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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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 tiler.

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 tiler.

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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.

Kitchen reno

Posted 1 year ago

We bought a second hand kitchen off trade-me to put into our house... as it is now it doesn't really work in our space, we require a new bench top and some of the cabinetry fiddled around with. Ideally I would like a wooden benchtop but the budget looks like we will have to go with formica/laminate. I'm interested in finding someone who can advise us on the best/most economical plan of attack and get the kitchen up and running for us.

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Repair to "small" section of rising floor

Posted 2 years ago

A rectangle section of floor (approximately 600mm by 800mm) has risen in a small hallway leading into the bathroom. Original earthquake repairs saw the floor sanded down and re-covered in vinyl. The floor has however continued to rise (or house sink). The rectangle is possibly a slab of concrete used as a pile rising up under the floor. The "pile" needs to be re-laid and any repairs to the floors structure undertaken. Resealing and re-covering the floor may also form part of the job but can be...

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Shower

Posted 3 years ago

New shower enclosure installed

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Bathroom ceiling leak

Posted 1 year ago

Bathroom ceiling panel unstuck. Likely due to ingress of water through internal/external grouting on glass bricks.

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New shower

Posted 10 months ago

We need to replace our shower as it is old and leaking and causing floor rot. The current shower is 800m x 800m but the space itself we have to play with is approx 900m wide by 1200m deep. We would like to investigate teh different options available from chucking in a ready made shower to considering tiling. Presumably we'll need a plumber as well as a builder. We will remove the old shower and prepare the space as much as possible. Cheers.

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Bathroom Reno / Repair

Posted 4 years ago

Our bathroom is around 2m x 2m and we need to replace the flooring & some skirting boards. A builder with a knowledge of older house would be helpful, along with the ability to investigate why the floor has deteriorated the way it has.

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Remodeling kitchen and bathroom

Posted 3 years ago

Area code 8971. Kitchen 2.5mx 3.5m needs renovating with new bench top, oven, etc also bathroom off kitchen to include toilet, shower, vanity. House (batch) 120sq m built 1945 and is on wooden piles. Water to house needs to be connected to main supply on property.

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Lounge Wall

Posted 11 months ago

Large wall /window requires internal lining to be striped down to framing for assessment of water damage (insurance job) Re line plaster and paint etc. External window of same wall to be re sealed to prevent leaking.

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New Bathroom for a batch

Posted 3 years ago

Small bedroom has to be changed to a bathroom. Room about 2m x 3m with 2 windows and a door. Needs wall board removed, insulation, then gibbing, stopping and painting.

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Bathroom

Posted 1 year ago

Villa bathroom updated with sink, toilet and flooring. Plumbing would need to be updated as well as water pressure is awful!

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Downstairs bathroom

Posted 3 years ago

We have two bathrooms to renovate - we have purchased all the bits and pieces we need, apart from the flooring. The job involves gutting the room, relining where needed (including the ceiling), installing a frameless glass shower, freestanding bath, wall hung vanity, mirror, towel rails, extractor fan, heater and a tall wall hung cabinet. will require an electrician and plumber, and flooring contractor. We have a painter and plasterer sorted.

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Jointing solid wood worktop

Posted 1 year ago

I have a gap for a freestanding oven. Needs to be bridged by jointing in new section and a hole cut for inset hob. I have spare worktop that can be used. Needs at least 1 biscuit joint or similar. Sanding and oiling to match existing. The worktop is solid wood.

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Reclad and build addition to first floor, plus, basement structural works.

Posted 3 years ago

I have renovation plans to re-clad exterior of first floor where existing cladding has failed weather tightness; this will replace windows in the same area with new, and extend and clad and roof over two rooms where there is currently a flat roof deck area in the process. Additional to this, a basement retaining wall and stairwell to connect to the first floor is required.

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Bathroom renovation and window joinery

Posted 10 months ago

Our Lyttelton rental needs a Bathroom makeover, we (or you) will supply the bath/ shower, vanity and toilet. Need someone to fit them, replace vinyl floor and paint the walls and trim. We also have several wooden window sills that have soft (rotten) corners in several rooms that need cutting out and making good. Tenant's moving out beginning of June, so looking to get it all done in one go so we can re advertise as quickly as possible.

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Te Kawakawa Development

Posted 3 years ago

Currently planning a 26 house and land subdivision, smaller homes on modest sections, the only coastal development in Canterbury. Seeking estimated costing's for new kitchens (2 or 3 specifications required - budget, moderate, high). Five house plans (subject to client modifications) range from small 2 bedroom (90m2) to modest 3 bedroom (150 m2), open plan kitchen / living designs. Stage 1 construction of 4 homes commencing summer ... , Stage 2 & 3 homes commence following summer. House brochure...

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Small bathroom renovation

Posted 3 years ago

We have Lino in the bathroom that has gaps at the edges were water has gotten causing underneath wood to go soft near bath and shower. Wanting Lino removed, wet boards replaced and tiles put in. Bath probably needs to be removed to and rotten mouldy areas removed and then bath put back. Area is around 2mtrs by 3. We want the the most economical price but need all mould moisture removed. Thanks hannah

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Renovating old lyttelton place

Posted 9 months ago

I have an old lyttelton house. The kitchen floor slopes badly. I think that the bottom plate along the end wall has rotted away. None of the walls or ceiling are straight. I'd like to gib the entire lounge kitchen area, but want to make sure that the piles are reasonable first. It may be that the kitchen floor will have to come up to get at the end wall. I don't really know. I am not looking for a full rebuild, or to turn it into a new house. I would like a builder I can work alongside who is ex...

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Find Renovation Specialists in Banks Peninsula

Our trusted tradies will respond to your job, often within a few minutes. You decide who you want to communicate with. You’re in control the whole way.

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Mark Smith Builders

Joined February 2012

Mark Smith Builders established in 2009, with 13 years experience we specialise in all aspects of residential buildings, architectural homes, hill sites, alterations and repair work. Mark has developed strong relationships with the people of Canterbury helping with the Christchurch rebuild. As a licensed building practitioner (LBP) you can rest assure your home is getting built by a qualified bu...

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Ghs Building limited

Joined January 2019

We are a team of four builders 3 qualified and one apprentice we work under certified builders and lpb so you know you are going to get a good quality service. We can do any building work from new builds to garden sheds we have a show home that people are more than welcome to come a visit to see what we can offer you

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FIXD Property maintenance

Joined July 2011

Hello, I am a Qualified Cabinet Maker with 12 years experience and have a background in the Carpentry and related industries. I can undertake most non structural work including: Walls, Gib fixing, patching, skirting's, kitchen removal and installation, assembly of flat pack furniture, earthquake securing,gardening and section tidy ups. small job specialist.I am professional and friendly and am ha...

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cameron construction

Joined May 2010

Hi, I am an experience builder with over 15 years experience in residential & commercial building. Fully qualified Builder . I offer a professional hands on service for all areas of your building project to allow the job to be completed to a high standard in the time required. New houses, units, renovations, extensions, commercial building, farm buildings, landscaping & property maintenance are...

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Outside The Box Solutions ltd

Joined February 2019

Outside the box has got you covered no matter what the project is. We pride ourselves on providing a top quality product at the best possible price . Contact us for a no obligation quote

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Nick Campbell Builders Ltd

Joined November 2016

Specialising in smaller cladding jobs, deckings, and new builds. I'm a trade qualified and licensed building practitioner. I take pride in my work, as my work quality is what will keep me going. I have built new houses ranging from 100sq-320sq, basic boxes through to architectural two storeys.

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Evergreen house ltd

Joined August 2018

Trying to think of the right builder? Need someone to guide you through your project? People who think their budget is low? High? All could be done through us.

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JRB Homes Ltd

Joined March 2018

As a business owner and site foreman, I strive to provide the best work ethics in both client and colleague relationships. I pride myself in time management, effective communication and quality control in all areas of my business. Over the last two years of developing my business, I have successfully built, renovated and repaired homes. My overall goal is to be competitively priced with the best e...

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Rick Whitfield

Joined October 2018

One highly competent handyman with years of using my skills to complete a wide range of projects. Happy to turn my hand to virtually anything and can ensure a high quality finish to all my work. While new to Builders Crack, I’m happy to provide references or show work I’ve undertaken. Happy to quote for jobs and provide a breakdown of the work and time required to complete any job.

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Plucks Construction LTD

Joined November 2018

Builder with 35 year experience in all types of building, from concrete work to finishing work. Also gib stopping and painting. No job too big or small. Very professional, with high standards and attention to detail.

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Trad Construction

Joined December 2017

Hi, We are a team of 3 experienced carpenters with over 20 years experience in the building industry. We do all types of building work from new builds to renovations, no job is too big or small. We are an honest, reliable and hard working team.

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CJS Services NZ Limited

Joined August 2018

Hi, my name is Chris from CJS Services. I have a number of years experience carrying out work for residential and commercial clients. I pride myself on being friendly upfront and punctual. Feel free to contact me for a free no obligation quote. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks

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Robertson Built

Joined March 2018

We are a small company looking to make a big impact in our region. We are committed to providing a great service at a the best possible price. Contact us today for more information, we are always looking for our next challenge.

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FIRTH HOMES LTD

Joined August 2013

Building, Renovating, Landscaping and Project management. Over 17 years experience. We have simple, practical solutions that are affordable with a 10 year guaranteed quality finish. Work with clients to meet there fixed budgets. Assist with specific requirements, advice and direction from concept and design to completion. All work performed or supervised by licensed Tradesmen. H...

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R W Steele Builders Ltd

Joined September 2010

We are a 50 year old family business. Work undertaken is of a professional standard. We believe customer satisfaction is the utmost, wtih immense attention being paid to detail. A high level of communication is necessary. All types of work are undertaken, whether this be a new home, alterations or additions to existing homes, kitchen and bathroom upgrades, decks and pergolas. We have the ab...

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Doherty builders ltd

Joined October 2018

Hi , I have experience in renovations and new homes , very professional and only use quality materials and the best subtrades . to carry out any work and meet dead lines in time and on budget we are lbp qualified and master builders member so your valuable asset is in safe and expert hands , your trust , is important to us .

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Shannon building

Joined March 2017

Hello I,ve been doing handyman , building , painting work for 40 years . so consider myself to be pretty experinenced.. I strive to do a good job at a fair price, on time and on budget , I do not ask for money in advance unless it is for materials. So you pay me for my work when your happy with the job. I will be pleased to answer any inquirey and endevour to do so promply..Thank you mark

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TW Plastering and Building

Joined April 2015

I am a highly experienced builder with great attention to detail. I truly believe in making the customer happy, even if something is difficult to achieve, the homeowner comes first. I have a great track record of positive feedback, I have added some to the photos section. Please feel free to take a read, I am very proud of my work. Please search my business name in Facebook to see photos of pre...

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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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Bearded Builder Ltd

Joined November 2017

Hi, We are a small company that focuses on the needs and wants of our clients. We specialise in custom timber work and renovations although that doesn't hold us back from new builds, in fact it gives you a better end product. We specialise in kitchens and door repairs. We do all sorts from insulation and architectural builds. We pride ourselves on our workmanship and our communication to the clien...

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