Hill Plains House
The Beauty of Wood, Powerfully Protected…even in the most Extreme Environments
Inspired by historical local agricultural structures, Wolveridge Architect’s designed ‘Hill Plains House’ is a modern interpretation of sustainable rural living. Using a palette of locally sourced natural materials, the simple yet sophisticated design looks completely at home within with beautiful country landscape.
As with many sustainable projects, wood was the best choice as the primary building material. Wood was used to create a design statement both internally and externally. The use of large, oversized Blackbutt cladding to cover the exterior walls provides natural texture and warmth for this project. However, the enlarged width of the Blackbutt cladding created a challenge for builders because the increase width also increases susceptibility to cupping and made wood protection very important. CUTEK® Extreme was specified to combat cupping, warping and splitting and improve dimensional stability for these boards.
The design team preferred clear CUTEK® Extreme oil to allow the exterior wood to weather naturally to a light gray to further integrate the home into the rural bush countryside. Diffusing deep into the wood, CUTEK® Extreme will continue to repel moisture and protect the wood once the wood has weathered and grayed. Another benefit of using CUTEK® on this project was the ease of maintenance; simply clean and recoat – no need to sand or strip.
Hill Plains House is an example of how sustainable living can be both beautiful and practical. Hill Plains House is completely off the grid and is highly insulated with natural cross ventilation a key component to the design. A wood fired boiler provides heat and hot water supply whilst the building is powered by a 2kw solar/battery solar system with a remotely located sub-ground generator acting as back-up.
At CUTEK®, sustainability is in our DNA. We are champions for the ecological use and long-term protection of wood and are committed to partnering with architects, builders and homeowners to deliver homes like Hill Plains House that share our passion for sustainability.