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A vision, 50 years in the making.

Our new showroom reveals the beauty of bamboo in stunning new ways. Drawing on her architecture training, Jennifer Snyders has transformed 13 Erith St, Botany into a stunning bamboo showroom ever seen in Australia.

See for yourself what is possible. Touch, feel, even smell the bamboo. (Yes, it has its own seductive aroma, the scent of nature itself.)

Bamboo is strong and flexible. So are the team who help you realise your dreams. We are strong in our belief that bamboo is the answer to everything your heart desires. And we are flexible in how we work to help you overcome any challenge in realising the vision that lies within you.

Nothing beats seeing it in person. Drop by sometime.

We are local and look forward to welcoming you at 13 Erith Street in Botany, Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm or on Saturday between 9am and 1pm.

See bamboo in 3 new ways

How do you love your bamboo? In its natural state? Woven through with texture? Or stylishly reimagined?

At House of Bamboo, we have 3 different collections that give you new ways to style your home with bamboo. The Organic Collection features bamboo in its native state. Our Textured Collection features bamboo that will weave its magic on you. And our Contemporary Collection showcases bamboo re-engineered in ways you never thought was possible.

Explore all 3 Collections here.

Contemporary Collection

Bamboo has always been loved for its strength, lightness and flexibility. But these inner qualities could never be fully realised in bamboo left in its native state. And so, our Contemporary Collection features bamboo reimagined and re-engineered with unfamiliar square edges that make exciting new possibilities, real. In fencing, screening, shading, cladding, decking, flooring and even construction. Yes, bamboo has so much more it can offer over timber.

Just one look and you will not believe your eyes. Who knew it was bamboo?

Handmade Collection

At the heart of bamboo is strength. But its outer layer is softer and flexible. It can be woven into wonderful things, like its cousin rattan. Naturally renewable, they each create their own signature look. Woven panels for walls. Rattan for a chair, a cabinet, a bedhead. Their texture makes you want to reach out your hand and touch them, every time you walk past.

Natural texture weaves its magic throughout your home.

Organic Collection

Our organic collection features bamboo expressed in its natural state. Poles, woven panels and screens full of natural texture that take you to far-away places. Palm fiber transports you to the tropics. Natureed®, the most weather resistant and durable screening of its kind features 50% more reeds than cheaper alternatives.

Surround yourself with wanderlust, every day, at home.

To discuss the products featured in the videos, get in touch with our design consultants by calling 1300 665 703, filling the form here or visiting our showrooms in Sydney and Brisbane.

First choice for Sydney’s Smart Green Apartments Programme

3 things you never knew about bamboo decking.

It’s a composite decking, but with no plastics. It has a 25-year warranty. And it’s harder than hardwood!

No wonder our stunning Dasso bamboo decking was chosen for the City of Sydney’s, Smart Green Apartments Programme, which is designed to improve the cost-effectiveness and environmental performance of apartment buildings. Beautiful rooftop garden upgrade at The Pyrmont. Landscape architects Adam Robinson and Hamish Chapman with Strata Committee Members John Tate, Allan Hoy and Patrick Fernandez enjoying their success.

Photos by Katherine Griffiths

Sydney architects love our decking

Our Dasso bamboo decking was installed on Squillace Architects Sydney’s rooftop space 2 years ago. Despite being totally exposed to sun and all that rain, it’s still strong and beautiful while having no plastics in it. You can tell by the lovely silver-grey colour, they haven’t had to do a thing to it.
They chose plastic-free bamboo decking and ended with a beautiful aged grey deck.

 Lovely silver-grey colour, they haven’t had to do a thing to it.

Explore Our Three Collections In Video

Natural materials often tend to evoke exotic or organic designs but in reality they suit a wide range of styles from Santorini and French Provincial to mid-century and Scandinavian. This is why our products are part of three distinct collections: Organic, Textured and Contemporary.

Click on the images below to get a feel for each collection and explore the products in each range.

Contemporary Collection

Far from its original tubular shape, bamboo can now be engineered into timber-like products that outperform most timbers. Our Symphony Series and SeaChange Series® exemplify this with their range of slatted cladding and screens, suitable for indoor and outdoor fencing, shading, cladding and screening applications. Watch the video here.

Textured Collection

Bamboo poles might have the tensile strength of steel but their outer skin can be woven into intricate and textured panels, perfect for joinery and cladding applications. Similarly to bamboo, rattan is a naturally renewable plant that grows in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australasia and can be woven into the very popular webbing you often see in furniture, cabinetry and walls. Our woven bamboo panels and rattan ranges are the richest in Australia with more than 15 designs to choose from. Get a feel for all different patterns here.

Organic Collection

Contemporary Bamboo Screen Shading

Last but not least, the Organic collection gathers all the essential bamboo products you know and love such as bamboo poles, bamboo screens and the lesser known Natureed®. Natureed® is a trademarked product exclusive to House of Bamboo that contains up to 50% more reed than similar products on the market, making it a very durable and weather resistant fencing, screening and shading solution. See all the products in our Organic collection here.

To discuss the products featured in the videos, get in touch with our design consultants by calling 1300 665 703, filling the form here or visiting our showrooms in Sydney and Brisbane.

10 Bamboo Building Products For Sustainable Construction

Despite its tubular shape, bamboo can now be engineered into bamboo timber products that provide the exact same finish as the most popular softwoods and hardwoods (spotted gum, merbau, blackbutt, jarra etc).

Since the 2020 bushfires, the timber shortage has recently been impacting projects worldwide but bamboo being one of the world’s most renewable resources it is not only plentiful but better for the environment (it produces 35% more oxygen and stores up to 4 times more carbon than trees and naturally regenerates without the need to replant).

Everything you envision in timber can be made with bamboo, such as these 10 bamboo building products that are sustainable timber alternatives.

Privacy Screens

Elanora Heights - Bamboo Privacy Screen

With their modern look, slatted bamboo timber screens are an elegant and functional way solution for privacy. They block the view from outside without stopping the light or air flow.

Pictured: Cottesloe privacy screen for Jo Taylor Design in Elanora Heights.

Decking

Fused bamboo decking boasts a Janka hardness rating twice that of Merbau and a BAL rating of 29 making it a superior choice for all decking applications in both residential and commercial installations. Our bamboo decking uses an exclusive clip system for quick and easy installation and comes with a 25 year warranty for extra peace of mind.

Pictured: XTR Bamboo Deck for FANDR Construction in Berry.

Battens and Slats

Laminated Bamboo Battens

Stylish and sustainable, bamboo battens and slats are one of the most versatile tools for interior and exterior design. Suitable for shading, screening, fencing and cladding their applications are limitless. The only limitation is your imagination.

Pictured: Custom bamboo planter boxes for Woolworths.

Slatted Cladding & Acoustics

Elegant Engineered Bamboo Booths in High End Japanese Restaurant

Perfect for feature walls, ceilings, shading and soffits, bamboo slatted cladding is lightweight and easy to install. Its ribbed texture also makes it a great sound absorber perfect for acoustics in restaurants, bars and busy venues.

Our engineered laminated bamboo holds Global GreenTag Level A and Platinum Health Ratings, guaranteeing sustainable manufacturing practices and non-toxicity.

Pictured: Bamboo clad booths for RAKU Dining in Canberra

Pool Boundary Fence

Pool Compliant Fencing

Minimum height standards for pool fencing and adjoining fencing apply in Australian States and Territories. Bamboo timber is a perfect cladding material to cover existing fencing to eliminate any footholds, or to raise the existing fence to the required height for pool certification. Bamboo fencing options can give your pool a fresh new look, transforming tired pool fences to meet safety requirements without the need to rebuild a whole new fence.

Pictured: Bamboo timber pool boundary fence (Black Torquay finish) for LivingLot in Bradley’s Head.

Plywood

Bamboo Commercial Application

Bamboo is a naturally light material making it particularly well suited for plywood applications. We can custom make bamboo plywood sheets to meet your design requirements, contact us today to discuss your project.

Pictured: Bamboo plywood sheets for Woolworths.

Shading

Slatted Bamboo Ceiling Detail

Turn the harsh heat of the sun into soft, dappled light with the clean lines of slatted screens. Our engineered laminated bamboo holds Global GreenTag Level A and Platinum Health Ratings, guaranteeing sustainable manufacturing practices and non-toxicity.

Pictured: Bamboo shading (Noosa Screens in Teak) for Jo Taylor in Elanora Heights

Joinery and Cabinetry

Concrete Slab and Slatted Bamboo

Slats, battens and ribbed cladding are an easy way to add warmth and texture to flat surfaces such as cabinetry, barbecues, closets, TV units and more. Whatever the width, depth and length, we can custom make any batten profile you require.

Pictured: Custom barbecue cladding for Brendan Moar.

Pool Fencing

Sorrento Pool Fence - Landscape

Glass is a popular fencing solution but the constant cleaning required is enough for some homeowners and business owners to look for alternatives requiring less maintenance. This is how our Sorrento screens were born. Composed of steel reinforced bamboo battens they provide an elegant, compliant and convenient alternative to glass fencing. With little maintenance required (a coat of oil every 18 months) and a warm finish, they are guaranteed to improve the look of any pool. This is a made to order product so get in touch with us today to discuss your requirements.

Sliding Doors

Functional and elegant, sliding doors are the smartest way to create flexibility in an open plan layout. One of our clients wanted to create a separation between their gym and their outdoor living space while retaining the ability to open it when necessary. We suggested using our Torquay slatted screens as sliding doors resulting in a stylish and versatile design.

These are just a few of the bamboo building products you can use as alternatives to timber but we can also custom make bespoke products for your designs if you are struggling to find the right timber product. Get in touch with our Design Consultants today and, together, we can bring your vision to life, sustainably.

A vision, 50 years in the making.

Our new showroom reveals the beauty of bamboo in stunning new ways. Drawing on her architecture training, Jennifer Snyders has transformed 13 Erith St, Botany into a stunning bamboo showroom ever seen in Australia.

See for yourself what is possible. Touch, feel, even smell the bamboo. (Yes, it has its own seductive aroma, the scent of nature itself.)

Bamboo is strong and flexible. So are the team who help you realise your dreams. We are strong in our belief that bamboo is the answer to everything your heart desires. And we are flexible in how we work to help you overcome any challenge in realising the vision that lies within you.

Nothing beats seeing it in person. Drop by sometime.

We are local and look forward to welcoming you at 13 Erith Street in Botany, Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm or on Saturday between 9am and 1pm.

The Real Cost of Composite Decking

Low maintenance but at what cost?

The deck is a staple of the Australian summer lifestyle that comes in all shapes and sizes but a new player is becoming increasingly popular: composite decking. 

Why:  Low maintenance. 

How: Plastic

Composite decking is often defined as a man-made building product made up of a mix of wood fibers, plastics and bonding agents. Most people replace their decks every 7 to 10 years which represents a huge amount of plastic waste going to landfill. Natural decking such as timber or bamboo can be returned to the soil at the end of their lifecycle to fully decompose in up to 3 years as opposed to up to 450 years for plastic.

As of 2017, humans had produced 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic. We send at least 8 million tons of plastic into the ocean every year and yet, annual plastic production is expected to triple by 2050. 

Plastics are made from fossil fuels and the majority of the population is now aware of the devastating impact of fossil fuels on climate change. Few people realise that plastic production is far worse. According to David Roberts, journalist at Vox, “the best research suggests that it averages out to about 5 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of plastic[…]. That’s roughly twice the CO2 produced by a tonne of oil.” He adds that “If plastic demand were to grow as projected, annual emissions associated with plastic would double by mid-century.”

Not a good look when the world is racing to reduce carbon emissions due to their catastrophic impact on climate change.

Suppliers of composite decking are quick to claim how time consuming maintaining a natural deck is but with climate change worsening by the day and plastics filling our oceans, is applying a coat of paint every 18 months really that bad? 

House of Bamboo XTR deck installed by Fandr Constructions.

The problem with recycled plastics.

Manufacturers of composite timber proudly claim that their product is “eco friendly”, “sustainable” or “green” thanks to the use of recycled plastics. 

To quote William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking The Way We Make Things, “being less bad is no good”. Composites made from recycled plastics are still, well, plastics. 

In a fascinating article in The Verge, Justine Calma uses a striking metaphor by Josh Lepawsky : “Think of plastic pollution like an overflowing tub in your bathroom. If you walked into that, probably the first thing you would do would be to turn off the tap — not grab a bucket and a mop, if you think of the bucket and the mop as recycling. Turning off the tap equates to staunching the production of plastic goods. Trying to clean up a growing mess won’t address the root of the problem.”

According to a report by WWF, out of the 3.4 million tonnes of plastics used in Australia in 2017-18, only 9.4% was recycled. Of that amount, 46% (145,700 tonnes) was processed in Australia and 54% (174,300 tonnes) was exported for reprocessing. 

But some Asian countries that used to import our recyclable plastics are grappling with their own plastic waste and, as a result, have started reducing their intake, forcing some cities to cancel their recycling programs. 

Outdoor Pergola With Woven Bamboo Ceiling
House of Bamboo Sydney Showroom featuring fused bamboo decking.

Another issue with composites that use recycled plastics is that“when you mix an industrial material (plastic) that is recyclable with a biological materials (wood) that is compostable you get a material that is neither recyclable nor compostable” says Pablo Paster of Treehugger. William McDonough and Michael Braungart call this a “monstrous hybrid”. Your recycled plastic composite decking or cladding was manufactured and purchased with the best intentions but its afterlife was not considered. 

“Before you even make something, you have to think about throwing it away,“ says Bryon Donohoe, a senior scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. If we want to reduce waste, we inevitably have to cut down on production and consumption of materials that are likely to end up in landfill.

Even if we recycled 100% of all new plastic produced, it could only be recycled, or rather downcycled, a few times. Plastic deteriorates with each use meaning it breaks down into lesser quality particles that can eventually no longer be used or downcycled and end up in landfill or the ocean, including the seafood we eat.

When the choice comes down to finding a piece of composite decking in your food a few years from now or maintaining a natural deck every 18 months, what would you choose?

Cognac Bamboo Decking Around Pool Area
Natural bamboo decking.

Sources:

The Race To Save The Planet From Plastic. Umair Irfan, Vox

Recycled Plastic Won’t Solve Tech’s Waste Problem. Justine Calma, The Verge.

The State Of Australia’s Recycling: How Did We Get Into This Mess? WWF 

Deck: wood or plastic? Pablo Paster, Treehugger

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking The Way We Make Things. Michael Braungart and William McDonough

What is Composite Wood? Coen Composite Wood

It is no secret that bamboo is an incredibly versatile material for architects and interior designers to work with. Traditionally used for structural purposes, it is now mostly used for its visual appeal. To help you decide where to travel when borders finally open, or to inspire you to turn your home into a holiday destination, we rounded up our favourite hotels, holidays houses, lodges and accommodation of all sorts that champion bamboo and natural materials. (Pictured above: Resende Villas and Barracuda Beach Hotel & Villas shot by Tarso Figueira).

1 – Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka

This spectacular 5-star resort on the edge of Yala National Park is not only an architectural wonder, it is also a masterclass in sustainability. Because of its close proximity with the national park, it was built with as little impact as possible on the local environment. Our favourite feature is the impressive bamboo chandelier that floats over the bar, suspended to the 10m bamboo dome crowning the restaurant. (image: Marc Hernandez Folguera)

2 – Bamboo Lodge – China

If there is a hotel on this list that makes the most of bamboo’s versatility, it is Bamboo Lodge in China. From bamboo poles lining up the restaurant’s ceiling to the monumental balustrade of the main staircase and the curved feature walls in all bedrooms, this project is proof that bamboo applications are only limited by our imagination. And if you are a rattan enthusiast, this handcrafted mosaic should inspire you for your next DIY project. (Image: Ce Wang, Junwu Long)

3 – Bawah Reserve, Indonesia

6 islands, 3 lagoons, 13 beaches. That is all yours to discover when you stay in the remote Anambas Archipelago 300km northeast of Singapore. Turquoise waters, white sand and bamboo galore is what awaits you at this luxury resort, built above the lagoon. From the tikki bar inspired restaurant to the open spa hut, Bawah Reserve is a true testament of the structural strength of bamboo. (Image: luxurytravelmag)

4 – Hotel Jakarta, Amsterdam

You would not think you are in the docks of Amsterdam when walking along the bamboo cladded walls of Hotel Jakarta. The 4-star hotel stands at the edge of the river where ships used to depart for Indonesia in the 19th century. Architects used bamboo veneers, panels and beams throughout the building which contributed to Hotel Jakarta receiving an “Excellent” rating from BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method). (Image: booking.com)

5 – Sala Samui Chaweng Beach Resort, Thailand

Open since 2018, this resort took 5 years to design and build. And it is easy to see why. Each room is unique and different styles cohabit in harmony throughout the property. The lobby featuring an undulating ceiling of bamboo blinds has pure Santorini vibes, the spa is a brightly coloured pop art studio and the rattan-lined bathrooms and bamboo screened private pools transport guests to Bali. The resort may be surrounded by pristine beaches and lush rainforest but it’s the flawless design of the complex that steals the show. (Image: Wison Tungthunya)

6 – Peliva Nature & Suites, Greece

Nestled between an olive grove and cliffs overlooking the Pagasetic Gulf, this stylish holiday house is Greek living at its best. The reed pergola allows guests to sit outside and take in the unobstructed ocean views while rattan is cleverly used throughout the house from the living room to the bedrooms. The colour palette is exclusively composed of neutral tones that naturally blend in with the surrounding landscape conveying a sense of calm and serenity. (Image: Dimitris Spyrou)

7 – Innhouse Eco Hotel, China

Echoing the natural beauty of the surrounding forests, this eco-hotel in China was built as a model for responsible tourism in the region. Fully cladded with laminated bamboo, it is a perfect example of environmentally sensitive architecture coupled with contemporary design. (Image: Oval Partnership)

8 – Playa Viva Treehouse, Mexico

The most coveted room of the Playa Viva resort in Guerrerro is their picture-perfect bamboo treehouse located right on the beach. Spread on two levels, this open-air villa stays true to the sustainable mission of the resort. Built with local resources (wood, palms, carved stones and of course bamboo) it runs exclusively on solar power and all water is recycled. (Image: The Cubic Studio , Leonardo Palafox)

9 – Boheme Hotel, Mykonos

Boheme may be located on Mykonos but its design is pure Santorini. White walls, pure lines, vibrant vegetation and tonkin pergolas. Probably one of the easiest interior design styles to replicate at home. You may just have to pass on the expansive water views. (Image: booking.com)

10 – Marriott Resort Momi Bay, Fiji

As guests step in the grand lobby of the Marriott Resort in Momi Bay,  their eyes are instantly drawn to the cathedral-like ceiling entirely wrapped in palm fibre. Proudly supplied by House of Bamboo, this textured material was chosen by Chada designers to pay tribute to the original Fijian huts while blending seamlessly with the more contemporary design of the resort. (Image: Marriott) 

11 – Tiing Hotel, Bali

It would be near impossible to list all the villas, lodges, hotels, huts and resorts that showcase bamboo in Bali but Tiing Hotel deserves a special mention. Far from your usual Bali style accommodation, it pays homage to the famous local grass in a subtle yet arresting way. If bamboo poles are used to clad the doors of this ultra modern villa, they were also imprinted in the concrete walls, leaving their trace without compromising the contemporary design of the space. (Image: Ben Hosking).

If you feel inspired to feature bamboo or other natural and sustainable materials such as rattan, Natureed® and palm fibre in your home or professional projects, reach out to our team of Design Consultants on 1300 665 703 or via email at [email protected] and we’ll make your resort dreams a reality.

Introducing sustainably sourced, DassoXTR fused bamboo decking from the House of Bamboo. As the fastest growing plant on earth, bamboo is ready for use within 5 years of planting, making it one of the most sustainable plants on earth.

The Pyrmont – 233 Harris Street, Pyrmont Sydney – 11th April 2022. The Smart Green Apartments programme is a scheme designed by the City of Sydney to improve the cost-effectiveness and environmental performance of apartment buildings. Roof top garden upgrade at The Pyrmont. Photo by Katherine Griffiths

Now thanks to this new form of bamboo decking you can enjoy its natural beauty and charm instead of relying on imported rainforest timbers that may come from illegally logged sources. Using our bamboo decking also saves Australian native timbers from being cut down in our precious local forests.

DassoXTR Fused Bamboo Decking

Twice as hard as Merbau and equally as fire-resistant as all the leading decking timbers in Australia, Dasso fused bamboo decking is far superior to any other form of bamboo decking that has previously been available in Australia. Blessed with warm beautiful natural tones that have made timber decks so popular in Australia, you’ll love DassoXTR fused bamboo decking. The unique patented process unlocks the inherent natural strength of bamboo by double treating bamboo fibres, then mixing them with the same resin that makes bowling balls. The result is tough, durable decking with all the warmth, colour and natural appeal of timber but without the environmental destruction that accompanies it.

Fused bamboo decking will not leach like other decking timbers and is virtually impervious to mould, rot and insects. Dasso decking is also incredibly dimensionally stable, so it will not “cup” or “twist” like other timbers can. Unlike precious Australian native timbers, bamboo decking is knot-free, giving you a smooth consistent looking deck with clean modern lines. The decking is installed using unique secret fixings that mean no exposed nail or screw heads will spoil the look of your deck. The exclusive tongue and groove end board design means they can be locked together without having to be joined on a joist. So, there is virtually no waste. You use all the product you buy.

Dasso fused bamboo decking is rated to BAL 29 (Bushfire Attack Level 29) which means it can withstand ember attack and burning debris ignited by wind borne embers and radiant heat up to high risk levels. Making it the perfect decking material for Australian homes, especially those close to bushfire risk areas. Already some 60 million sqm of this beautiful bamboo decking has been installed around the world. Dasso decking comes in 1.8 metre lengths and is ribbed on one side for non-slip installations or smooth on the other. You can install it either way. They also come pre-oiled with premium Woca Oil for fast and easy DIY installation.  

ALSO READ: Everything You Need to Know About Timber ScreensFor more information click here or to discuss a project with the team call 1300 665 703.

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