Culbara - Sunshine Coast, Australia - Abodo | ArchiPro

Culbara - Sunshine Coast, Australia

A contemporary home that uses a bold combination of complementary materials including Abodo Vulcan eco-timber battens and panelling, Culbara creates a statement in its riverside neighborhood.

With a base of breeze blocks in a charcoal grey and an upper level wrapped in concrete formwork and Abodo Vulcan bandsawn 4 face timber battens, Culbara is a cool, low-maintenance home in the aptly named Sunshine Coast. Rather than adhering to a usual beach house aesthetic, the combination and scale of these materials gives the house a true sense of boldness.

Sited alongside the Mooloolah River, the house was created by MRA Design and Gray Construction Group with a design that accommodates the tropical climate of the area, which can see storms rolling in from the coast as well as harsh sun beating down year-round.

This prompted the use of Abodo’s Sioo:x finish on the 42x42mm timber battens, a natural wood coating which allows the timber to gradually silver off over time and requires only minimal re-coating when compared to the annual maintenance required of cedar or other stained hardwoods. There was also no issue using Sioo:x alongside finished concrete, as the coating does not leech.

Hamish Gray, Director of Gray Construction Group, chose Abodo to supply the timber battens for multiple reasons – both aesthetic and practical. Familiar with the reality of frequent up-keep for homes in a tropical climate to prevent discolouration and mould, Hamish was keen to use low-maintenance materials.

Additionally “With traditional hardwood battens for example, you’re going to have unsightly staining no matter what you do. With this product, there’s no leeching – so you’re comfortable to use the product directly above finished concrete surfaces,” he says.

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