Ideas to consider when designing a low maintenance home/ extension.
Where to start?
So the idea of building or extending is for front in your mind.
You have the finance and the dream.
Where to best invest your money?
Here are a few ideas that we have put together to consider.
Australian harsh climates.
We build throughout geelong and the bellarine peninsula, we have harsh summer sun and cold rainy winters.
Every product that we build with externally must be able to handle these conditions year in and year out and either age gracefully
or look the same throughout its life time.
Colourbond roofs while using a lot of energy to make, can last in excess of 30 years .
Great aluminum windows such as Rylock Windows ( www.rylockwindowsgeelong.com.au ) are more expensive upfront but are backed with a great warranty and once installed there will be no dramas with seasonal swell. Aluminium windows do not need to be repainted and require little to no maintence throughout there lifetime.
Cement Sheeting such as the James Hardie range of cement products offer a no rot pre primed solution for external cladding.
While care must be taken when cutting these products once installed, will last a lifetime.
Timber cladding and decking products offer a sustainable approach to building. Timber stores carbon preventing it entering the atmosphere and whilst looking great can also offer bushfire attack level ratings.
Timber cladding can offer a soft element to harsh building materials but can be a high cost upfront and will require maintenance depending on your choice of finish.
Bricks are a great way of keeping your home low maintenance whilst also creating a constant ambient temperature throughout the home. The thermal mass of bricks store the heat from the sun over the course of the day and at night time release this heat back into the home.
External roofing structures over external front and back doors will offer protection from the sun and elements and stop swell and rot of external timber doors. Much like eaves, these structures have a integral purpose to our homes.
If you would like to discuss further, Please don’t hesitate to ring us to organise a no obligation consultation.