about home reno, dating and travelling NZ. On a foggy Christchurch morning, Mary and Geoff are cosily seated in the living room of what once was a Ritchies school bus. Geoff gets up to welcome me through the manual folding door and I’m immediately greeted by the warmth from inside. The 11 metre vehicle is now home to Geoff, a luxury tour bus driver who has made it his mission to convert the 1986 Hino Blue Ribbon into a house bus fit for travel. The border closures have left Geoff without work, but he’s chosen to see the silver lining. From touring with bus loads of people to now just two, Geoff says with time on his side, he is most looking forward to the freedom. “Just the freedom to stop and explore,” Geoff says. Travelling with him is companion Mary, a retired teacher of 53 years and Vice President of the Christchurch North Community Patrol, who says it will be nice to have some peace and quiet on the road. “And yet I can still run t

Small Bathroom Renovation Turns Major When The Unexpected Happens

ulian and Lexie had one month, $5k and a straightforward plan to renovate their small bathroom. Let’s just say, if you like a good ‘down to the wire’ reno story, you’ll love this couple’s drama-filled journey from settlement to move in day. We’re talking budget blow-outs, schedule delays, on-the-spot decisions and eight scope changes. Yeah — total ‘Block’ vibes, right? Julian jokes that he had a couple of grey hairs come flying through at a rapid rate. “It was a significant, unforeseen scenario,” Julian says, alluding to the cause of the delays. This eventful Project Story will leave you with practical insights for your own bathroom renovation. You’ll discover: What to look out for in your pre-purchase building inspection How to manage scope and budget changes The full list of bathroom upgrades What they would do in hindsight (involves saving money!) Plus, the awesome before and after photos. Let’s get stuck into i

Sleek Splashback Completes Kitchen and Laundry Reno

After moving in, they realised time wasn’t so much of the essence. It was about enjoying the experience, and they’ve been chipping away at their renos for the past four years. Enter the most recent job: a sleek white tile splashback. The renovated kitchen was missing one thing: a splashback With 12 jobs done and dusted on Builderscrack, Daniel was confident he could find a professional to help him finish off the kitchen and laundry. “We did the kitchen a couple of years ago, and the plan was always to put a splashback in there,” Daniel says. “It was more of a finishing touch than a necessity at that time. “But when we renovated the laundry at the start of this year, we thought now’s the time to do them both.” As with most renos, the paradox of choice can make it hard to decide on the perfect finish. “So we went to a few tile places and actually took some free samples home to see what they’d look like. “My partner was unsure about tile choice afte

A 3yo’s Take on Having Plasterers in the Home

t’s not every day you get to show off your crayons — at least that’s how three-year-old Quinn felt shortly after meeting the tradespeople plastering her living room. Quinn’s mother, Kate, tells me the crayons were just the start, and that Wayne and Ronan from Claddagh Plastering coped incredibly well with her daughter’s constant line of questioning while working. “She would walk up beside them and say ‘look at my carrots’, ‘I’ve got cucumber’, and ask them ‘do you want to be my friend?’,” Kate laughs. “Wayne was really good with her, he’d take time to say ‘oh wow, yes, wow look at that’ — I think he’s got young ones at home, so he was used to it. “She’d stand there and watch them work, mesmerised by the plaster being put on, it was very cute.” As Kate and I relish Quinn’s adorable toddler bravado, Kate lets me in on how they got to this point of renovating their home, and let’s just say, anyone with EQC experience will be able to relate. “We Could Start to Se

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

Bench Seating Took This Small Dining Room From Awkward To Cosy

ot an awkward space that can’t be solved with furniture? For Christchurch homeowners Simon and Chelsea, that space was the old dining room. They had ‘tried to make it work’ ever since they purchased their 1990 home four years ago. Enter: bench seating.  With the job now done and dusted, Simon explains to me over the phone just how awesome it’s been chilling out in their new space, sitting in the sun on weekends and sipping their morning coffee. As a fellow chilled out, sun-loving coffee drinker, I knew we had to capture those idyllic scenes for this story. So, our photographer Alana and I went round one Saturday morning with high hopes of two things: sunny weather, and their cat Elphie making an appearance. After a warm welcome, we walk through the kitchen where we’re graced by gorgeous natural light from the high-ceiling skylight, and the sweet smell of freshly brewed coffee. To appreciate the space as it is now, let’s take it back a step. The dining room, before a

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

Overgrown Patio to Contemporary Deck: How Lex Doubled His Living Space

Find out how this Christchurch homeowner transformed a ‘cold and unused’ area to create indoor-outdoor flow. Walking up the long driveway draws out my anticipation of two things: seeing just how much the backyard has changed, and whether I got everyone's coffees right. As I reach the back of the house I’m given a warm welcome by homeowner Lex, and following inquisitively behind is his kitten Naki – in Māori meaning ‘to glide’, and in Ngāi Tahu dialect, ‘cat’. Naki jumps up onto the newly finished deck as if to begin the grand tour, and I’m amazed – what a transformation! It’s completely reinvented the look and feel of this space. It’s not long before Ashraf joins us – he’s the tradesperson who got the job done with his teammate Conor. And after a few minutes of seeing Lex and Ashraf talking, it’s clear as to why this job went so well; there’s a lot of respect here. Ready for the project rundown and eager to sip our coffees, we take a seat at the modern stone table (whic

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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.

Shower replacement

Posted 5 months ago

Wet wall replacement (panels, not tiled). Shower is approx ... New shower door New shower plumbing (mixer, shower head etc) Possibly a small amount of painting and tiling if required. I don't think the shower tray needs replacing

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Courtney Crump

Posted 2 years ago

Looking to get a small sink in an office bathroom replaced (just a toilet and sink type bathroom). It is coming away from the wall at the moment and I would like it replaced with a bigger basin. Just looking for estimates to start with. Cheers!

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Hickford Ensuite

Posted 7 months ago

New shower and toilet. Re-tile. Some wall repairs and electrical. Tap replacement.

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Patching jib

Posted 2 years ago

patching damaged cieling gib where shattered hob and parts hit it and repaint. i need you to give full estimate for cost. ... ron ...

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Kitchen rangehood and pressed metal installation

Posted 1 year ago

I'd like a quote to supply and install a kitchen rangehood/extractor fan (I need advice as to the best option). The kitchen has a sloping roof/ceiling and no roof space. The height from the floor to the bottom of the coving above the stove is 1800mm. The exterior is weatherboard and there is no real soffit. I'd also like to get a quote to install a pressed metal splashback on 2 sides around the stove at the same time (I have the pressed metal). Property access is via 30-40 steps. As soon...

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Bathroom and Kitchen renovation

Posted 1 year ago

Renovation to kitchen and bathroom.

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Bathroom

Posted 1 year ago

Remove old wall and floor tiles and some wall board. Replace all with tiles. New shower fittings.

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Stairs

Posted 1 year ago

I would like to re-arrange the 3 steeps going from my hallway down to a landing.

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Bathroom renovation - ensuite

Posted 1 year ago

Old fixtures to be removed. two toilets to be replaced wall hung vanity to be installed new shower to be tiled new barn door to be installed. new lights to be installed new heated towel rail and extractor fan to be installed new flooring to be installed walls to be painted. We are 20 minutes from Christchurch CBD. We are not changing the current layout, but updating all of the old outdated fixtures.

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Bathroom wallboard replacement

Posted 1 year ago

Remove old wallboard in small bathroom around bath and vanity, and replace with new.

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Showerwell glass door adjustment

Posted 1 year ago

Glass door won’t close properly. Has moved towards the right and now hits the top of the fixed glass panel . Needs adjustment so glass moves in and out freely.

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Tiny bathroom renovation in Diamond Harbour

Posted 1 year ago

Complete removal and replacement of shower, toilet, sink and heated towel rail. Create open tiled shower (replacing glass door with curtain). Creation of storage and shelving around new toilet. Installation of heated mirror with lighting. Removal of vintage copper cistern from out house, clean and polish and installation with new toilet bowl (not purchased yet). Installation of new sink and taps, heated towel rail.

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Robinson Family Kitchen Renovation Project ELECTRICIAN

Posted 1 year ago

Home in Wainui on Banks Peninsula - christchurch Pulling out old kitchen and putting in new flat pack one need an electrician to make safe/disconnect power to the old wall oven and ceramic stove top while we pull it out then come back and reinstall new freestanding oven and install powerpoint where the new fridge will be relocated in the old space the wall oven took up

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Tardis

Posted 2 years ago

Flexible timeframe for a small bathroom renovation. Footprint of bathroom/toilet area to remain the same. Wanting to install a shower over bath and replace existing extremely ugly vanity unit and other outdated fittings (toilet, bath). Walls around bath/shower will need tiling as will the floor. Extractor fan and lighting will need to be fitted. There is low water pressure so this will need to be considered.

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General renovations

Posted 8 months ago

New kitchen being installed so need some renovation work to a wall. Replace existing balastrade on verandah Retaining wall to extend driveway and carport built.

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Kitchen install

Posted 1 year ago

Looking for someone to install our new kitchen, some 7m length in total. Flat-pack kitchen Laminate benchtop We will pre-assemble the cabinets and remove the existing kitchen Attached photo of the existing kitchen and sketch of the new one (similar) Start on site to be agreed (prefer sooner than later) Call to discuss particulars

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Bathroom Renovation

Posted 10 months ago

Supply and install gas boiler and bottle station on outside wall Supply and install new pressure pump Carry out pre pipe of bathroom and upstairs toilet and basin Install new shower and shower mixer Install new bath mixer and spout Install new 2 x toilets Install vanity unit up stairs

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Kitchen install

Posted 1 year ago

Wanting a quote for a second hand kitchen to be installed. New tap ware , sink , dishwasher cooktop and oven and range hood. We have the bits just wanting it all together 😀

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Kitchen Reno Gov Bay

Posted 2 months ago

Wanted, design and installation of a new kitchen. Start with the floor plan and our wishes and end with a new kitchen. Walls are 4.112 x 3.000 m today.

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New Shower Install

Posted 1 year ago

1945's house requires a replacement shower - job would be the selection and installation of a suitable shower (currently a corner installed metal drain box/shower curtain type) - keys to the property would be available after the 21st Sept 2019. Inspection can be arranged beforehand.

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Recent renovating reviews

With over 200,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Showerwell glass door adjustment

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

General renovations

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd February 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Shower replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th April 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Showerwell glass door adjustment

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

General renovations

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd February 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Shower replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th April 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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Otautahi Builders Ltd

Joined July 2016

Hi, I've been building and renovating for 6+ years. Working hard and paying extra attention to detail to set me apart from the others. From new builds right down to a small fix up, I can provide advice and competitive quotes

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JSL builders

Joined November 2015

Hi there I've been building for many years and really enjoy it. I build new houses to renovations and small basic jobs. I like what I do and I take care in my work. I aim to maintain a good working relationship with the client and pride myself with communication to see the job runs smoothly and to the clients satisfaction.

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Mattis Gether

Joined June 2021

Hi, I just started my own business as a Handyman after more than 10 years in the commercial building industry. While I specialise in timber project I also do outdoor projects and maintenance. Reliable and flexible, I will accommodate to get your job sorted in time and on budget!

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Clear Construct

Joined June 2017

Clear Construct are experts of building and glazing, Skylights, uPVC and aluminium windows and doors, repairing things made from wood. These could be wooden structures, furniture, shelves, rafters, cabinets, drywall, siding, dressers, door frames, beds, stairways, building frameworks, toughened glass, frameless shower, pool fences, balustrade, splashbacks and the list goes on. Do you need a ca...

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SGA Builders Ltd

Joined July 2021

Hi we've been building new houses and renovating old ones for the last 16 years. while we specialise in a new builds and renovations we also do smaller jobs from time to time. We are professional and work hard to meet deadlines for the project completion. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and then completing jobs on time and budget.

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Dans Renovations

Joined February 2018

Dan's Renovations is a small company run by the owner Daniel. Dan has his LBP License and NZQA level 4 in carpentry and has been doing building & renovating for 15 years all over Africa and in Christchurch for the last 6 years. He has done many jobs for home owners in Christchurch with good results. He specializes in bathroom renos, kitchen renos, car ports, house extensions, decks, fences, veggie...

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Bethel Buildings Ltd

Joined February 2019

Hi, we are professional company and have high attention to detail whether it be large or small jobs. We specialize in renovations and alterations. Our team have over 30 Years combined experience. Other services we offer is double glazed timber joinery, window sash repairs and replacement and we have a painting crew too. General Maintenance.

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More Than Handy

Joined July 2020

More Than Handy is a privately owned property maintenance and joinery business based in Christchurch and servicing the wider Canterbury region. Our high standards, professionalism and Workmanship Guarantees ensure our clients are 100% satisfied with our work from quote to sign off. From cutting a stray branch and hanging a door to shop fit-outs and kitchens, we have you covered.

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Madera Woodwork

Joined May 2021

Joiner/ Furniture maker, with over 25 years experience, offers a high standard of various services. Kitchen: for a fresh look replace doors, drawer fronts + all the necessary hardware, alter cabinet to suit new appliances, change counter tops and paint existing panels and walls. I also have grate experience making stairs and balustrade's in all shapes

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Abacus Building Maintenance

Joined October 2014

hi i am a licensed building practioner tradesman carpenter main line of work is building maintenance of all types,i do a lot of bathroom renovations supply and install working with only registered tradesman all types of work undertaken

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Mitre Ben Construction Limited

Joined March 2016

Hi My name is Ben, and I run a small carpentry business servicing Canterbury and beyond. We specialise in new builds, renovations & hard landscaping I am happy to come to you and discuss what you are needing done, at a time that suits you. I am a Licenced Building Practitioner as well as being a Qualified Carpenter. Thanks for taking the time to check us out, Ben Powley

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Ameribuild

Joined January 2019

Ameribuild supplies affordable, top quality windows and doors nationwide! Once you’ve decided on a material and style for your windows and doors, simply complete our online quote form and we’ll get back to you with a detailed quote. We work with a range of qualified builders throughout New Zealand to measure and install joinery, no matter where you are. Our no-pressure sales approach lets you get...

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Blair Anderson

Joined May 2020

Hey, I am a qualified carpenter of 10+ years experience and have my Carpentry LBP. Can complete any Building related jobs from new housing to renovations or just any little jobs to do with building and always done to the highest of quality.

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Mainland Landscape Construction

Joined June 2020

Hi all, my name is Scotty and i am a highly experienced and professional outdoor landscaping and construction contractor, very experienced in the whole process from the ideas and design phase through to the finished product, wether it is structural or non structural, big job or small job, simple or complex we have you covered, you can view my work on facebook if you search : Mainland Landscape Con...

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Top corner construction limited

Joined July 2018

We were established in the COVID 19 lockdown, while previously Ashraf the managing director was a sole trader for 2 years. Our team of qualified builders have a decade worth of experience in the building industry at minimum each. We specialize Residential building and have the skills, knowledge and work force to take on most jobs from complete renovations to the small jobs like boundary fences and...

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Sembel it

Joined February 2021

Big or small we do it all. 20 plus years industry experience. Honest and quality workmanship with reviews to back up. Price competitive and we go the extra mile Police vetted. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and then completing jobs on budget. We aim to exceed your needs and expectations.

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South Design 2008

Joined October 2010

Architectural draughting/design using 'AutoCAD ' on new dwellings, elderly units, extension/modifications, Apartments & Restaurant/bar redesigns. Communication skills. Typing skills. Background in Carpentry & Joinery

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Ross Coutts Holdings

Joined March 2018

Hi I have been in business in Christchurch for 32 years in the building /tiling industry I am a qualified carpenter and specialise in bathroom renovations.All small to medium repair work welcome, I take pride in what I do and work to a high standard, I can work to any budget to deliver what my customers require.

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McNaught Build

Joined July 2019

McNaught Build has a true passion for building. From New Homes to Renovations but also smaller jobs like decking and fencing. We have over 15 years experience and like to work along side you and think outside the square. All projects are very different and we want to tailor it to suit you and to create something you can be proud of.

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Core Civil Solutions nz Limited

Joined December 2019

Hi, we have been involved in the rebuild of Christchurch for over 7 years. We have experienced LBP builders and able to do a wide range of building works and construction. We are specialist in foundation re-level works and retaining walls, Our team are able to provide a solution that works for you. Please look at our web site for more information. ...

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