Futurewood supplied two of its composite timber products for external cladding and decking to a beautiful holiday home located in Melbourne’s suburb of Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula.

Situated between the calm waters of Port Philip Bay and the wild winds and seas that roar northward from Bass Strait, the holiday home is directly exposed to the elements 24x7, especially the salty sea-driven winds.

Since the owners used the coastal property as a holiday home, they sought decking and cladding products that could be used externally, would stand up to the extreme environment, and have minimal maintenance requirements.

Bryant Alsop Architects of Hawthorn Victoria accepted the challenge, being aware of timber alternatives such as CleverDeck and EnviroSlat from Futurewood.

Futurewood’s CleverDeck decking and EnviroSlat weatherproof cladding are both WPC composite timber products designed to withstand the extreme Australian climate. Unlike forest-grown timbers that 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. Futurewood’s composite timber products also do not need ongoing maintenance.

The composite timber products from Futurewood meet the owners’ design brief, allowing them to enjoy their beautiful home without having to invest time and money in maintaining any timber component.

Tim Rogers-Wilson of TRW Constructions, the builder on the project said that he found Futurewood’s CleverDeck product easy to work with and install; using Futurewood’s NewTech deck clips, the builder was able to significantly reduce the installation time and achieve a beautifully concealed fixing. Tim also appreciated the support received from the Futurewood staff.

Futurewood EnviroSlat weatherproof cladding was used on the project’s exterior for the same reasons CleverDeck decking was specified by the architects. Similar to CleverDeck, EnviroSlat weatherproof cladding is a WPC product that will not warp, split, twist or rot and doesn’t require ongoing maintenance. All of Futurewood’s WPC products have the colour running right through the product, eliminating the need to paint or oil the boards as they come prefinished and ready to use.

For this particular coastal property, the owners wanted a colour that would complement the surrounding landscape so they chose Futurewood’s Slate Grey colour for both the decking and the cladding. Futurewood’s CleverDeck decking comes with an indented grain pattern and choice of five standard colours including Mahogany, Slate Grey, Saltbush, Walnut and Chocolate (other colours on request against minimum order quantities). Futurewood’s weatherproof cladding comes with a standard course sanded finish and is available to order in a wide range of colours.