Timber was an important element of the materials palette chosen by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects (MBA) for a new home in Gledswood Hills, NSW. MBA, which won the design competition run by Mirvac and House & Garden, was involved in the project from concept to completion, creating a beautiful home in the process.

Architect Madeleine Blanchfield was eager to incorporate Glosswood 90mm timber lining boards from the early design stage, with the timber element becoming one of the key features in this timeless home.

The orientation of the build and connection to the outdoors were critical to the design; the architect, therefore, designed the main living area at the back of the house to open out to the backyard and take full advantage of the natural lighting and airflow. 

Glosswood timber boards were installed by Top Knot Carpentry in this communal space, as well as under the external eaves. The timber element successfully create a visual connect between the indoor and outdoor living spaces.

The MBA team decided to use the narrower 90mm board (compared to 130mm) as it created movement throughout the interior environment. Madeleine chose Glosswood’s Clear Ash lining boards due to the light tone and character of real timber.

Madeleine explains that the Glosswood timber lining boards on the ceiling bring texture to the living areas. By running them out under the eaves, the timber boards reinforce the flow between indoors and out, she added.

The satin Clear Ash boards also blend well with the other timber elements of the home. The design team chose Glosswood as they were drawn to the natural timber grain and beautiful light tones of the Clear Ash lining boards.

This finished home is warm and liveable, and is a great addition to Madeleine Blanchfield Architects’ portfolio of residential projects.

Photographer: Maree Homer