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    Lightweight building materials help meet homeowner’s design brief for standout exterior and contemporary living

    Cemintel®

    Various materials from Cemintel were specified for the exterior and interior of a Brisbane residence to meet the project brief that called for a modern take on the traditional Queenslander build.

    Bardon House is a stunning Brisbane residence that has used quality building materials to deliver the aesthetics of a traditional Queenslander home as well as the performance capabilities of a modern living space.

    Project designer Jamin Yarrow was aware of the challenges of creating a contemporary living space on the relatively small site in Bardon. The brief from the owner also sought a distinctive exterior that would stand out from the rest of the weatherboard houses in the leafy suburb.

    According to Jamin, the homeowner wanted to combine some of the features of a traditional Queenslander property including the elevated design and sheltered terrace with a fresh interpretation of the weatherboard panel facade. Cemintel’s Designer Series prefinished cladding was specified for the facade as it was able to achieve a captivating exterior that presented a point of difference from neighbouring homes. The cladding also provided a durable walling solution with a similar appearance to a panel board, but with its own uniquely striking look.

    Cemintel’s Designer Series Urban Grey and Smooth Cream were specified for the front and side façades of the family home as it met the project’s dual requirements of product performance and impressive aesthetics. The combination of Urban Grey’s raw, concrete panel style alongside the clean, minimalist Smooth Cream finish presented a sophisticated, sleek appearance.

    Commenting on the selection of Cemintel’s Designer Series panels for the project, Cemintel’s Queensland Account Manager Sue Ann Dunlop explains that the range is unique to the Australian market and its combined offering of on-trend designs coupled with extensive product choice has cemented the popularity of the range within the design community.

    Sue Ann adds that the prefinished panels eliminate the hassle of painting and can be installed quickly by project carpenters using the unique clip fix system. The prefinished walling system also incorporates Nichiguard self-cleaning coating, enabling homeowners to enjoy a high performance, low maintenance, great looking product.

    The design challenges continued inside the home as it was located on a relatively small and narrow site in close proximity to neighbours. To address this, acoustic performance materials were incorporated into the fit-out so the family could make the most of their home without worrying about any noise disturbing their neighbours.

    Since the home was planned with a theatre room and space to entertain, it needed an acoustic performance product that was easy to install. Gyprock’s Soundchek, an acoustic performance plasterboard was specified for the walls and ceiling of the theatre room to minimise noise disruption in the rest of the house, and ensure the family could enjoy their movie nights without disturbing anyone.

    Jamin’s design also utilised Supaceil, Gyprock’s latest innovation in internal ceiling linings throughout the home. Supaceil is the first plasterboard in Australia to feature Optimised Core technology, plus a stronger, thicker face paper and glass fibre reinforcement to deliver a stronger yet lighter board. The plasterboard’s advanced performance-to-weight ratio equates to a greater breaking strength in a substantially lighter board that continues to exceed the performance requirements of Australian Standard AS 2588.

    Gyprock’s Queensland Account Manager Richard Metcalfe explained that they had recently changed their production process for Supaceil to make the product lighter for handling. Additionally, they were able to improve the strength of the product with the new lighter board also facilitating a more efficient build.

    Jamin’s design decision to mix classical with modern to achieve a contemporary style captured the imagination of Best Houses Australia TV producers who featured the property on a recent episode.

    Jamin said the show’s producers were impressed by the project’s inventive take on a traditional Queenslander home and loved what the designers were able to achieve through sophisticated design and advanced building materials. They also recognised that without the use of lightweight building materials the home would not have been able to achieve what it did in terms of appearance and function.

    Jamin selected the CSR products to produce a family home that was both functional and stylish and complemented the Queensland style of living.

    Jamin explained that CSR’s products helped them meet the design objectives of translating the ideals of the traditional Queenslander home into modern day living. They have used a number of CSR products in past projects as they are innovative and effective and both the Gyprock and Cemintel range and services offer a point of difference ahead of market competitors.

    Jamin concludes that they will continue to incorporate Gyprock and Cemintel products into future designs as they allow the designers to push creative boundaries while still producing performance results that meet site demands and client expectations.

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