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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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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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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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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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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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Top 5 Bathroom Renovation Tips - Direct From Our Experts

Posted 29/04/19

Find out the Top 5 bathroom renovation tips direct from our Builderscrack bathroom experts. This advice can make all the difference between a successful bathroom renovation or not... 1) It's All in The Planning As the saying goes -  "The devil is in the detail" and this couldn't be mor

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Asbestos Removal - Stay Safe & Hire a Professional

Posted 07/01/15

If you’re looking at buying or renovating a property built between the 1940’sand 1980’s then there’s a good chance that it contains some Asbestos... A fibrous mineral that’s found in metamorphic soils and rocks, it was a popular and widely used material in the building industry due to its

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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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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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Latest renovating case studies

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

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.

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.

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.

Garage Door Colour Update Challenge Solved By Our Tradies

A homeowner shares how a tradie from Builderscrack helped her update the colour of her metal garage door from bland blue to striking ebony.

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

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

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.

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.

Bench Seating Took This Small Dining Room From Awkward To Cosy

Got an awkward space that can't be solved with furniture? Enter: bench seating. Find out design tips, budget and hindsight from these NZ homeowners.

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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.

Bathroom extension 2x3/4m ish

Posted 2 years ago

We want to build outside the current footprint of the house. So will need some roofing and three new exterior walls. Size will be around 2x3/4meters for quotation purposes. House is plywood cladding with aluminium joinery. It’s on a slope and most of the underside of the house is easily accessible. There is a deck in place currently that will need to be assessed and possibly beefed up to build onto but we are open to alternative suggestions. The house has a downstairs bedroom and en-suite, so as...

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Bathroom wall repair

Posted 1 year ago

The a small section of wall next to the shower/bath in the second bathroom needs to be repaired due to a leak from the shower.

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Replace water damaged kitchen unit & flooring as well as laundry unit

Posted 3 months ago

Replace kitchen cabinetry while retaining the benchtop and sink. Replace flooring with something suitable for a kitchen. Both were damaged when dishwasher leaked. Also need to replace laundry unit that has water damage and place a bench over the washing machine/drier. Time frame as soon as possible.

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Need fixing few things in the bath room

Posted 3 months ago

Toilet seat Shower pole Toilet role holder needs to replace

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Doorway jobs times two

Posted 10 months ago

A doorway removed and placed at other end of same wall. Entrance way leading into back door a small portico built without columns and stoop built.. am renovating a small crib and at moment walk straight inside bringing leaves and dirt so a stoop or step would be ideal. Also need to reconfigure kitchen making it more practical so moving doorway along would fix this solution. Time frame approx two days.

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Fix damp ceiling in a studio under a roof deck and retile the deck

Posted 2 years ago

We have a garage and a studio apartment on the ground floor of a two storey unit. The apartment on the ground floor is below an open tiled balcony/deck which is directly above it. The building was constructed in 2000. Whenever it rains, the ceiling of the studio apartment becomes damp. It is likely that the leak is from the balcony or from the cladding/flashing. We have had a building inspection conducted and a summary of the report is as follows: When the interior of the ground floor stu...

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Kitchen floors

Posted 10 months ago

We had a leak and now we need new flooring

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Ensuite renovation

Posted 9 months ago

Would like to redo our ensuite completely. Remove all wall linings and remove half wall completely where shower is and relocate shower to corner where towel rail is. Uplift cork floor and replace. Replace entry sliding door with new. Remove sliding wardrobe doors and install bifolds. Install vanity where shower is currently and leave toilet where is but replace with new toilet. Have already discussed with plumber and would like quote from builder to undertake work. We will do demolition ourselve...

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Bathroom renovations

Posted 3 weeks ago

in need of some bathroom renovations, shower tray has been leaking and damaged the flooring below, needs removal, repair and replacement.

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Hang dryer

Posted 2 years ago

Hang a new dryer on the wall in the laundry, over the washing machine. The old dryer has been removed

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Full renovation of existing permitted minor building with bathroom

Posted 1 year ago

We have a sleepout on the property that has seen better days. Looking for a full rebuild or extensive repair. Would like to take advantage of relaxed council rules to enlarge slightly. Looking for someone LOCAL. Good budget. Owner is happy to project manage (lots of experience). Timing is completely flexible. I'm happy to wait a few months for a work to begin. THE most important requirement, other than competence, is you have to finish the job once its started. I'd like to limit the b...

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Bathroom renovation

Posted 2 years ago

Rip out an old bath and install a new shower unit. We will also require tiling to and a plumber as we will be converting to gas at the same time

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New Bathroom

Posted 5 months ago

bathroom-, Shower, toilet and basin plus, please enquire for more details, this is a new fit out no existing fittings etc

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Shower Glass door

Posted 1 year ago

Hi There Posting from Melbourne Lodge Queenstown. We require a person to install glass doors in our showers. They currently do not have glass doors and the water escapes making the whole bathroom wet. Please get in touch, I would like someone to come have a look today. Thank you

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Basic Bathroom Reno

Posted 1 year ago

Upstairs bathroom reno including - Install floor waste and replace flooring to improve waterproofing - Replace shower wet walls and reseal around bath. - Supply and replace vanity. - Install shower screen (supplied). End goal is basic & practical reno to second upstairs bathroom primarily to ensure best possible water tightness. Open to suggestions.

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Wakatipu Heights

Posted 2 years ago

Double garage built off right of way and extension to kitchen dining area, existing house is on a slope

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33D Huff street shower install

Posted 2 years ago

Hi, I have a shower to put in an existing wash house area. I need to shift the tub and put the shower where the tub is. There is existing pipes and a drain in the corner. The shower needs to go over an existing window. I will need to put in an extracter fan above the door. The walls will need water proofing. The shower is here but I will need to get other materials once I know what to get. Cheers

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Bathroom Renovation

Posted 1 year ago

Bathroom is approximately 2m x 2m Floor to be tiled Ceiling/Walls to be painted Exhaust fan installed New vanity installed New shower door (potentially new shower) New toilet

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Frankton bathroom

Posted 1 year ago

Gib replacement and painting

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Restaurant Renovation

Posted 8 months ago

Partition walls, floor levelling, door installation.

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Find Renovation Specialists in Queenstown Lakes

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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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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Archemics Design

Joined April 2019

Archemics Design is an architectural design, structural engineering and interiors studio based in Auckland. We provide design services from pre design briefing, concept design through to full building drawings and documentation and consents. We have worked on both residential and commercial projects in New Zealand that form the basis of our industry knowledge. With a design focused env...

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Erne construction Ltd

Joined September 2015

Erne construction Ltd based in Christchurch. Working in the greater Canterbury region and South Island. Specialising In Architectural homes, Renovations, Alterations, EQR and commercial. For a Quote please contact Stephen ... ...

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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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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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BIG Time Contractors LTD

Joined November 2019

We're a locally owned and operated Building and Construction Company serving up quality results in and around Central Otago! LBP and NZCB member, 10+ years in the industry. Don't hesitate to call Brook for a friendly no obligation chat about your next project. "BIG Time Contractors - Tradesman you can rely on"

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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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Paul duffy

Joined August 2015

Qualified carpenter,I have 5+ years experience in carpentry. I pride myself in doing good work and completing it on time. I provide competitive quotes.

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South Design 2008

Joined October 2010

Architectural draughting/design using 'AutoCAD ' on new dwellings, elderly units, extension/modifications, Apartments & Restaurant/bar redesigns. Communication skills. Typing skills. Background in Carpentry & Joinery

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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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Blackwood Building

Joined November 2015

Qualified Builder licenced building practitioner. Specialise in residential and commercial builds, renovations and retaining walls. We also do painting and decorating. Based in Invercargill we work across the entire Southland region and Queenstown.

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Buildigg

Joined October 2019

Here at Buildigg we do a wide range of jobs from landscape, fencing, retaining walls, earth moving and much much more for any work needed done around the house or around the building site. We pride ourselves on getting the job done to a high standard and on time

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Tekapo Building Ltd and Home Renovation Specialists

Joined May 2020

Our team provides high quality, yet affordable renovations that can be customised to suit your needs. We can help you modify and create a seamless space whatever it may be; Bathroom, Kitchen. Get in touch with us today! We also have a team of experienced Builders for any New Builds you may want priced.

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Stroud Homes Queenstown Lakes

Joined August 2019

Hi we’ve been building new homes, alterations, repairs, decks, extensions, sheds and any other building jobs for central Otago families for a number of years. No job is to big or small. We are part of the master builders association and a licenced building practitioner.

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NZ Kitchen Designer

Joined September 2019

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

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Lewis Wallace

Joined November 2016

Hi I am a qualified builder based in Tarras. I pride myself on quality and enjoy my job. I do a wide range of work from renovations and new builds to farm pole sheds and small maintenance jobs. If you’d like to meet and discuss your job please get in touch. Kind regards Lewis Wallace.

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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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B Central Building Ltd

Joined March 2019

We specialise in completing those smaller renovations and jobs, high quality finish. As a qualified joiner and builder I can offer a variety of options to suit your needs.

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Lightning Construction Ltd

Joined May 2016

Lightning Construction are a Christchurch owned and operated company in business for over 10 years. We are always happy to do work from small one-off jobs to full design and build of new houses. Sheds are one of our specialties along with Velux Skylights. We are always happy to pop out and see you to provide an obligation free quote. Available for urgent works within 4 hours. Maintenance jobs ar...

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John rawlinson

Joined February 2016

I am a trade qualified builder with extensive experience in all aspects of residential building, from small maintenance tasks right up to complete new builds and everything in between. I offer very competitive rates as I work for myself and my overheads are minimum. Fast, friendly and honest service is what I aim to achieve along with top quality workmanship.

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