Please note all carriers are experiencing delays due to COVID-19 and delivery times are approximate only.

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.

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.

4 Inspiring Projects by Australian Female Architects and Interior Designers

Only 31% of all Architects in Australia are women. And that is almost twice the global average of 17%. We’re doing better than Japan (10% of female architects) but not as good as Sweden and Norway where the split is 50-50. But there is no shortage of talent in our 31%, as illustrated with these four inspiring women-led projects.

Riverlee Meeting Suite by Studio Tate

At the helm of Studio Tate are Principal Interior Designer Alex Hopkins and her business partner Carley Nicholls. Committed to intelligent and responsible design they create refined, polished spaces that balance craftsmanship with functionality. For this project in Melbourne, they used timber battens and natural tones to create an interconnected yet soundproof environment that fosters collaboration.

Photography by Peter Clarke Photography

Peacock Street by Brave New Eco

Brave New Eco was born from the creative mind of Megan Norgate, Interior Designer, Permaculture Designer and Sustainable Design Consultant. With a background in Film Direction and Set Decoration, Megan is interested in reinterpreting existing environments and objects in innovative ways. For this extensive renovation in Brunswick West, the whole layout was opened and the kitchen became the focal point of the home. We love the addition of slatted cladding throughout the kitchen cabinetry that adds texture and warmth to a room that is often “cold” and purely functional.

Photography by Emma Byrnes

The Mod & The Rocker by Rogan Nash Architects

Kate Rogan and Eva Nash combined forces to create Rogan Nash Architects, a practice that aims to beautify life throughout architecture and interior design and to bring dreams to life. Our favourite feature in this project is the creative use of mismatched timber battens to create a dynamic pool fence and the repetition of the slatted screen theme throughout the home.

Thirroul House by Lisa Breeze Architect

Lisa Breeze designs homes for and with the people who live in them. Driven by a passion for craft and detail, she reinvents and rejuvenates living spaces. Her Thirroul House renovation is a beautiful example of organic meets contemporary design that mixes natural finishes with bright colours,

The star of all these projects is undeniably timber, featured throughout the designs in gorgeous warm accents, from louvres and battens to slatted cladding and screening. If you like the look of timber but are struggling to find supplies, consider using other natural alternative such as bamboo timber which can be used to make battens, beams, cladding, louvres and more. For more information, contact our Design Consultants on 1300 665 703 or browse our bamboo timber solutions here.

5 Bespoke Solutions For Unique Projects By Remarkable Women

To celebrate International’s Women’s Day, we put the spotlight on female Architects, Interior and Industrial Designers who are shaking and shaping the future of the industry for the better.

In addition to being a female-led company, driven by the passionate Jennifer Snyders, we are fortunate to work with some of the most established and promising women in the Architecture and Design world.

Here are a few women-led projects we had the privilege to collaborate on and develop bespoke solutions for.

Maxine Scalabrino of Fine Architects – Randwick Balustrade

For this elegant apartment block in Randwick, Maxine Scalabrino of Fine Architects was looking for a balustrading solution that could meet standards safety requirements but have a warm and natural finish. We developed a stainless steel reinforced bamboo timber screen that could be front fixed or staked in thanks to spigots which became our Sorrento product.

Jo Taylor Design – Elanora Heights Project

Elanora Heights - Bamboo Privacy Screen

Jo Taylor created Jo Taylor Design in 1983 and has been designing spaces that are “beautiful yet comfortable, practical yet inviting” ever since. For this property in Elanora Heights, the client needed privacy and shading for a large wrap around balcony. Using two different profiles of bamboo timber slats, louvred and slatted, we were able to deliver on both aspects of the brief while keeping the design coherent and harmonious.

Jessica Leckie of Woolworths Food Group – Glenrose Health and Wellness Concept

Bamboo Used As a Replacement for Timber in Woolworths Stores

As part of their continued mission to grow toward a greener future, Woolworths Food Group have started including bamboo in the design of their new Health & Wellness concepts. Jessica Leckie, Industrial Designer at Woolworths Food Group was instrumental in the push for bamboo and worked in collaboration with our team to design bespoke engineered bamboo cladding solutions that embody the brand’s mission. 

“When selecting finishes for this concept, we endeavoured to communicate our brand values. As a renewable resource, bamboo is aligned with our mission to contribute to a sustainable future and it aligns to our Health & Wellness customers’ values. The use of this material also  aligns with the increased use of bamboo we are seeing in health and beauty accessories such as bamboo toothbrushes, gloves, combs etc. ”

Kristine Yeats of KY design&more – Hayman Spa

Hayman Spa Grand Entrance Featuring Custom Made Bamboo Battens

Before working on our extensive Sydney showroom renovation, Kristine Yeats first used bamboo timber for another ambitious renovation project: Hayman Island Resort. Part of the $135 million refurbishment focused on Hayman Spa for which Kristine commissioned bespoke grey-washed bamboo louvres and slats from House of Bamboo®. The result is a space that is contemporary, yet relaxing, proof that a natural material such as bamboo has its place in modern designs.

Jennifer Snyders of House of Bamboo® – Custom Pool Boundary Fence

3m tall laminated bamboo pool fence
Our client wanted a natural looking pool boundary fence with horizontal slats that could not be climbable so House of Bamboo® CEO Jennifer Snyders crafted a custom version of a standard louvered screen that had a 60 degrees angle to meet the required safety standards for pool certification.

We always do our uttermost to understand a brief and can custom make the right product that will tick all your boxes. Get in touch today to find out more about the timber of tomorrow.

How To Transform An Old Timber Fence

Timber fences are a convenient fencing solution but they tend to deteriorate with age. Instead of replacing the fence which is costly and labour intensive, why not cover it? This allows you to retain its structural ability and apply any finish you like to hide its tired look. Whether you prefer an organic or contemporary finish, there are several natural materials you can consider to cover an old tired fence, starting with bamboo rod screens and slatted bamboo timber screens.

Organic Look

BEFORE: The old timber fence that needed raising & cladding. 

Client’s problem

For this project, the owner had spent a lot on their new pool but the existing timber fence was too low to meet the requirements for pool boundary fence certification and its old tired look contrasted with the modern finish of the pool.

They did not want to replace the fence but just to increase its height and refresh its look.

House of Bamboo solution

The black rod bamboo fencing was a perfect, relatively inexpensive solution whereby the customer could use the existing fence yet clad it so it complimented the beautiful surrounds and also meet the requirements for pool fencing certification.

AFTER: The same fence clad in our natural, sustainable black bamboo 

How to install bamboo rod screens

Bamboo screens are easy to install by fixing batons to your existing fence and screwing our black bamboo rod screens to those. They come as a 1200 mm roll with either 1800 or 2400 mm height and are joined with quality stainless steel wire making them suitable for coastal properties exposed to salt water.

See our video for more detailed installation help, or call us on 1300 665 703 for a quote to install yours.

Contemporary Look

Organic black bamboo fencing contrasts beautifully with light coloured pavers but if you prefer a more contemporary look, slatted bamboo timber fencing could be the perfect solution to upgrade a basic timber fence.

BEFORE: Basic timber fence which did not meet the requirements for pool boundary fence certification
AFTER: Slatted Bamboo Timber Fencing – Pool Certification Granted

To view more contemporary fence transformations, click here and see how engineered bamboo fencing can help you refresh an ugly timber fence and improve the look of your outdoor space.

How To Cover Your Colourbond Fence

Colourbond fences are a convenient fencing solution but their industrial look is not for everyone. Whether you prefer an organic or contemporary finish, there are several natural materials you can consider to cover your Colourbond fence, starting with bamboo rod screens and slatted bamboo timber screens.

Organic Look

One of our clients had a few issues with his Colorbond fence and needed to find a solution that addressed all of them.

BEFORE: The Colorbond fence which needed raising & cladding. 

Client’s problem

For this project, the owner had spent a lot on building a new pool and then tiling the surrounds with travertine.

As the project developed, the unattractive Colorbond fence started to become more and more of an eyesore.

They did not want to replace the fence.
They also had to raise it slightly due to the tiling.
The fence then did not meet pool certification regarding height.

House of Bamboo solution

The black rod bamboo fencing was a perfect, relatively inexpensive solution whereby the customer could use the existing fence yet clad it so it complimented the beautiful surrounds and also meet pool requirements.

AFTER: The same fence clad in our natural, sustainable black bamboo 

How to install bamboo rod fencing

It’s so easy to install by fixing batons to your existing Colorbond fence and screwing our black bamboo rod screens to those! They come as a 1200 mm roll with either 1800 or 2400 mm height and are joined with quality stainless steel wire.

See our video for more detailed installation help, or call us on 1300 665 703 for a quote to install yours.

Contemporary Look

Organic black bamboo fencing contrasts beautifully with light coloured pavers but if you prefer a more contemporary look, slatted bamboo timber fencing could be the perfect solution to get your pool certified while giving a modern finish to your pool area.

BEFORE: Dark grey Colourbond fence – Non Certified Pool
AFTER: Modern Slatted Bamboo Fencing – Pool Certification Granted

To view more contemporary fence transformations, click here and see how engineered bamboo fencing can help you improve the look of your outdoor space while getting your pool certified.

Traditional materials meet modern design

A growing trend in the world of architecture and design over the past few years has seen organic pole bamboo elevated to new heights. From Europe to Asia, industry leaders are turning their attention to reimagining how we view and use bamboo in the modern age. This is especially important as we look towards building and supporting global initiatives that will adapt to ongoing climate change concerns.

As a result, bamboo is taking centre stage in a range of commercial and residential builds in new and exciting ways, by using a combination of contemporary technologies and traditional techniques.

Ceiling Design

Through the clever use of pole bamboo suspended from the roof, designer Nattapon Klinsuwan has been able to both connect and divide the different serviceable areas in this Bangkok hair salon. Using a layered approach, the ceiling waterfalls down to ground level, helping to define the space and create a warm, welcoming feel. This design also addresses interior styling considerations, as the space is complete without the need for interior design additions.

Experimental Design

Not one to be confined by traditional design and structures, Realrich Sjarief from R A W Architecture created a whimsical, dreamscape design for a residence in Indonesia. The design separates the steel plane truss roof structure and uses thousands of bamboo poles to make up a three-story building. The hero of this project is the curved façade, featuring multiple columns of bamboo, some fanning out towards the sky in a cathedral vault style. The curved nature of this design is replicated inside, which is also made entirely of bamboo.

Architectural Screening

The use of pole bamboo in screening and fences has been popular for decades, however, now the full extent of its design possibilities are beginning to be explored. Wallflower Architecture + Design have recently used pole bamboo screening as a beautiful functional design element to wrap around a residential abode in Singapore. Not only is bamboo screening adaptable for Singapore’s tropical climate, but by using it in this way, the residents reap the benefits of filtered light and air flow during the day, and stylish privacy at night.

Structural Elements

Traditionally bamboo has been used to create low-cost homes in mainly rural areas, and recently high-end designs at the other end of the market, however, Malaysian architect Eleena Jamil believes bamboo should be seen as a ‘modern and everyday construction material just like bricks, steel or concrete’. Her proposal is to use bamboo to build permanent and comfortable contemporary homes in suburban areas by incorporating bamboo into the entire structure of her bamboo terrace homes. This includes using it for load bearing walls, balconies and roofing in an aesthetically pleasing and economical way.

[]