Renovator recommendations wanted

PigsFly 2 July 2020 25

With the onset of the cooler weather, we’ve decided that it’s the right time to get stuck into some small but significant renovations, namely the closing in of an unused front veranda and the total refurb of our dated (read “70’s”) bathroom. Can anyone recommend any suitable tradies to do either of these jobs?

We really didn’t want to resort to cold calling names from the Chronicle or White/Yellow Pages as we’ve done that in the past and not been happy with the results. I’m talking about quote stage only as we can normally weed out the useless ones when they won’t even listen to what you have to say right from the start (we normally then let them go to the trouble of producing a quote because if they’re going to waste our time then they can waste some of their own too).

So, if you’ve recently had a bathroom renovated or enclosed a previously wasted veranda space, please let us know who you used and if you were happy with the work. Feel free to let us know anyone that you wouldn’t recommend either (perhaps in a diplomatic way) so we can avoid the lemons.

Thanks O Wise RiotACT’er’s. 🙂

If you’re also looking to renovate your bathroom, check out our recently updated article on the best bathroom renovation companies and the best tilers in Canberra.

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25 Responses to Renovator recommendations wanted
familyguy1974 familyguy1974 2:46 pm 16 Apr 13

“In regards to the painters, DO NOT use National Capital Painters! More problems than you can poke a stick at!”

…… what were the problems you were talking about???

familydude72 familydude72 10:36 am 10 Jan 13

Definately speak to John from Purr-fect bathrooms. As we discovered,he is good at pretty much anything and he and his team did wonders at our house recently. You can read my more detailed post on this thread:

hawk1 hawk1 1:35 am 07 Jul 12

I know that this is a very old thread but if anyone is still looking for a great tradie for bathroom renovations plus a very experienced man who has a wealth of information and can put his hand to most things, try John from Purr-fect bathrooms.

Lazy I Lazy I 10:30 am 21 Nov 10

Seems I am the only one commenting here anymore but I thought it was worthwhile following up.

Had Fully Air Conditioned do our Air Conditioning installation and Craig + team were excellent. Can’t recommend them highly enough and want to thank rob68 for the recommendation and saving me time in finding someone reliable.

They were extremely quick, professional and the quality of the job is second to none.

Also had Watson Blinds and Awnings do some work for me, highly recommended too.

Looking for a garage door recommendation now too, had trouble getting an itemised quote out of WR and ACT Doorland’s sales guy is MIA after being extremely enthusiastic measuring everything up (is there anyone else in the Capital that does B&D doors?).

How about those painters? still nothing? might have to start up a painting business!.. seems there’s plenty of work and no one to do it!

Lazy I Lazy I 1:02 pm 14 Sep 10

Have just booked in Fully Air Conditioned off rob68’s recommendation and the fact that Craig was by far the most professional heating/cooling guy we have had out, will keep you posted on the finished product.

Also spoke to James Schulhin in regards to timber floors, will likely have him out for a quote.. ( off PigsFly’s recommendation

Think I may have found someone for curtains/blinds.. now looking for a Carpenter (qualified!) for some odd jobs.. eg. hanging doors, minor repairs.. give me some recommendations people.. this thread sure beats the hit and miss back pages of the Chronicle!

Lazy I Lazy I 9:53 am 01 Sep 10

Is anyone able to recommend me a good insulation company? with the government funded insulation project having come and gone.. I am finding it hard to find an insulation company to trust.

Just want some roof insulation installed without it burning down the house.

cookkosciusko cookkosciusko 7:39 pm 23 Aug 10

Lineal Enterprises for vinyl flooring:

Great job!

rob68 rob68 9:12 am 06 Aug 10

Lazy I said :

Still waiting for a curtain and painter recommendation, thanks for the heads up rob68 will be calling Fully Air Conditioned on your recommendation 😀

You wont’ be disappointed, Lazy I. I’ve used them twice now and am still happy.

rob68 rob68 9:10 am 06 Aug 10

3 months later.. anyone got a good painter or tiler?

Lazy I Lazy I 10:48 am 17 Jun 10

Bump for good service from Woods Electrical ( again. Had them (Allan) install lights throughout the house and a new Tastic. Turned up on time, extremely quick + efficient and excellent quality job.

Still waiting for a curtain and painter recommendation, thanks for the heads up rob68 will be calling Fully Air Conditioned on your recommendation 😀

Lazy I Lazy I 2:52 pm 25 May 10

+1 for wanting Curtain recommendation, including rails + fitment if possible.

Also looking for a recommendation for internal/external blinds.

Come on people! 😀

clp clp 2:36 pm 25 May 10

ooh yes I would love a painter recommendation.

oh and curtains – never bothered with then in Sydney but I think in Canberra they would help a lot- they all seem to be either cheap and hideous or ultra expensive if nice. Has anyone put in decent plain curtains and were happy with the service (I am not competent enough on a machine to hem my own)

PigsFly PigsFly 9:54 pm 13 May 10

I came back to this thread hoping for more recommendations but instead it seemed to have fizzled a bit.

Anyone care to share their good and bad experiences in order to help their fellow RiotACT’er?


Sasquatch Sam Sasquatch Sam 8:07 am 12 May 10

Hi All – Another thread hijack attempt (before I start a simliar one) …

I’m looking for a tradie to reno our bathroom, it for a rental property though so we’re keen to keep costs down, no heated ivory towel rails etc. Currently the bathroom is living in early 70s so we are looking at new vanity, tiles, shower. Bath is probably ok for a reuse.

Any IP people out there with tips? (we’d strip it first etc)

koalathebear koalathebear 6:36 pm 11 May 10

What happened to this post? I was so hoping for more recommendations for:
– painters
– builders to do bedroom extensions
– people to do flooring

spinact spinact 12:02 am 09 May 10

Can highly recommend Ben from Tap Fix. Well priced, turns up on time and get’s the job done to a high standard. He did a great job on both our en-suite and main bathroom.

PigsFly PigsFly 9:28 pm 06 May 10

Keep those recommendations coming …. maybe I should have called this thread “Recommend Your Tradie” instead as it’s only now that I’ve realised that, given the amount of work we do want to get done, we’re probably going to need the name of a good electrician, plumber, painter, tiler, carpenter, etc, etc.

By the way, I can recommend someone that does timber floors if anyone’s interested – James Schulhin. He did a large expanse in our home not that long ago and we’re very happy with his work.

JessP JessP 8:12 pm 06 May 10

Without point too fine a point on it 3 bathrooms – new tile new cabinets, toilets, resprayed bath, inset wall cabinets, fan/extractors etc etc cost $50K -ish.

Sounds a lot but if you saw the original 70’s tiles (ugly ugly ugly) you would know it was so worth it!! They went back to the frames and started again – only the original bathroom (solid, deep comfy 70’s model) was kept and resprayed.

JC JC 4:27 pm 06 May 10

JessP said :

For your bathroom – The Slateman at Mitchell is highly recomended. Shp4/ 125 Lysaght St
Mitchell ACT 2911 (02) 6241 7117

Ziggy and the boys did 3 bathrooms for us last year and did an excellent job. Excellent workmanship, on time, went to plan!! Happy to share before and after photos if you like!

Rude question I know, but what was the rough cost of the work?

Reason I am asking is I replaced the vanity and fittings in my ensuite myself 2 years ago in the hope of modernising the room, but what it did was highlight even more how dated the tiles were. So what I need is new tiles and shower screen. I am pretty good with DYI, but will not touch tiles or sealing with a barge pole, too much trouble if they get messed up even a little. I am thinking of renovating my ensuite, ie new tiles, shower screen and fittings

JessP JessP 4:08 pm 06 May 10

Anyone who wants before and after shots ….email at

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