This Gorgeous Residence, located in Melbourne’s beautiful suburb of Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula, is situated between the calm waters of Port Philip Bay and the wild winds and seas that roar northward from Bass Strait. The elevation of the home means it receives direct exposure to the elements 24×7, especially the salty sea-driven winds.
This presented a challenge for the owners of this coastal property who use the property as a holiday home and as such they required a product to use externally on the home for the Decking and Cladding which would not only stand up to the extreme environment, but one that would do so with minimal maintenance.
Bryant Alsop Architects of Hawthorn Victoria were tasked with the job of designing this project and this was a challenge they accepted happily knowing that there are timber alternatives like CleverDeck and EnviroSlat that are perfect for this application.
Futurewood’s CleverDeck Decking and EnviroSlat Weatherproof Cladding are both WPC composite timber products which are designed to withstand the extreme Australian climate. Where forest-grown timbers require constant ongoing maintenance to reduce the risk of breakdown and rot from exposure to the elements, Futurewood’s WPC products will not rot, warp, split, twist, or splinter and will survive this harsh environment with ease. Best of all Futurewood’s products will do this without the need for ongoing maintenance, such as the 6-12 monthly sanding and oiling / painting that regular timber decking and cladding would require. This meets the owners brief and allows them to enjoy their beautiful home rather than having to invest ongoing time and money in the labour and materials required to keep any timber components preserved in this environment.
The Builder on this project, Tim Rogers-Wilson of TRW Constructions, said that he found Futurewood’s CleverDeck product “Easy to work with and install, especially because we used the Futurewood ‘NewTech Deck Clips’ which significantly reduced the installation time and left us with a beautifully concealed fixing – which the owners absolutely love”.. Tim also said that “He found the Futurewood Staff to be very helpful and easy to work with” which was extra important on this job as he was also working with Futurewood’s new product, EnviroSlat 156mm Weatherproof Cladding.
Futurewood EnviroSlat Weatherproof Cladding was used on the projects exterior for the same reasons the Architect decided to specify CleverDeck Decking. EnviroSlat Weatherproof Cladding is a WPC product which won’t warp, split, twist or rot and doesn’t require ongoing maintenance like traditional cladding. The colour, just like in all of Futurewood’s WPC products, runs right through the product so there is no need to paint or oil the boards as they come prefinished and ready to use.
When it comes to colour, the owners of this beautiful property wanted a colour which would complement the surrounding landscape so they went with Futurewood’s Slate Grey colour for both the decking and the cladding. Futurewood’s CleverDeck Decking comes with an indented grain pattern and your choice of 5 colours* including Mahogany, Slate Grey, Saltbush, Walnut and Chocolate. Futurewood’s Weatherproof Cladding comes with a standard course sanded finish and is available to order in a wide range of colours.*
* Other colours are available but orders are subject to minimum order quantities.