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Christchurch’s Stonemasons: For Projects That’ll Last A Lifetime

Christchurch is well-known for its Gothic Revival style buildings, a legacy of an early city architect. Sites like Christ’s College Dining Hall, the Canterbury Museum, Trinity Church and the Arts Centre Clock Tower are great examples of beautiful stonework by stonemasons in Christchurch’s younger years.

But not all stonework needs to be constructed on such a grand scale. If you’ve got a garden rivalling that of the botanic gardens that needs an ornamental stone path, or perhaps you’re interested in rebuilding a stone structure levelled by the earthquakes, or maybe you just have a crumbling stone retaining wall, then you should employ the help of a CHCH stonemason.

What does a stonemason do?

These stone workers don’t just chisel rocks you know. Stonemasons can form perfect stones for your house or garden path by shaping the rocks and fitting them together like a jigsaw puzzle, and have experience with using materials like concrete to fill in the small cracks between rocks for a sturdier structure.

As well as a range of other activities that involve stonework, a stonemason can:

  • Fix your existing stonework
  • Create a beautiful garden path
  • Build walls including interior walls, fences and retaining walls
  • Build your fireplace and chimney
  • Repair or deconstruct a fireplace or chimney
  • Construct columns
  • Source stone for your project
  • Conduct masonry works

They work with a range of stone materials such as limestone, volcanic rock, schist and granite and may employ tools such as lasers for stone cutting.

How can I find a suitable stonemason?

The easiest way to find yourself a stonemason in the area is to use Builderscrack. Here, you post an advertisement for your job, which will be seen by many stonemasons. The tradies will then get in contact to show their interest in your project.

Include in your job description the size of the area that you’re looking at, whether they will need to source stone or not, when you would like the job completed by, and possibly some pictures of how you would like it to turn out. Putting as much detail as possible in to the ad will give you the best results.

What credentials and details should I obtain from my tradie before starting the contract?

  • Examples of prior work, whether it be pictures or taking you out to the site
  • A list of references who can confirm their skills
  • The total years’ experience they’ve had in the field
  • The estimated cost of the project – have them come and inspect your property to obtain a proper written quote
  • That they have appropriate insurance

 

Following this guide you’ll be able to find your perfect stonemason in no time, so get posting!

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Queenswood

Posted 1 year ago

Stone(or fake stone) pillars x 2. These will surround a steel portal leg that its currently in place. Height will be approx 1.2m high and approx 400mm x 400mm. See attached photo.

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Rock wall

Posted 1 year ago

Build a stone wall to support crumbling Redcliffs rock.

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Repair and build a stone wall

Posted 1 year ago

We have about 10metres of a low (50cm high) stone wall that needs repairing and repointing. We would also like this wall extended by approx 3 metres.

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Broken sink

Posted 4 months ago

1x stone sink has broken into 2 pieces after moving house. need it fixed back up so I can install it into a tiny house! I was told when i bought the sink that it's made of some kind of volcanic (?) rock, it has two layers ... the top layer is shiny, the bottom is more roughcast. rough dimensions of the sink =55cm x 40cm and maybe 5cm thick. Can send photos to whoever picks this up :)

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Glazier

Posted 3 weeks ago

Would like some glass doors made to cover some open shelves . Measurements 775cm across and 880 cm length with handles Would appreciate a quote for this. Many thanks Val

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Stonemason and/or apprentice #2

Posted 3 months ago

Stonemason and/or apprentice required to expand existing gang. General stonemason duties eg mixing cement, dressing rock, laying rock. New house build using stone cladding. Short term contract, approx 2-3 months work. Hourly rate - all materials supplied

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Stonemason and/or apprentice #4

Posted 2 months ago

Stonemason and/or apprentice required to expand existing gang. General stonemason duties eg mixing cement, dressing rock, laying rock. New house build using stone cladding. Short term contract, approx 2-3 months work. Hourly rate - all materials supplied

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Oven clean

Posted 3 months ago

my oven needs a industrial clean

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Mount decorative wall art panels on cinder block wall

Posted 1 year ago

I need someone to mount 3 x plastic decorative wall art panels on the back of the garage wall which is made of cinder block. I have the mounting kits, I just need someone with the know how to do it. There are also three other small jobs: 1) Mount a wire plant support on the same garage 2) Attach a fence catch to the same garage. 3) Cut two 'Paris' pavers to the correct length to fit a gap for some landscaping Because this is a structural wall I would like someone with experience workin...

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Onree #2

Posted 1 year ago

two bathroom and vanity require marble

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Retaining wall

Posted 6 months ago

Repair to an existing rock retaining wall.

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Manufacture concrete plinth, build and place signboard frames

Posted 2 years ago

Hi we want a approx. 600 square concrete plinth manufactured for our remembrance garden to place a bronze plaque on, tapered in one direction from 50 - 100mm thick approx. Also manufacture from 150 sq rough sawn timber qty 2 signboard frames and concrete into ground by our entrances to the carrpark.

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Stone table top repair

Posted 2 years ago

Stone table has arrived broken in 3 pieces. As we can’t get another one until the new year. It would be good to mend it and use it in the mean time. Doesn’t need to be perfect just usable.

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Pillar footing

Posted 2 years ago

Small job to finish off one pillar footing in schist. Plaster there currently needs to be hidden on all four sides. Initial contact by email please to; ...

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Builder

Posted 2 weeks ago

tying some underfloor piles to joists to ready for sale. ASAP

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Block wall repair

Posted 11 months ago

A block wall needs repaired

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Installing Schist

Posted 1 year ago

Have about 15 squire meters of schist to install. In a new build in marshland, Christchurch

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Stonemason and/or apprentice

Posted 3 months ago

Stonemason and/or apprentice required to expand existing gang. General stonemason duties eg mixing cement, dressing rock, laying rock. New house build using stone cladding. Short term contract, approx 2-3 months work. Hourly rate - all materials supplied

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Stonemason and/or apprentice #3

Posted 2 months ago

Stonemason and/or apprentice required to expand existing gang. General stonemason duties eg mixing cement, dressing rock, laying rock. New house build using stone cladding. Short term contract, approx 2-3 months work. Hourly rate - all materials supplied

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Clean recoat and seal outdoor pavers

Posted 1 year ago

We have an outdoor paved area of coloured stone pavers that need to be restored and resealed

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Stewart Paving and Landscapes

Joined October 2015

Hi, we are a small landscape construction business. Specialising in all aspects of landscape construction. Hardwood decks are a speciality of ours as well as intricate paving. We lay a lot of natural stone including Timaru bluestone and beautiful Indian Sandstone. I’m fully qualified owner operator and have over 18 years in landscaping, working both here and abroad. My apprentice Matt is 2nd...

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Grasshopper Landscapes

Joined July 2017

Hi. I have worked within the trades industry for the last 20yrs both in the uk and here for the last 13yrs. I Have worked in the following industries : Landscaping & Gardening Painting (inc exterior & roof work) Building (site manager in Chch rebuild) I also do design work and consultations I am prompt, punctual, polite and will keep you involved throughout the process. So if you have some...

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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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Tradie

Joined January 2019

Hi, I've been in construction industry for more than a decade and specialising in Tiling industry. I'm been in Tiling here for several years doing commercials and residential buildings. I'm specialise in ceramic, mosaic, marble, bluestones, pavings, and doing also a demolition jobs. I'm also specialise in landscaping decorators.

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Cambrian Masonry

Joined November 2014

I'm a qualified stonemason, brick and block layer. I've been building and repairing stone houses, walls, letterboxes etc since 2008: and take great pride in producing high quality work in Oamaru, Hinuera and volcanic stone, schist, riverstone, as well as brick and concrete block. No job too big or small - and customer satisfaction is paramount.

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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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milano tiling MJ2 GROUP

Joined September 2015

Milano Tiling is a family company based in christchurch with italian roots, we take pride in delivering a quality standard of work at using our hands, mind and heart in every job, taking your home as if were our home. We guarantee the quality of our work using only the most trusted products and materials to ensure that every job last a lifetime because we take our job seriously

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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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pete's bricklaying

Joined March 2016

Hi i'm an experienced bricklayer who works to a high standard. Most of my work is bricking new build house's which i enjoy. And i also have experience in repairing earthquake damaged buildings in Christchurch. I can get the job done to a high standard for a competitive price.

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MV Brick and Block

Joined March 2015

I specialise in brick and blocklaying, I have over 35 years experience in all aspects of the trade, from new builds to historical projects and specialist feature work ie herring bone pannels, brick archways. I pride myself in being professional and building great relationships with my customers and offering competitive quotes and completing projects on budget.

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Abrasion ltd

Joined July 2018

Many years experience, family trade all types of stone, brick and block. International experience. Work world wide. Look forward to hearing from you soon and supplying you with a quote.

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Jays concrete plus

Joined December 2019

Hi I’ve been building roads motorways, footpaths and driveways for 12 years plus. I specialise in concrete work but can do all sorts of jobs from excavation, asphalt, kerbing, paving, landscaping. No job is too tough . I work hard to make sure any job i take on is delivered on time and to a very high standard. I take pride in my work, will give you a very fair quote and will always try to work wi...

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Hansen tranter contracting ltd

Joined October 2017

Hi H-T contracting Ltd is a new company specialising in driveways and landscaping. We are also involved in handymen work and cleaning services. Look forward to hearing from you.

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George Mallory Builders Limited

Joined February 2007

Hi - We've been building new houses and renovating old ones for the last 15 years. We've been in Christchurch for the last 10 years and have worked on jobs around the city as well as in regional parts of Canterbury. While we specialise in major renovations and new builds we also do smaller jobs from time to time - check out the photos below. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines...

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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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Murrell Contracting

Joined January 2014

A Team of Qualified Tradesmen inc a Registered Builder and a Drain layer we are based in Christchurch a We offer Excellent rates and Prompt service on Odd Jobs New builds Repair work

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Living Earth Landscapes Ltd

Joined March 2017

We have been offering a full Landscaping service for over 25 years, we do small and large projects in all aspects of Hard and Soft landscaping. Incorporating Consultations, Design plans, Earthworks, Construction, to Decks, Paving, Driveways, Lawns and Garden areas. We can do the project from start to finish, Our small team of Experienced Professionals will make it a top priority to meet customer...

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AJC brick and block

Joined June 2016

Hi! My name is Adam I have 10 years experience in bricklaying and block laying industry I take pride in all my work. I can also do any general repairs or repointing to give old brickwork a facelift Contact me for a very competitive quote

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TW Plastering and Building

Joined April 2015

I am a highly experienced builder with great attention to detail. I truly believe in making my customers happy, even if something is difficult to achieve, the homeowner comes first. I love having creative and functional spaces. I have a great track record of positive feedback, I have added some of this to the photos section. Please feel free to take a read, I am very proud of my work. Please...

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Custom6

Joined February 2020

Custom6 have a wide range of trade services available - bricklaying/block laying concrete placing, commercial cleans and site dig outs We have vision and a - Anything can be done attitude! We specialise in any thing masonry from bbq areas and feature ponds/walls - to custom design letter box and pools. I have also completed a lot of repair work, grind out, repoints with colour match, commerc...

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