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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Recent jobs posted

Check out how homeowners like you are using Renovation Specialists on Builderscrack to build, repair and improve their homes right now.

New bathroom

Posted 8 months ago

Convert a 3 x 4 m room to bathroom (shower, toilet and basin) and connect to existing sewer and water system.

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Kitchen renovation

Posted 2 months ago

Pantry need to be removed and made as an open kitchen plan

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Replacing shower

Posted 2 weeks ago

we are wanting our current shower removed and replaced with a square based shower. with acrylic liner. tiles will be removed and mixed and shower slide removed. looking at having this done in approximately a month (once new shower has been delivered. new shower will be 1m ×1m square.

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Extending office space and adding window or skylight

Posted 3 months ago

Moving two non-structural short (1.9m and 3.65m) interior walls by between 0.6 and 1 m. Moving two interior doors in those walls and replacing another. Adding either an exterior window (2011 brick-clad facade) or a skylight (Colorsteel roof). Estimate is for labour only. Plastering and painting is an optional extra.

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Shower installation for new House

Posted 6 months ago

Installation of Englefield shower to new house

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Extend fridge cabinet

Posted 2 months ago

Hi, We would like to extend our existing fridge cabinet to accommodate a larger double door fridge. The existing side panel can be used but the top shelves need to be replaced along with a new cabinet door (preferably glass). A slight extension (~30 cm) of the wall on which the cabinet is now fixed may also be required. Thanks

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Shower box wall and glass replacement

Posted 9 months ago

New glass panel for one side of the shower box. Size approx 78 cm wide 1.84 cm high. Replace (melamine?) panels which are cracked at the bottom with suitable /similar. Two walls, one approx 78 x 1.84 high the other approx 92cm wide 1.84 high. Ensure shower box is watertight!

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Ensuite upgrade

Posted 1 month ago

Upgrade off ensuite. New shower, toilet and vanity remaing in same place so limiting change in plumbing. Remove old floor tiles, re tile floor and walls.

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Older villa reno

Posted 6 months ago

We have several jobs: It is an older villa 1. Bathroom renovation: Shower has leaked, rotten boards. We are going to gut the ensuite bathroom, new tiles, shower and vanity 2. Bedroom floor: lifting carpet and corner of bedroom, removing borer damaged timber flooring and joists. Possibly repack a couple of piles? There will be other small jobs, but will need to show and discuss to enable trade to quote. Please dont contact if you are not relatively local, or if you cant start Mid Feb

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Replace shower unit and toilet

Posted 1 month ago

replace one shower unit and one toilet with new

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Roofing Replacement & New DG Windows

Posted 6 months ago

A 1990 house that needs the following attention/renovation work. Areas of the metal roof pulling off, re-felting & replacing with new steel. Dormer windows front & back of house re-cladding & new flashings. As windows would be coming out, single-glazed units to be replaced with double-glazed units.

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Kitchen update

Posted 3 weeks ago

Replace approx. 25 cupboard/drawer fronts. Gloss white. New bench top. Supply and fit corner pantry unit.

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New shower installation

Posted 8 months ago

Hi team. We require someone to install a new shower. Photos attached of the space. The shower is 1200 x 900. The new showers drain is centre. We have bought a new shower. The only catch is the drain needs to be moved to the centre rather than back centre. Job is in Rolleston. Thanks.

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Internal door construction/installation

Posted 5 months ago

Need a hallway door constructed/installed, (currently open hallway). Also wanting bifold doors constructed/installed to separate off an open-living space. No room for cavity sliders.

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Replace old shower

Posted 1 day ago

I have an old shower thats past its prime. Water leaks out the front edges and has gotten into the particle board floor and it's time to moderdnise. I want to replace the entire shower as well as the water damaged flooring. The current shower is ... and is separated from a bath by an internal wall but i'd like to make the shower slightly bigger if possible.

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Bathreno

Posted 1 month ago

Most of wall between main bathroom and toilet to be removed. One door to be removed and wall filled in. One light switch removed , one light switch relocated. Painting will be done by owner. Bathroom is approx 2800 x 2000mm.

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New bathrooms and toilet

Posted 6 months ago

We are wanting to upgrade the toilets and remodel or update the bathroom particularly the showers. Prefer not to bed too relino if possible so it matches the laundry but can do if needed. Total is 1 new toilet 1 bathroom remodel 1 onsite - new toilet and remodel

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Ensuite referb

Posted 1 month ago

gib to be put on walls, wall stopped.

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Convert garage to sleep out

Posted 2 weeks ago

Need 2 walls in garage and garage door replaced with sliding door.

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Restaurant-new set up

Posted 8 months ago

Restaurant new set up, toilet, kitchen,dining,bar

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Recent renovating reviews

With over 201,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Hang kitchen cabinets and wine racks to stud wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Extend fridge cabinet

Work carried out by the owner/operator

24th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Rental Bathroom

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th November 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Shower unit replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace bathroom vanity unit

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

16th November 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

New shower installation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th January 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Older villa reno

Work carried out by an employee of the company

12th May 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 3
Communication
 5

Bathroom wall and window sills

Work carried out by the owner/operator

25th February 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th August 2020

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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Trad Construction

Joined December 2017

Hi, We are a team of 3 experienced carpenters with over 20 years experience in the building industry. We do all types of building work from new builds to renovations, no job is too big or small. We are an honest, reliable and hard working team.

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Dans Renovations

Joined February 2018

Dan's Renovations is a small company run by the owner Daniel. Dan has his LBP License and NZQA level 4 in carpentry and has been doing building & renovating for 15 years all over Africa and in Christchurch for the last 6 years. He has done many jobs for home owners in Christchurch with good results. He specializes in bathroom renos, kitchen renos, car ports, house extensions, decks, fences, veggie...

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SGA Builders Ltd

Joined July 2021

Hi we've been building new houses and renovating old ones for the last 16 years. while we specialise in a new builds and renovations we also do smaller jobs from time to time. We are professional and work hard to meet deadlines for the project completion. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and then completing jobs on time and budget.

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Alpine Ridge Construction

Joined March 2015

Hi I a fully qualified and licensed builder, I specialize in New Houses Fencing, Decks, and sheds I am very efficient, do not cut corners, and take great pride in my work

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Austin Anderson

Joined January 2010

Hi. I have been renovating and repairing houses since 1988. Bathroom renovations are a major part of my work, however, I am very happy to renovate any part of your house. Decks are a specialty. Skylights are also in my expertise. I have a team of qualified tradesmen to cover all aspects of your renovation. Covid 19 plan in place . I like to get an idea what you’d like to spend before ar...

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More Than Handy

Joined July 2020

More Than Handy is a privately owned property maintenance and joinery business based in Christchurch and servicing the wider Canterbury region. Our high standards, professionalism and Workmanship Guarantees ensure our clients are 100% satisfied with our work from quote to sign off. From cutting a stray branch and hanging a door to shop fit-outs and kitchens, we have you covered.

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Zen Builders

Joined April 2020

Zen Builders is a small Canterbury owned and operated building company specialising in architectural homes. However, we are also passionate about adding character to older homes - whether the job be big or small. We pride ourselves on costumer satification, communication, high-quality workmanship, and sticking within the budget. We look forward to working along side you.

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A White Creative Construction

Joined February 2017

Hi There. I'm a builder with background in boat building and high end architectural work, but lots of diverse experience in many areas. I pride myself on attention to detail, great finishing and thinking outside the square.

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JSL builders

Joined November 2015

Hi there I've been building for many years and really enjoy it. I build new houses to renovations and small basic jobs. I like what I do and I take care in my work. I aim to maintain a good working relationship with the client and pride myself with communication to see the job runs smoothly and to the clients satisfaction.

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Clear Construct

Joined June 2017

Clear Construct are experts of building and glazing, Skylights, uPVC and aluminium windows and doors, repairing things made from wood. These could be wooden structures, furniture, shelves, rafters, cabinets, drywall, siding, dressers, door frames, beds, stairways, building frameworks, toughened glass, frameless shower, pool fences, balustrade, splashbacks and the list goes on. Do you need a ca...

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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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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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Top corner construction limited

Joined July 2018

We were established in the COVID 19 lockdown, while previously Ashraf the managing director was a sole trader for 2 years. Our team of qualified builders have a decade worth of experience in the building industry at minimum each. We specialize Residential building and have the skills, knowledge and work force to take on most jobs from complete renovations to the small jobs like boundary fences and...

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Otautahi Builders Ltd

Joined July 2016

Hi, I've been building and renovating for 6+ years. Working hard and paying extra attention to detail to set me apart from the others. From new builds right down to a small fix up, I can provide advice and competitive quotes

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Mattis Gether

Joined June 2021

Hi, I just started my own business as a Handyman after more than 10 years in the commercial building industry. While I specialise in timber project I also do outdoor projects and maintenance. Reliable and flexible, I will accommodate to get your job sorted in time and on budget!

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Nick Brown

Joined August 2020

I am a qualified builder with experience acting as a foreman and also project managing high end residential apartments. I am a perfectionist and pride myself on good quality workmanship. If you have tight timeframes I am available on short notice and I am willing to put in the hours to get the job done.

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Aspiring Kitchens & More

Joined July 2019

Aspiring Kitchens & More are the experts in kitchen and bathroom renovation. From a Kitchen Refresh where we transform your kitchen but keep the cabinets, a Kitchen Remodel, where we add addition cabinetry, right through to a fantastic new kitchen, designed on the latest 3-D software and fitted by professionals. All cabinetry is NZ made, laser edged and moisture-resistant. And comes with a 10-ye...

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Farrell Build

Joined August 2018

Farrell Build is a local Christchurch based construction company. We are family owned & operated with over 30+ years of trusted industry experience. Offering a wide range of services which include; Architectural builds, Renovations & EQC Repairs

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Canterbury Renovations Ltd

Joined September 2014

Hi there we are a team of skilled qualified professionals with over 30 yrs experience in the building industry specializing in renovations and alterations. We can organize all areas of your project including any sub trades that you may need (painters,plumbers,sparky etc) Insurance work, EQC repairs,decks,renovations are new builds we can make it right. Members of Certified Builders Association

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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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