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

Posted 29/06/18

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

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Choosing Between Another Storey or Adding a House Extension

Posted 16/03/17

Extending your house or adding another storey can give you the much needed space a growing family needs. We look at the advantages and disadvantages of these two renovation options... How to choose between another storey or a house extension Depending on the size of your backyard, you can

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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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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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Creating Successful Indoor Outdoor Flow in Older Homes

Posted 05/01/17

Great indoor/outdoor flow is high on the must have list for many homeowners. But achieving this this can be a challenge in older homes... Summer weather just makes us want to head outdoors. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done for many homeowners with older homes. Older properties

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Asbestos Removal - Stay Safe & Hire a Professional

Posted 07/01/15

If you’re looking at buying or renovating a property built between the 1940’sand 1980’s then there’s a good chance that it contains some Asbestos... A fibrous mineral that’s found in metamorphic soils and rocks, it was a popular and widely used material in the building industry due to its

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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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Latest renovating case studies

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Renovating bathroom, building deck, installing aluminium windows

Posted 10 months ago

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

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Replace drop in bath with drop in bath

Posted 2 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 6 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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Replace mouldy bathroom ceiling

Posted 9 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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Bath Installation

Posted 2 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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Temuka work

Posted 1 year ago

Hi I need a door and lock replacing to my garage its exterior door open to weather plus I need the roofing an sides on my back porch needs replacing plus the roof on my front veranda photos are attached

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Bathroom remodel

Posted 10 months 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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Minor house renovation

Posted 5 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 7 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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Divan road bathroom Reno

Posted 3 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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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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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 bedroom adding bathroom, adding a wall and new entrance way

Posted 11 months 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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College Road Kitchen Reno

Posted 1 year ago

We would like to remodel our current kitchen, we need to install an island, pantry, drawers, gas hob and oven, range hood, and sink.

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New Bathroom

Posted 3 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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Shower Top Install

Posted 5 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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Installation of new shower

Posted 6 months ago

Put gib up and put new shower in

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Kitchen expansion and renovation

Posted 9 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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Refurbishment #2

Posted 1 year ago

Refurbishing kitchen formica kitchen 182cmx52cm

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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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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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FM Construction NZ Limited

Joined March 2021

Hi all! I am a local LBP builder with 10+ years experience. I am capable of any size job big or small. I take pride in working hard and efficiently and I complete all work to a high standard, ensuring that my clients are happy throughout the process. I am happy to provide advice on renovation ideas and mostly have experience in the following areas: - New builds - Renovations - Foundations inc...

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Paul duffy

Joined August 2015

Qualified carpenter,I have 5+ years experience in carpentry. I pride myself in doing good work and completing it on time. I provide competitive quotes.

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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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JLF CONSTRUCTION

Joined October 2020

Hi, I've been building for over 10 years and decided it's time to be my own boss. I've worked on and completed high end architectural new builds to small maintenance jobs and everything in between. I take huge pride in my work from start to finish I'd with that providing competitive quotes and completing jobs on time and on budget

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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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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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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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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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Tekapo Building Ltd and Home Renovation Specialists

Joined May 2020

Our team provides high quality, yet affordable renovations that can be customised to suit your needs. We can help you modify and create a seamless space whatever it may be; Bathroom, Kitchen. Get in touch with us today! We also have a team of experienced Builders for any New Builds you may want priced.

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Archemics Design

Joined April 2019

Archemics Design is an architectural design, structural engineering and interiors studio based in Auckland. We provide design services from pre design briefing, concept design through to full building drawings and documentation and consents. We have worked on both residential and commercial projects in New Zealand that form the basis of our industry knowledge. With a design focused env...

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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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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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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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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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NuVista Homes

Joined March 2014

Hi, We are Nu Vista 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 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 and understand what you want so that we can de...

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Mitre Ben Construction Limited

Joined March 2016

Hi My name is Ben, and I run a small carpentry business servicing Canterbury and beyond. We specialise in new builds, renovations & hard landscaping I am happy to come to you and discuss what you are needing done, at a time that suits you. I am a Licenced Building Practitioner as well as being a Qualified Carpenter. Thanks for taking the time to check us out, Ben Powley

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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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Limitless Property Services

Joined December 2019

Hi there, My name is Dan and i'm a local from Christchurch. I am currently living in the Selwyn area, where I have recently just built my own home. -I am a qualified builder who is also LBP accredited (Licensed Building Practitioner) with over 13 years experience in carpentry. -I am also a skilled excavator operator with 3 years in heavy civil works. -I have my own 1.7T digger, 2.5...

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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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