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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Adding another level to existing single-storey home

Posted 1 week ago

We require someone to: 1)assess whether the house is structurally sound to have another level built on top of it 2) assist with concept and design process 3) demolish and rebuild a separate studio unit 4) assist with renovation of existing rooms, kitchen and bathroom + building new bedroom and bathroom Time frame: preferably over the upcoming summer.

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Installation

Posted 1 month ago

Removing existing kitchen and installing a Kaboodle /Mitre 10 kitchen plus some tiling and flooring

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Replacing 2 showers

Posted 2 months ago

Hi we are relative newbies in the home reno space and we are wanting to replace 2 showers in our home. We'd like a tradie that can quote us on replacing our 2 showers and as we are relative newbies in this space perhaps give us a little advice on if what we are wanting to buy for our bathrooms is the right size and configuration etc as we'd hate to fork out a lot of money on our showers only to have to put more into the job to rectify balls ups on our part :0) What we'd like to specify is this....

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Bathroom renovation

Posted 2 months ago

Tiling, new shower unit, floor replaced in parts, walls sealed, extraction fan, heater

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Replacing vanity and bath tub

Posted 3 days ago

Hi, looking for someone to remove our old vanity and bath and plumb in the new fittings. The first two photos are the old fittings, the second three are the new ones.

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Small kitchen reconfigure

Posted 4 months ago

Reconfigure existing small kitchen to get better bench space. Extend and shift existing cabinetry, new bench top and sink.

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Shower installation

Posted 5 months ago

To take out shower lining and install New shower

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Enclose external porch to create an internal space.

Posted 2 months ago

Close off external porch accessed via a deck. Remove cladding and create internal access into the space.

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Tiling - Kitchen

Posted 4 months ago

Tiling for 2 walls in kitchen. Splashback and bench walls. Tiles are all ... in size/colour. 20 pieces. Unit M2. Wall 1 - 1700 x 580mm (oven/cooktop) Wall 2 - 3560 x 580mm (kitchen bench/window) Renovated kitchen in 1950s house. Will require sealing along bench and wall. Timeframe - as soon as possible - within 4-6 weeks.

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Renovation and extension of bathroom and laundry

Posted 5 months ago

We are renovating and extending out our bathroom and laundry and we are looking for a builder we already have a draughtsman who can do the drawings for the extension by March 2021.

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Renovate laundry

Posted 4 months ago

Remove old units and replace with new units

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Shower and bath installation #2

Posted 2 months ago

We need help with the installation of new shower lining to a corner shower. The glass panels have been removed and need to be put back in place afterwards. Shower tray already installed and drain connected up. We also need a frame (cradle) for a new standard bath and panels surrounding the bath, suitable for tiling. The plumbing is already in place & all fittings have been bought, except for the shower lining.

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Changing cupboard orientation; refitting cupboard

Posted 4 weeks ago

We currently have a cupboard cavity (not fitted, but with a door), facing into our family room. We would like the orientation of the cupboard changed so it faces into our kitchen (thus becoming a pantry), and the inside of the cupboard finished. The renovator would need to do the following: * Break through the wall which is currently the back of the cupboard to host the new doorway (the existing frame and door can be reused); * Fill (gib and stop [materials to be provided by the re...

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Add extension and renovation

Posted 1 month ago

I want to add an extension to an existing house. The extension will around 30-50sqm and renovate the whole house. If I want to add the toilet to the the extension how much will it cost?

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Re-furb bathroom

Posted 3 days ago

Replace and reposition bath. Replace shower system and reposition on opposing wall. Replace wall linings with Seratone. Keep vanity unit if possible. Am looking for a start 16th Aug if at all possible.

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Build a bar in our living room

Posted 1 month ago

We would like a bar built in our living room. Ideally plumbed in and able to accommodate a bar fridge. It would need to look good with the living room as a whole. We would like to see about cutting a hole in the wall behind it to set in glass shelves and a frosted glass and/or mirrored back

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Removal of existing kitchen and installation of new kitchen

Posted 1 month ago

I am looking for someone to remove my existing kitchen and install a flat pack Mitre 10 or similar kitchen. I would need help with measuring and design so I know what to order. No major change of existing kitchen layout.

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Bathroom reno

Posted 3 weeks ago

60's house with toilet in laundry. Want to renovate bathroom by removing bath, replacing by a walk in shower, install a toilet and move the hand basin, so it's all in one space.

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Installation of kitchen cabinets

Posted 5 months ago

Require the assembly and installation of kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinets already purchased. Cabinets are from kaboodle kitchens.

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Bathroom renovate rotten subfloor

Posted 1 month ago

Urgently looking for someone to repair my bathroom. Severe rotten floor. We've just removed vanity and lino to assess damage as floor is spongey and toilet needs replacing

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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 reno

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th June 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Shower fitout - builder and plumbing required

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th October 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace shower

Work carried out by the owner/operator

8th September 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Disabled ramp

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th December 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Wardrobe

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th August 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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Sorted Construction Limited

Joined May 2021

Hi, I am a Licensed Building Practitioner and Qualified builder. Have been in this trade now for 15years have worked both commercial and residential. Ive just started my own business. I Specialise in minor and major renovations, building and maintenance. We are Masters in structural alteration and repairs our work is clean and tidy and always deliver quality service ....we are here to get it sor...

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NZT Telecom LTD

Joined May 2019

Telecommunications in General Fibre Connection Pole Work Internal Wiring Asphalting and Concretrete Reinstatement work TMP work. Road - Footpath - Private property’s

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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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M10 Services Limited

Joined January 2019

Good day, We are an expanding company operating in the Wellington region for over 3 years, We manage new builds/ renovations working with a extended team of trusted and proven sub contractors to deliver projects start to completion. The team has a personal investment and do good attitude inside and outside of the work uniforms and hours. Our completed projects have been performance and quality...

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Skinner n Skinner building company

Joined September 2010

Hi, We've been building new houses and renovating old ones for the last 15 years. We've been in wellington for the last 15 years and have worked on jobs around the city as well as in regional parts of wellington. While we specialize in major renovations and new builds we also do smaller jobs from time to time. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion. We prid...

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LJW Carpentry

Joined May 2012

LJW Carpentry All things building and maintenance to your home. With a combined 20 years building experience, LJW Carpentry can provide you with building solutions for your property. Prompt, courteous and professional. We can provide a full team of sub trades to make your project hassle free and get the job done to a great standard. For every customer our aim is to bring a quality and re...

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Craig Property Services

Joined April 2015

We specialise in small works comprising of refits of kitchens and bathrooms, e.g. fixing water leaks. 30 years of experience in building new houses, rebuilds and completing extensive renovation and maintenance work. We work hard to a plan our work, finish on time and within budget.

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Daves Home Improvement

Joined July 2021

Small building jobs, landscaping, decks, fences, room refits, laminate flooring, gib fixing, painting, pre sale tidy ups, hedge trimming, water blasting, lawn mowing, retaining walls, repairs and maintenance. No job too small. Small business who take pride in there work. References from happy customers. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions.

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Can Do Plumbing And Gas

Joined July 2013

Hi, I have been a plumber and gas fitter for 12 years. I specialise in renovations, new housing and commercial. I also do some maintenance work. I have a strong work ethic and have pride in my work. Thank you for your time Chad

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Handyman Plus

Joined August 2018

Hi there , I'm available to do any general Handyman Work, Gib Board repairs / Click Clank Laminate Flooring / Painting Interior and Exterior / Fencing / Decking / Touch up Plastering / general non compliance building work / Water Blasting / Fitting Doors and Hardware / Skirtings etc . l have been doing this on and off for some 40 odd years . l have also completed a number of per...

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COE BUILT Limited

Joined June 2019

Been in the building industry for 13 years. Qualified and LBP holding carpenter , specializing in home improvement and renovations. My goal is to help people renovate their homes, to be become warmer dryer more livable spaces. No jobs to big or small. Get in touch for a quote today.

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JVSL Construction Limited

Joined April 2011

We have over 20 years experience in the building industry. Our work has varied from Projrect Management, small bathroom/kitchen renovations/ medium alterations to design and build of new homes. We have excellent references that show we take extra pride in any work we undertake. Due to our robust tender procedure we are able to provide a competitive quote and have built a strong team of tradesman'...

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FREEFLOW PLUMBING & DRAINAGE SERVICES

Joined December 2011

I'VE BEEN SUCESSFULLY PRACTICING AS A PLUMBER, DRAINLAYER EARTH MOVER FOR OVER 35 YEARS ON THE KAPITI COAST. WE ATTEND TO ANY WATER OR DRAINAGE PROBLEMS THAT MAY POP UP OVER TIME.

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Rubios Pro Limited

Joined August 2018

Hello There, We are a reliable and trustworthy company with the experience and skills required to be able to provide the most professional care to maintain your house looking as good as you would want it. We can ensure you that our workers are hardworking and are ready to finish the jobs as soon as required with a great quality job . Call us for a free quote, good prices guaranteed.

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Greig Building Solutions

Joined November 2019

I am trade qualified in carpentry. I have a vast range of experience including new builds, alterations and extensions. I specialize in decks, fences and retaining walls. I also do small jobs like replacing rotten weatherboards and property maintenance. I have a very high standard of work and always keep the site clean.

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Rod 4 Maintenance

Joined April 2021

Hi, I'm an English builder. I have been in the building profession for over 35 years of which the last 11 years here in New Zealand. I specialize in finishes. I am qualified in stone masonry. Painting and decorating to a city and guilds grade 3 . After working in the building trade for that amount of time I have a wealth of knowledge and have experience in many aspects of the trades. I have a...

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Building renovator

Joined March 2017

Hi, I have been building for 20 years, I am a licensed builder, and licensed plumber, and a certified water proofer. I have completed some large renovations but also do the smaller jobs as well. I like to do reno work as it is more satisfying. and pleasing the customer is my ultimate aim I can always guarantee satisfaction.

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Terrene Earthworks and Carpentry Ltd

Joined July 2021

Hi, I'm Gareth from Terrene Earthworks and Carpentry Ltd. A newly established construction business based in Wellington. With over a decade of operating heavy machinery and working on high end residential renovations in the harsh and steep environments of Wellington, we have gained vast experience in tight and hard to access jobs with quality results. Competitive rates and quick turn arounds is wh...

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JK Project Management

Joined June 2012

JK Project Management looks after all the trades on your projects to give you one simple point of contact. Renovating? Full build? Landscaping? - Let us sort the builder, sparky, plumber etc. As well as offering Project Management, we also offer Excavation works, Driveways, home handyman, rubbish removal, tiling, plastering, painting from all the trades on our books. Having so many trades on...

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Shed 14 Boatbuilding

Joined November 2020

Hello there, I am a qualified wooden boat builder and experienced cabinet maker/ carpenter who has over 25 years experience in woodworking and renovations. I have over the years renovated houses and restored villa's, repairing wooden windows/doors and cabinetry and building custom wooden fixtures . I can build new windows and doors or repair you old ones, fix your deck or verandah, repair wea...

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