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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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.

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.

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

Posted 4 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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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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Courtney Crump

Posted 2 weeks 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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Kitchen reno

Posted 2 years 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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Install hob and vent fan

Posted 2 weeks ago

supply F&P hobb ce6604cbx1 ceramic cooktop and Parmco or similar stainless steel extraction fan with hood mount on wall to existing vent above. and wire up all.

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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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Bathroom renovation and window joinery

Posted 1 year 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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Patching jib

Posted 2 weeks 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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Shower

Posted 3 years ago

New shower enclosure installed

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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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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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New shower

Posted 1 year 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

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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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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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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Lounge Wall

Posted 1 year 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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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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New Bathroom for a batch

Posted 4 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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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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Renovating old lyttelton place

Posted 11 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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SPJ Homes Limited

Joined September 2018

Hi, I have been building for 12 years and just recently started my own company. I mainly work by myself and I am looking to build up a reputation as a company that is reliable, hardworking and honest. I believe in the saying that you are only as good as your last job so I will endeavour to only do the most professional and high quality work that can be achieved.

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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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Gw builders ltd

Joined May 2016

With over 25 years of experience in the construction industry we are small family business of qualified reliable builders with a high standard in every job we face.. guaranteed to please! Specialising in: *Light Comercial *Architectural builds *New builds *Renovations/extentions *Landscaping *All forms of concrete work No jobs to big or small!

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ko plumb ltd

Joined April 2012

OK Plumb ltd menu # Plumbing # Drainlaying # Waterblasting # Roof leak repairs/replace iron coloursteel. # Spouting leak repaires/replace # Log burner installs # New house plumbing/drainlaying

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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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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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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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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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Tradesman

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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Hansen tranter contracting ltd

Joined October 2017

Hi H-T contracting Ltd is a new company specialising in driveways and landscaping. We are also involved in handymen work and cleaning services. Look forward to hearing from you.

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Canterbury Renovations Ltd

Joined September 2014

Hi there we are a team of skilled qualified professionals with over 30 yrs experience in the building industry specializing in renovations and alterations. We can organize all areas of your project including any sub trades that you may need (painters,plumbers,sparky etc) Insurance work, EQC repairs,decks,renovations are new builds we can make it right. Members of Certified Builders Association

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Dans Reno

Joined February 2018

Hi, i have my NZQA level 4 in carpentry i have been building for 14 years all over Africa and in Chrischurch for the last 4 years. I have done many jobs for home owners in Christchurch with good resullts. I Specialise is bathroom renos, redo bed rooms, car ports, decks, fences, vegie gardens, garage shelving etc. I will work allong side my client to achieve the end result. I am a sole trainder wor...

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Uneda Plumber Ltd

Joined July 2012

Hi, Uneda Plumber is proud to be Canterbury owned and operated since 2009. Our plumbers have the highest standards, and a worldly wide range of knowledge and skills on all levels of plumbing. So whether it's a bathroom or kitchen reno, a replacement faulty Hwc, help with your wetback fire or even a complete new build. All you need to remember is, if you need a plumber UNEDA PLUMBER....

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Foleys

Joined October 2011

We are committed to providing exceptional customer service, for all our customers - Above and Beyond. Every time. This includes our 30 minute time promise - we'll arrive within 30 minutes of the arranged time or the first hour of labour will be free! We have 10 locations across New Zealand, with branches in Central Otago, Christchurch, Dunedin, Oamaru, Ranfurly, South Otago, Twizel, Wanaka, Queen...

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Claddagh Plastering

Joined April 2018

We are a plastering company with over 15 years experience in all aspects of plastering from venetian plastering to gib fixing and stopping to solid plastering. No job is too big or too small. We pride ourselves in being reliable,honest and hard working.

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Paul Rout Building

Joined January 2017

Qualified Carpenter and licensed building practitioner Competent in all types of Carpentry from high end architectural to EQC repairs. No job too big or small. Happy to take your calls and come out and give you a free quote and second opinion.

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Robinson's Contracting

Joined November 2017

I've been Painting, Plastering for 7 years. I've seen a lot of 'Tradesmen' have a lack of empathy for your home and that's what makes me different. I'm entirely grateful to receive the trust from existing and future customers to come into their home and really make a difference. Without charging through the roof, I can provide quality results because of the immense passion I have for my Trades....

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Braden Nelson Builder

Joined April 2018

Hi, I have been building for the past 22 years, I have recently moved from Ashburton to Ch-Ch. Licensed building practitioner and member of Registered Master Builders. Specializing in renovations, additions and alterations, bathrooms, kitchens, decking. No job too small.

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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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LDH CONTRACTING

Joined October 2017

We have Contractors based in every major city throughout New Zealand operating under Labour-Day-Hire Contracting. Our business is to provide Expert Project Management offering Competitive Wholesale Pricing, but if preferable, we also cover General Labour Only. We cater to all forms of Home Renovations, Landscaping and General Construction. Enquire now to discuss your requirements.

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