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Tudor Stone Ltd
"Suppliers of NZ Finest Stone"
Tudor Stone Ltd are stone consultants and can provide advice on your stone needs.
Tudor Stone Ltd sources stone from crown registered quarries allowing us to supply you with quality stone
and superior service.
Spence Developments Ltd
03 409 8799, 027 278 8784
Ray Anderson Stoneworks
021 133 8163
Rhinoz Stone Ltd 021746692
03 443 8404, 027 295 1091
Alpine Fencing Wanaka Ltd
03 443 7737, 0274 352 731
Stone Homes Ltd, 021 039 3093
We have the following agents that we work
Office Phone: 03 448 5077, Carl Gable: 021 244 7713
Building... your own home
Heating your home right
Do you sometimes find yourself wearing a hat and
gloves indoors during Otago's colder months?
As quaint and eccentric a picture as this
may paint, being colder inside than out
is not a normal state of affairs for most
of the world's westernised population, and it
really needn't be so.
Most people concentrate on the heat side of
the equation when they eventually decide
that breaking the ice to make a cup of tea in
the morning has lost its charm, and conceive
all manner of devices and contraptions to
pump more heat into a property.
What many overlook is the flipside of the coin:
Fact is, you can put as much heat as you like
into a home, but if it's poorly insulated the
only thing rising will be your power and fuel
There's no lack of choice of reasonably
straightforward steps to swaddle your home
snugly for the winter season, either, although
some are admittedly dearer than others.
For inspiration, however, just bear witness to
the venerable longdrop walls caulked with
The modern equivalent of this is ceiling, wall
and underfloor insulation.
We've all heard of pink batts, and their
addition to your loft space or underfloor, foil-
backed, can make a simple, economical, but
significant difference to your thermal
The additional benefits of having them in-
wall even make retrofitting a worthwhile, if
slightly more involved, process.
Alternative materials exist for this basic
insulative requirement of any property, such
as ecologically friendly blown fleece for lofts,
polystyrene variants underfloor and straw
bales for your walls, if you're considering a
Why not go the whole hog and stick a
complete set of professionally fitted, double-
glazed windows and doors in on top of your
home's new thermal comfort blanket?
Granted, you're looking at a bit of an
investment here, but the improvements to
your sonic and thermal insulation from
double-glazing are truly impressive.
Whatever you decide, get it sorted soon.
Then your days of resembling a domestic
Davy Crockett might just draw to a
satisfyingly toasty end.
Get your new or existing
home decorated perfectly
Have you ever tried hanging wallpaper?
There's a reason it's a comedy slapstick
staple, and that's because it's really hard
work to do it both well, and fast at the
Sure, you can probably get one or two up
straight given an infinite amount of paper and
an infinite amount of time, but sooner or later
the paste, serpentine coil of Hibiscus No.1, or
your nerves, will get the better of you and
leave you in a sticky, fuming heap.
Indeed, unless you're a domestic DIY whizzkid,
there are a number of tasks around the house
that might more sensibly be left to the experts
Painting your house would seem on the face
of it to be a straightforward task, for example.
This is true. At least as long as you're in the big
open middle bit with a roller.
Of course there are those awkward edges to
deal with, where wall meets carpet, skirting,
eaves or window frame.
And unless you want everything coloured in
the fetching Cape Foulwind mud shade
you've chosen, you'll need a steady hand and
sharp eye, as well as considerable patience
The simple fact of the matter is that, as
capable as you are, sooner or later you're
going to need professional assistance to
complete some aspect of your project,
whatever it may be.
Fortunately for you, me and all of us, the Lakes
District and Central Otago in general are
handsomely catered for in terms of just such
professionals who've made it their business,
quite literally, to hone the skills required to do
a great job, every time.
So next time you're swearing at the sander,
cursing the concrete or damning the drains,
relax: call in the professionals and let
someone else get hands-on for you.
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