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MLS# 1700277 -THE SOMERSET DUNDEE ESTATE unique to the islands. Construction practices will also vary, as will the method. For example, wood frame construction, though once common in the Islands, has now given way to steel-reinforced concrete and block con-struction, which can offer solutions to the issues faced when designing a ‘hurricane proof’ structure. ARCHITECTS It is wise to make contact with a few archi-tects and going local is advised. Select some-one you feel comfortable with. Your archi-tect should be able to provide you with the names of local contractors they would rec-ommend, you can then request bid propos-als and meet with each contractor individual-ly. It’s important to be comfortable working with both the architect and the contractor, and they in turn have a good relationship with one another. The Turks and Caicos Architects, Surveyors and Engineers Society (TCASE) is a professional organisation made up of local-ly licensed practices. You can contact the President, Simon Hutchins, at 232-6249 and he will be happy to provide you with any information you require. A few tips and tricks to keep in mind. Aim to position your house facing a breeze, use pressure treated wood to prevent damage by termites. A few financial pointers to keep in mind are that pricey houses come with pricey insurance costs, and utility bills on the island can be expensive. Integrating metres that you can monitor is advised. cement, rebar, electrical and hardware sup-ings to window treatments and appliances to plies, roof materials, floor and wall tiles, outdoor furnishings. hand and power tools, even kitchen cabi-UTILITIES nets, are available. Utilities are an important and expensive necessity of island living. Our costs for utili-CARLISLE SUPPLIES Carlisle Supplies offer everything from appli-ties are relatively high because our popula-ances and lighting, to plumbing and air con-tion in the TCI is very small, as compared to ditioning, to help houses and offices thrive other Caribbean countries. with the demands of an island lifestyle. Heat, ELECTRICITY humidity, corrosive salt and power surges are Power is provided by Fortis Inc. On typical struggles, which can be easily over-Providenciales, we pay 26 cents per kilowatt come with quality service. Other services hour for residential use, as well as a fuel sur-include project pricing, island specific deliv-charge, that changes from month to month. BUILDING SUPPLIES ery, sewage maintenance and inspection, Currently the surcharge adds about 10¢ per You will find everything you need on the appliance repair and product selection. kilowatt hour to your invoice. island to build and accessorise your home. SOLAR ENERGY Anything from windows, doors, lumber, HOME DÉCOR Decorating your home is a highly personal The one thing that is in abundance here is matter, but if you've never lived in a tropical sun, to harness it is wise. Efficient use of solar environment, why not consult those who energy results in reducing both energy costs have? We have interior design and decorat-and your carbon footprint. ing professionals who provide as little or as architects & designers INTERNET much service as you require. They will review architectural plans, design furniture layouts There are now two internet providers on the and help you choose furnishings to suit your island. In order to have internet service with new island lifestyle. When you consider the FLOW you must have a land line installed. expenses involved to shop off island and TELECOMMUNICATIONS then ship purchases to the TCI, you may We now have a 4G network in the TCI, the decide that purchasing household furnish-roaming option most likely to be successful ings on island makes sense. We have several for your North American or UK cellular serv-stores on Providenciales, which stock every-ice. If you are relocating, you can choose to p.o.b. 21, providenciales tel: 9464440 fax: 9464127 thing you need to transform your house or set up a land line with one company here or email: condo into a Caribbean home, from furnish-cellular service with any of three. john redmond associates ltd. 142 • • • • • SUMMER 2017 “Where When How -Turks & Caicos Islands”

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