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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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Top 5 Bathroom Renovation Tips - Direct From Our Experts

Posted 29/04/19

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

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Need to Add an Extra Bedroom for Your Kids?

Posted 10/11/16

Kiwi parents have on average 1.9 kids, which works fine for those who have three bedroom homes. Except when you have more than two children, have guests over to stay or want to use a bedroom as a study or home office. That’s when adding on an extra bedroom for your kids is a great solution to gi

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Latest renovating case studies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kitchen reorder and re-gib

Posted 5 months ago

Looking for someone to move some kitchen cabinets around, fill in an old doorway and re-gib the whole living space and ceiling. With possibilities of re-gibbing the entire house.

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Renovating kitchen and living area wall

Posted 9 months ago

Renovating kitchen splash back and extending the kitchen bench top after removing the fridge cabinet. Also in living area we are thinking to replacing old fire place with new gas fire on feature wall (brick wall) or wall paper in the back. Something that is not very expensive but trendy and beautiful.

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Bathroom reno

Posted 1 month ago

Quote to replace old toilets and vanity with new, Reline bathroom walls and flooring. Install power points

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New kitchen-plumber/sparky required

Posted 5 months ago

We are installing a new kitchen and require a plumber and electrician. Same sort of layout as the old kitchen so sink & stove are in the same place so hopefully won’t be too big a job.

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Peach reno

Posted 11 months ago

New addition renovation carport and garage conversion.

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Plumbing for Bathroom Renovation

Posted 10 months ago

Needing our new shower & vanity to be plumbed in. Also wanting to replace the toilet. We will be renovating the weekend of 26th September so will need someone immediately after that on the 28th.

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House extension

Posted 1 month ago

Want a house extension comprising of a bedroom, small living area with shower.

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Handyman, Bathroom,kitchen renovation

Posted 2 months ago

We are looking for a handyman that can take charge of a 3 bedroom house renovation. Work that will be involved full bathroom and kitchen reno, some windows to be replaced, general tidying and fixing things around the place and ideally can paint internally as well

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Installing new vanity unit

Posted 6 months ago

Once walls painted our ensuite has new vanity to be installed.. With new taps installed. It's not a big job but very important to us Thanks

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Spray cabinets

Posted 4 months ago

Full respray of all kitchen cabinets

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Replace floor boards in bathroom

Posted 6 months ago

We pulled out a bath and found the chipboard underneath rotten. We are part way through the reno and need an experienced builder to help us out, now beyond my DIY skills and we have plumbers and electrician waiting. HELP!!!! Also to nogg out for shower ( Englefield ) re gib half the room and install shower and bath nogg out for gib to bath top lip. Gib and ply flooring already on site. We also have house reno plans nearing completion with resource consent done.

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Bathroom - replace bath with shower only

Posted 1 week ago

Just looking at removing my bath (shower over it) and just putting in a shower instead.

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Kitchen install

Posted 10 months ago

We have purchased a 2nd hand modular kitchen and need this installed. Would also like a quote to remove the old kitchen. I will be available Saturday 29th August to view and discuss. Otherwise I can send photos of the old and new as well as a CAD drawing of the new layout.

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Putting in a new toilet and wash basin

Posted 1 month ago

Hi there I have a new toilet that needs to be put in and the old one taken out I have a new wash basin/ vanity that needs to be put in and the old one taken out.

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A wide range of jobs electrical and some sewing

Posted 2 weeks ago

We are in need of a sparky to do some odd jobs around installing an oven and disconnecting our old oven a few other bits and pieces , Also someone who can sew for our curtains ! Would like someone ASAP.

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Renovating kitchen and living area wall #2

Posted 9 months ago

Renovating kitchen splash back and extending the kitchen bench top after removing the fridge cabinet. Also in living area we are thinking to replacing old fire place with new gas fire on feature wall (brick wall) or wall paper in the back. Something that is not very expensive but trendy and beautiful.

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Installing bath, Some re gib and some tiling

Posted 10 months ago

Installing recessed bath, some gin and retiling

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Opening wall between kitchen and living room

Posted 6 months ago

Hi, I would like to open the current divider walls between the kitchen and the living room. The current layout includes a partial divider in a square room, going to the ceiling. That partial divider ends inside the room with another short divider that creates a corner in the kitchen area. The idea is to cut an opening into the longer divider to make a bench/bar kind of layout, therefore these dividers may not need to be fully removed. I am looking for someone who can: 1) provide an assessment sh...

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Bathroom upgrade

Posted 9 months ago

Small bathroom with a walk through shower room to be removed to open up the whole space and have a new shower put in. We also need a exterior French door replace.

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Toilet/Shower addition

Posted 4 months ago

I have a garage that has a studio as part of it. I'd like to add a toilet and shower and looking to get quotes for that.

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Ur Plumber & Electrical

Joined March 2019

Hi we’ve been in the Plumbing industry with over 10 years experience in Residential,Commercial, Industrial we are well equipped to under take any job big or small. While we specialise in General Maintenance Plumbing we also do complete full renovations kitchen,bathroom,laundry. Whether upgrading from low to mains pressure Hot water , blocked drain to a roof leak Ur Plumber Ltd has you cove...

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CJH Construction

Joined November 2015

Maintenance Renovations New Builds Landscaping...

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NuVista Homes

Joined March 2014

Hi, We are NuVista Homes. We are a multi-award winning, family operated business with over 14 years of building experience in New Homes, Renovations, Alterations, Light Commercial work and General Building. We also offer in house interior design services We pride ourselves on making you happy and creating your project into our own master piece. This means we take the time to get to know you...

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JK Project Management

Joined June 2012

JK Project Management looks after all the trades on your projects to give you one simple point of contact. Renovating? Full build? Landscaping? - Let us sort the builder, sparky, plumber etc. As well as offering Project Management, we also offer Excavation works, Driveways, home handyman, rubbish removal, tiling, plastering, painting from all the trades on our books. Having so many trades on...

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RHL Build & Construct

Joined October 2017

Based in Hastings with over 20 years combined experience, we take pride undertaking and completing jobs in affordable and efficient way, Producing work that is creative and is sure to please. We are happy if you are happy.

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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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Task

Joined December 2010

Hello, This is our purpose and services:- Carpentry Painting Fencing Retaining Walls Concreting Vinyl Floors Carpetting Kitchen Decking and Handrails Access Ramps and Pergolas We have a great team that meets quality,time and within approved costs. We respect the needs of our customers and we are honest with all our dealings

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TNT Builds

Joined June 2021

Hi, I am a qualified Carpenter and have been in the industry for 8 years qualified for 4. I've been out on my own as a sole trader/contractor for the last 6 months and loving it. My building background is predominantly New Homes, Decks, and Structural Landscaping however i have worked on a variety of projects over the years including - new homes - renovation/alterations - light commercial - de...

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A Lawrence

Joined December 2015

I have just started working self employed. My name is Aaron and I am a hard-working qualified builder with seven years experience both here in New Zealand and working abroad. I am friendly and enjoy talking to clients and potential clients. I am a soletrader who has experience in New builds, renovations, additions, restoration as well as other small jobs. Small jobs include repairs, new decks incl...

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JDC Contracting Bop

Joined June 2020

Hi , At JDC Contracting We Specialize in New Aluminium Windows & Doors, Aluminium joinery Replacements/Maintenance , Retro fitting of New Double Glazing , Small Building Jobs , Renovations , Decks , Deck Repairs , Fences , with 20 years in the building Industry We are very professional and work hard to deliver the best quality workman ship on time and within budget , there's no job to big or to sm...

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THE TILE LAYER

Joined August 2011

floor and wall tile layer, water proofing in all and any wet areas, over 20 years experience in residential and commercial tiling, stone, ceramic, mosaic, design and lay, i have done some building, plastering and painting, most general handyman stuff, welding most things like fences and trailers, look at my web sites please. ... ...... ...

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SchoCon

Joined July 2012

Focused on outdoor living, hard landscaping and renovations, but also the cliche "for all your building needs". Being in the building and construction arena for 18 years, LBP licensed and trade qualified we will make your ideas and dreams reality.

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Hamilton Property Maintenance Ltd

Joined December 2017

Before starting any jobs we endeavour to find the right solution for each customer, to suit their budget and individual requirements. When we take on a job we want you to be informed throughout the process and we guarantee your satisfaction. For most people their home/property is their biggest asset and we keep that in mind with all the jobs we do. Whether it be pest control, building your fence,...

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QS Consult NZ

Joined February 2019

Quantity Surveyor - Project Cost Estimates - Schedule of Quantities - Take-Off - Microsoft Project Programming. Registered MNZIQS - Sole Trader Consultant - Reasonable Rates .

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Riley construction services

Joined February 2021

Riley Construction Services is a family owned business and family driven at all times. We take pride in our work and do everything with passion dignity and fairness. We do from anything in the construction industry to home renovations and landscaping, with over 15 years experience in these fields we are now awaiting your call. So why wait leave the work to us and relax

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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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Fresh Building Solutions

Joined April 2017

Hi there, I've worked for a well established and locally renowned building company for over 10 years, which has a great reputation for specialising in new homes, renovations, decks, fencing and any other residential building needs. I've also had stints overseas, and worked in Australia and the UK for 5-6 years, working in the commercial building industry, and also have experience in shop fittin...

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JBARR Construction ltd

Joined February 2018

We are a local construction company with over 15 Years experience in the industry. Excellent communication and every project is to a very high standard. Proud to be a New Zealand Registered Master Builder Member

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Project Home Improvements

Joined May 2019

With 20 years trade experience, we are very professional, have great attention to detail and take pride in our work. We do fencing, bathroom renovations, small builds such as decks and patios, painting and plastering, gardening and waterblasting. We have full business insurance. Please feel free to checkout our Facebook page for photos on work completed: ...

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Oswald Construction Ltd.

Joined August 2013

At Oswald Construction we specialize in residential building from new builds, additions and renovations - big or small, outdoor entertaining areas and the like. We strive for excellence and provide high quality craftsmanship and can project manage any job - again big or small. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes.

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