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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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

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.

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.

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.

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

Renovating with kids at home is no small feat. Read about a family’s experience having their toddler meet tradespeople working with them.

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.

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.

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, budget and hindsight from these NZ homeowners.

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.

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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.

Replace corner shower unit

Posted 8 months ago

Hi, I have a 70s bathroom in need of renovation. Shower update is the priority. Stage 1: replace crappy corner shower ASAP - not sure whether to tile or install complete corner unit. Shower tray sits approx 200mm off floor - centre waste. As this is a holiday home, viewings and job will need to work around bookings. (Stage 2: update toilet and vanity - timeframe approx end Feb. Stage 3: update flooring, options and quote for tiled floor with underfloor heating. Timeframe approx end...

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Kitchen bathroom reno

Posted 7 months ago

Total refit of kitchen and bathroom. Bathroom needs a wall knocked out and shower moved. Tiled. Kitchen needs new walls, cabinets and benches.

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Bathroom reno

Posted 5 months ago

hi i need my bath room renovated sorry i do not no how to post photos so the measurements for the entire bathroom are 7 1/2 mtrs by 1200 with the shower being a tiled ... of that space and needs to be replaced too, would like work done asap if possible.

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Hackett reno in havelock

Posted 6 months ago

Gib and plaster most of house. New kitchen. Build wardrobes x 2. Potentially moving meterbox. Would like to split job into two, half of house done at a time starting with lounge and kitchen. Time frame is negotiable but fairly soon would be great.

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Bach renovations

Posted 10 months ago

Extension of existing room (removal of a current wall), 1 x existing bathroom renovation, 1 x existing kitchen renovation, installation of bifold doors (circa 10m) onto existing deck, installation of 1 x new bathroom (downstairs), installation of 1 x new kitchenette (downstairs), new deck (downstairs), landscaping of an existing grass area. Other general/aesthetic work in existing rooms (3-4). Approx. 150-200sqm in total.

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Remove internal wall in Lounge

Posted 5 months ago

The house is 1930's and I guess originally had a pitch roof. However the house had a fire a few years back and the roof was replaced with a truss roof. I want to remove an internal wall in the lounge. I'm not sure if this wall is load bearing or not - will require inspection to be sure.

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Total renovation: 1950s single story 100sqm house

Posted 2 months ago

We are looking for a builder to manage a complete renovation of our house. It will be empty for the work. Timeframe next 3-6mo. Scope: New wall, ceiling linings New floor coverings Rewire Replumb Reroof New windows New bathroom and kitchen Minor structural alterations

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Kitchen extractor install

Posted 1 year ago

I need an extractor fan installed in the kitchen of my rental property. The job will involve removal or adaptation of existing cabinet above oven and installation of extractor fan.

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Ensuite renovation

Posted 6 months ago

Small 1600 x 2200 room. Has been completely stripped back to framing and bare floorboards. Hoping to fully tile, with walk in shower at one end (750 x 1600), so need a professional to do the waterproofing work required. Need the work done as soon as possible.

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Remove Old Wall Panel heater

Posted 1 year ago

Wanting a quote to remove and dispose of wall panel heater from a 1970's property. I have been told it will have asbestos.

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Re-line existing shower cubicle.

Posted 4 months ago

Re-line existing shower cubicle. One of three - one has been done. Strip out old linings, probably re-gib and fix new aquapanel or similar. Simply copy the one that has already been completed.

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Making fridge alcove bigger!

Posted 1 year ago

We recently moved into our house and the space for the fridge isn't big enough to accomodate our 900mm wide double door fridge. I started to rip off the job and attempt it myself but once I saw bracing and studs I decided it was too big for my own poor skill set. The job would involve encroaching upon the linen cupboard to the left to make the alcove bigger. The copper piping is not in use, there used to be a water heater there but now the house is on gas.

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Internal wall removal

Posted 7 months ago

We have an internal wall between kitchen and lounge and want to know if it can be removed and cost.

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Installing new kitchen

Posted 6 months ago

As part of extensive renovations we are looking for someone to fit a new kitchen. It will be supplied from either Placemakers or Bunnings. Job would likely be end of April beginning of May as other parts of project begin 11/04. You will only be installing kitchen.

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Move bedroom wall at Holiday apartment in Waikawa Bay.

Posted 3 months ago

Remove bedroom wall, frame up and jib new wall. Plaster jib board.

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Horsley bathroom renovation

Posted 7 months ago

Gutting of existing bathroom (1800 x 3000), remove existing bath, vanity and shower enclosure, floor covering (lino) Reline bathroom and tile shower enclosure. Fit new vanity. Fit cavity slider door to entrance. Install extraction system (thru wall). Install lighting and power points as needed

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Wilson bathroom

Posted 2 months ago

Wall tiles around Bath and in niche, and above vanity. Needed end of next week roughly. Not a big job, but need nice finishing touches for our new bathroom. Black and white theme. We are organising the tiles to use.

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Advertisement Frame installation

Posted 8 months ago

Install frame for new advertisement by board

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Modernise bathroom

Posted 8 months ago

New vanity, tiled shower.

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Bathroom reno

Posted 4 months ago

Hi! Bathroom needs new floorboards (there has been a leak in the past). We would like to get a tiled shower installed, tiling on the walls and floor, a new vanity put in, and some new lighting. Happy for all existing plumbing to stay as is so would just be refreshing the shower, toilet, basin and flooring. We will do the paining ourselves.

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Recent renovating reviews

With over 204,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Remove Old Wall Panel heater

Work carried out by the owner/operator

29th June 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 3
Schedule
 5
Communication
 3

Re-line existing shower cubicle.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Horsley bathroom renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

23rd June 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Wilson bathroom


29th July 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Find Renovation Specialists in Marlborough

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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Flint Construction

Joined March 2015

Small family owned building company, servicing the South island. Run by an experienced Licensed Building Practitioner. Providing tailor made building solutions for your budget and needs. We can complete your renomb bvation, new build or light commercial project. No job is too small for us, we can be building a new house or replacing pickets on a fence, our professional attitude remains. Happy to...

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Eur roofing ltd

Joined February 2021

The human mind is the limitation, roofing can be folded like origami more questions feel free to ask or check out cassbayhouse on Instagram or grand designs.

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SoBeer Structural and Fire

Joined May 2020

With nearly 20 years of experience in New Zealand, I am a Chartered Structural Engineer based in Christchurch and a Producer Statement Author for Auckland City Council. I have a broad experience in structural design and site investigation from new build to alteration, and seismic or earthquake assessment of existing structures. These structures vary from residential, commercial, school, and pub...

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Isles Construction Canterbury Ltd

Joined July 2014

We're a family owned and operated commercial and residential construction company - we've operated in the Manawatu and Lower North Island for the last 40 years and have had a branch in Christchurch for the seven years. We are Registered Master Builders and LBPs. We do commercial, industrial, education, defence and residential work. We are Site Safe accredited and part of the ACC WSMP Scheme.

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Viking Contracting

Joined June 2016

Hey there! My name is Tom and I am the owner of Viking Contracting Ltd. We specialise in hard and soft landscaping, construction contracting, concrete, paving, fencing and decking. Free measure and quotes always available.

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TFB Contracting

Joined February 2021

Can repile, relevel houses, retrofit and renovate, plumbing and even reroute pre existing pipes, electrical issues, not a problem. Very professional, no communication issues, I pride myself and am very attentive, small jobs, big jobs am happy to help

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Wizards Construction

Joined September 2019

I'm a trade qualified builder with 20 years experience. I specialise in all building works. Wall and floor tiling, leveling and repiling. No job is to small, we do it all. Fast and reliable.

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Gw builders ltd

Joined May 2016

With over 25 years of experience in the construction industry we are small family business of qualified reliable builders with a high standard in every job we face.. guaranteed to please! Specialising in: *Light Comercial *Architectural builds *New builds *Renovations/extentions *Landscaping *All forms of concrete work No jobs to big or small!

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Baseline Concrete and insulation

Joined January 2018

At Baseline Concrete we specialize in all aspects of Concrete. From house slabs to driveways, terraces and many more. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and completing jobs on budget. We are also have a home insulation business that we run specializing in making homes warmer and meeting the Nz stan...

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Golden 5R Transport Ltd

Joined July 2017

We have exemplary qualified D-F-RTW endorsed drivers that can transport earth materials on site, had been Health & Safety inducted; with Site-Safe, TC Basic 1 (Traffic Control); We also have network of contractors, driveway asphalt layering and patching. Preparing topsoil for property /commercial building requirements e.g pool installation, property developments, excavating unneeded stumps/contami...

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Kept Under Wraps

Joined August 2015

Kept Under Wraps have been in the signwriting industry for many moons and have adapted to the changes in the industry. Their current focus is vinyl wrapping vehicles from partial wraps, full wraps, colour change, and paint protection film, as well as headlight and taillight tints, and anything else you can imagine. Full wraps so far include various exotic cars, a motorbike, and a mountainbike, mor...

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Apex Construction Ltd

Joined September 2019

We've been building custom homes, renovating old homes and carrying out heritage restorations for 10 years. Whilst this is where we specialise, we also take on smaller jobs and we love outdoor living/entertaining area's. We take pride in our attention to detail, not only in completing our projects but also in our open and transparent communication with our clients, so that we know exactly what...

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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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Mark Smith Builders

Joined February 2012

Mark Smith Builders established in 2009, with 13 years experience we specialise in all aspects of residential buildings, architectural homes, hill sites, alterations and repair work. Mark has developed strong relationships with the people of Canterbury helping with the Christchurch rebuild. As a licensed building practitioner (LBP) you can rest assure your home is getting built by a qualified bu...

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Surfacing Solutions

Joined March 2021

Surfacing Solutions has an established reputation as an innovative and effective supplier of high quality construction and contracting services. Customers appreciate and can rely on our extensive experience in the industry, our dedicated staff and hands-on management team.

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Dean Building and Renovations

Joined November 2019

We specialise in house renovations and alterations, rural pole sheds, decks and residential fences. Dean Building & Renovations can project manage the entire job, so you know you are in good hands throughout. Communication is key, so the team at DB&R will provide regular contact to ensure your needs are met every step of the way. We work closely with our architect to ensure design, quality and...

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Silver Creek Constructional

Joined February 2019

Hi there, I've been building for the last 6years and operating machinery since I can remember I have just gone out on my own labouring to housing company's. I am a very passionate builder with the love of perfection. I spent my time building architectural home's for 4 years then moved into the more residential homes over the last 2 years. I'm a very work focused type of person with a wide range of...

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NZ Kitchen Designer

Joined September 2019

A kitchen always starts with the space you have allocated between walls and windows. NZ Kitchen Designers use creativity and functionality to create the most fulfilling space for you and your family. Whether you are after a kitchen renovation or a plan for building consent, I can help. With a Diploma in Interior Design complimented with mid-high end kitchen design, retail and manufacturing...

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DS Built ltd

Joined October 2014

Hi I have 16 years experience in the residential construction industry both here in NZ and a stint in the UK. We specialize in new architectural builds, but also do smaller jobs; renovations and extensions, bathrooms, retaining walls, custom decks and outdoor areas. We are very professional and pride ourselves on working hard to meet deadlines and budgets.

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NuVista Homes

Joined March 2014

Hi, We are NuVista Homes. We are a multi-award winning, family operated business with over 14 years of building experience in New Homes, Renovations, Alterations, Light Commercial work and General Building. We also offer in house interior design services We pride ourselves on making you happy and creating your project into our own master piece. This means we take the time to get to know you...

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