The client’s brief was to use timber products where possible to bring a warmth and texture that man-made products can’t replicate. Selection of the appropriate timber species was critical, not only from an aesthetic perspective but especially as the timber has to withstand the harsh Western Australian climate. Local Jarrah was chosen as it has shown itself to be flexible in many applications and is proven as a strong and durable timber. Aesthetically it has a beautiful, varied grain and a rich reddish brown colour. Because of these qualities Jarrah was employed right across the project both internally and externally.
Aged and new Jarrah were used. Aged Jarrah was sourced for the external doors and windows which unlike the younger harvested Jarrah retains its deep colour. This aged Jarrah proved to be the right solution, in particular for the large sliding doors to the rear, which would easily jam if they warped or twisted. A similar functionality was required for the upper floor balcony screen, which has folding panels, the slatted aged Jarrah worked perfectly.
Jarrah is carried through internally as continuity of material was important to the overall aesthetic and integral to the project. It was used for the staircase which is ‘wrapped’ with a full height Jarrah screen, which in turn forms the balustrade. With its renowned hardness, Jarrah was also the natural choice for the flooring and was applied in a direct stick method. This was the only ‘new’ jarrah used in the project.
To compliment the Jarrah, natural and re-constructed veneers were used on all of the joinery items. Crown cut American Walnut was used in the ‘public’ areas, kitchen and living room, as its colouration and grain sits comfortably with the Jarrah. The extensive use of timber was fundamental in the success of this project.