Building on a small block of land can be an enormous challenge for architects and builders. It is difficult to incorporate the client’s ideas and requests on a small building area without compromising on the design and high building standards.


Designer:White on White Design
Builder:Broad Water Builds
NewTechWood Supplier:Subiaco Restoration
Project type:New residential dwelling
LocationScarborough, Perth
Size:330 m2 dwelling, 320m2 home, 22 boards of NewTechWood Castellation Cladding in IPE

Images: Broad Water Builds

This home, embracing coastal living in the heart of Scarborough, Perth, is an example of where a homeowners’ requests meet function, without sacrificing style. NewTechWood castellation cladding in ‘Ipe’ created a lovely finishing touch for this modern coastal facade.

With some careful thought and clever design, this four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is an example of what can be achieved on a small block of land (300m2 block). The house was built by Broad Water Builds, Perth’s experienced home builder specialising in affordable custom new homes and renovations. They embedded their philosophy of “your home, your way” into this Scarborough house by customising the home and all finishes according to the homeowners’ wishes.

Challenging design task – striking home from both street fronts

The client engaged White On White Designs, a Perth designer studio, to design their dream home. The young family with two children wanted a modern, architectural feel to their home while maximising the building footprint on a relatively small block of land. For this corner lot house design, the clients were seeking something unique and striking from both street fronts. They wanted it to feel like it was on a much larger site and a floor plan for a growing family.

Incorporating the homeowners’ ideas with the flair from White on White Design, resulting in a striking contemporary home, despite the small block of land. Lack of space is superseded with high ceilings to the main living area and 6.0m column less stacker doors that allow in plenty of light and fresh air.

NewTechWood castellation cladding blended into an Industrial look with clean lines

“We came up with the modern styling using horizontal lines, and playful varying forms and heights. We added textures with polished plaster, angled forms and the all-important feature castellation cladding element to help break up the facade and provide a point of contrast, interest and texture.

It was designed to stand the test of time as a long-term residence for my clients. It needed to tick all the boxes,” explains Chris White, of White On White Designs.

NewTechWood timber-look cladding, with its modern, 3D design and contemporary look, blended seamlessly with the clean lines of the home and worked perfectly with the overall design approach. The supplier for this project was Subiaco Restoration.

“The industrial look polished concrete floor, contemporary architectural facade, NewTechWood castellation timber cladding, polished plaster walls and sleek modern cabinetry have allowed this building to stand out even more. This home definitely turns heads,” says Louis Gonzales, Director of Broad Water Builds.

NewTechWood cladding is well known not only for its natural timber-like look and unmatched beauty but also for its’ durability and next-to-zero maintenance. For clients who want a timber look on their exterior walls but without the hassle and cost of maintenance, NewTechwood composite timber panels are the ideal solution.

“Specifying NewTechWood cladding was initially my idea and followed through with the help of my wife Roxanne, the interior designer from White on White Interiors. She helped our clients choose the right colour to complement the style and colouring of the home for a seamless finish. We opted for the castellation cladding as it’s low maintenance, easy to install, visually appealing and versatile, with a good choice of complementary colours to suit many home styles. Amazing product,” says Chris White.

Exterior timber look without the headache of maintenance

‘Ipe’ was the logical colour choice for the castellation cladding, as it emulates a warm timber appearance and embraces the modern coastal facade. Besides the excellent finish, thanks to the protective coating, NewTechWood cladding also possesses UV, stain and fade protection which makes it perfect for building near coastal locations.

We presented several cladding options, and both the client and designer liked the look and feel of NewTechWood castellation cladding.

“I think that is an excellent choice for the client—a great product that mimics the timber look and feel, but without the headache of maintenance. It’s beneficial for builders as well – it’s a durable and easy-to-install system. Unlike natural timber, we don’t have to worry about consistency and the final finish, as NewTechWood is prefinished,” adds Louis Gonzales, who is a builder with 20 years of experience.

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Scarborough, one of Perth’s popular coastal suburbs, is largely an urban infill location. According to White On White Design, they designed this Scarborough house to suit the ever-changing nature of the suburb and its coastal heritage. This corner lot house design embraces coastal living, lots of light, bright colours and hints of contrast with the timber-look cladding.

Want to include NewTechWood into your coastal living project and have a head-turner home? Contact our experienced team, and we will help you make the composite timber choice that best suits you. Looking for a quote or some samples, get in touch with your local installer.


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