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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Latest renovating case studies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Minor house renovation

Posted 8 months 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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New Kitchen, Laundry and toilet room

Posted 10 months 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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Garage /shed repairs / renos

Posted 1 month ago

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

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Shower Top Install

Posted 8 months 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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Bathroom to wetroom huffey st

Posted 1 year ago

want a project manager to remove our bath and shower, and vanity and create a wet room with a new wall separating the wet area from the rest as per drawings. need advice on shower linings, flooring etc. Also might require building consent? new skirting & cornices probably required. plumbing: vanity is moving 90degrees, so a little plumbing required here. imagine new wetroom drain will be similar position to current bath. under...

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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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Kitchen expansion and renovation

Posted 11 months 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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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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Bathroom reno

Posted 2 months ago

Small bathroom renovation

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Gib small kitchen & bathroom

Posted 1 year ago

Gib and tidy up a small bathroom and kitchen in a flat in central Timaru.

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50s Batheroom Reno

Posted 1 year ago

Join adjoining toilet and bathroom into one room. Change some plumbing around paint and resurface walls. Add built in linen cupboard where bathroom door was. Tile shower, install shower, bath, toilet and vanity. Walls all brick. All existing fixtures and wall between toilet and bathroom will be removed prior by me. Needs to be done within 4-6 week window within next 6 months.

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Installation of new shower

Posted 8 months ago

Put gib up and put new shower in

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Bathroom

Posted 2 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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Divan road bathroom Reno

Posted 6 months 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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Replace mouldy bathroom ceiling

Posted 11 months 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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Renovating bedroom adding bathroom, adding a wall and new entrance way

Posted 1 year ago

Changing location windows and doors to room entrance, adding a wall and new entrance way and installing a new bathroom. Also adding a skylight. Includes new plumbing, and also an upgrade to Gas Hot Water. Relocate the laundry to the garage.

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New Bathroom

Posted 6 months 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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Replace drop in bath with drop in bath

Posted 5 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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Complete bathroom upgrade

Posted 8 months 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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Bath Installation

Posted 5 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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JG Sumby Builders Ltd

Joined April 2011

Sumby Builders are an experienced team dealing with all aspects of residential construction. We strive on Customer satisfaction, so we pay close attention to detail and focus on a positive end result that everyone is happy with. We are available to quote all jobs from easing a door to new house builds. Also able to undertake Earthquake work eg. demo work, roofing, making buildings watertight and s...

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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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South Design 2008

Joined October 2010

Architectural draughting/design using 'AutoCAD ' on new dwellings, elderly units, extension/modifications, Apartments & Restaurant/bar redesigns. Communication skills. Typing skills. Background in Carpentry & Joinery

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Jellis construction

Joined November 2015

I take a lot of pride in my work I have been building for 8 years now and am a licensed building practitioner. Have done work with architectural new builds, spec homes, earthquake repairs and big renovation jobs and have acquired a wide skill set from these. Happy to come and give a free quote and havnt had a job go over budget so far look forward to doing some quality work for you

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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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Ideal Tiling

Joined June 2018

Hi, We have been tiling and renovating for the last 15 years. We specialise in commercial and residential tiling. We also do renovate residential bathrooms. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion and client satisfaction. We are proud of ourselves to provide a professional service.

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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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Earthborne Builders

Joined January 2018

Hello there, glad you have taken the time to read our information, We specialise in renovations, decks, pergolas, new builds, and of course no job is to small, We believe its the little things that count. My team are professional, qualified builders who love what they do, not to mention we are Certified and Master Builders and licensed building practitioners, for your peace of mind But most...

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Kinabuild

Joined February 2021

We are a licensed building company based in Christchurch and a proud member of New Zealand Certified Builders Assn. There is no job too small for us. We can help with any residential or commercial building work such full build, renovations, alterations, fit outs, repairs, & more.

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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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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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Gintas Renovation NZ

Joined October 2016

I've been renovating houses for 15+ years. I focus on getting the job done fast and in high quality while maintaining reasonable prices. My main goal is to understand my client's vision and manifest it as they wish. There are no big or small jobs, all jobs accepted. To see my work you can visit ... .nz

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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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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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Mainland Landscape Construction

Joined June 2020

Hi all, my name is Scotty and i am a highly experienced and professional outdoor landscaping and construction contractor, very experienced in the whole process from the ideas and design phase through to the finished product, wether it is structural or non structural, big job or small job, simple or complex we have you covered, you can view my work on facebook if you search : Mainland Landscape Con...

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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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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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GRAB HIRE also trading as GCM BUILDING SERVICES

Joined March 2013

Hi my name ia Gary . I’ve got a Grab lorry that’s ready to grab your materials . I’ve also got a Komatsu 3 ton digger for your excavations . Quick prompt service. Collecting green waste Rubbish Concrete Soil removals I can also deliver I can also grab a load over a fence or deliver a load over a fence . I can transport 8 tons of concrete or soils Or ap40 The list is endless ....

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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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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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