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Where do Builders Shop-Home Improvement Thursday #HIT

Where do Builders Shop-Home Improvement Thursday #HIT

When starting to work along side The Builder, I was always really intriqued by where he and other builders bought their suppliers from. What I found once looking into it further was, that we as DIYers, renovators and home improvers can benefit from this information as much as anyone else. So today I am sharing the top 5 places that The Builder shops.


  1. Masters and Bunnings– These two big box style hardware shops, litterally have everything that opens and closes. If you are looking for something DIY, home improvement or even something for the garden, then you simply cannot go past Masters or Bunnings. The Builder will tell you, he is not a fan of shopping at either, I on the other hand LOVE them. It is nothing for me to spend an afternoon in one of these stores, looking through the hundreds of things we don’t need. The Builder really doesn’t like shopping at these places when I am around, he says it takes far too long, and that they don’t have one of those fancy “Husbands Seats” like the shops I usually spend hours roaming around.
  2. Reece– For everything plumbing related, Reece is our one stop shop. We are lucky to have a Reece here with a fancy showroom attached, so from time to time I pop on down and visit our local store rep Jess, just for a chin wag. Full of wonderful new and inspirational products, coupled with reliable advice, if you need plumbing supplies, Reece is the place for you. Remember to consult a plumber prior to attempting any DIY plumbing.
  3. Finlaysons– Finlaysons is a timber and hardware supplier here in Brisbane that we obtain most of our timber from. Finlaysons also have a large range of beautiful timber doors and windows, that we use regularly on our jobs. This is where we are able to find special moldings, fret work and old style skirtings to complete renovations on old Queenslanders.
  4. Ideal Electrical– Located in Queensland and Victoria, when we do need electrical fittings, this is where we shop. Ideal have a huge range of electrical requirements, from switches to light fittings and everything in between. Usually a shop for electricians, I advise looking here for well priced light fittings when next doing your lighting shopping.
  5. Eagle Alliance Earthmoving-This earthmoving company is made up of many, many sub-contractors who are available at the drop of a hat, for all size jobs from cutting a slab with a big machine to moving a boulder with a small machine that fits through the side gate of a property. I cannot speak highly enough about this company and their service.

The best part of all of these companies is that you don’t need to be a tradesperson to use them. Each and everyone of these 5 businesses, are open to the public for all your needs.

Our #HITKmartStyle challenge is about to end, be sure not to miss your opportunity to go in the draw to win a $50 Coles Myer giftcard, see this post for more details.

Last weeks #HIT link up saw Holly from Simplify Create Inspire giving us 15 Ways to Save Money on Home Expenses.


While Nik from Nooks and Cranny shared this Country-Style Kitchen Renovation and what a beauty it was!


Charlene from Teacher by Trade Mother by Nature is steaming ahead with her Organising my Home Challenge. She is certainly keeping me inspired, how about you?



Welcome to #HIT or Home Improvement Thursdays.
Anyone can join in, no matter the niche of your blog, just as long as your linked post follows the few simple rules.
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1. Linkable posts, must centre around the topics of DIY, Renovations, Home Organisation, Home Improvement, Home Makeovers, Home Styling, or Home Maintenance.
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Do you shop at any of the shops I’ve listed? Surprised that builders shop at Masters and Bunnings too?

Nicole xxx

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  1. Love this list Nicole. Dad and I would always get timber from a home hardware store in South Brisbane as it was easy to deliver into the city for all our commercial jobs. Sometimes we would drop in to Bunnings at Rocklea or Oxley if we needed more or were super organized. Reece at Salisbury, which is now at Coopers Plains was our main store for plumbing supplies. Occasionally specifications would require us to go to other plumbing stores. It was handy that the Brisbane warehouse for Roger Seller was 10 minutes away from my house so I’d often be picking up plumbing gear from there.

    1. Thank you for the inspiration! xx

  2. Bunnings is definitely a go-to for us when it’s literally 2 minutes down the road! ?

    1. I can’t tell you how excited Adam was when we bought our house and realised how close we were. It used to take him 30 minutes to drive from our old house to the closest Bunnings. xx

  3. Thanks for the feature lovely. I still prefer Bunnings to Masters but we aren’t the best home improvers. We call dad lol he likes both as well as a local hardware shop that he made good friends with over the many years of popping in for work supplies.

    1. I must say, that the good old local hardware often has the best service and advice. xx

  4. Thank you so much for the feature ?
    We usually go to Bunnings for anything for the home (diy/reno/garden), but if we need paint – we buy it from my partners work (he works in a paint shop – handy I know)
    Have a great week!

    1. You’re welcome and thank you, you have a great weekend too xx

  5. We’re Bunnings fans too – I love walking up and down the aisles and looking at all the treasure within them. It’s like there’s nothing they don’t sell! Charlene is going great guns with her challenge, it’s really making me think I need to do something similar before I get buried under a junk avalanche next time I open a cupboard!

    1. I’m loving how much organising Charlene is doing. Must make time to do more of the challenge myself. xx

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