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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Expert Tiling Provides The Finishing Touch to a Kitchen Renovation

Hiring an expert tiler gave the final polishing touch to one of our homeowner's stunning kitchen renovations...... Only a few months ago Natalie's kitchen was a dark space, coated in the once popular dark blue of the 90's. It not only made the already small kitchen appear tiny, but it created a dark feeling throughout the wider open plan living area. Fast forward to today, and the transformation is something out of a magazine. Not limited to the kitchen itself, but also the lightness it's brought to the rest of her living space. The Vision Natalie started with a firm style in mind, along with some key "must have" elements. “I had a vision of what I wanted, I wanted it bright, fresh, clean, compared with the dark blue.... every time I came into the space there was a gloomy feel to the room.” A essential element was to incorporate a crisp, white subway tile splash-back. The Execution After sorting her kitchen supplier, she turned her attention to finding a tiler.

Garage Door Colour Update Challenge Solved By Our Tradies

A simple colour update for her garage doors was all that one homeowner wanted. But it proved a little easier said than done until a “can do” tradie was found... The Job Paulette wanted to update the colour of her metal garage doors from what she called a “bland new denim blue” to a more striking ebony black. The Challenge Paulette contacted the garage door company to find out if, and how, the colour could be changed. They came back with two options; replacing the doors entirely at great expense; or powder coating at a cost not much less than new doors, and required them being taken away for two to three weeks. The Solution Not satisfied with these options, Paulette turned to builderscrack.co.nz to see if there were any other options. She already trusted the platform, having used it in the past to find some great tradies. For Paulette, the “ease of use is the best thing”, going on to say that “once you’ve used it the first time, it’s easy to go back and use again” and

Homes On Show - Save My Bathroom

Behind every job there is a story. This one starts with a homeowner, and a vision to renovate her bathroom from an outdated 1970’s relic to a modern, clean, and functional bathroom. The Dilemma The story starts with Joanne and her first tradie, a referral from a friend. The tradie seemed great. The homeowner and the tradie agreed that Joanne would buy everything that was needed for the bathroom, and the tradie gave her a cost to install and renovate to her plan. Fast forward three months and the tradie was nowhere to be seen and uncontactable. With the goods for her bathroom waiting in Mitre 10 and a loan taken out for the project, Joanne was desperate to get the job underway. The Solution “I spoke to someone at work, saying I didn’t know what to do. I needed to have my bathroom renovated, and my colleague said, have you put it on Builderscrack? Then they showed me how Builderscrack works, how to log on and use the site. I put the advert on the next day, and within two

Expert Tiling Provides The Finishing Touch to a Kitchen Renovation

Hiring an expert tiler gave the final polishing touch to one of our homeowner's stunning kitchen renovations...... Only a few months ago Natalie's kitchen was a dark space, coated in the once popular dark blue of the 90's. It not only made the already small kitchen appear tiny, but it created a dark feeling throughout the wider open plan living area. Fast forward to today, and the transformation is something out of a magazine. Not limited to the kitchen itself, but also the lightness it's brought to the rest of her living space. The Vision Natalie started with a firm style in mind, along with some key "must have" elements. “I had a vision of what I wanted, I wanted it bright, fresh, clean, compared with the dark blue.... every time I came into the space there was a gloomy feel to the room.” A essential element was to incorporate a crisp, white subway tile splash-back. The Execution After sorting her kitchen supplier, she turned her attention to finding a tiler.

Garage Door Colour Update Challenge Solved By Our Tradies

A simple colour update for her garage doors was all that one homeowner wanted. But it proved a little easier said than done until a “can do” tradie was found... The Job Paulette wanted to update the colour of her metal garage doors from what she called a “bland new denim blue” to a more striking ebony black. The Challenge Paulette contacted the garage door company to find out if, and how, the colour could be changed. They came back with two options; replacing the doors entirely at great expense; or powder coating at a cost not much less than new doors, and required them being taken away for two to three weeks. The Solution Not satisfied with these options, Paulette turned to builderscrack.co.nz to see if there were any other options. She already trusted the platform, having used it in the past to find some great tradies. For Paulette, the “ease of use is the best thing”, going on to say that “once you’ve used it the first time, it’s easy to go back and use again” and

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New kitchen 2

Posted 1 month ago

gut kitchen - we can remove everything - need someone to design and advise best fit etc for space available - possible wall removal - no time wasters please

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Makeover a laundry/bathroom

Posted 4 weeks ago

We have a laundry room with a WC in it as well, and want to make it over into a full bathroom, by adding a shower unit, and updating the fixtures. Full list of changes: Adding a shower unit, removing an old laundry tub and cupboard, installing new vanity, removing old handbasin, installing 2nd hand french doors into the spot where the handbasin is - this is an internal non-load bearing timber stud wall, replacing toilet cistern, plumbing in the new shower, moving power switches if needed. (Pl...

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Kitchen counter top

Posted 1 week ago

Replace existing kitchen countertops with new, preferably engineered stone. New sink, but existing stovetop to remain. Existing cabinets to remain. Keen for work to be done asap.

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Flood damage repair

Posted 1 month ago

Weather boards need replaced. Hole in floor boards

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Kitchen in Maia

Posted 1 month ago

We need our old kitchen removed, the floor needs evening out, new plumbing and electrical stuff. We are switching the dining room and kitchen around. Also athere is an oven tower that needs removed. The kitchen is arriving late March and the people we bought it from will install it, but not do anything else.

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Cafe, bathroom build and or renovation

Posted 2 weeks ago

Opening a cafe and need a new toilet installed or the old one renovated. We will need to make the toilet wheelchair accessable.

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Repair and renovate our shower room (wet room)

Posted 1 month ago

We currently have a shower that leaks from the second floor, into our downstairs garage. We would like to rip up the tiles, check out the floorboards (replace and repair if required) and then fit a basic shower into the space. We would like this done ASAP as we only have the one shower in the house. Thanks for considering this job!

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Bathroom upgrade

Posted 1 month ago

What i want to do? Upgrade / modernize my existing bathroom in limited budget. Currently has a shower/ bath, Vanity and Toilet in the bathroom but looking to replace all of them (in same location) and also upgrade flooring, paint/tile, storage, light fixtures etc... I am looking for someone to give free quotes for this job.

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Bathroom reno

Posted 1 week ago

We need the shower replaced, sink etc replaced, carpet removed for tiles or lino etc, ceiling replaced, fan/heater/light installed. We would like to do as much as we can but don't have the tools or knowledge but would like to help to cut costs.

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Complete bathroom refit

Posted 1 month ago

We would like to do a complete refit of our current bathroom. Walls need to be re-lined, new shower unit, bath and vanity. Also would like to extend the bathroom by removing inner wall of closet. Replace the door with an internal slide type.

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Replace bath and shower with standalone shower

Posted 1 month ago

Bath and over bath shower needs to be replaced with a stand-alone shower. Shower should have acrylic base and 2 sides with 2 glass sides.

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Complete bathroom tear out and renovation

Posted 2 weeks ago

Complete gut and remodel of existing 5sqm bathroom, including moving some plumbing and electrical. Installing large acrylic shower on wall that has windows, and will require some reworking of walls to create suitable alcove space. Installation of wall hung vanity and recessed cabinetry. Existing washing machine resited within the bathroom. Existing toilet replaced and plumbing recessed. Prefer complete management of project including ordering of fixtures, plumbing, electrical and decorating. Loo...

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Forbury House

Posted 1 month ago

Three new bathrooms needed, plus renovation to existing bathroom, and general renovation.

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Full bathroom renovation.

Posted 1 month ago

Removal of shower, tiling, vanity and lino from medium sized bathroom. Potential for multiple floorboards to be replaced due to water damage. Replace all of the above, ensuring waterproofing, probably with a tiled floor shower. House is tenanted but has 2 bathrooms, job will need to be done with tenants still living there.

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New bathroom and internal stairs... and more

Posted 2 weeks ago

Replace upstairs (main) bathroom with staircase (and small toilet if possible) to allow internal access to downstairs. Dig out a bit of earth under house to fit new downstairs bathroom. Lower downstairs floor (possibly dig out more earth) in order to increase ceiling height, currently downstairs is not tall enough to be considered living space. Maybe retrofit underfloor heating to upstairs if economical. Require a builder/project manager, someone with enough experience to foresee major challenge...

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Fit new kitchen bench

Posted 1 month ago

Fit new kichen bench and add a cupboard underneath. Prepare 5 new cupboard doors. Connect new tap unit to existing plumbing. Also install wallhung vanity unit and connect plumbing. We can fit into workers time available We would like in done as soon as possible.

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Hyde St reno

Posted 1 month ago

Create drain path, fill external cracks, install flashing around windows and apply water proof paint on external wall.

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Elses' Bathroom

Posted 1 month ago

Remove bath and vanity. Replace with shower and new vanity. Some building required to instal shower.

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James Sunderland

Posted 1 month ago

Bungalow kitchen renovation. Removal of old kitchen and wall linings. Relining with Gib and stopped ready for painting. Kitchen cabinets have been organised and will be fitted by joiner. Electrical work will be required (lights, oven and hob wiring, additional plugs). Tenants moving out mid May. Would like job completed ASAP after they move out.

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Bathroom Renovation #2

Posted 1 month ago

Hi there, Looking at getting a full bathroom renovation, have an idea of what we want. Its a full gut and replace.

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Recent renovating reviews

With over 135,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Shower replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th January 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Create open-plan living area

Work carried out by the owner/operator

31st October 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom, toilet, laundry renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th October 2017

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

new bathroom

Work carried out by an employee of the company

21st November 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 3

Small Bathroom renovation.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

26th December 2017

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 3
Communication
 5

Renovating the toilet room

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

25th May 2017

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

new bathroom

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th June 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Leaky shower

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

22nd April 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Install bathroom fittings

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th July 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Amys bathroom

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd December 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

General building maintenance in laundry area

Work carried out by an employee of the company

15th August 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 3
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

New Shower/ Bathroom

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

25th July 2017

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom revamp

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

8th April 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

jack of all trades , to fit a kitchen

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

21st February 2018

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 3
Communication
 4

Bathroom renovation

Work carried out by an employee of the company

13th December 2018

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 4

Bathroom and kitchen renovation.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

25th September 2017

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom

Work carried out by the owner/operator

31st March 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Kitchen upgrade

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th August 2017

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Sara

Work carried out by an employee of the company

14th July 2017

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 3
Communication
 4

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JPK BUILDERS DUNEDIN LTD

Joined September 2017

Hi.We build new house and renovate old ones.We also do smaller jobs.We work to a high standard and can offer a 10 year halo guarantee as im a certified builder.NZCB

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Kept Under Wraps

Joined August 2015

We have been in the signwriting industry for many moons and have adapted to the changes in the industry. Our current focus is vinyl wrapping vehicles and we have launched a new business tapping into a niche market of wrapping heat pumps, and anything else you can imagine. We also have a firm grasp on anything else signage from design to installation to anything hand painted. We carry a current Sit...

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Dun Eden Green Ltd

Joined March 2016

We have four divisions in our company - landscaping, building, arboreal and grounds maintenance services. We have a full complement of qualified tradesman and we excel at both hard and soft landscaping, arboriculture, garden maintenance/site clearance and construction work. We have licensed builders, qualified arborists and experienced landscapers. We are free to ask for help with costing of an...

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Complete Restorations &Scaffolding LTD

Joined January 2018

Complete Restorations and Scaffolding is a Dunedin based company focusing on providing high-quality service for your property needs. From small assignments to big renovation and restoration projects, our experienced team is always happy to help.

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MK Builders ltd

Joined August 2015

Hi We are a small team of builders who undertake renovations, alterations, new builds, maintenance and landscaping. We are trade qualified and licensed building practioners. No job too small get in touch for a free quote. Many thanks Matt

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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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Calder interior plastering ltd

Joined October 2016

We are a gib fixing and stopping company with plenty of experience dealing with little renos right through to big commercial and high end housing. We provide a service which is very efficient and professional and at very competitive rates so Give me a call and I can sort what ever job you need done. Also have architect and builders available if needed. Cheers Hayden Calder Cell 0272432332

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Small time joinery

Joined August 2017

Hi, I've been making furniture full time for a couple of years and part time since age of 12, have have a strong ethic towards site and self safety and getting any job done to the highest degree of accuracy necessary, I pride myself on my eye for detail, and understanding of application of knowledge; can follow and give directions clearly.

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Bullot Contracting

Joined July 2013

We specialise in all aspects of fencing and building. With 19 years experience no job is to big or to small. Please call me today to discuss your next project. I have photos available of previous work that has been completed and I'm sure you will be impressed.

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Bradscon lmtd

Joined June 2017

protecting and rejuvanating your biggest assets. We provide value with customer satisfaction guaranteed. Specialize in roofing,concrete,drainage,landscaping,construction,painting,demolition and more...

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EarthWood Carpentry Ltd

Joined May 2019

Hi, I've been building for the last 6 years and have recently started my own business. Currently, I'm focussing on bespoke projects with an interest in bringing out the natural beauty of timber and providing a fine finish at a competitive price and timeframe.

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Catlins coast building ltd

Joined February 2019

Hi there We are a Building company covering Southland and Otago. Very professional and prompt contact Very fussy and neat and tidy quality work High end architectural background and also taking on all the small jobs Let us see how we can assist you 😊

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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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Olsen Contracting

Joined March 2018

Olsen Contracting is a young and booming contracting company based in Christchurch and Auckland We have highly experienced excavator operators in staff a long with highly experienced concrete placer and drain layer We work with industry leaders everyday and supply a professional service and are keen to bring that service to home owners.

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MS Construction

Joined May 2019

MS Construction have been operating for 15 years and carry out a full range of building and construction services. We also offer full glazing services including double glazing

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everyday

Joined May 2019

Everyday is a contemporary architectural design studio based in Dunedin, exploring how contemporary life can be improved through the design and making of architecture and furniture.

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SB 2 Build ltd

Joined January 2017

Together we have been in the building trade for over 20 years. Sam is our registered licenced building practitioner and have experience in new builds, renovations, alterations and extensions as well as fencing, decks and all scopes of concrete works.We deliver a high quality end product and pride ourselves on keeping within budget and time frames! Additionally we have access to a wide range of su...

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Your Tradies LTD

Joined November 2016

ARE YOU CONSIDERING RENOVATING? Perhaps a new bathroom or kitchen? Maybe add another bedroom for your growing family?Or repair that leaking roof! With our increasingly busy lives it can be daunting finding enough time to organise these projects. "What tradespeople do I need to contact?" Who is the best?" How do I manage and co-ordinate all these people?" "How do I know that they will do the...

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Ovoss Builders

Joined May 2008

Hi, Ovoss Builders is a well established small business in Dunedin. We have more than 20 years of building experience and have a vast range of knowledge in the residential and commercial industry. We have an excellent and reliable support system, electricians, plumbers etc. and pride ourselves on innovative solutions and tidy workmanship. We are up to date with the latest techniques, materials and...

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Bread N Butter Building Ltd

Joined October 2018

Hi, I’ve been in the in the building industry working as a carpenter for 12 years, working on all sorts of projects in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. I really enjoy doing all kinds of work such as renovations, bathrooms, decks, raised gardens and landscaping. Also new builds, extentons, and retro fit window installations. I pride myself on a quality finish for a fair price and having a grea...

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