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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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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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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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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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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. Ext

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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 [caption id="attachment_8825" align="alignright" width="255"] Adam Pearce. Bath

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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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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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Latest renovating case studies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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New bathroom & water pressure

Posted 4 months ago

We have a concrete base, asbestos exterior wall and no roof (flat roof) house. Looking to get gas installed due to low pressure. Luckily most plumbing fittings (all but the bath) are on the external wall (so gasfitter has said we can run lines on the exterior of the house. To get to the bath, I'm assuming a line needs to be run inside an interior wall (if that's even possible). Also our low pressure shower would need to be replaced. Our bathroom is an L-shape & we'd happily keep things where the...

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Upgrade kitchen

Posted 2 months ago

Hi there. Looking for a tradie/contractor to help us with the upgrade of an old kitchen: a couple of new cabinets, new pantry, new benchtop, in-built appliances, splashback, new fronts etc.

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Install new shower and waterproof ceiling panels

Posted 3 months ago

We’d like to install a new shower and add waterproof/mould resistant ceiling panels in the bathroom. Some of the wood next to the shower has rotten so may need a bigger shower to cover this or replace the wood. The shower is 740mm deep, 880mm width and 1890mm high There is a 325mm gap between bath and shower where the wood has gone rotten and a 120mm gap between the shower and wooden door frame where there has also been some water damage. Please provide a price estimate, the time frame...

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Master suite

Posted 1 week ago

I want quote to do alterations to convert two bedrooms and bathroom to a master suite. Includes removal of walls, extend of existing wall. removal of kitchenette. installation of wardrobe units. removal of texture ceiling. new light fittings and flooring. painting of walls.

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Reline shower

Posted 3 months ago

Remove existing shower linings, fix possible water leak behind existing lining, reinstate with new lining. The property is rented and our tennant is very understanding. Ideally a nice quick turnaround is essential to minimise disruption.

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Shower

Posted 2 weeks ago

Replacing existing three segment folding sliding shower door with a single opening door to existing shower if possible Timeframe non urgent but within next 6 weeks

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Renovate ensuite

Posted 2 months ago

Remove old shower replace gib behind shower and put new shower in

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Design and Building

Posted 2 months ago

I am wanting someone who can organise someone to draw up plans, get consent and do the building work. I need a lounge extension, 4th bedroom built on and kitchen and bathroom renovation

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Bathroom remodel

Posted 3 months ago

We are looking to remodel our out dated and small bathroom. We want to put in a bath (where an old one was taken out before we purchased the house), put in the vanity and refit the shower. There will be some tile work and replacement of gib/ waterproofing/ plastering. We would like to do the final paint ourselves as well as the beginning demo. Bath/shower/vanity and tap ware will all be provided. We are putting the bath and vanity in their original positions so the plumbing shouldn't need to be...

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Installation

Posted 3 months ago

Install a new shower and handbasin . The old ones need replacing . We have the new shower stall hand basin and tap ware . We would also like to install an extractor fan open to suggestions or ideas . We ca help remove the existing shower stall to help save on costs

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Bathroom renovation and flooring replacement

Posted 4 months ago

My partner and I currently have a situation where our shower is leaking out on to our floor including the floor being quite questionable. We really need a professional to take a look at the damage and give us a quote for the fix. As we assume the floor and shower will need to be removed we are wanting to also renovate while we are there. We are wanting a business that provides all the tradesman neccessary in one quote.

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Small Bathroom Renovation

Posted 1 month ago

Small bathroom renovation required in Pirimai to be completed before Winter 2021

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Opening and framing up an interior wall ready for louver window

Posted 2 months ago

Need an window frame added to an existing interior wall next to existing door. Approx 800 x 1800.

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Leaky bathroom

Posted 1 month ago

My shower wall is not attached properly to the wall, water can get up and under and there is water damage to the walls and the Lino surrounding the shower. The amount of water under the Lino appears to be increasing and when I press down water comes up between Lino join and the shower . I am after someone to investigate the damage and repair. This would involve removing the shower walls, removing and fixing gib and potentially flooring. I am looking for this to be fixed sooner than later give...

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Reinstall shower cubicle and install vented extractor fan

Posted 3 months ago

The shower is leaking around the sides and the plumber told me it's not installed properly and a builder needs to lift it, seal it etc. Also I have an extraction fan in the ensuite but its not vented. I want it to be vented outside the house.

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Blocking off doorway

Posted 1 week ago

Blocking of existing doorway flush with existing wall on one side and wardrobe/cupboard with door on the office side. Doorway is 2mx1.15m. Aprox 600 deep.

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Bathroom refitted

Posted 2 weeks ago

Our bathroom needs to be gutted. New window put in, false ceiling removed, wall taken out to extend bathroom (this is a cupboard) that is the length of the bathroom. New floor needed and fixtures and fittings added.

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Ensuite Mould

Posted 3 months ago

Mould is increasingly coming back in ensuite. Last scrubbed in May, Want opinions on what is happening and best course of action. Showerdome? Extractor fan? Dehumidifier? replace some gib (is mould in/behind pain & wall?) Opinions and some start over the next week prefered (29/9/20) Likely to seek new toilet instalation sometime soon too Thanks

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Expanding within its walls

Posted 4 weeks ago

I need a garage made into a bedroom which will mean the hallway will need to extend and the toilet moved. A wall removed between lounge and dining. A carport built. Depending on quote maybe a bath removed a new vanity and retiling.

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Toilet

Posted 2 months ago

Install new shower with side and mixer from where a shower has been taken out. Install a vanity near where one has been taken out. Install toilet where a bath has been taken out. Install small vanity in the toilet room.

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Recent renovating reviews

With over 183,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Showerhead and mixer replace

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 2
Schedule
 5
Communication
 2

Kitchen Cabinetry Removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd April 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Barnett shower renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th December 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

SHOWER CUBICLE REPAIR

Work carried out by the owner/operator

31st October 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Urgently needing new vanity installed

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th November 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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Joined July 2010

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

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Build Mac Limited

Joined January 2013

Building and construction company that strives to deliver a great job at competitive prices. We are experienced in new housing, alterations, extensions, and maintenance work. We can take care of the whole process of your job and organise your project from start to finish We are a member of the New Zealand Master Builders Association and as such are able to offer a Master Builder 10-year guarante...

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CS CONTRACTING

Joined January 2020

Hi, I have been doing building for about 6 months. So far I have done a house extension, renovations,waterproofing, decking etc. so I know the basics and some of the tricky things. I am just looking for weekend perk jobs to gain a reputation and grow my knowledge

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Andy Hamer plumbing and Gas Limited

Joined June 2018

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

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Renovation Hawkes Bay

Joined February 2017

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

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glenn hoskin

Joined March 2017

Hi my name is Glenn and i like thinking outside the square. Im creative and love creating something that looks good and lasts. I also love taking something broken and fixing it. I see potential where others may not. Im friendly and helpful and will go the extra mile. �

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NZ Top Repairs

Joined November 2020

NZ Top Repairs® specialises in repairing damage to a range of hard surfaces to match their original appearance – most of our repairs look as if the damage never happened. We work on-site and can produce pristine results on nearly all hard surfaces, including: Bench tops, Tiles, Showers, Baths, Spas, Vinyl Flooring, Vanity Tops, and Hand Basins

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DownSize NZ

Joined November 2018

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

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RHL Contracting

Joined October 2017

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

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SchoCon

Joined July 2012

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

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Infinite Kitchens & Joinery

Joined April 2015

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

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L & B Construction

Joined September 2019

We have done renovation in houses, painting and decorating, plastering, concreting, paving, fencing, house insulation, and cleaning in and outside the house or offices for 12 years. Whatever others won’t do we will be there to help your needs. Our professional, honest and hard working team will go extra mile for deadlines and to suit your budget. We specialise in any renovations from roof to floo...

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Zeus And Sons Electrical

Joined February 2017

Hey, I've been working as an electrician for 5 years. Recently formed Zeus And Sons Electrical on the 3rd of Jan 2019. Based in Hastings, servicing the Hawke's Bay region. As a new business owner I'm keen to get underway and start building my reputation by providing a quality service with reliable products at a good price. I do domestic/commercial/Industrial work such as: -Installation of l...

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Bay Carpenters LTD

Joined June 2016

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

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Kiwi House Inspection Hawke's Bay

Joined September 2018

Hi, At Kiwi House Inspections Hawke's Bay we supply comprehensive building reports at competitive prices. We are qualified builders and licensed building practitioners. We aim to supply our reports on the same day and can supply many forms of building inspection services. From residential to commercial to asbestos testing.

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d Construct

Joined February 2018

Hi, I've been involved in the construction industry for the last 25 years, from carpentry, to a builder, to Project Management, to Quantity Surveying, and building again. My passion has always been to be on site with an apron on, hammer in hand, making peoples visions and dreams come to life. We are a professional building company that delivers a high quality product for you.

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No Sweat

Joined January 2021

At No Sweat we offer building inspections and building reports as well as kitchen and bathroom renovations and maintenance including :carpentry, tiling, waterproofing, gib fixing and stopping and painting. - Your Property, Our Priority.

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ER Plumbing Limited

Joined February 2017

ER Plumbing Ltd is a specialist emergency plumbing repair and maintenance business. We also do small bathroom and kitchen renovations. We at ER Plumbing are passionate and relentless in ensuring each and every one of our customers has a plumbing repair and maintenance expert available whenever needed. Our customers are well informed professional people who expect and demand the best. We cons...

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CJH Construction

Joined November 2015

Maintenance Renovations New Builds Landscaping...

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sean harvey

Joined July 2016

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

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