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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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Are You Considering Adding an Ensuite to Your Master Bedroom?

Posted 24/11/16

Should I build another room for my ensuite or should I alter my existing master bedroom to fit one in? It might not seem like an important question, but there are pros and cons to consider for both these options... Adding an ensuite - should you extend or convert your master bedroom? Insta

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Composite vs. Timber Decking

Posted 28/01/20

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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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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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tony Stout #2

Posted 11 months ago

Install a new shower in my caravan annex plus a gas califont 12 L per min a fan to remove steam and a chemical toilet.There may also be a bathroom window.Shower will also need disabled seat and rail plus shower caddy.

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JL Bathroom

Posted 10 months ago

1930 weatherboard house. Replace shower, replace one toilet and install a second toilet. Floors are tiled which we would like to retain. Ideally done this side of Christmas, but would like a quote within next week.

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LIVE ON SITE QUALITY CONSTRUCTION in mountains

Posted 11 months ago

Hello I am hoping that all is going well there and you ! . I SEEK to have made some time? in fine weather; A wood work and metal Workshop with underfloor heating & Cafe Building to be made and others in the valley need quality construction, I am looking for 1 or 2 couples ? or brave single persons that have skills and some capital to make a lifestyle on this land I own freehold bring your Tiny HOUSE !(I seek to work towards sell some land and sharing this land and work and live with OTH...

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Small exterior wall shifted. (Non load bearing)

Posted 1 year ago

I have a wall in my house thats roughly 7 meters long. It does a "dog leg" and i want to square it off. Its not a load bearing wall (i have had the plans checked) I have no time frame for this, the exterior ground level will need building up slightly, i can get the concrete at a good rate and i work at a building supplies company so can get most materials at cost. Would like to arrange a call or a visit to get a quote.

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Indoor outdoor flow

Posted 4 months ago

Remove internal walls, install internal cavity sliders, install outdoor three stacker slider, lintels, gib work and small amount of brick veneer fixing. Flexible timing. No urgency.

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Replace 4 archways in living area.

Posted 4 months ago

There are 4 archways that we want changed from a curved shape to a square cornered shape

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House Extension - Additional Bedroom

Posted 2 weeks ago

Extending existing house to add on another bedroom and possibly bathroom. No further details at this point, just looking to see whats available

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Draftsperson

Posted 1 month ago

We require someone to draw up some plans for upgrading our bathroom from 1 to 2. Looking for drafts to be done for council permits. Reasonable cost please

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Basic bathroom renovation

Posted 1 year ago

Hi there, We would like to give our bathroom a bit of a spruce up. The job would have to be finished by the beginning of December. We need the existing bath , shower unit and vanity removed. We would also need new walls and ceiling. Then we would need the placing of the new shower unit (no bath) and vanity (supplied by us). The vanity and mirrow cabinet, would go where the bath now is, so we would use existing plumbing. We would like to have insulation put in by the outside walls. The fl...

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Tony Stout

Posted 11 months ago

Install a new shower in my caravan annex plus a gas califont 12 L per min a fan to remove steam and a chemical toilet.There may also be a bathroom window.Shower will also need disabled seat and rail plus shower caddy.

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Replace vanity and toilet.

Posted 1 year ago

I have a bathroom that i am replacing the vanity and toilet in, looking for someone who could do this. We are looking to put down new lyno flooring, if you can do this also then we would like this done. We currently have the new vanity and toilet ready to go. I would like the job done by mid-December. i have estimated the cost i have allowed.. Note: I may be able to get the current vanity and toilet removed. or as part of the deal you can take it for free.

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Bathroom reno

Posted 1 month ago

Need the old bath and vanity removed. Remove existing flooring and wall linings. Install a new shower and vanity,reline the walls and lay new flooring. We are flipping the room layout so new vanity where bath is and shower where vanity is know. The large mirror on wall we are hoping to take down and place on opposite wall.

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Laundry repair

Posted 14 hours ago

Fix water damage in laundry after water leak. Replace tub, skirting, gib repair and stopping then paint wall and skirtings.

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Bathroom Renovation

Posted 8 months ago

Remove bath, toilet, vanity, laundry tub. Source products, reline walls, fit shower, vanity/taps, toilet, laundry tub, fit extractor fan. Time frame : over the summer.

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Tapawera kitchen Reno

Posted 2 months ago

Remove a built in pantry old stove and stainless steel bench counter and install a 2nd hand free standing pantry that needs alittle alterations to it and install a oven wall unit, a new countertop and sink and cupboards under sink area.

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Replace existing bathroom

Posted 1 year ago

I have a bathroom (actually , but will do one at a time ). it is a wet room already so there is no need for permits . it is about 2 meters by 2.5 meters and i guess normal stud height.. there is a shower , toilet and a wash basin,, the tiles have cracked and were painted , the paint is coming off .. i would like a good middle class bathroom , all tiles replaced , new shower, new toilet and vanity. i assume that some water has gotten it under the floor , but not sure. I am looking for someone t...

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Bathroom renovations

Posted 2 weeks ago

I need an ensuite and larger bathroom renovated

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Cottage Bathroom

Posted 4 months ago

Need to install a toilet, shower, bath and laundry in Cottage

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Bathroom renovation

Posted 1 year ago

Replace existing bath and vanity with new shower and vanity

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Re-surfacing

Posted 9 months ago

Resurface an enamel bath Possibly replace a vanity/sink unit Work to be done in the first two weeks of December

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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GJR Contracting Limited

Joined June 2021

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

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Fix It Fox Handyman Services

Joined December 2020

No Job Too Small. Hands on Engineer. I have built a broad spectrum of residential and engineering items. I have a full suite of skills - fabrication, building, roofing, plumbing, drainage, electrical etc ie classical handyman who does well in all trades. Good tool base. Multiple trailers. Can cart 9m lengths. Engineers built the world.

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