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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.

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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The Benefits of Building a Conservatory

Posted 22/10/14

If you've been thinking about adding an extension to your home, Building a conservatory is a clever way to add more living space without having to move to a larger home. One of the benefits of building a conservatory is the potential to add a lot of value to your home. Hiring an architect

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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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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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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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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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5 Tips for Spring Home Renovations

Posted 29/10/14

We've talked to industry insiders and experts, and have put together a list of our top 5 tips for getting started your spring home renovations. Spring home renovations Coming out of a cold winter, spring home renovations may seem like a daunting prospect.  Yes, you've been thinking about i

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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 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

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

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

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

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

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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 bathroom reno

Posted 3 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 renovation

Posted 1 year ago

Remove the shower and install bathtub, install shower curtain. Remove laundry tub. Remove & replace vinyl flooring with tiles.

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Kitchen extractor install

Posted 10 months 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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Making fridge alcove bigger!

Posted 11 months 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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Advertisement Frame installation

Posted 4 months ago

Install frame for new advertisement by board

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Hackett reno in havelock

Posted 2 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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Walk in pantry

Posted 1 year ago

Want to add a walk in pantry off the kitchen

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Bach renovations

Posted 6 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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Horsley bathroom renovation

Posted 2 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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Installing new kitchen

Posted 2 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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New bathroom

Posted 1 year ago

Hi i have a double garage 1 side has been converted into a sleepout currently its only 1 room but would like to add a small bathroom. Toilet, shower and deep sink. I understand there would have to be a step up into the bathroom as the garage has a concrete floor so im just wondering if sum1 can give me a price on what completing this job would be. My other thought was changing it from a simgle room into a double building a second room next to the already built room so 1 room could be the lou...

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Re-line existing shower cubicle.

Posted 2 days 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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Modernise bathroom

Posted 3 months ago

New vanity, tiled shower.

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Ensuite renovation

Posted 1 month 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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Replace corner shower unit

Posted 4 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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Bathroom reno

Posted 1 month 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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Remove Old Wall Panel heater

Posted 11 months 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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Internal wall removal

Posted 3 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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Remove internal wall in Lounge

Posted 1 month 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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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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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 in just a few days. 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 all...

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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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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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Fix It Fox Handyman Services

Joined December 2020

No Job Too Small. Hands on Engineer. I have built a broad spectrum of residential and engineering items. I have a full suite of skills - fabrication, building, roofing, plumbing, drainage, electrical etc ie classical handyman who does well in all trades. Good tool base. Multiple trailers. Can cart 9m lengths. Engineers built the world.

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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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Rogers Construction

Joined September 2018

Hi there, I am a fully Qualified builder and have been in the industry for 6 years. I am an LBP (licensed building practitioner) so you can have full confidence in me to complete any job to a high standard. I have experience in a vast number of renovations, new builds and fit out work. Im looking to break through as a sole trader and grow my business so happy to take on any job no matter how bi...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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CMT Group

Joined October 2019

CMT Group provides Construction Services for a range of building projects, whether for complete specialist construction projects; such as commercial buildings or school classrooms, to smaller sheds and garages, residential home builds and everything in between. A family-owned and operated company for over 20 years, CMT Group have bases in Christchurch and Blenheim to enable us to equally serve...

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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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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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Mitre Ben Construction Limited

Joined March 2016

Hi My name is Ben, and I run a small carpentry business servicing Canterbury and beyond. We specialise in new builds, renovations & hard landscaping I am happy to come to you and discuss what you are needing done, at a time that suits you. I am a Licenced Building Practitioner as well as being a Qualified Carpenter. Thanks for taking the time to check us out, Ben Powley

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