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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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Deluxe Bathroom Renovation Costs - What You'll Get for $30,000+

Posted 01/10/14

Bathroom renovation series - The deluxe bathroom renovation. One in a series of articles that looks at bathroom renovations and what to expect at different budgets. The deluxe bathroom renovation $30,000 to $100,000+ The deluxe bathroom renovation may also be known as a full gut job. There

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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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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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The Benefits of Building a Conservatory

Posted 22/10/14

If you've been thinking about adding an extension to your home, Building a conservatory is a clever way to add more living space without having to move to a larger home. One of the benefits of building a conservatory is the potential to add a lot of value to your home. Hiring an architect

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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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5 Tips for Spring Home Renovations

Posted 29/10/14

We've talked to industry insiders and experts, and have put together a list of our top 5 tips for getting started your spring home renovations. Spring home renovations Coming out of a cold winter, spring home renovations may seem like a daunting prospect.  Yes, you've been thinking about i

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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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Mid to Upper Range Bathroom Renovation Costs & Ideas

Posted 24/09/14

Bathroom renovation series - The mid-range bathroom renovation. Part three in a four-part series of articles that looks at bathroom renovations and what to expect at different budgets and what you need to help you plan your bathroom renovation. Mid-range bathroom renovation costs ($12,000 t

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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 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

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

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 tiler.

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

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

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 tiler.

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

Removal of existing wall

Posted 1 year ago

Removal of small section of wall and post between rooms and will be made ready for painting. This is based on construction allowing for beam to be inserted above ceiling and to be made ready for painting. Plan will be supplied.

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Debra Harris

Posted 8 months ago

line room with supplied aqua gib. Approx size is 3 meters squared. Install a 800 x 800 shower, toilet and hand basin.This will include all drainage putting holes in foundation to accommodate. install Laundry tub in laundry area including plumbing. Fully finish bathroom including painting floor covering glazing door with perspex Permit is already been applied for.

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Advice on moving a load bearing wall

Posted 2 months ago

We want to remove a wall that is slightly load bearing. We are moving that wall 3 metres. Just need advice on how to do that ourselves.

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Sweet little bathroom remodel

Posted 2 years ago

small bathroom remodel includes shower replacement and toilet install.probably flooring change-currently tiled, but may do vinyl. Basin moved but to wall with current plumbing

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Moira Goodwillie

Posted 7 months ago

Install new kitchen I would like kitchen joinery and bench top I will need floor area tiledalso electrician and plumber

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Recreate two floor-to-ceiling back-to-back wardrobes

Posted 2 years ago

We want to completely recreate two floor-to-ceiling wardrobes (1 in hallway, 1 in bedroom) which are back to back. The former owners of this double-brick house destroyed the 'ceiling' above the bedroom wardrobe (when you open the upper wardrobe doors on the bedroom wardrobe you can see all the way up to the roof tiles...), presumably to make space to change out the tank under the roof for water pressure (i.e. to get the old metal tank out and to put a new plastic one up instead). This means a co...

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New Bathroom 2

Posted 1 year ago

Hi my bathroom is about 16 square meters, it is double brick wall. I would like to rip out everything and install new wall, shower, basin, heated towel rail, heat-light-fan unit, vinyl, will need new sliding door. also need electrician to install the lights and plumber to connect the shower and basin. it would require to be completed between the dates from 24 Oct to 3rd Nov, as the new tenant is moving in that weekend. I am in Timaru (in town) so if you are interested about the job, Timaru buil...

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Bathroom renovation

Posted 1 year ago

Total gut of bathroom approx 2 x 2.5m replace gib with aqualine including ceiling install insulation into external wall and sound deadening in internal walls Install wall hung vanity, recessed 1200mm mirrored wall cabinet and new bath with shower over either 2 or 3 sided. Floor to be in vynal so some cladding may be required over t ang g flooring

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New bathrooms

Posted 7 months ago

bathroom - old shower and vanity taken out, walls need looking at

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Alistair Marshall

Posted 9 months ago

A small bathroom renovation, reconfigure timber framing/ gib or board and install a new shower unit + sink.

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Reno House

Posted 6 months ago

We would like to renovate the whole house, new kitchen and bathroom, paint the whole house, change the ceiling, new lights fitting. Floor area is approximately 140 sqm.

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Bathroom refurbish

Posted 2 years ago

I have a small bathroom and seperate toilet that needs chipboard flooring cut out and replaced with H3 strand flooring. Also need to replace walls with aqualine and some hardieglase around bath and vanity. Need ceiling pinex tiles replaced with gib also. There is a linen cubboard in the hall that will need walled off as i,m using this space on the other side of wall to fit new englefield 1m x 1m round shower that also needs fitted. Have clearlite drop in bath to put back in like for like and van...

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Geraldine villa reno

Posted 7 months ago

renovation of villa house to make bigger bathroom and kitchen , full plans drawn up by draftsman existing floor 111.9m2 proposed floor 28m2 , total area over external walls ... total area over foundation ... , after full structural quote with electrical & plumbing

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Bathroom fix up

Posted 1 year ago

I am redoing my bathroom and wanting to redo my walls with new Aquagib. Am wanting a quote to remove the current plasterboard and install aquagib. Room is small - 2.4 x 1.9.

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Our dream kitchen

Posted 1 year ago

I want to replace the old bench top with new one. And at the same time to change the "L" shaped bench top to straight one. Furthermore the floor area needs to tiles as well. A couple of electrical points need to be relocated appropriately according to new layout.

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New Bathroom

Posted 1 year ago

my bathroom is about 16 square meters, it is double brick wall. I would like to rip out everything and install new wall, shower, basin, vinyl, will need new sliding door. also need electrician to install the lights and plumber to connect the shower and basin.

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Kitchen install

Posted 1 month ago

Fit a new kitchen and benchtop, cabinets will be assembled.

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Kitchen repair and renovation

Posted 2 months ago

recent water damage, source repaired, but assessment of extent of damage and repair/renovation is required thanks. Will involve some building work, cabinetry, tiling and new functional kitchen island thanks

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Family bathroom reno help needed

Posted 1 year ago

Our bathroom is about 2m by 3.5m. We will need waterproofing, a shower over bath and wall liner installed and a new vanity where the excising ones were, we have double brick & plaster walls. We will remove the current bath/shower and liner, and vanity ourselves and buy the new fittings.

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Making a house into a home

Posted 7 months ago

Change laundry into second bathroom/laundry combo. Add shower basin and toilet. Put laundry in cupboard

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2020 homes ltd

Joined August 2009

30 + Years in building trade. A Trade qualified Builder and a hard working team. We pride ourselves in working in with our customers and making your vision a reality. We specialize in tricky smaller jobs to complex renovations along with the odd new build. We travel around and can stay on site, with our mobile workshop www.2020homes.co.nz to view our work.

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Gw builders ltd

Joined May 2016

With over 25 years of experience in the construction industry we are small family business of qualified reliable builders with a high standard in every job we face.. guaranteed to please! Specialising in: *Light Comercial *Architectural builds *New builds *Renovations/extentions *Landscaping *All forms of concrete work No jobs to big or small!

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GCM Construction

Joined March 2013

Hi my name ia Gary I'm a fully qualified carpenter , I'm 43 and started in construction when I was 16 . I am not limited to carpentry , I also Own excavators and tipper trucks . I have a very broad spectrum of work which can be concrete driveways , decking , kitchens , bathrooms , demolition work aswell as building work I take pride in all the work I do and my company moto is "My aim is your...

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CJS Services NZ Limited

Joined August 2018

Hi, my name is Chris from CJS Services. I have a number of years experience carrying out work for residential and commercial clients. I pride myself on being friendly upfront and punctual. Feel free to contact me for a free no obligation quote. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks

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Wilson Built Homes LTD

Joined February 2018

Hey there. We have many years of experience through the residential and commercial sectors in Canterbury now. We specialise in new builds, reno's, fences, decks, concrete works, general handyman work and so much more. We work and operate Wilson Built Homes with a lot of passion to ensure the clients dreams, ideas and needs are met. We handle every piece of material personally ensuring quality...

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Gryphon Service Systems

Joined February 2017

We specialise in waterproofing of the fabrication repair type. ... to explain ourselves: primarily focusing on existing building water tightness issues from roofs, external, internal structures through to ground floor/basements. This also includes all aspects of internal/external “wet area" seamless Water Proofing. Our services also include all aspects of the finishing process once repairs ha...

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Evergreen house ltd

Joined August 2018

Trying to think of the right builder? Need someone to guide you through your project? People who think their budget is low? High? All could be done through us.

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Shannon building

Joined March 2017

Hello I,ve been doing handyman , building , painting work for 40 years . so consider myself to be pretty experinenced.. I strive to do a good job at a fair price, on time and on budget , I do not ask for money in advance unless it is for materials. So you pay me for my work when your happy with the job. I will be pleased to answer any inquirey and endevour to do so promply..Thank you mark

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NZ Prestige Construction Ltd

Joined May 2018

Hi, we are a locally owned and operated Building and landscaping company. We specialize in major renovations and new builds. We also do smaller jobs and repair work, along with property maintenance . We pride ourself in expert customer service and a pleasurable experience from start to finish. We provide competitive quotes and always finish our projects on time and within budget. You will not be...

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FIXD Property maintenance

Joined July 2011

Hello, I am a Qualified Cabinet Maker with 12 years experience and have a background in the Carpentry and related industries. I can undertake most non structural work including: Walls, Gib fixing, patching, skirting's, kitchen removal and installation, assembly of flat pack furniture, earthquake securing,gardening and section tidy ups. small job specialist.I am professional and friendly and am ha...

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Petes Construction

Joined March 2018

Pete's Construction is a building organisation fuelled by word of mouth. We specialise in all aspects of building, landscaping and earthworks! Building is our passion, we are committed to delivering superior workmanship and our team consists exclusively of licensed and competent builders, offering you a top quality finish and increased efficency throughout projects. Ensure your next ventur...

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Bearded Builder Ltd

Joined November 2017

Hi, We are a small company that focuses on the needs and wants of our clients. We specialise in custom timber work and renovations although that doesn't hold us back from new builds, in fact it gives you a better end product. We specialise in kitchens and door repairs. We do all sorts from insulation and architectural builds. We pride ourselves on our workmanship and our communication to the clien...

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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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Mitchell and Milmine Construction

Joined September 2017

Mitchell + Milmine Construction is a small family owned residential building company focused on building quality. We are team players and are committed to working within our community with other locals alike. We are passionate about modern architecture, and believe each home tells a different story, this makes us the perfect partners on your next building adventure. We offer a transparent...

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Tradesman

Joined October 2014

hi i am a licensed building practioner tradesman carpenter main line of work is building maintenance of all types,i do a lot of bathroom renovations supply and install working with only registered tradesman all types of work undertaken

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Uneda Plumber Ltd

Joined July 2012

Hi, Uneda Plumber is proud to be Canterbury owned and operated since 2009. Our plumbers have the highest standards, and a worldly wide range of knowledge and skills on all levels of plumbing. So whether it's a bathroom or kitchen reno, a replacement faulty Hwc, help with your wetback fire or even a complete new build. All you need to remember is, if you need a plumber UNEDA PLUMBER....

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BECS

Joined January 2017

I am a Quantity Surveyor/Project manager by trade running a family construction company. We ongoingly do our own developments and to keep our close-knit group of workers busy during times we have turned to help other investors/homeowners reduce the ridiculous prices offered by some trade companies. Our business specialises in optimising and digitising construction companies with those proceeds fee...

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SJR Builders Ltd

Joined September 2015

SJR Builders Ltd based in Christchurch. Working in the greater Canterbury region and South Island. Specialising In Architectural homes, Renovations and Repairs For a Quote please contact Stephen 02102586395 stephen@sjrbuilders.nz

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HVAC controls and electrical

Joined October 2016

Hi, we have been wireing new house and old ones for the last 10 odd years . While we specialise in major renovations and new builds we also do small to larger size projects from time to time,we are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for projects and within your budget. We also install heat pump from domestic to commercial Design and built We are also registered electricians and...

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H-T services

Joined October 2017

Hi H-T services is a new company specialising in driveways and landscaping. We are also involved in handymen work and cleaning services. Look forward to hearing from you.

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