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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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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

If you’re wondering what type of lawn to go for, we’ve got you covered. Know what type of lawn best suits your needs, budget, and lifestyle.

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Home Renovation and Repair – It’s All in The Prep

Posted 29/06/18

Renovating or doing work on your home can be a big investment – yet most of us put more effort into choosing a pair of shoes or a new camera. Repairs might not be as exciting as new clothes and gadgets but if you want a good result, value for money, and minimum hassle, the more you think abou

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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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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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7 Things Tradies Want You To Know Going Into 2022

Posted 30/11/21

Next year will be the year of catch-22’s for home improvement. So, how can you get a great outcome for your project in these busy times?

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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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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.

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.

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.

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 and hindsight from these NZ homeowners.

A 3yo’s Take on Having Plasterers in the Home

Renovating with kids at home is no small feat. Read on to find out how this family hired a plasterer for their living room reno.

Small Bathroom Renovation Turns Major When The Unexpected Happens

Budget blow-outs, schedule delays and an unforeseen scenario - this bathroom renovation's got it all! See the incredible transformation.

Living the Dream: Geoff Converted This '86 School Bus Into a Home-on-Wheels

While waiting for the tours to resume from border closures, Geoff prepares for a trip of a lifetime aboard his home-on-wheels.

Expert Tiling Provides The Finishing Touch to a Kitchen Renovation

Hiring an expert tiler gave the final polishing touch to one of our homeowner’s stunning kitchen renovating. Check out how they did it.

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.

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Project Manager - renovation

Posted 1 month ago

Property requires renovation after a decontamination. Project manager/builder to complete required repairs and possible reconfiguration of kitchen/laundry area and organise sub trades - electrician, painter, carpet layer etc. We are out of town owners. Hoping to get decontamination completed as soon as possible so can start the reno, however, well aware of Xmas looming so will need an idea of when it can be done. Would like to meet project manager and decontamination company on site prior to w...

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Replace drop in bath with drop in bath

Posted 11 months ago

older cast iron bath needs replacing with light either enamel or acrylic, bath. Builder will probably have to remove the glass bath screen first as it rests on the bath and is glued to the wall. Need done in the next two weeks

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Installation of new shower

Posted 1 year ago

Put gib up and put new shower in

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Replace mouldy bathroom ceiling

Posted 1 year ago

safely remove moldy ceiling in bathroom (including taking down a heatlamp/light unit, and putting it back up with new plasterboard)- also water proofing/painting it. Bathroom space is small, 2.5x1.5m, however is around 3-3.5m tall. There is also a shower at one end, toilet in middle, and hand basin at other end- going to be tricky for ladder/scaffolding to get in there.

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New Kitchen, Laundry and toilet room

Posted 1 year ago

All areas need to be gutted, insulated and lined. New sub flooring. Wall moved to make kitchen bigger and the laundry smaller. Gibbed and plastered with kitchen units installed etc.

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Minor house renovation

Posted 1 year ago

Hi, We Hope to get a quote and advise on renovating our house at 46 Cornwall Street as we would like to renovate the mentioned areas before moving in. Bathroom/Toilet 1) Sealing up a hole on the toilet wall. 2) Remove partition wall and install the freestanding shower. 3) Replace a new vanity Kitchen 4) Existing kitchen cabinet - install a dishwasher 5) Install the kitchen range hood 6) Fit the cornice in the kitchen (between the cabinets and ceiling) Room 7) Fit skirting ar...

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Complete bathroom upgrade

Posted 1 year ago

Existing bathroom stripped to stud. Bath removed. Vanity plumbing renewed. Toilet & shower plumbed & fitted. Vanity fitted. Walls lined. Electrician for lighting, power point, extraction fan & heater. Finishing required, excluding painting.

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Kitchen expansion and renovation

Posted 1 year ago

We have a narrow galley style kitchen that has been built on top of what was once a outdoor veranda (wall etc added so it's now internal etc.) - however I don't think the floor has been done correctly - I suspect it needs leveling. It's a 1910's double brick house - we are looking to remove part of a load bearing brick wall to expand the kitchen into what is currently a large double bedroom. - the current kitchen need to be fully removed and replaced as we don't like any of it. we are after a...

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Bath Installation

Posted 11 months ago

Bathroom only has a shower at the moment. We would like to have a bath installed where the shower currently is to create the "shower over bath" feature.

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Stage 1

Posted 5 months ago

Renovation of a very run down 1.9m x 2.50m bathroom for a 2 bed flat with an iron bath that is staying in same place. Need new hot water cylinder in same place, new toilet in same place, extractor fan, wall lining, basin in same place, taps, lino on floor, bit of tiling, maybe heated towel rail.

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Garage /shed repairs / renos

Posted 7 months ago

Replacing couple walls and fitting double garage door. Old stand alone garage

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Shower Top Install

Posted 1 year ago

Install a shower top for our client. Tidy DIY skills or trade background required. Any more information call Pete on ... . We supply all materials

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Home Renovation and extension

Posted 2 months ago

Looking at upgrading the kitchen bathroom and a possible extension

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Bathroom remodel

Posted 1 year ago

4sqm bathroom with adjacent 1.5 sqm toilet. Relining plasterboard in both rooms, installing kitset walk-in shower and vanity. Willing to discuss removal of wall to create bigger bathroom if it's worth the investment

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2 Unit reno's/repairs

Posted 2 months ago

Hi team, I have two vacant units out of six on 170 Evans St, which need to some renovations/repairs. There is a bit of work to be done for example: Ceiling, some damage. Toilet wall and ceiling - some mould. All window frames have some cracks and gaps - will need to touch up and fix Moisture Barrier - (under house there will be DPM on the ground that have to cover all edge but that houses not covered edge) Carpet replaced (if needed) Any cosmetic renovations required to get the pro...

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Bathroom

Posted 8 months ago

Putting up new gib putting new door in plus work needed for newbath and vanity putting up mirror plus making sure walls are straight before gib goes up

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New Bathroom

Posted 1 year ago

Hi there, I wish to get a quote to convert our master bedroom walk-in wardrobe into a bathroom. Thanks

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Bathroom reno

Posted 8 months ago

Small bathroom renovation

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Renovating bathroom, building deck, installing aluminium windows

Posted 1 year ago

Renovating a bathroom, building a deck, installing aluminium windows, small finishing jobs

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Divan road bathroom Reno

Posted 1 year ago

Replace shower, new gib and possibly some framing to replace. Put in new built in bath and new vanity, new gib and possibly replace some framing

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Find Renovation Specialists in Timaru

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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Hansen tranter contracting ltd

Joined October 2017

Hi H-T contracting Ltd 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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Abacus Building Maintenance

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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Flush & Flow Plumbing & Gas

Joined September 2020

Jorden is a Certifying Plumber and Gasfitter in Christchurch with over 10 years of experience and knowledge in all aspects of Plumbing and Gasfitting. Every job undertaken is completed to the highest standards with up to date thorough knowledge of all codes and regulations in place. Workmanship guaranteed! All jobs are competitively quoted and completed within reasonable timeframes.

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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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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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Jamie Crockett

Joined September 2020

Hi, I have be in the building trade for the last 24 years, 19 of them years was in England and the rest here in Christchurch. I am just starting contacting so thought I would give this a go as well, I specialise in renovations and maintenance.

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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 WBH operates with a lot of passion to ensure the clients dreams, ideas and needs are met. We handle every piece of material personally ensuring quality and ef...

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LVL CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANTS LTD

Joined October 2021

With over 18 years experience from renovations to new builds, with a vast knowledge of how the process should work we can help you with your project including the design.

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M and K Electrical Inspectors

Joined September 2021

Domestic, Commercial and Industrial. Electrical Inspector Electrical Warrant of Fitness (EWOF) for your caravan, motorhome, mobile food van or boat. Hazardous Areas, Fuel pumps, Spray Booths Rewiring New Builds & Alterations Insurance Hot Water Cylinders Gas Changeovers Ventilation & Heating Bathroom & Kitchen Mains & Switchboard Upgrades Fiber/TV installation (Home Ne...

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Limitless Property Services

Joined December 2019

Hi there, Dan, owner operator of Limitless Property Services. Currently providing the Canterbury region with complete building and landscaping works. -Qualified LBP builder (Licensed Building Practitioner accredited) with over 15 years experience in carpentry. -Skilled excavator operator with over 3 years experience in landscaping and heavy civil works. With our own truck, digger and bu...

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URBANZ Construction Management

Joined November 2016

Hi and welcome to URBANZ Construction Management. I have recently set up a new business getting involved in the Construction Management side of residential earthquake repairs and renovations. I feel there is a major gap in the market for experienced builders who know the nuts and bolts of managing earthquake repairs, renovations and the on-sold repair programme. I have been a builder for over...

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Craig Tapuvae

Joined April 2021

Self Employed Contract Builder with over 10+ years in the construction industry. Specialise in Renovations, new builds, earthquake repair and also Project Management. Provide competitive quotes to suit the budget of the client and Deliver a high standard of work.

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R1 homes

Joined January 2022

Hey been building for the last 8 years have got my own company. I do a lot of residential housing, Reno’s, decks/fencing, landscaping, Handyman work I have a great work Ethic and time management to get the job done well and on time.

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MZI Builders

Joined October 2017

Hi , I have been in construction for the past 7years.Iv been doing new residential houses and renovation but my background is interior finishes as well as building decks and refurbishing decks,concreteing and crack injection/handyman.

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Kharl Tiling and Contracting Services

Joined March 2015

Kharl Tiling and Contracting Services is duly operated within Christchurch and neighbouring town. Specialising in commercial, residential and Architectural tiling. NZQF Level 4 (BCITO) Floor and Wall Qualified tiler and certified waterproofer on board. Very professional and work hard to meet deadlines set by a client to the highest standard. I always providing competitive quotes according to the c...

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SGA Builders Ltd

Joined July 2021

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

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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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NZ CCS ltd

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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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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Erne construction Ltd

Joined September 2015

Erne construction Ltd based in Christchurch. Working in the greater Canterbury region and South Island. Specialising In Architectural homes, Renovations, Alterations, EQR and commercial. For a Quote please contact Stephen ... ...

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