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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ti

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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 Renovation

Posted 3 months ago

Remove existing kitchen Lay vinyl flooring Install new kitchen (will be a flatpack kitchen) Will also need to arrange and manage the plumber and electrician

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New kitchen and laundry room

Posted 2 months ago

Requires builder/draftsman able to redesign kitchen area to be more spacious. Wall and pantry to be removed. Remove existing cupboards, benches, and flooring. Reconfigure space to fit new kitchen potentially with an island bench top. Remove wallpaper from laundry room. Remove shower and supporting wall from laundry. Remove wash tub from laundry. Remove linoleum flooring from laundry/kitchen/hallway. Remove carpet from living/dining area. Fit either tongue and groove wooden flooring, vinyl or til...

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Bathroom

Posted 2 months ago

We are looking to install a new second bathroom in our house. We are just having plans drawn up and submitted to council now, so looking to start in a few months.

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Bathroom and toilet reno #2

Posted 2 months ago

I need to take out a bath out put in a shower vanity repair floor pipes in wall replace toilet flooring

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New kitchen

Posted 3 months ago

whole new kitchen and open up to lounge and renovate both.

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Bathroom

Posted 4 days ago

Water damage from leaking shower

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Front door

Posted 1 week ago

Needing front door replacing. Wanting white aluminum double door, double glazed, with a cat flap also. Open to other ideas for front door to suit going onto a future deck. Need job done ASAP.

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Sleep out

Posted 3 months ago

Renovation of existing sleep out to create shower, toilet space. Relining of interior. Install new wiring, insulate and re-align roof to incorporate small extension with repositioned door/windows. Work needed. Building, plumber, electrician, drainlayer.

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Kitchen reno

Posted 1 week ago

We would like a quote to renew kitchen benches and rip out one side of kitchen to create a butlers pantry. Sink and plumbing not required in there though. We had some of the joinery and benches resprayed but not totally happy with outcome.

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House renovations

Posted 1 month ago

Install 2 X Cavity Slider doors, Fill in 2 X Door openings where doors will be removed. Remove a wall between the Toilet and Bathroom. Possible modification of large aluminum window , including an outside door.

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Twyford Ensuite

Posted 2 months ago

We are wanting an ensuite installed in our current walk in wardrobe - halving the wardrobe and turing one side into a basic ensuite with shower, toilet and vanity. No major structural work is required, just one dividing wall. It will need consent (I presume?) so we need support with that also. We need an initial quote then will go from there. Rough estimate needs to be sorted as soon as possible, with work beginning when able.

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Laundry

Posted 1 month ago

Require a builder for complete overhaul of laundry, replacing ceiling, walls and floor. I will take down the ceiling and walls first. Would be great to have done asap. Once the laundry is completed there is more work in the dining and lounge room if you have the time. Thank you for your time.

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Bathroom Reno

Posted 2 months ago

We would like someone to remove existing shower and replace with new shower. Will also need to replace sink and vanity and possibly replace bath too? We can discuss just how much to actually do but main purpose is to replace existing shower and freshen bathroom rather than fully renovate. Extent of job will depend on cost

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Maks Bathroom

Posted 1 month ago

Hi I need bathroom floor replaced Only around shower.i have had someone inspect the walls for water they are dry. The water is coming from shower head. Unfortunately it was built like this when i built my home 21 years ago. When shower door is left opened the water sprays straight out on to floor and over the tears its rotted. A new shower replaced. i will buy this and two new toilets replaced as they are old. ASAP

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Bathroom remodels

Posted 2 months ago

Remove bath, shower, toilets and vanitys. Remove wallpaper and linoleum. Plaster and paint/tile walls. Install new shower, vanity, mirror, toilet and bath. Tile/vinyl flooring. Fit and wire in extractor fan/lighting unit. Fit and wire in heated towel rail.

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Kitchen Renovation #2

Posted 2 months ago

Remove existing kitchen Lay vinyl flooring Install new kitchen (will be a flatpack kitchen) Will also need to arrange and manage the plumber and electrician

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Muritai

Posted 1 month ago

Hi we want to do the following work: Move kitchen downstairs Remove existing spiral stairs and Install new feature spiral stairs Reline existing kitchen to use as bedroom Make existing bathroom downstairs just a WC Move wall of one room out to make larger Clad upper part of house in cedar shingles. Currently clad in weatherboard which is in good condition.

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Shower replacement

Posted 1 week ago

Remove existing shower and install new shower

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Builder Needed for bathroom and kitchen renovation + a few other little things

Posted 2 months ago

Looking for a builder to help with my bathroom and kitchen reno's. This includes replacing damaged floor boards, building a new linen cupboard and other smaller type jobs around the house.

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Kitchen cabinet reinforcement

Posted 2 months ago

We are getting a new bench top and need two reinforcements done. A steel rod and a piece of wood as shown in picture. This is a small job but needs doing within the next two weeks. I also have two other jobs. One is to fix a sagging ceiling - see pic. The other is a bigger job to replace our auto garage doors with French doors. But the kitchen one needs doing first.

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Recent renovating reviews

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

Bathroom & Kitchen Reno

Work carried out by the owner/operator

14th September 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Dishwasher installation


26th November 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Upgrade

Work carried out by the owner/operator

31st October 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

3rd August 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 3
Communication
 5

bathroom renovation

Work carried out by an employee of the company

10th December 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

minor bathroom renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th February 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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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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Hayden Percy Building Services

Joined October 2016

Hayden Percy Building Services Qualified Furniture Maker and Builder. Licensed LBP Hi, I started as a cabinet Maker about 12 years ago and have slowly moved towards building. I have worked on many different jobs, new, renovations, and maintenance. I love a hands on challenge with Quality garanteed.

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Andy Hamer plumbing and Gas Limited

Joined June 2018

Free advice and Quotations. Certifiying plumber and Gasfitter 37 years service. Maintenance plumbing and 24/7 Emergency cover. Bathrooms Laundries and Kitchen renovations. Gasfitting,Natural and LPG gas work.New connections and Maintenance. Gas for cooking,Heating Hot water,Califonts and commercial Catering Equipment,Blue Seal, Moffat etc. Servicing and repairs to all makes of gas app...

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Projects

Joined July 2010

German Master-Cabinetmaker, since 40 years. I think, there is nothing I haven' t made allready. Challange me. Give me some extrordinary job to do and I will do it with attention to detail! Cheers, Franz. (Master Cabinetmaker)

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DP Construction

Joined January 2021

Hi, I've been building and renovating for around 5 years, mainly here in NZ but a couple years in the UK. Working solo on weekends looking for smaller jobs and renovations being solo.

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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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Bay Carpenters LTD

Joined June 2016

Hi , I have been a NZ qualified builder for the last 15 years, also having worked in Australia and the UK. We specialise in small to medium renovations/new builds & light commercial work. I am professional and take pride in my workmanship also helping my clients through the process of alterations/new builds which can sometimes be a bit daunting. I have a high standard of work, keeping to deadl...

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Wilton building

Joined April 2011

I have been in the trade for 39 years. Very knowledgeable on alterations, leaky homes Have just spent 16 years in Auckland...So what you from me is the "one stop shop” deal.

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Ur Plumber & Electrical

Joined March 2019

Hi we’ve been in the Plumbing industry with over 10 years experience in Residential,Commercial, Industrial we are well equipped to under take any job big or small. While we specialise in General Maintenance Plumbing we also do complete full renovations kitchen,bathroom,laundry. Whether upgrading from low to mains pressure Hot water , blocked drain to a roof leak Ur Plumber Ltd has you cove...

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CJH Construction

Joined November 2015

Maintenance Renovations New Builds Landscaping...

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CS CONTRACTING

Joined January 2020

Hi, I am 1 year and 8 months in business specialising in renovations, alterations and new building from big to small. All jobs finished Upto a high standard. Happy to work with a budget and offer competitive rates

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Infinite Kitchens & Joinery

Joined April 2015

We take the stress out of your job by project managing it from start to finish, and with many years experience in the industry, including owning a construction business in Wellington for 18 years, you can trust us to get the best results for you. We’ll put highly qualified tradesmen on your job, and you will be assured of top quality workmanship, with reliable service, communication and the best...

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Joll Construction

Joined July 2021

Hi, I have 7 years experience building new houses, and renovating older homes. I specialize in new houses, decks, handrails, and renovations, but am happy to take on smaller jobs now and again. I pride myself in my workmanship and getting the job done on time and to the agreed budget.

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Hawkes Bay Gardens Limited

Joined July 2018

Hi. I've been gardening and transforming gardens for over 6 years. Happy to design your garden, transform or do any gardening work needed. I've transformed a garden for a wedding and created several home gardens. I have a worker available for the regular gardening work.

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ER Plumbing Limited

Joined February 2017

ER Plumbing Ltd is a specialist emergency plumbing repair and maintenance business. We also do small bathroom and kitchen renovations. ER Plumbing does only minor building work such as removing and replacing GIB. No plaster or paint work will be done, and needs to be arranged by our customers after all plumbing is completed. We at ER Plumbing are passionate and relentless in ensuring each and e...

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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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DownSize NZ

Joined November 2018

DownSize NZ clears possessions and prepares homes for sale. We can help with: - Estate clearance services - Downsizing and preparing to move - Home and garden maintenance - Preparing your home and section for sale - Assistance with clearing garages, homes and sections Get in touch for a chat about your needs. We're here to help!

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SchoCon

Joined July 2012

Focused on outdoor living, hard landscaping and renovations, but also the cliche "for all your building needs". Being in the building and construction arena for 18 years, LBP licensed and trade qualified we will make your ideas and dreams reality.

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sean harvey

Joined July 2016

Hi, I have been in the building industry for 20yrs, I have many years experience in the sheet metal fabrication and fibre glass fabrication industries before moving to the uk in 1997 where after training I started my company specialising in interior refurbishment and renovation ie: all types of suspended ceilings and metal/wood stud partition walls, office partitions, kitchen, bathroom installatio...

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Renovation Hawkes Bay

Joined February 2017

The napier Renovation Co. offer an end too end service for domestic renovations in Napier, Hastings and surrounding areas. We specialise in bathroom and kitchen renovation and can help guide you through the maze of product selection, design, project management and supply of all trades. Please feel free to give us a call and see how we may help.

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RHL Build & Construct

Joined October 2017

Based in Hastings with over 20 years combined experience, we take pride undertaking and completing jobs in affordable and efficient way, Producing work that is creative and is sure to please. We are happy if you are happy.

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