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Hard As Rocks

A heart of stone: Eldorado Stone from Hard As Rocks is a wonderful alternative to other thick and heavy stone cladding products

For the look and feel of real stone, Eldorado Stone provides a stunning appearance, without the weight and cost of the real thing. Hard as Rocks is New Zealand’s exclusive supplier of the product, which is the most realistic architectural man-made stone available on the market – and the world’s biggest selling stone veneer.

Hard As Rocks

Earthquake tested by BRANZ, Hard as Rocks offers the largest range of stone profiles and colour selections available in New Zealand. The company makes it simple, with all stone types the same price, so once you have had your plans priced you can change stone options without having to re- price your new build, renovation or landscaping project. Most profiles are individual pieces, so you can even mix stone profiles and colours, or change the grout colours to give you a truly unique look to suit your project.
Hard as Rocks maintains building compliance and quality control by only using its own licensed applicators, trained not only in waterproofing and stone application, but also in detailing and the little extras that hold true to the eye – guaranteeing a flawless, professional finish. South Island Schist profiles and River Rock are Hard as Rocks bestsellers, but you also have the option to select from other stone profiles from around the world, including Hawaiian Lava Stone, European Castle Stone or English Country Rubble.
Visit the Hard as Rocks display at stand 61 at the Home Ideas Centre, 37 Mandeville Street in Riccarton, to see the options for yourself. Phone 0800 ELDORADO (353 672), 022 043 0541 or email info@hardasrocks.co.nz.

Andrews of Canterbury

Solid and sought-after: Andrews of Canterbury Contracting is a labour of love for two local guys (both called Andrew)

The solid, sought-after work of Andrews of Canterbury Contracting Ltd is creating a strong presence across the region.

Andrews of Canterbury

Along Moorhouse Avenue there’s the smart louvre gates at Mitsubishi Motors. And, just across the road at Co Kids Childcare, the team has created a safe, functional environment with fences, a retaining wall, deck, sandpit and a tree house.
Educational centres command code-compliant, built-to-last solutions that’ll survive the rough and tumble. Andrew Osgood and Andrew Pratley recently installed the boundary fence at Kaiapoi North School using loop-top pool fencing in Heritage Red. Previous projects include Shirley Primary’s fence, the decks at Akaroa and Sumner schools, and Oxford Area school’s retaining wall.
Initially the two Andrews were colleagues on a Canterbury farm until 2014 when they teamed up to become a formidable partnership. Osgood has done the hard yards – literally – 160kms of fencing on a station in Nullarbor, Western Australia. A perfectionist, he’s particular with the finished project – down to the nuts and bolts. The job’s not done until its perfect.
Pratley is the man of action, having previously managed his own farm. Including their hard-working assistant Josh Knight, they’re a small but great team with flexibility – for farms through to family homes.
Their equipment includes a 1.5-tonne excavator and they source cost-effective, high quality materials. “If you want a good fence, don’t skimp,” advises Osgood. “In the long-run it’s best to spend a little more.”
He says the ideal time to build a deck is winter. Materials are cheaper and it’s their quieter season. “When the recommended products are used, we always give a 12-month warranty.”
Visit www.andrewsofcanterbury.co.nz or phone Andrew Osgood on 027 899 3556.