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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New kitchen to replace original c.1989

Posted 5 months ago

New kitchen install to replace original kitchen built in late 80's. Would involve; re-gibbing old walls and ceiling, building a pantry and another storage cupboard and install of new kitchen. Quotes to include cost to de-install old kitchen and remove old gib and without this cost please. (i.e. if we did the de-install and gib removal).

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Weatherboard repairs

Posted 6 months ago

House circa 1910 with rusticated weatherboard - would like quote for replacement of any rotten boards or other essential structural repairs. House is tenanted so would like to be able to meet on site over a weekend if possible to discuss the work. No urgency, but would obviously like to get work done asap.

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Bedroom extension with bathroom renovation

Posted 1 month ago

We are looking for a builder who can extend one bedroom take the wardrobe out of another and renovate our existing large bathroom and laundry into a smaller family bathroom/laundry and a small en-suite and walk in wardrobe for the main bedroom. We also require a skylight and new internal balustrade for our stairs. We will need a new external window for one of the bedrooms as well. We are in the initial planning stages and have had a draft plan drawn up. We would like an indication on price to...

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The Andrews upstairs bathroom reno

Posted 3 weeks ago

We require a plumber to move/upgrade plumbing and install new bath, shower, vanity and toilet. We also require a builder to prep for installation of new fittings and put up new gib on ceiling and walls, our floor may also need leveling. We will gut the room in preparation.

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Bathroom Renovation

Posted 4 days ago

I am moving into a new house that has bathroom needing renovation. it is about 2x1.7m and only has a toilet seat and a basin. I want both of these removed and have a new toilet seat, basin with storage and a shower dome and possibly tiling on lower 50% of the wall. I have added before and possible after work photo (Need it without bathtub).

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Building

Posted 7 months ago

Pull off old walls.put new batts in and new jib. Take out bath put in a shower stainless Steel tray and wall lining and glass door and shower and new vanity and new toilet.

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Exciting Kitchen and laundry reno

Posted 4 months ago

There is an L-shaped wall with cupboard where the current laundry is, that I want knocked out. (I can take care of demo however I need advice from a builder on whether this is possible) The main job, however is for new kitchen cabinetry plus island, ordered through All Sorted Kitchen, to be installed, as well as electrical outputs, gas oven and new lighting. Secondly, I would like a cupboard built to house a new laundry area and new floorcabinets,benchtop and sink to be installed, where the cu...

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Bathroom Renovation

Posted 2 months ago

Remove the wall in-between the bathroom and toilet. This is to make the bathroom and toilet one whole room. Install new ceiling battens and insulate external wall and the ceiling over bathroom area. Re gib walls and ceiling. Remove cupboard from bathroom to make room square in the corner. Repair wall in hallway and install new door. Patch floor as required in new bathroom area.

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Replace shower

Posted 2 months ago

My parents are in need of a hand to replace their shower, taking the old one and framework out and installing a new one, hopefully there is a solution for the dismal water pressure too! (Rest of the house ok, just shower that trickles!) any help greatly appreciated

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Bathroom

Posted 4 months ago

Totally remove existing bathroom and toilet and make into one room. New walls floor ceiling etc. new everything.

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Bathroom Reno

Posted 4 months ago

Move window over 350mil gib bathroom install vanity and bath over shower and glass door the bathroom is very small

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Bathroom reno

Posted 4 weeks ago

Replace rotten floor. Line bathroom. Prep work for plumbing.

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New shower box installation

Posted 7 months ago

Hi looking for someone to install a new 2 or 3 sided shower box.

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KrauseBathrrom

Posted 8 months ago

Reposition bedroom wall, renovate bathroom into an ensuite. Renovate second bathroom into a guest bathroom.

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Split bathroom

Posted 8 months ago

Split family bathroom to 2 small bathrooms. 1 to be en suite and 1 family family bathroom. One with shower and toilet then one with shower over bath. Put gas infinity. Use water heat tank space as toilet. Please advise if its possible given the limited space. See attached plan.

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Kitchen Reno

Posted 4 days ago

I would like my current kitchen removed and replaced with a slightly modern kitchen. I have attached pictures of current kitchen vs how i want it to look. Only extra thing we need space for is a single door fridge. These are just tentative pictures as i only need gas cooktop on right side along with the rangehood.

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Mosston bathroom

Posted 4 months ago

Upgrade and reconfigure very small bathroom in 1946 former State House. Involves bath removal, assessment of water damage to floor and wall, repair and replace floor, wall lining and any damaged framing. Plumbing extension required because bath and wash basin are to be repositioned to different wall. New vinyl to floor, preferably but not essentially coved. Fit and connect new Engelfield Dual 2 combined shower/bath with two sided wall lining and new wall hung vanity. (Bath, wash basin, taps...

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Bathroom reno

Posted 6 months ago

Need 2 cavity sliders installed, tiling of bathroom walls, half way up walls including around bath. All finishing of the cavity doors need to be done, plaster work etc.

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Renovate my bathroom

Posted 3 months ago

Rip out the whole bathroom, new walls and floor required. Toilet repaired or replaced. Remove bath and put in new shower.

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Ensuite Bathroom Renovation

Posted 2 months ago

We are redoing our ensuite bathroom entirely. We want to strip it out and start again. We will be having a tiled shower (tiled walls instead of glass), a basin and a toilet. I have attached a photo of the current design, and our proposed new design.

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Find Renovation Specialists in Wanganui

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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Aaron Crosby Building and maintence

Joined July 2018

Hi I have just moved to Wanganui. I am a self employed builder that has been in the business for 23 years. DESCRIPTION OF WORK General repairs and maintenance, bathrooms, kitchens, flooring, roofing, decks, veranda's, fences, anything at all. No job too small. I'm extremely reliable and if my quote is excepted I will not let you down. I pride myself to be the best that I can. Warm re...

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JAMAP Property Maintenance Limited

Joined September 2017

Hi, we specialise in general handyman, property maintenance tasks and general plumbing advice. We also offer a bathroom design service. We are professional and work hard to meet customer deadlines for project completion. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and completing jobs on budget. Give us a try - you won't be disappointed.

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palmer construction

Joined June 2016

Palmer construction is a well established building business with a passion for house renovation and all general building and property maintenance including painting.

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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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Kapowai Works

Joined September 2020

Hi- I'm a carpenter and cabinetmaker with 25+ years in the woodworking and related trades over in the USA. My primary expertise is in higher-end cabinetry and related renovations. I worked a decade on superyachts (over 30m long) so have an eye for detail and skills to match. Have also done some out-of-the-norm work in related fields: shop-fitting for themed interiors, set-building for thea...

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Mondo's Services

Joined November 2019

Hi, Mondo's Services was established in 2007 and we now deliver solutions for home owners, businesses and educational providers. These are trade based handy person type of works. We can also help with all manner of projects from conception to completion or pieces of work that need finishing. Our trades network covers all aspects of construction. Our trades and professionals network covers ins...

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JS Build

Joined July 2016

Kia ora, A licensed qualified builder, with experience in both residential/commercial building and renovation/alterations, a passion for my job with perfection as my default, it would be a pleasure to assist in any way I can to assure a 100% satisfaction even after work has commenced to retain a good relationship and client base to the utmost professional standard.

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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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M3 building and concrete Ltd

Joined June 2019

I am a small building and concrete business that works in manawatu and the wider region with a little over 15 years experience and are big on small jobs work speaks for itself check out my Instagram at jmoorepay

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JT Builders Manawatu LTD

Joined July 2019

Hi , we specialize in renovating homes from small additions to large make overs. We also do new builds and will even do small jobs. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and then completing jobs on budget.

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TLR Construction

Joined June 2020

Hi, I have over 15 years experience in the construction industry and pride myself on completing work to a high standard. I look forward to meeting you to discuss what we can offer.

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Fresh Building Solutions

Joined April 2017

Hi there, I've worked for a well established and locally renowned building company for over 10 years, which has a great reputation for specialising in new homes, renovations, decks, fencing and any other residential building needs. I've also had stints overseas, and worked in Australia and the UK for 5-6 years, working in the commercial building industry, and also have experience in shop fittin...

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Level Ridge Limited

Joined July 2017

Level Ridge Limited is a property maintenance and construction company covering the Hawkes Bay, Manawatu/ Whanganui, and Nelson-Tasman regions, offering a comprehensive range of services using both internal staff ( including qualified carpenters and licensed building practitioners) and trade qualified specialist contractors including plumbers and electricians. We can take care of the full scope o...

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superstruct building services

Joined January 2019

We are an honest local company that offers a range of building services from new houses and renovations, to customized projects. From the most budget conscious customer through to those wanting bespoke custom designed work, we can meet your needs! Call us today for service with a difference.

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Mo's Home Improvement

Joined August 2018

Hi, we do Kitchen Renovation and Installation, Bathroom Installation and Renovation,Tiling, Painting,Decks, Pargola, Timber Fence, Plumbing and General Renovation. I am based in Whanganui. My goal is to provide quality service at the best price. Free Quotes.

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NZ Lighting & Heating Ltd

Joined December 2020

We do Led Lighting Aircond Heatpump Central Ducted system For all Residential and commercial Plus 6 years free service on all systems installed by us for peace of mind. Area's we cover Wellington to Waikato Finance also available We are also none as NZ PROPERTY MAINTENANCE SOLUTIONS LTD For all your 1 stop property maintenance New Decking & Fencing( New design and styles)...

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Stoneley Handyman Services

Joined February 2019

Hi there, I'm just your average run of the mill young kiwi bloke looking for the chance to prove himself in the industry. I have been doing a multitude of trades virtually my whole life. I come from a trade orientated family with a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience at my disposal. Where I excel is my attitude towards the work, whether it be new or common ground, I strive to do...

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Straightline Building

Joined July 2020

Trade qualified carpenter. 15 yrs experience building or renovating houses. Good connections with other tradies i.e sparky, plumber, painter Proven business operator. Good listener and particular in my workmanship, "finishes the job" attitude. Good rates.

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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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C T Carpentry Ltd

Joined August 2020

Hi, I'm a Qualified and Licenced builder who loves what she does. Specializing in smaller building jobs such as decks, fences, home maintenance and renovations I get immense satisfaction from seeing the end product of my hard work and always strive for a top end result.

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