Timber has long been considered a preferred design material of choice for builders, architects and property owners alike – at least until the demand for environmentally sustainable and cost-effective materials began to shake things up.
With increasing social pressure on people to make environmentally conscious decisions, people have been looking to their homes as a means to make real change.
For architects, changes in our social and political climate presents an exciting creative challenge – what material can they look to, to complete projects that are environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing, not to mention cost-effective?
Composite products – timber-like, environmentally friendly
Futurewood’s full composite product range includes everything from decking to cladding, and is a practical, aesthetically pleasing timber alternative.
What’s exciting about composite alternatives for architects is that in addition to the standard five colours of Chocolate, Mahogany, Saltbush, Slate Grey and Walnut, they are able to order composite material in a custom made size and colour.
With all of this in mind, it’s not hard to think about the creative possibilities available.
But what about the aesthetics of composite products?
Here’s the thing – composite products are alternatives to timber, not replicas.
By this we mean that composite products aren’t anything more than what they are: an alternative – timber like in design, with indented graining and in some cases, a sanded finish that provides the ‘look’ of timber without the cost and time of upkeep.
One of the practical and aesthetic challenges of timber is that it’s often challenging to find the lengths required for a project, without sourcing multiple trees to complete it. Not only is this costly and environmentally unfriendly, it can bring a degree of inflexibility or greater cost to the project, and for those working on a strict timeline, this presents a clear challenge.
Futurewood’s composite product range, on the other hand, can be custom ordered in your desired colour and sizing, meaning all you need to know is what you want!