Creating a continuous flow from the indoors to an outdoor space is a popular home renovation project, with timber the natural choice to create a unified look. Making the most of its north east rear orientation, a three bedroom semi-detached home proved the perfect canvas to extend the living area to the garden.
The alteration and addition to the existing house incorporated new timber flooring and decking, with floor to ceiling bi-fold doors opening up the space and adding maximum light and airiness to the modestly sized home. Chosen for its appearance and hardwearing attributes , Boral hardwood timber in the Australian species of Blackbutt was used for both the internal flooring and exterior timber applications. The 90mm wide boards selected both indoors and out achieved a seamless visual effect in both colour and symmetry.
This smooth transition was further enhanced by finishing the inside floors flush with the internal sill of the doors, providing weather protection whilst maximising the flow of the space.
Builder Stuart Skeoch said the project also included the construction of a new carport, with timber dressing to complement the extension, which can be utilised as part of the entertaining area when hosting a larger event. “The dressing of the carport with the decking materials was just a concept we experimented with, which turned out to be fantastic. It carries the hardwood texture and colour from the house through to the garden and out to the carport, which is an aesthetically pleasing result for this extended entertaining space.
Stuart Skeoch of Expression Constructions advises that unlike with decking, it is essential to acclimatise new timber flooring to its intended environment. “Our carpenters delivered the flooring to site prior to installation and stored the flooring inside the home in a ‘lattice stack’ to ensure air flow around all of the boards. Once the boards met the moisture content of their new surrounding environment they were ready to be installed. This procedure minimises visible expansion and contraction of the boards after installation. Similar consideration was given to the design and installation of the deck, with considerable side ventilation and drainage factored into the design. Including these features enabled even levelling off to the backyard whilst also ensuring the deck design maintained adequate airflow.”
Boral has achieved Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) chain of custody certification (AS 4707-2006) for its timber products. This means that timber used to produce Boral Timber's hardwood flooring; decking and structural timber has been sourced from certified, legal and sustainably managed resources. The Australian Forestry Standard Scheme also has mutual recognition by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme (PEFC) - the world's largest forest management certifier.
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