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Our blog is full with helpful news and knowledge covering renovating related repairs and renovations around your home. 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.

7 Things Tradies Want You To Know Going Into 2022

Posted 30/11/21

Next year will be the year of catch-22’s for home improvement. So, how can you get a great outcome for your project in these busy times?

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Composite vs. Timber Decking

Posted 28/01/20

Composite or timber decking – which is better? To choose a suitable material for your project, we have gathered the key aspects to look at.

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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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Your Ultimate Lawn Comparison Guide

Posted 30/04/21

If you’re wondering what type of lawn to go for, we’ve got you covered. Know what type of lawn best suits your needs, budget, and lifestyle.

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Need to Add an Extra Bedroom for Your Kids?

Posted 10/11/16

Kiwi parents have on average 1.9 kids, which works fine for those who have three bedroom homes. Except when you have more than two children, have guests over to stay or want to use a bedroom as a study or home office. That’s when adding on an extra bedroom for your kids is a great solution to gi

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Are You Considering Adding an Ensuite to Your Master Bedroom?

Posted 24/11/16

Should I build another room for my ensuite or should I alter my existing master bedroom to fit one in? It might not seem like an important question, but there are pros and cons to consider for both these options... Adding an ensuite - should you extend or convert your master bedroom? Insta

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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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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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Guide to Cladding Options and Materials

Posted 31/07/19

Here’s a guide on the types of cladding options and materials available in New Zealand and how they stack up against each other.

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Latest renovating case studies

Discover in-depth, ways which our homeowners have used Builderscrack to shape their house into the home of their dreams.

Expert Tiling Provides The Finishing Touch to a Kitchen Renovation

Hiring an expert tiler gave the final polishing touch to one of our homeowner’s stunning kitchen renovating. Check out how they did it.

A 3yo’s Take on Having Plasterers in the Home

Renovating with kids at home is no small feat. Read on to find out how this family hired a plasterer for their living room reno.

Bench Seating Took This Small Dining Room From Awkward To Cosy

Got an awkward space that can't be solved with furniture? Enter: bench seating. Find out design tips and hindsight from these NZ homeowners.

Sleek Splashback Completes Kitchen and Laundry Reno

Read about a sleek splashback project for a kitchen and laundry with one of our tradies. Also get advice for your next tiling work.

Living the Dream: Geoff Converted This '86 School Bus Into a Home-on-Wheels

While waiting for the tours to resume from border closures, Geoff prepares for a trip of a lifetime aboard his home-on-wheels.

Small Bathroom Renovation Turns Major When The Unexpected Happens

Budget blow-outs, schedule delays and an unforeseen scenario - this bathroom renovation's got it all! See the incredible transformation.

Overgrown Patio to Contemporary Deck: How Lex Doubled His Living Space

Find out how a contemporary deck project transformed a ‘cold and unused’ area to create indoor-outdoor flow.

Homes On Show - Save My Bathroom

Read about how a tradie helped a homeowner with her bathroom renovation, turning an outdated relic into modern, clean and functional.

Garage Door Colour Update Challenge Solved By Our Tradies

A homeowner shares how a tradie from Builderscrack helped her update the colour of her metal garage door from bland blue to striking ebony.

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Old villa needing a new kitchen #2

Posted 6 months ago

My mothers home is an old villa and I am wanting to put a new kitchen in. I am hoping for someone to help us out put a new kitchen in. Ngā Mihi Malane

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Minor structural renovation

Posted 4 months ago

Getting rid of front and back door taking out the doors and bringing wall to be flush with the rest of the house. Removal of load-bearing wall.

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New Bathroom floor required

Posted 2 months ago

I am needing a new bathroom floor due to water damage. This foundation flooring is chipboard and this is what needs replacing. It is an urgent job that needs to be looked at sooner rather than later. The bathroom is approximately 1.5m×3m.

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Bathroom/laundry reno

Posted 6 months ago

bath removed, wet floor shower installed along with hand rails and a fold up seat off the shower wall and an extra toilet added..Need detailed plans and drawings done up. no time frame sorted as of yet till we can sort plans and pricing. Bathroom and laundry are right next to each other which will make things a bit easier hopefully.

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House Renos

Posted 3 months ago

Hi team, i am looking at renovating my 2bedroom house. I am wanting to update the lining and update my kitchen & bathroom. Bedroom1: Add skirting, add cove (on ceiling), add window/door trim Bedroom2: Re-line walls with gib, Add skirting, add cove (on ceiling), add window/door trim Bathroom: re-line room and repair any damage, Add skirting, add cove (on ceiling), add window/door trim Kitchen: re-line room and repair any damage, Add skirting, add cove (on ceiling), add window/door trim L...

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House extension and internal rebuild

Posted 4 months ago

Garage addition with concrete slab floor. Removal of structural and non-structural walls. Installation of engineered beams. Build new internal and external walls. Reline entire internal walls and insulate. New en-suite installation. Kitchen renovation Fit new windows and doors. Renovate existing bathroom. Architecturally designed plans currently with engineer. Expecting to go to council shortly, estimated start time is early 2022.

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Adding Seratone sheets to shower area

Posted 7 months ago

Hi there, Looking at removing and installing new seratone aqua sheets in the shower area. Sheets already purchased. Photo attached. Please can you visit to quote the job for my dad Based in Feilding. Thanks Reth

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Beach house renovation project

Posted 1 month ago

We are renovating our beach house and need a competent builder who can assist us with our project. This is a large, full scale interior renovation with all internal walls to be lined and gib stopped ready for painting. We have new aluminum windows on order to replace the existing timber frames. Some timber flooring sections need replacing and leveling. We are happy to work on a time and materials basis for the right person. Our timeline is reasonably flexible but would like work to commence...

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Install shower enclosure

Posted 6 months ago

Require a shower enclosure to be installed over an existing wetfloor + shower dome (or similar) installed on top. Ideally just put a shower box straight over the top - though never that simple! The shower is in a corner, with a window on one side and a vanity on the other, which means some extra alterations will likely be needed to fit an enclosure in. Floor also slopes down in shower area toward drain. Wall to window frame measures 780mm (can block off window if required as not used) W...

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Minor structural renovation #2

Posted 3 months ago

Getting rid of front and back door taking out the doors and bringing wall to be flush with the rest of the house. Removal of load-bearing wall.

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Tile

Posted 4 months ago

To redo tile in shower, want a walk in shower no step.

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New kitchen

Posted 6 months ago

Looking for a quote to renovate my kitchen gutting it all out /knock dividing wall out then putting in an island

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Toilet for Pool Area

Posted 3 months ago

Hi, I would like help with someone to install a toilet and vanity including obtaining consents for a toilet/vanity in our pool area which will feed into an existing septic system. Cheers Dan

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Flatpack Kitchen Installation

Posted 3 months ago

Our daughters house is being renovated. She purchased a new flatpack kitchen but needs to find someone who can install it.

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Port St West

Posted 4 months ago

Its time to update the bathroom. Shower, bath, toilet and vanity need to be removed and replaced/installed with new, and plumbing completed that includes tapware. Would like a tiled shower. and floor. Would like the bath, shower and vanity in swapped positions. eg: move the shower to where the vanity currently is. Floor area is 2.5m x 3.5m. thanks Peter

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General fix ups around house

Posted 2 weeks ago

Hi. I need general stuff fixed around house - holes filled in plaster (some quite large), ceiling boards in 1900s house, french doors installed, kitchen ceiling covered with gib. I can supply images of all the work needed. Builder who can quote on small jobs and also by the hour would be best as I always find others things that need doing. I'm also installing a new bathroom so the builder would need to help with that.

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Old villa needing a new kitchen

Posted 6 months ago

My mothers home is an old villa and I am wanting to put a new kitchen in. I was hoping to get the materials and have someone put the kitchen.

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Handyman bathroom renovations

Posted 4 months ago

Looking for a handyman who can - demolish existing bathroom - possibly replace floor (assess once removed existing flooring) - reline with gib - install new bathroom units (shower, bath, vaniety, heated towel rail). We will supply these Basically get up to the point of plastering and painting. Time frame is either week 4th October or 11th October to link up with plumber.

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Upstairs

Posted 3 months ago

We want to convert a small upstairs bedroom into a bathroom and install a small kitchen unit on the wall of the adjacent room with associated plumbing and electrical work. The door to the current bedroom may nee to be moved depending on the design chosen. There is reasonable access to site.

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Ensuite Renovation

Posted 4 months ago

We are looking for someone to help renovate our small ensuite. We require a full replacement of shower, vanity, toilet and floor tiles. We are looking to do this on a small budget. Future opportunity for a main bathroom and laundry renovation to.

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Find Renovation Specialists in Manawatu

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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DoCarpentry

Joined January 2022

Hi, I’m focusing on small carpentry jobs to do in 1-2 days and insulation, where I’ve got a large experience and can provide a professional and friendly service with tidy completion

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Astro Building & Maintenance

Joined June 2018

With over 30 years experience in construction, ASTRO Maintenance boast a wide knowledge and skills. Based in Levin, Horowhenua ASTRO Maintenance can accommodate various jobs throughout Horowhenua, Manawatu-Wanganui and Kapiti Coast. From small maintenance repairs to all inside and outside renovations, ASTRO Maintenance provides a professional, high standard, reliable building and maintenance serv...

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Fresh Building Solutions

Joined April 2017

Hi there, I've worked for a well established and locally renowned building company for over 10 years, which has a great reputation for specialising in new homes, renovations, decks, fencing and any other residential building needs. I've also had stints overseas, and worked in Australia and the UK for 5-6 years, working in the commercial building industry, and also have experience in shop fittin...

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NZ CCS ltd

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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TLR Construction

Joined June 2020

Hi, I have over 15 years experience in the construction industry and pride myself on completing work to a high standard. I look forward to meeting you to discuss what we can offer.

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Sai Building Services Ltd

Joined December 2020

Sai Building Services Ltd We do Led Lighting Aircond Heatpump Central Ducted system For all Residential and commercial Plus 6 years free service on all systems installed by us for peace of mind. Area's we cover Wellington to Waikato Finance also available For all your 1 stop property maintenance New Decking & Fencing( New design and styles) Painting Roofing Plumbing Pl...

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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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Smileys decks and fences

Joined May 2017

Have been building for the last 4 years. Looking for weekend/after work jobs to get a bit of extra money. I will work hard to give you a finished product you love at a great rate.

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JKlass Construction Limited

Joined September 2021

Hi there we have been building for 10 plus years with experience in high end homes to small renovations. Specialise in finishing work. (Shopefitter by trade) Open to anything, Kids play houses, toys, Man caves, or just a revamp of your kitchen or bathroom. We pride ourselves in doing an A-Class job to the highest of quality. No jobs too small

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Level Ridge Limited

Joined July 2017

Level Ridge Limited is a property maintenance and construction company covering the Hawkes Bay, Manawatu/ Whanganui, and Nelson-Tasman regions, offering a comprehensive range of services using both internal staff ( including qualified carpenters and licensed building practitioners) and trade qualified specialist contractors including plumbers and electricians. We can take care of the full scope o...

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palmer construction

Joined June 2016

Palmer construction is a well established building business with a passion for house renovation and all general building and property maintenance including painting.

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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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Rapid construction

Joined November 2018

HI, we have been doing residential fencing and decks for the last 2 years. while we are specialized in two sectors one being residential fencing and decks and other being plasterboard installs for renovation works. we do other jobs as well, anything from water blasting to minor renovations to verandahs - pergolas and even those small property repairs. we are professional and reliable at reasona...

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Morris Construction 2017 Limited

Joined February 2017

Morris Construction is Manawatu based, family run building company. Johno Morris is a qualified building practitioner who has over 10 years building experience. We have a team of 4 qualified builders and 3 apprentice builders who are driven and passionate about the industry. Our team takes pride in their work and has exceptional attention to detail. We offer a wide range of building services an...

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BOLD Landscape Design and Construction

Joined September 2011

Over 30 years landscape design and construction experience. From a simple fence to a full residential contract. Happy to simply provide a concept plan with estimates on costs of work required, right through the finished product. Excellent portfolio can be provided upon request - ...

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4ast Services

Joined July 2021

Hi, My name is Arorae Akari Im the owner of 4ast Services Ltd and my team as I called them 3T which means they all know the 3 Trades, which saves you time and effort to get other tradesmen or tradeswomen. As for my team or I call them family, they have combined experience of over 20 years We specialises in gib fixing, plastering, painting as well as supplying cleaners and labourers. Like our Slo...

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Practical Building Company Ltd

Joined December 2019

We understand that problems arise with houses, landscaping and everything else to do with property services. It's our aim to provide cost effective solutions that can help our clients and aim to receive referrals from existing clients. Let me help solve your property problems

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Wylie Carpentry

Joined October 2016

Qualified Carpenter with a strong eye for detail and quality. Available for: Decks Fences Pergolas Renovations Additions Bathrooms Kitchens +More

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Mahi ki Te Ora Ltd

Joined October 2020

Kia ora, Blair and I have 35yrs plus combined expertise in the building industry and offer you our trade qualified skill set to bring to life your vision . While we specialise in Renovations we also are adept at carrying out smaller jobs . Looking forward to helping create your dreams . Cheers Craig .

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C T Carpentry Ltd

Joined August 2020

Hi, I'm a Qualified and Licenced builder who loves what she does. Specializing in smaller building jobs such as decks, fences, home maintenance and renovations I get immense satisfaction from seeing the end product of my hard work and always strive for a top end result.

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