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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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Our blog is full with helpful news and knowledge covering stone masonry related repairs and renovations around your home. 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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Recent jobs posted

Check out how homeowners like you are using Stonemasons on Builderscrack to build, repair and improve their homes right now.

Broken sink

Posted 8 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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Volcanic Rock Wall extension

Posted 1 month ago

Hi, we need to lift the height of the garden wall [200-300mm] as to retain bark over a approx 12meters [total approx 2.5 sq meters]. We have all the required rocks available on site. No rush or specific timelines required.

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Build outdoor brickwall and platform for a pizza oven area.

Posted 2 months ago

Build outdoor brickwall and platform for a pizza oven area.

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Open Fire Advice/Repair

Posted 2 months ago

We have a permits to have 4 open fires. The chimneys have been recently cleaned yet one of our fires continues to smoke. There appears to be good draw but smoke puffs out the front. There are a couple of firebricks that are loose so wondering if that could be the problem. The fire in previous years has gone really well and has been getting worse. Hopefully someone who knows what they are doing can come out and give me some advice.

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Schist internal feature wall

Posted 3 months ago

New build - we require a schist feature wall and a colum to be installed

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Stonemason and/or apprentice #2

Posted 7 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

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Glazier

Posted 4 months 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 #4

Posted 6 months ago

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Crack in Stone foundation wall

Posted 2 months ago

1.5ish m crack on exterior of foundation wall needs grinding and remortaring. EQC have assessed and paid out $614odd for repair.

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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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Neil Marwick

Posted 4 days ago

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Removal of fire place

Posted 3 months ago

Fire place needs to be removed. Then needs jibbing plastering and painting. Skirting needs to be added as well.

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Posted 10 months ago

Repair to an existing rock retaining wall.

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Retaining Wall

Posted 3 months ago

25 Series blockwork Retaining wall of 12. 5 m long.

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Oven clean

Posted 7 months ago

my oven needs a industrial clean

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Builder

Posted 4 months ago

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

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Brick work

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I want to remove a couple of windows and fill in with brink veneer.

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Posted 6 months ago

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Recent stone masonry reviews

With over 203,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Crack in Stone foundation wall

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 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

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3rd August 2021

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 5
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 5
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 5
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9th February 2021

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 4
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 5
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Find Stonemasons in Christchurch

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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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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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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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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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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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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POOMAN LTD

Joined August 2017

We have been working in the drainage industry for over 13 years and are Christchurch based all. We are a one stop shop for drainage, we can unblock drains, camera drains, water blast. We do small repairs right upto to extensive drainage projects. We supply EQC investigations for earthquake damaged drainage to the required EQC standards. Free Quotes for all drainage requirements. Pooman...

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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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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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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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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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SoBeer Structural and Fire

Joined May 2020

With nearly 20 years of experience in New Zealand, I am a Chartered Structural Engineer based in Christchurch and a Producer Statement Author for Auckland City Council. I have a broad experience in structural design and site investigation from new build to alteration, and seismic or earthquake assessment of existing structures. These structures vary from residential, commercial, school, and pub...

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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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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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Daniel

Joined March 2019

Hi, I have been in the construction industry more than 30 years.I am specialise in renovations and new builds, decks and fence.I am a LBP as well. Nice to meet you and give quotes and we can work from there. Cheers Daniel

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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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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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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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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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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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