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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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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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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

Engineered composite decking versus the tried and tested timber - which is better? Composite and Timber Decking Materials Whether you’re looking to repair an existing deck or start from scratch, consider the decking materials available in New Zealand and how they stack up against each othe

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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. E

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Your Ultimate Lawn Comparison Guide

Posted 30/04/21

f you’re wondering what type of lawn to go for, we’ve got you covered. After reading this, you’ll know what type of lawn best suits your needs, budget and lifestyle. Plus you’ll get some practical lawn advice from one of our professional Landscapers who’s been in the trade for 25+ years

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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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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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Latest renovating case studies

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

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

t’s not every day you get to show off your crayons — at least that’s how three-year-old Quinn felt shortly after meeting the tradespeople plastering her living room. Quinn’s mother, Kate, tells me the crayons were just the start, and that Wayne and Ronan from Claddagh Plastering coped incredibly well with her daughter’s constant line of questioning while working. “She would walk up beside them and say ‘look at my carrots’, ‘I’ve got cucumber’, and ask them ‘do you want to be my friend?’,” Kate laughs. “Wayne was really good with her, he’d take time to say ‘oh wow, yes, wow look at that’ — I think he’s got young ones at home, so he was used to it. “She’d stand there and watch them work, mesmerised by the plaster being put on, it was very cute.” As Kate and I relish Quinn’s adorable toddler bravado, Kate lets me in on how they got to this point of renovating their home, and let’s just say, anyone with EQC experience will be able to relate. “We Could Start to Se

Bench Seating Took This Small Dining Room From Awkward To Cosy

ot an awkward space that can’t be solved with furniture? For Christchurch homeowners Simon and Chelsea, that space was the old dining room. They had ‘tried to make it work’ ever since they purchased their 1990 home four years ago. Enter: bench seating.  With the job now done and dusted, Simon explains to me over the phone just how awesome it’s been chilling out in their new space, sitting in the sun on weekends and sipping their morning coffee. As a fellow chilled out, sun-loving coffee drinker, I knew we had to capture those idyllic scenes for this story. So, our photographer Alana and I went round one Saturday morning with high hopes of two things: sunny weather, and their cat Elphie making an appearance. After a warm welcome, we walk through the kitchen where we’re graced by gorgeous natural light from the high-ceiling skylight, and the sweet smell of freshly brewed coffee. To appreciate the space as it is now, let’s take it back a step. The dining room, before a

Small Bathroom Renovation Turns Major When The Unexpected Happens

ulian and Lexie had one month, $5k and a straightforward plan to renovate their small bathroom. Let’s just say, if you like a good ‘down to the wire’ reno story, you’ll love this couple’s drama-filled journey from settlement to move in day. We’re talking budget blow-outs, schedule delays, on-the-spot decisions and eight scope changes. Yeah — total ‘Block’ vibes, right? Julian jokes that he had a couple of grey hairs come flying through at a rapid rate. “It was a significant, unforeseen scenario,” Julian says, alluding to the cause of the delays. This eventful Project Story will leave you with practical insights for your own bathroom renovation. You’ll discover: What to look out for in your pre-purchase building inspection How to manage scope and budget changes The full list of bathroom upgrades What they would do in hindsight (involves saving money!) Plus, the awesome before and after photos. Let’s get stuck into i

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

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

It's an unconventional story about home reno, dating and travelling NZ. On a foggy Christchurch morning, Mary and Geoff are cosily seated in the living room of what once was a Ritchies school bus. Geoff gets up to welcome me through the manual folding door and I’m immediately greeted by the warmth from inside. The 11 metre vehicle is now home to Geoff, a luxury tour bus driver who has made it his mission to convert the 1986 Hino Blue Ribbon into a house bus fit for travel. The border closures have left Geoff without work, but he’s chosen to see the silver lining. From touring with bus loads of people to now just two, Geoff says with time on his side, he is most looking forward to the freedom. “Just the freedom to stop and explore,” Geoff says. Travelling with him is companion Mary, a retired teacher of 53 years and Vice President of the Christchurch North Community Patrol, who says it will be nice to have some peace and quiet on the road. “And yet I can still run t

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

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

Find out how this Christchurch homeowner transformed a ‘cold and unused’ area to create indoor-outdoor flow. Walking up the long driveway draws out my anticipation of two things: seeing just how much the backyard has changed, and whether I got everyone's coffees right. As I reach the back of the house I’m given a warm welcome by homeowner Lex, and following inquisitively behind is his kitten Naki – in Māori meaning ‘to glide’, and in Ngāi Tahu dialect, ‘cat’. Naki jumps up onto the newly finished deck as if to begin the grand tour, and I’m amazed – what a transformation! It’s completely reinvented the look and feel of this space. It’s not long before Ashraf joins us – he’s the tradesperson who got the job done with his teammate Conor. And after a few minutes of seeing Lex and Ashraf talking, it’s clear as to why this job went so well; there’s a lot of respect here. Ready for the project rundown and eager to sip our coffees, we take a seat at the modern stone table (whic

Sleek Splashback Completes Kitchen and Laundry Reno

After moving in, they realised time wasn’t so much of the essence. It was about enjoying the experience, and they’ve been chipping away at their renos for the past four years. Enter the most recent job: a sleek white tile splashback. The renovated kitchen was missing one thing: a splashback With 12 jobs done and dusted on Builderscrack, Daniel was confident he could find a professional to help him finish off the kitchen and laundry. “We did the kitchen a couple of years ago, and the plan was always to put a splashback in there,” Daniel says. “It was more of a finishing touch than a necessity at that time. “But when we renovated the laundry at the start of this year, we thought now’s the time to do them both.” As with most renos, the paradox of choice can make it hard to decide on the perfect finish. “So we went to a few tile places and actually took some free samples home to see what they’d look like. “My partner was unsure about tile choice afte

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

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Bathroom damage from leaky shower to rectify

Posted 7 months ago

Leaky shower caused damage to Short bid of skirting board and corner of plasterboard. This needs repairing. Vanity is likely needing replacement. Shower needs replacing too.

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One bedroom self contained flat

Posted 6 months ago

change a games room size 8 x 5 meter into a one-bedroom self-contained flat

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Bathroom Renovation 2 #2

Posted 6 months ago

We have a tired bathroom that needs gutting and full renovation. High end finishing, tiles and glass shower, vanity & wall hung toilet.

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Renovate existing bathroom(s).

Posted 2 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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En-suite bathroom

Posted 5 months ago

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

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Small job regarding a possible load bearing beam

Posted 6 months ago

Iam wanting to delete a hallway door to make the ceiling flush and flow through the kitchen but have a possible load bearing beam above it. Wanting this done ASAP.

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Small bathroom requiring tiling

Posted 4 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 chubb with bath

Posted 10 months ago

Take out chubb and replace with full size bath

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

Posted 5 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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Install rangehood

Posted 5 months ago

I have a new stove in a rental and need the rangehood installed to building regulation standard - range hood is new

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Replace downstairs shower cubicle

Posted 3 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 reno

Posted 3 weeks ago

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

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Small reno job

Posted 4 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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9 Apartments

Posted 9 months ago

Currently looking for builders to assist in the building of 9 new apartments in a 5 story complex here in Nelson. Demolition has been completed and we are in the process now of starting the build.

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Kitchen for removal

Posted 4 months ago

Needing an old kitchen removed in Stoke

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Bathroom reno

Posted 6 months ago

Small bathroom needs carpentry work. Removal of bath and old toilet. New shower, basin and toilet bought. Have a plumber but need joinery, gib work completed or quote for whole job.

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Gib stopper 1 bedroom

Posted 3 months ago

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

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Assemble install vanity

Posted 1 week 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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Kitchen Renovation

Posted 4 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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Bathroom renovation

Posted 10 months ago

full bathroom renovation - floor walls ceiling , insulation of shower toilet and vanity & windows

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With over 200,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Kitchen Renovation

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

24th May 2021

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 5
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 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
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 5

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

Install rangehood

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd March 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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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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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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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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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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Maintenance man nelson

Joined May 2021

Hi Adam here. I've been in the building industry for the past 12 years, building new homes and doing renovation. I am providing a a service of a one stop shop. I can do your building work, gibstoping ,painting flooring, tiles, what ever u want done. No job is to big or to small. For any job you want done around your home contact me

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Workshop Brasem

Joined May 2014

Hi, I'm Raymond, a Dutch carpenter and owner of Workshop Brasem which focus is on interior fit outs and the occasional residential job. Projects and clients we're proud of include : BoConcept / Datacom / SiteCom / Eroad Ellerslie Veterinary clinic and cattery (250m2 warehouse to clinic conversion) Flow Academy (600m2 parkour gym fit out) Jaye's Dance Howick (East Auckland's most well know...

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JT CARPENTRY

Joined April 2021

Hi there , I have over ten years experience an offer complete carpentry services an cover all aspects of carpentry , I will work hard to meet your needs an deadlines an pride myself on providing excellent workmanship.

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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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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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N Gibson Builders ltd

Joined October 2016

Small building company with three qualified licensed builders and two apprentices. Specialising in renovation work. Will organise and project manage the job from start to finish using all of our other subtrades.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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Core Civil Solutions nz Limited

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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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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Datur Design & Property services

Joined July 2020

Hi I am a qualified Industrial Designer with 11 years working in the design and building industry. From high end staircase design & builds, production drawings for balustrades and handrails to designing and managing of products from idea to finished on shelf items. Prior to this I was doing property maintenance in Auckland on early 1900s buildings, and know what is associated with older homes an...

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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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