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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Latest renovating case studies

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Ceiling & flooring/tile reinstatement after interior wall has been removed

Posted 5 months ago

Small bit of gib-stopping work, floor tiles & vinyl strips/planks to lay, minor woodwork & tidy-up after wall between lounge & bedroom removed. Fire place angle to be adjusted also but this might(?) need someone with plumping skills as has a wet back (copper pipes). Totally flexible as to time frame.

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Kitchen renovation

Posted 2 months ago

Kitchen renovation, add skylight. Other jobs too.

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Kitchen Renovation

Posted 10 months ago

* Modify 4x walls in kitchen to open up floor plan. These don't appear to be load-bearing, but this will require builder's verification. * The walls currently contain electrical wiring/switches which will need to be relocated. * There is a hot water cylinder in an adjacent closet that will need to be relocated approx. 1 meter. * Two walls will need to be re-framed for new doorways. * Timeframes are flexible, but completion within 2 months would be preferred.

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Bracken

Posted 2 months ago

Total strip walls and celing ,2 x walls to be removed to make open plan, the kitchen was made bigger years ago and there is a 200mm step down to that part this needs to be raised to meet orginal floor height, back door to kitchen needs moving to allow for new kitchen design, window in kitchen to be removed and new one installed we have plans drawn for new kitchen

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Renovate existing bathroom(s).

Posted 8 months ago

Not BIG jobs. house is two storey weatherboard. 1920's in well established area of town. two existing bathrooms to be renovated, one at a time. owner will strip out each. carpenter required to re-gib and possible re-floor for tiles. owner available as go-for / extra hand. P;umber, Electrician and possibly tiler also required. bathroom # 1 : main bathroom - will be stripped out to bare walls and floor (if required) in preparation for installation of bath with over-bath shower; toilet and va...

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Add a bathroom downstairs

Posted 3 months ago

Plan for a new bathroom: Preferred option is to put a door in a concrete block wall and build under the house (back half of house is only 1 upper storey, minimal excavation needed in under-house storage area). If that is too difficult / costly then we could probably use space in the back of garage, with some remodelling to connect it as an ensuite to adjacent downstairs bedroom. I can make an accurate plan drawing.

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Re gib/batt wall/plaster if possible?

Posted 5 months ago

Hey, We have started pulling the gib off this wall but are quickly running out of time to get it complete as we have started a few projects, we already have R2.6 eco insulation batts and 2400x1200 13mm fyreline gib for the wall. It would be great if someone could finish this to gib up stage, maybe even gib stopping if you know how to? Wall is 2400 high, 4800 long Thanks, Jess

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Assemble install vanity

Posted 6 months ago

assemble flatpack vanity, remove old vanity and install new one. currently two taps replaced with mixer. This job is for my Mother she has the vanity and mixer.

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Bathroom reno

Posted 6 months ago

Want to add a bath to our bathroom which currently doesn’t have one.

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Downstairs bathroom

Posted 2 months ago

Take out old shower, toilet and vanity with basin. Put in a new shower, toilet, vanity, laundry and tiled floor and walls. The size of the bathroom is approximately 8-10 sqm.

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Gib stopper 1 bedroom

Posted 9 months ago

Gib stopper for 1 bedroom needed ASAP. 3.6 x 3.1 dimension

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Replace downstairs shower cubicle

Posted 9 months ago

Looking to have downstairs shower cubicle replaced like for like. Shower head is currently a fixed up high shower head with mixer wallset. Would prefer slider/mixer if possible.

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Bathroom Renovation

Posted 1 week ago

Removing old and installing New Shower, Toilet Seat, New Vanity & Floor Vinyl

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Kitchen for removal

Posted 10 months ago

Needing an old kitchen removed in Stoke

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Small reno job

Posted 10 months ago

Needing a garage lined with insulation and jib. Also have a bathroom window where the window jam has swelled due to condensation and needs repairing

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Bathroom reno & paint Delaware Bay, 25 mins from Nelson City

Posted 11 months ago

Bathroom - Replace open shower with aclove shower. Remove bath tub Fit washing machine in space where bath was Remove old vanity Install new vanity Do any remedial work on floor as necessary Separate Toilet - remove old and replace with new. Remove recessed hand basin, fill in hole where it has been removed, Paint - bathroom and toilet skim to remove imperfections and paint Some other painting in a bedroom and entrance way required as well. Tile -a double row of tiles above new 1200...

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Small bathroom requiring tiling

Posted 10 months ago

Hello, we are in need of a tiler for a very small bathroom 2 x 2.5 mtr - tiles required over bath and within shower and also on the floor. thanks

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Replace bath and shower

Posted 2 months ago

We need to replace the bath and shower. We will put them in same place as where they are now. There is one line of tiles that we would probably need to take off and replace above the bath. It is in our rental so can't quite remember, but I am hoping you could use the same bath cradle. Ideally we could get the work done by mid January.

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En-suite bathroom

Posted 11 months ago

Build an en-suite bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe in an existing bedroom

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Bathroom renovation

Posted 2 months ago

Bathroom and seperate toilet. Other jobs too.

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Recent renovating reviews

With over 215,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Install rangehood

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd March 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Kitchen Renovation

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

24th May 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Small job regarding a possible load bearing beam

Work carried out by an employee of the company

27th January 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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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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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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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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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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Welldesignz

Joined July 2018

All types of building & joinery work. • New Builds • Renovations • Extensions • Commercial • Bathrooms • Kitchens • Bench-tops • Laundry • Shop fit outs - Commercial to residential we can do it all. With over 20 years experience in the construction industry we take real pride in our work. Attention to detail is one of our strongest attributes. - We have a team of...

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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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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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Steel Electrical & Heat Pumps

Joined January 2022

Steel Electrical & Heat Pumps are Canterbury based offering a wide range of services to the South Island from Electrical to Heat Pumps as well as Security and AV. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and our commitment to delivering a quality service, no how big or small the job may be.

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Manaia Build Nz

Joined February 2020

Cabinet Makers. New Kitchens. Custom furniture. Entertainment Units. Shop Fit outs. Renovations. New Bathrooms. New Showers. New Flooring. Staircases. Decks. All Building works.

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ProColour Painting

Joined September 2010

Through my company I paint interior and exterior of houses , spray roofs or commercial buildings. I have great people and project management skills and have references availiable in any of the above areas. I aim to exceed customers expectations. I also have access to other top quality tradesman if the Job requires . I am a member of Master Painters NZ . Feel free to contact me for a free quote a...

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NailWorx Building Ltd

Joined January 2013

NailWorx Building Ltd believe in providing first class service and quality workmanship *Repairs & Maintenance *Renovations *Rentals *Licensed Building Practitioner Need help completing an unfinished project or starting a new one? We offer competitive prices with a quality service!

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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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Riordan Builders Ltd

Joined January 2020

Hi, Riordan Builders are a smart established building company in the Nelson/Tasman region. We specialise in all your building needs big or small. We have a very professional and productive crew that sets a very high standard. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and a excellent job done to the budget. Please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding your building project. Thanks.

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GJR Contracting Limited

Joined June 2021

Hello, I am the professional handy man. I specialize in anything outdoors from decks, pergola's, retaining and rock walls, landscape and construction along with all forms of fencing from stock proof rural to just what you need in the city. My workmanship is all guaranteed and finished to the highest standard. If you need a large tree cut down, taken away and the stump removed I am qualified 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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O'MalleyBuild

Joined April 2021

Hi, I've been working in construction for 9 years and am a fully qualified builder. I have a background in high end residential new build and renovations. I am a one man band and specialise in smaller jobs .I am looking to work with local homeowners and business's with renovations and new projects. I am hardworking and incredibly reliable, and I pride myself on my attention to detail. Please do...

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Chris Shuttleworth Building Services

Joined November 2013

I have been working and living in Christchurch for almost 6 years helping with the rebuild. I am EQC registered and have repaired many quake damaged homes. No job is too big or too small. Wither it be earthquake related repairs or home improvements, I have acquired knowledge and experience from over 20 years in the building business. I can guarantee you good, quality workmanship at affordable rat...

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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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JMS Builders Ltd

Joined October 2009

I am a qualified builder and have experience in building architectural and standard homes. This includes a number of decks, fences, paths etc. Building is a passion, and I enjoy what I do. I take pride in my work, and hope that clients get the same level of satisfaction from what I construct, as I do.

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MR BERRY LIMITED

Joined January 2020

I have 14 years experience between commercial and residential construction. I am hard working and all work is finished to a professional standard. I am experienced in most aspects of home renovation and repair, as well as handyman work and all your non-structural building requirements. References available.

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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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