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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

6 Privacy Screens Solutions To Keep Your Home Hidden From Your Neighbours

Australia’s real estate is a booming industry. And while properties tend to go bigger and higher while plot sizes decrease in size, there is also a huge tendency for your privacy to be compromised. 

According to lawsociety.com.au, in NSW, “there is no legal right to public privacy so, if a neighbour can see into your backyard, they’re allowed to look at or listen to what’s going on.  Besides asking your neighbour to stop, one thing you can do is to try to block their view by building a higher fence”.  

Of the two options, the one that will put you in better control of your privacy is building a higher fence. However, there are council restrictions around boundary fencing height that might limit what you can do. On the other hand, the installation of a privacy screen is also a suitable alternative to block your neighbours. To help you decide what is the best privacy solution that can keep you away from the prying eyes of your neighbours, we’ve put together a list of natural materials that can be used as privacy screens. 

1. Bamboo Rod Privacy Screen

Black Bamboo Screen Behind Deckchair

For privacy screen solutions that don’t block the view, bamboo rod privacy screen is your best choice. It provides the privacy you need while allowing light to filter through and can easily be removed when needed. It can also be used to add more height to your existing fence and the concealed stainless steel binding at its core makes it a suitable option for coastal properties exposed to the elements.

Usesproperty fence, pool fence, or privacy screen

2. Slatted Screens

Outdoor Area With Natureed and Laminated Bamboo Slats

A great alternative to bamboo rod screens, slatted bamboo timber screens will give a clean and contemporary look to your fencing. Elegant and eco-friendly, these screens can be used for a range of purposes including pool certification, privacy screens or to hide unsightly elements such as garbage bins and air conditioning units.      

Usesstandalone screening, horizontal or vertical installation, fencing and pool certification

3. Bamboo Poles

Contemporary Bathroom Featuring Architectural Bamboo Poles

Bamboo poles are available in a variety of diameters and lengths, making them a versatile privacy screen solution.  

Usestemporary or permanent screening for events, interior design, and landscaping

4. Outdoor Bamboo Blinds

Bamboo blinds are a very popular interior design feature but they can also be used outside as a versatile privacy screening solution. This is a functional and stylish solution that does not block the light or air flow and comes with the convenience of being adjustable at any time. 

Usesindoor and outdoor use, fits traditional and contemporary homes

5. Natureed®

Natureed Cladding and Bamboo Decking

Our trademarked product Natureed® has been used for decades by landscape designers such as Jamie Durie and Brendan Moar. Crafted from the finest quality water reeds, Natureed® contains up to 50% more reeds than similar products on the market. It is a natural water reed with a reddish hue, similar to merbau and bound with stainless steel. Extremely durable, it’s naturally resistant to water and termites. Fit for any use, whether indoors or outdoors and extremely lightweight, Natureed® can easily be attached to existing structures making it an ideal material to achieve pool certification quickly.

Usesboundary fence, pool certification, shading or privacy screen

6. Decorative Screens

Round Square and Through Bamboo Planters

Add privacy right into your home without sacrificing design and aesthetics. If what you need is a beautiful addition to your property, you can take advantage of decorative screens that also work as shading solutions.    

Usesoutdoor screening, gardens, pools, landscaping.

Whether you have found the right solution to your privacy needs or are still unsure what option would be best suited to your space, call us on 1300 665 703 or fill this form to discuss your project and our Design Consultants will help you pick the ideal solution to make your home feel more private.

  

Thinking Outside The Box – Privacy Screens

You once had a wonderfully private property. Until…

  • Trees were cut down
  • Your neighbours renovated or built a new home
  • A new development just popped up
  • You don’t really get along with your neighbours and would prefer to not see them…

Most people think that adding a privacy screen would increase the height of the existing fence for a quick fix but the problem is twofold…

  1. The screen would need to be so large that it would require major construction to withstand wind.
  2. Council regulations restrict heights and widths.

State legislation and local planning laws

You should always check with your local council before making changes to your property but the below rules are generally enforced throughout Australia

  • A front fence has restrictions in height as do boundary fences. As a guide, boundary fences usually have a restriction of 1.8m. In NSW for example, boundary fences are covered by the Dividing Fences Act of 1991. You can read more from NSW Government, Planning & Environment here 
  • Privacy screens can often only be 2.5m in height from ground level and be set to a minimum of 900mm from your boundary fence. They must also be a maximum length of 5 metres wide and between 1.7m – 2.2m in height if attached to a balcony, deck, patio terrace or verandah.

Case Study

A client came to us wanting screening to hide the building next door and also be pool boundary fence compliant for the new pool they built. 

Site Challenges: The size of the building next door meant the privacy screen needed to be at least 3.2m in height. The site was extremely difficult to work with because of the difficult access and narrow space, plus obstructive piping meant there was not much room for footings. 

Solution: Cottesloe bamboo timber screens were redesigned to meet pool compliance for boundary fencing yet keep the louvred aesthetic that client liked. New posts were erected to cater for 3.2m height and the modular screening was attached to the posts.  Privacy was achieved from the large block of flats that looked into the property and pool compliance was achieved. The slatted design meant air flow could still circulate assisting with the wind load creating a lovely backdrop to the pool.

3m tall laminated bamboo pool fence

The textured finish and teak oil finish of the slatted screen also works as a stylish background for the barbecue area that perfectly compliments the modern look of the space.

Click here to find out more about our wide range of fencing and screening options or here if you need pool certification fast and get in touch with our Design Consultants to discuss your project.

  

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