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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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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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Top 5 Bathroom Renovation Tips - Direct From Our Experts

Posted 29/04/19

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

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Need to Add an Extra Bedroom for Your Kids?

Posted 10/11/16

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

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

Posted 29/06/18

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

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Guide to Cladding Options and Materials

Posted 31/07/19

Are you wondering what cladding to choose for your new build? Is your existing cladding looking dilapidated and ripe for renovation? Recladding your home will breathe new life into its appearance. In this article, we give you the information to choose the right cladding for your home. E

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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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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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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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Latest renovating case studies

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

Overgrown Patio to Contemporary Deck: How Lex Doubled His Living Space

Find out how this Christchurch homeowner transformed a ‘cold and unused’ area to create indoor-outdoor flow. Walking up the long driveway draws out my anticipation of two things: seeing just how much the backyard has changed, and whether I got everyone's coffees right. As I reach the back of the house I’m given a warm welcome by homeowner Lex, and following inquisitively behind is his kitten Naki – in Māori meaning ‘to glide’, and in Ngāi Tahu dialect, ‘cat’. Naki jumps up onto the newly finished deck as if to begin the grand tour, and I’m amazed – what a transformation! It’s completely reinvented the look and feel of this space. It’s not long before Ashraf joins us – he’s the tradesperson who got the job done with his teammate Conor. And after a few minutes of seeing Lex and Ashraf talking, it’s clear as to why this job went so well; there’s a lot of respect here. Ready for the project rundown and eager to sip our coffees, we take a seat at the modern stone table (whic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Granny Flat Reno

Posted 2 months ago

General renovation and tidy up of tired old granny flat; install new shower and toilet, refresh wet area including laundry, install new kitchenette, replace cracked window, update flooring, refresh paint, install wardrobe for bedroom, fix drainage issue (the flat floods when there is heavy rain) and potentially add new entrance. Timeframe is flexible, but would like to complete in 2021. If job is good, considering doing further renovations in main house (bathroom, kitchen and refresh paint).

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Renovation

Posted 1 month ago

Currently a do up need to renovate the house.

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Ceiling and beams

Posted 2 weeks ago

Ceiling taken down beams put up bracing in walls regib wall plus 3 piles timber put in under bracing electrical gibstopping

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Bathroom renovation

Posted 3 months ago

Would like to replace bath and vanity and remove existing wall lining and replace with waterproof wall panels.

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Renovation

Posted 3 months ago

Need to reconstruct bathroom floor to fit new toilet set and shower waste trap

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Laundry

Posted 3 months ago

Would like to reconfigure the laundry and add bench space. Run a new bench under the window and sit a dryer underneath it and move the washing machine and sink along other wall.

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Shower replacement

Posted 3 months ago

Needing a new shower put in Wanting a one piece square shower

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Can’t wait

Posted 2 days ago

New cabinets Install insinkarator

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Old Taupiri Post Office

Posted 1 month ago

Removal of a large internal wall, possible addition of new window frames, building of a deck around the outside of the house, Possible addition to the house approximatly 40 square metres (dependent on council consent), bathroom renovations x3, removal of an old fireplace and relocation another fireplace with the home.

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Bathroom Design/Renovation

Posted 3 weeks ago

Basically looking for someone to provide a full bathroom/toilet renovation, able to give more detail in person or over the phone regarding the job. Open to input in design/placement .

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Renovation of the existing old bathroom

Posted 1 month ago

1. To install a new covered shower (at the moment no covered shower there) 2. to add another toilet in the same bathroom with a separator in between 3. At the moment one commode is there in the same bathroom 4. to add one usual vanity and one small vanity in the same bathroom.

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Shower replacement

Posted 2 months ago

I'm looking for someone to remove an existing corner shower box and install a replacement one that I have purchased. The job is at our holiday house in Raglan (ie we're not always there but can provide access so someone can come and go at leisure). I can provide photos if required.

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Kahui Ave Bathroom Reno

Posted 3 months ago

I would like the floor replaced as it has rotted through (made of the weetbix material). There is a shower over a bathtub. I no longer want a bathtub just a place to shower , a bathroom that an elderly person can walk into with their walking aid if need be, so I picture a bathroom with only a shower and a vanity , fully waterproofed. Can you help me. I have also noticed that the rot from the bathroom has gone through to the adjoining bedroom so that would have to be fixed (not a big area) too...

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Small home renovations

Posted 3 months ago

Have a wall between toilet and bathroom to be removed as well as a section of wall between kitchen and lounge a bathroom refit as well as a kitchen refit with some power points to be moved and changed will also be some plumbing to be done within the bathroom install a door frame to replace and one to be boarded up a section of floor in the bathroom will need to be replaced and the wall behind the toilet will need some attention there will be more jobs that will crop up within the project for sur...

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Out with the old

Posted 2 days ago

Replace all bathrooms furniture (?) - Bath tub - Shower - Vanity - Toilet Possibly flooring

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Glass splashback

Posted 3 months ago

A glass splashback replacement or a extension, splashback needs to be extended up to power point.

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Shower Replacement

Posted 3 weeks ago

We have an old style 1980's shower with a tiny hot water cylinder and want to upgrade this. We have the plumbers coming in to change this over to gas water heating on Tuesday 20th July and would love to take the chance to replace this with a new shower. Looking at just a plain 3 sided lining and shower tray and door.

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Removal of wall

Posted 1 month ago

Currently we are in the process of replacing our kitchen. For the new layout I need a wall removed and a corner window (450mm x 450mm) removed and filled in as our new kitchen design will go along the wall of the corner window. Exterior cladding is Shadow Clad ply.

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Reconfigure Laundry

Posted 1 month ago

Would like to reconfigure the laundry and add bench space. Run a new bench under the window, add new sink and sit a dryer underneath bench.

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Self contained Studio and bathroom reno

Posted 3 months ago

Project 1 : Studio Roof is ok, cladding will need a couple of new boards. Need new gutter on one side. New joinery/window on most, single glazed. We will keep the same layout. New insulation, gib, kitchenette and bathroom. Plumbing already in place. Will need sparky too. Project 2: Bathroom Shower only, no bath, wall to separate toilet with new door. New vanity by toilet and in bathroom. Project 3: re gib hallway where new toilet door will go.

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Find Renovation Specialists in Waikato

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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SGT Construction

Joined January 2020

Hi We are new to builders's crack but can provide references for new builds and renovations. we are licensed builders contact us for quality work at reasonable price.

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Enhanced renovations ltd

Joined June 2018

Hi there Enhanced renovations are here to make your renovating experience easy and enjoyable from start to finish. With over 18 years of renovating experience we have a high standard and an eye for detail and we aim to work alongside your budget for you to receive the best value for money. If your looking for an affordable, quality renovating service with devoted builders to add value to you...

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Waynes Painting

Joined November 2017

Hi.. Ive been painting houses for the last few years and have also done alot of my own renovation projects so am handy with many areas. I am cheap and like to do long hours. Happy to do small jobs as well.

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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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Another hand ltd

Joined February 2018

Hi I am a true handyman that has a massive range of skills, 1 of my team is a qualified builder so we have a lot of bases covered. We do fencing, decks,retaining walls,pergola,bathrooms,painting and much much more

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Jarrod Goile

Joined September 2020

Quality assured workmanship at a very reasonable price. Certified tradies for just about any job. Working with the customer to meet their demands without delay.

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New Horizon Construction Limited

Joined January 2019

Hi, I have been building new houses and renovating old ones for the last 10 years. I specialise in renovations/additions and new builds. Also do smaller jobs from time to time. Professional and very hard working.

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Provue Glass Ltd

Joined July 2018

Hi, I have been in the trade for the last 14 years and pride myself in the work I complete. Specializing in Showers, splashbacks, mirrors, broken windows, new glazing, pet doors, Timber Joinery and more. We offer competitive pricing and free quotes Thank You Provue Team

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Iuliano Tilers2002

Joined June 2016

As a Company we pride ourselves on our word, which is reflective in our work! Our motto: “No job to large or small” Greetings to all; We have been operating in this industry for over 27yrs; specialising in Marble; Travetine; Porceline and more.... our trade as a stone mason has taken us all over the north island and overseas to the Pasific. A registered waterproofing applicator...

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Riley construction services

Joined February 2021

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

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aaatiling ltd

Joined February 2019

17 Years Experience installing tiles, waterproofing, undertile heating, will undertake any job and finish in a timely manner, please email for a ... n also undertake complete bathroom renovation.We also supply and install semi frameless showers..

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Hamilton Property Maintenance Ltd

Joined December 2017

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

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Ellis Building Limited

Joined August 2015

Hi, I am a licensed builder who has a passion and gets great satisfaction from completing work to a high standard. Most of my experience is in renovations however I have completed some new builds. I am focused and diligent on the task at hand. I pride myself on good communication and personal skills.

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Unique Renovations

Joined July 2018

Unique Renovations Ltd specialize in commercial and residential renovations. We provide a wide range of building services. If you would like to discuss any of the renovation services that we offer, please get in touch with us. www. ... .nz

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BKF Builders

Joined May 2019

I am a trade qualified builder with 27 years experience in both residential and commercial construction. I am very professional and work hard to complete anything from new builds to renovations in a timely professional and reliable manner.

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SLATES HANDYMAN SERVICES

Joined August 2012

Slates specialise in roof leak repair, Skylite change out. Chimney sweeping, gutter cleaning & repair. Moss treatments of roofs, concrete & paths. Detergent house washing & fly & spider treatment. Landscaping, tree trimming and all those jobs you don't want to do. Any questions please contact us through builders crack. Kind regards Steve.

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InGame Builders Ltd

Joined February 2015

For all your building and handyman work I am the man to get in contact with. Experience in renovations and new builds light commercial and residential.

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Sherm's Plumbing Ltd

Joined December 2019

Hi there. Sherm's Plumbing Ltd has over 10 years plumbing experience, specialising in anything from new builds & renovations to smaller maintenance jobs. We take pride in our work & choosing Sherm's Plumbing will mean you get more of a personal & professional touch. We offer competitive quotes & our communication is second to none.

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Jackpot Floors

Joined August 2020

Hi, we are qualified and experienced flooring expert-laminate, vinyl plank, hybrid floor or tiling services, bathroom renovations, decking construction, fencing and general renovations. We have more than 10 years of experience and passion for everything we do. We are a small family business, but pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and completing jobs on time

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Jpricebuilders

Joined April 2017

I am a licensed carpenter with over 10 years experience doing renovation and residential building work. I'm professional and will do my best to make your job big or small easy at a competitive price. Give me a call

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