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Asbestos Removal - Stay Safe & Hire a Professional

Posted 07/01/15

If you’re looking at buying or renovating a property built between the 1940’sand 1980’s then there’s a good chance that it contains some Asbestos... A fibrous mineral that’s found in metamorphic soils and rocks, it was a popular and widely used material in the building industry due to its

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Top 5 Bathroom Renovation Tips - Direct From Our Experts

Posted 29/04/19

Find out the Top 5 bathroom renovation tips direct from our Builderscrack bathroom experts. This advice can make all the difference between a successful bathroom renovation or not... 1) It's All in The Planning As the saying goes -  "The devil is in the detail" and this couldn't be mor

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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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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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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Garage Door Colour Update Challenge Solved By Our Tradies

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

Expert Tiling Provides The Finishing Touch to a Kitchen Renovation

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

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Bathroom renovation

Posted 1 month ago

Take the bath out and put a walk in shower.

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Manutuke Bathroom Reno

Posted 7 months ago

Need to gut the current bathroom, possibly move a wall and install new vanity, shower and bath. We also have a kitchen renovation too which we have posted on this site. Looking for an experienced builder to carry out both the bathroom and kitchen reno.

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Bath installation

Posted 4 weeks ago

I would like a quote to get a bath and shower combo installed (at present I only have a shower)

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Graham bath and laundry

Posted 3 months ago

I need to have my shower renovated, new lining, taps and base, new glass doors. A new top on my vanity, new taps, new basin. Claw foot bath surface to be redone. Laundry cupboard and sink area to be updated to make better use of space and placement of washing machine and drier. Other small jobs such as replacing catches on French door, installing a shelf and wood edging on exterior steps. None of this is urgent but would be great to get quotes etc and be on someone's list to get done. Can be don...

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Downstairs renovation

Posted 1 month ago

We have an upstairs unit and would like the underneath built in to form a separate unit

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Help please

Posted 4 months ago

Gut entire bathroom, renovate/design new bathroom

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Kitchen and Bathroom Whataupoko

Posted 5 months ago

We would like a complete new kitchen renovation including flooring, cabinets and a new door to replace the ranch slider. We are also looking to renovate the laundry/shower room to add a new toilet. Replace the walls and cabinets in laundry room.

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Granny Flat Renovation

Posted 1 month ago

We have a sleepout attached to a double garage, I'd like to turn half the garage into a bedroom with ensuite and need plans draw up by a licensed designer, would also like to put a small kitchen into the existing sleepout

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Up grade shower

Posted 3 months ago

Up grade shower to enable husband to get into as it's the old style shower with the 2sliding doors

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New bathroom

Posted 6 months ago

We can rip out the bathroom as needed, we are looking to move a wall to make a walk-in tiled shower, the room will also have a vanity, heated towel rail, storage, a built in mirror & a fan ,

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Relign small bathroom and install new vanity

Posted 1 week ago

We have a small bathroom , spa bath and vanity, we would like to replace the seratone with hardiglaze and get a new vanity installed, a good tidy up asap, please help, a small inside job in winter.

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Remove bath, replace with shower box

Posted 5 months ago

I would like the bath and hand basin removed and replaced with a shower box and a new vanity.

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Bathroom Repair/ Renovation

Posted 1 month ago

Some water damage to floorboards and wall gib board/skirting board. Likely tear out and replacement of shower and potentially toilet. Identify and repair source of leak. Repair/replacement of gib board and floorboards to return to usable room standards. Would like it done soon as possible to minimise further damage.

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Shower box #2

Posted 6 months ago

My mums house rented. I want to remove bath an put in a shower box an new hand basin. I be in tekaraka the week of 29 march I'm booking early. I would like 2 met builder there 2 check this out and what options are available thanks jean

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Downstairs Bathroom

Posted 2 months ago

Gut the room and start again. Line, put in bath ,shower, basin.

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Needing bathroom renovations, new flooring, plumbing involved, gibbing etc

Posted 6 months ago

New floors and walls. Plumbing. New shower area. Take door off toilet area. Take door off put slider door in. Moving laundry area outside. Photos include how I want it to look

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Removal of Kent fireplace

Posted 4 months ago

Removal of Kent fireplace from lounge and removal of the stone that it's on and close hole in decramastic tile roof and the ceiling (which could be tin). It's in a 1910 villa. Looking to have this done first week of June

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Kitchen and Bathroom Renovation

Posted 1 week ago

Hi there, looking at someone to do and give us quote for a bathroom and kitchen renovation, thank you

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Bathroom makeover

Posted 1 month ago

Presently have separate shower room, want to block that door off & make access to shower from bathroom to create a wet room. Bath to be removed & hopefully 2nd toilet installed. New vanity, flooring. Walls will probably have to be replaced as are old plaster board. I know builders are busy at present but would like to get in queue!🙂

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Shower box

Posted 6 months ago

My mums house rented. I want to remove bath an put in a shower box an new hand basin. I be in tekaraka the week of 29 march I'm booking early. I would like 2 met builder there 2 check this out and what options are available thanks jean

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Craig Dodd Building Surveying and Design Ltd

Joined August 2016

I am an experienced Building Surveyor, Architectural Designer, and Chartered Building Engineer, with over 30 years experience in construction. Being a weathertightness expert and Government contract Assessor as well as the above, allows me to deal with the full range of property issues, including condition surveys, weathertightness failures, remediation design, new property design, mediation and a...

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Builders Inc

Joined January 2015

Integrity Foundations: Quality - Safety - Integrity. We do any and everything to do with repiling, foundation work and floor levelling. Accept the Integrity challenge: Call us last - you'll notice a difference.

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JWC Builders LTD

Joined February 2014

Specialist Residential Building company with over 9 years experience..Recently Moved back to Wellington after building for several years in Gisborne as foreman of a large residential company.More recently have spent 8 months in Mangahwai,Northland building a $2 Million New Build for Wellington Clients.

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Bestbuilds limited

Joined May 2020

Hi, we are a small construction business which specializes in new residential builds, renovations and concrete (RIB raft) foundations. We also do smaller jobs such as decks and fences. Our workmanship is at the highest level and we are very competitive pricing and keeping our projects to budget.

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QS Consult NZ

Joined February 2019

Quantity Surveyor - Project Cost Estimates - Schedule of Quantities - Take-Off - Microsoft Project Programming. Registered MNZIQS - Sole Trader Consultant - Reasonable Rates .

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JK builders

Joined August 2017

2009 Our company was founded and instantly engaged in conducting four property building projects during this year. We currently have LBP designer, carpenter and site manager within our team. Our consultants all have solid backgrounds in both design and construction. You get the benefit of experience that's been acquired year after year, job after job.

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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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Reporoa Contracting LTD

Joined January 2015

I provide good quality work at a competitive price. I can achieve this by working closely with clients. I have been building in the Rotorua area since the early 90's & have done commercial work , new housing & alterations as well as insurance claim repairs. I’ve Recently relocated to Gisborne where I will do some building work on a part time basis for selected clients.

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Ken Overton Contracting

Joined September 2017

10 years building experience. From small maintenance and handyman work to bathroom and kitchen design, installation and project management. Demolition and rebuild, Pruning trees, fruit trees, roses and grape vines. Happy to quote.

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Mandy Wood Stained Glass

Joined January 2011

I have been making stained glass for 25 years and was the first stained glass artist in Queensland to be accredited by the governent to train apprentices who I used in my 5 galleries. Over the years I have made 1000's of stained glass commission windows and doors for the cyclone prone Queensland coast line. I came back to NZ and bought a home and gallery in Dargaville in 2007. I can ship s...

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Hexton Stoneworks

Joined September 2010

Tradional Stonecraft and Stonemasonry. Specialising in stone cladding systems, stone restoration, stone features, stone walling, fireplaces, chimneys, stonescapes, sculptural installations. Gisborne based stonemason, available for private commissions and restoration work. Quality work record with references available.

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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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TUNDRA BUILDING AND LANDSCAPING

Joined October 2010

TUNDRA BUILDING AND LANDSCAPING OFFERS A VARIETY OF SERVICES , WE DO SPECIALISE IN BATHROOM AND KITCHEN RENOVATIONS , WE DO ALTERATIONS AND XTENSIONS . WE OFFER A LANDSCAPE DESIGN SERVICE AND SPECIALISE IN ALL OUTDOOR LIVING STRUCTURES .TUNDRA BUILDING AND LANDSCAPING ALSO DOES POLE BARNS AND OTHER FARM BUILDINGS.WE HAVE A BASE OF SKILLED AND EXPERIENCED SUB CONTRACTORS TO CALL ON. WE ALSO OFFER A...

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Panther Electrical Ltd

Joined October 2017

Hi I am an Electrician with 7 years experience. We have been Specialising in new builds, renovations, small and big jobs in the Wellington region.Residential and commercial. Efficient,Reliable,Friendly,On Time and fair pricing. Building,Landscaping backround and general handyman Trade skills and knowledge.Skills throughout various trade industries. Free Quote's available.

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Archemics Design

Joined April 2019

Archemics Design is an architectural design, structural engineering and interiors studio based in Auckland. We provide design services from pre design briefing, concept design through to full building drawings and documentation and consents. We have worked on both residential and commercial projects in New Zealand that form the basis of our industry knowledge. With a design focused env...

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OneStop Services L td

Joined January 2017

| DEMOLITION OneStop Services Ltd are experts at assessing customer needs, and managing the complete construction, demolition, salvage and waste removal process. Whether you need a carport taken out, a garage removed, the whole house brought down, or build your dream home. We are your one stop shop. Experienced quantity surveyors and project managers are able to provide accurate costs and...

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THE TILE LAYER

Joined August 2011

floor and wall tile layer, water proofing in all and any wet areas, over 20 years experience in residential and commercial tiling, stone, ceramic, mosaic, design and lay, i have done some building, plastering and painting, most general handyman stuff, welding most things like fences and trailers, look at my web sites please. ... ...... ...

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Nationwide Housemovers Ltd

Joined March 2011

Nationwide Housemovers Ltd was established by Robert Jones, who has had over 24 yrs experience in the housemoving industry. With a broad range of knowledge from the relocation of one bedroom granny flats up to the relocation of two story buildings. With Robert following the job through, from pricing to completion, you can be assured that you will have a direct contact at all times. This is...

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Up Ease LTD

Joined March 2011

Here at Up Ease we have over 15 years experience providing access solutions for residential and commercial properties. Specialising in all forms of vertical access we also provide Dumb waiter's chairlifts for stairs, frieght lifts, hospital bed lifts,passenger lifts,Maintenance/service and car park solutions. As well as elevators we can undertake onsite engineering, demolition and removal wor...

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Peak Construction Gisborne LIMITED

Joined August 2019

Peak Construction Gisborne LIMITED are your renovation and new home specialists. We are qualified builders and are members of the New Zealand Certified Builders group. This assures you that we are qualified enough to do the job. We have over 15 years experience and don't take the job lightly. We have a health and safety policy to adhere by to keep ourselves and your family safe. You can be assu...

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