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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Creating Successful Indoor Outdoor Flow in Older Homes

Posted 05/01/17

Great indoor/outdoor flow is high on the must have list for many homeowners. But achieving this this can be a challenge in older homes... Summer weather just makes us want to head outdoors. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done for many homeowners with older homes. Older properties

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Latest renovating case studies

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

Garage Door Colour Update Challenge Solved By Our Tradies

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Sleepout renovation, and concrete wrap around patio

Posted 1 year ago

Reclad sleepout no windows , bifold doors ( or sliding?) new roof , new floor . a concrete patio 2mt wise around three sides of house .

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Bathroom reno :D

Posted 3 years ago

Doing a reno on bathroom in old villa. Need plumber to cap pipes, install new plumbing, new shower, basin onto vanity, plumb tapware, toilet moved and reconnected. Change HW to gas and water onto mains pressure.

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Bathroom renovation

Posted 2 years ago

Replace lining (gib or plyboard) replace shower cubicle, remove vynl (may contain asbestos) replace carpet, insulate, fit extractor fan, gibstop & paint fit towel rail heater & fan heater. Update wiring & electrical fittings. Project to start in November 2019.

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Bathroom renovation

Posted 3 years ago

Looking to renovate my bathroom. Unsure of the Size. Currently has a shower over the bath (can't see it in the picture but is to the right) I would like a tiled shower where it is currently and a freestanding bath under the window if possible. I would like 2 basins on the left hand wall of the bathroom. If possible I would like to keep the original rimu wooden floors. I will need a builder, and plumber for the work. I have a clear vision of what I would like but need a professional to size the j...

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Ohai Bathroom Reno

Posted 5 years ago

Hi require tiler & plumber to complete bathroom renovation in Southland-Ohai

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Bathroom

Posted 5 months ago

Hi looking for quotes for a full bathroom renovation and new laudry room thanks

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Amanda

Posted 3 years ago

Floor tiles in bathroom and laundry

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Toilet/Bathroom Air Extractor

Posted 6 years ago

I am looking to install an air extractor in each of the two toilets/bathroom in my house at Dipton,Southland. I am not particular if it is ceiling or wall mounted. The wall is cinderblock on the outside. mob ... Lim

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Sunken piles

Posted 1 month ago

Strip wash house back to framing and repair piles and replace any rooted wood

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Shower and flooring installation

Posted 3 months ago

Shower liners to be put in and then completed plus some flooring to go down so toilet and bath can be fitted off Everything is ready to go .

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37 waterford

Posted 2 years ago

Wanting to swap a bedroom and bathroom around

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Bathroom and laundry renovation

Posted 7 years ago

Existing bathroom 2.5mx3m. Job is to batt and reline walls and ceiling. Replace toilet , remove old shower and replace with bath, remove wall/door to make toilet/bath etc in the same room. Replace vanity, install heated towel rail, downlights and mirrored cupboards. Install underfloor heating and tiles. TIles above vanity. quote also wanted for Laundry -is 2.5m x 3m. Remove old cupboard and freestanding tub. Batt and reline ceiling and walls. Install new cupboards, underfloor heating, tiles...

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Resurfacing Kitchen Cabinets

Posted 4 years ago

Wondering if there are any resurfacing experts in Southland? Wanting our new kitchen stripped and repainted.

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New kitchen renovation

Posted 4 years ago

I'm unsure the square metres of my kitchen. I do know that it is 4.5m long. I'm looking for a L shaped kitchen design. My preference is to use thermowrapped cabinetry and either a stainless steel or wooden bench, if it meets budget. I have existing wooden floors that I intend to keep.

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Bathroom, laundry remodel from mid April 2019

Posted 2 years ago

Turning 4 rooms into 3 to make a bigger bathroom. We live 1 1/2 hrs away so need someone who can manage the project through to completion (including organising plumbers, sparkies, painters etc as required) and get the job done within a short time period. Work needs to start ASAP from the 18th April 2019 and finished around mid to late May.

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New Bathroom

Posted 4 years ago

We have a property at Manapouri Fiordland. We want to renovate the bathroom, by taking out the existing bath and replacing it with a wet floor shower. Also tile half way up the walls and put in a new vanity. The bathroom is 1.8 x 1.95, so not a huge space. We are able to organise new aluminium windows ourselves and can strip everything out if required.

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Interior Archway Removal

Posted 5 years ago

Take the current archway in the wall and extend it right to the top, effectively removing the part of the wall.

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Bathroom reno

Posted 6 months ago

Needing a full bathroom done as well as laundry from gibbing to instalation plumbing Looking for a quote

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Builder and draughtsman needed ASAP.

Posted 3 years ago

Draughtsman required for Floor plan . Builder required for removal of structural internal walls and building/lining work for open plan kitchen dining lounge area. Builder also required for 4 bay shed

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Bathroom Renovation

Posted 7 years ago

Bathroom approx 1.8m x 2.6m. Need new wall lining, lino or tile flooring. Need bath, shower, vanity, toilet and all fixtures replaced with new. Basically enitre new bathroom.

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Find Renovation Specialists in Southland

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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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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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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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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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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George Mallory Builders Limited

Joined February 2007

Hi - We've been building new houses and renovating old ones for the last 15 years. We've been in Christchurch for the last 10 years and have worked on jobs around the city as well as in regional parts of Canterbury. While we specialise in major renovations and new builds we also do smaller jobs from time to time - check out the photos below. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines...

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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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Next Level Decorators Limited

Joined July 2021

Kia ora, we are a new company with a lot of painting experience in home renovation, and new builds. We pride ourselves on our workmanship and making sure our clients are happy with the results. We make sure health and safety is always up to standard, and don't have the attitude of "she'll be right". We are passionate about our work and treat every job as if it was our own home. Our prices are reas...

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Bang Bang Building Ltd

Joined July 2013

We are a established business trading for 8 years in Invercargill, we have two qualified builders with a combined 42 years of industry experience. I am sure that we can sort any of your building problems.

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Sembel it

Joined February 2021

Big or small we do it all. 20 plus years industry experience. Honest and quality workmanship with reviews to back up. Price competitive and we go the extra mile Police vetted. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and then completing jobs on budget. We aim to exceed your needs and expectations.

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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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Buildflex Solutions

Joined March 2016

Sitewise Registered Sitesafe passport in Construction and Civil *15+ Years Qualified builder Truck Drivers,Machine Operators full licenced *Certified builder of K3T walling (System) and LBP *First Aid Certificate - Valid *Contruction Certified - On Site *Total Quality Management Certificate *Diploma in Small business Management *Full company Insurance - liability - Tool...

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Kept Under Wraps

Joined August 2015

Kept Under Wraps have been in the signwriting industry for many moons and have adapted to the changes in the industry. Their current focus is vinyl wrapping vehicles from partial wraps, full wraps, colour change, and paint protection film, as well as headlight and taillight tints, and anything else you can imagine. Full wraps so far include various exotic cars, a motorbike, and a mountainbike, mor...

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I M L

Joined September 2020

Hi I am a qualified joiner who has now branches out on my own I have over past 10 years done joinery, building , shop fitting , fencing and roofing. I pride my self on competitive quotes, good workmanship as well as clear communication and being very punctual with deadlines.

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Woodside Construction LTD

Joined July 2019

Hi, Woodside Construction is a small family company. We pride ourselves in our quality of work and dedication to achieve the ideals set out by the client. We specialise in small to medium renovations but we also have a lot of experience in new builds, alterations, light commercial, maintenance, landscaping etc. We strive to to provide detailed quotes and to be prompt and responsive to clie...

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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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Scott Sisson Builder Ltd

Joined February 2016

BUILDING I am a Licensed Builder with nearly 30 years experience in the building trade. I'm available for full contract or labour only contract for a new house build or renovations with a small team available. I work to high standards of workmanship and finish. FIRE INSTALLATIONS I offer a total fire installation service including a free on-site consultation, and will prepare an obligation fr...

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Elite Build South

Joined July 2016

Hi Mike here Elite Build South Ltd, Elite Build South is looking for more work for the 2020 Period, Although a lot of adjustment is needed during these times, the silver lining is that we are still available for your building projects and may be the best time to start your project we have a few gaps to fill as of now, We pride our selves in doing the job Right the First Time and completing al...

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Glide On Services Ltd

Joined January 2018

Welcome to Glide On Services Ltd. Southland Owned and Operated, we are the 'go to' specialists for all your Landscaping, interior/exterior Painting and Property Maintenance needs. With 15 years experience in the Trade and Construction industry we are well equipped to take care of the the projects you want done. From home repairs to home improvement through to a complete landscape makeover, we a...

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BRAGG BUILDING & DESIGN LIMITED

Joined September 2014

Bragg Building & Design Limited is honest and reliable company that prides it's self on going the extra mile to achieve the results of every clients wants and dreams. Owner operator Shahn Bragg has been building in and around the Southland region for 18 years, and has experience in high end builds right down to small alterations. Bragg Buildings team together have more than 50 +years trade expe...

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Rutledge Plumbing

Joined March 2014

Laser Plumbing Invercargill Rutledge Plumbing Ltd T/A Laser Plumbing Invercargill established in 2004, you can be sure of complete satisfaction in all work completed with prompt, friendly service and quality workmanship. When you require an experienced Plumber in Invercargill and the surrounding Southland region be sure to call Jason and his team! Laser Plumbing Invercargill offer a wide range...

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