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
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.
Uses: property fence, pool fence, or privacy screen
2. Slatted Screens
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.
Uses: standalone screening, horizontal or vertical installation, fencing and pool certification
3. Bamboo Poles
Bamboo poles are available in a variety of diameters and lengths, making them a versatile privacy screen solution.
Uses: temporary 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.
Uses: indoor and outdoor use, fits traditional and contemporary homes
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.
Uses: boundary fence, pool certification, shading or privacy screen
6. Decorative Screens
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.
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.
Everything You Need To Know About Timber Screens
You’ve finished landscaping your garden and installing a barbecue pit in your yard. When you step back and look at your property, however, you can’t help feeling that it’s still missing the finishing touches to make your property private, stylish, and welcoming all at once.
How about putting up some stylish timber screens?
Timber is a classic screening material, and for good reason. Versatile timber screen designs can range from rustic to elegant to modern. Here’s everything you need to know about timber screens.
Popular Varieties of timber: one of the first steps to installing a timber screen is choosing the type of wood that best fits your tastes. You might initially be overwhelmed by all the varieties available. What’s the difference between a hardwood and a softwood? Should you choose merbau over jarrah, or vice versa? And what are your options if you want a timber screen that’s specifically coffee-coloured?
To help you, here’s a brief comparison between hardwoods and softwoods.
Generally more dense than softwoods, hardwoods are fire-resistant and understandably a bit more costly than softwoods. Here are some hardwood types often used for timber screens:
Merbau. Also known as kwila and ipil, this hardwood is often sourced from Southeast Asia, island nations in the Pacific, and northern Queensland. You’ll find this timber in warm red-brown tones. Don’t be surprised to find golden flecks in merbau, as these flecks are part of the timber’s charm!
Kempas. Thanks to dense and interlocked grain, kempas timber can be incredibly strong, as well as somewhat heavy. It also boasts of resistance to fungi and wood borers. As for colours, kempas commonly comes in orange-red or yellow-brown hues. This timber accepts stains and finishes well. Tanins are common so be careful when installing as they tend to stain.
Jarrah. Australian in origin, jarrah is prized for its durability and versatility. It often comes in rich brown to dark red colours, but it also accepts most finishes well. Moreover, it can also be highly polished for an elegant-looking timber screen.
Spotted Gum. This popular hardwood also grows in Australia! Spotted gum is hard enough to be used in numerous applications, from docks to polo sticks to screens in your backyard. Its colours range from light coffee brown to dark chocolate with a tinge of red.
Acacia. You might also know this timber as “blackwood.” Acacia timber is easy to work with and can be polished to a shine, making it suitable for indoor timber screens. The heartwood of the acacia tree is a rich, golden brown colour, with growth rings adding reddish streaks.
Teak. This Asian timber is highly prized for its natural oil content, which makes it water resistant. It also has a waxy or greasy texture as a result. Teak colours can range from yellowish white to golden brown.
Iroko. Sourced from Africa, iroko timber started out as an alternative to teak. It is now a popular timber screening option in its own right, however! Iroko comes in light brown, golden orange, and dark brown.
Despite their name, softwoods are just as suitable for timber screens as hardwoods. However, these timbers are generally lighter and cheaper compared to hardwoods.
Pine. Whether it’s sourced from California, New Zealand, or Australia, this cost-effective softwood can be treated to resist both pests and the elements. It is naturally yellowish or whitish in colour. However, it’ll also look lovely with a proper stain.
Douglas Fir. Also known as Oregon, Douglas fir can be harvested from either North America or New Zealand. You’ll often see Douglas fir timber in light maple tones, although some specimens can range in colour from yellow brown to pale reddish brown.
Red Cedar. It’s versatile, lightweight and durable. Red cedar timber ranges from pale brown to dark reddish brown, though its heartwood, in particular, can have a pink tone at first. As it ages, cedar begins to take on a beautiful grayish tone. It can give off a pleasing aroma if left unsealed for an indoor screen.
Bamboo might not technically be a timber since it is a type of grass but its natural characteristics coupled with modern engineering makes it a very sustainable alternative to timber. Bamboo produces 35% more oxygen than trees and is ready to harvest in as little as 5 years, as opposed to 80 years for Tasmanian oak for example. This flash growth means it can store up to 4 times more carbon dioxide than trees making it a material of choice for specifiers committed to achieving net zero goals. And last but not least, its complex root system binds the earth together, restoring soil health and fighting against soil erosion.
Bamboo not only provides a similar finish to timber, it is also much lighter than hardwoods and harder than softwoods, making it easier to install and extremely durable. Our engineered bamboo received the highest certifications from Global GreenTag guaranteeing sustainable manufacturing practices and non-toxicity.
Common Types of Timber Screens
Once you’ve decided on the type of wood you want for your timber screen, you’ll need to choose a design. Would you prefer horizontal slats, vertical slats, or playful lattice? Read more about your timber screen design options below.
Strips of timber laid horizontally can add modern flair to your property. This kind of timber screen can also make your garden look more spacious. They’ll also fit nicely into a feature wall or a unique contemporary facade.
A timber screen made of tall vertical slats is a stylish way to secure pool certification, as little swimmers will find them impossible to climb! You can also combine vertical and horizontal slats for a one-of-a-kind parquet screen.
Lattice or Trellis
Lattice timber screens are both classy and easy to install. In some cases, they just need to be framed up or fixed to existing posts. These timber screens are also perfect for older properties, thanks to their timeless charm. You can grow vines on them if you install them outdoors, too.
Timber Screen Finishing Options
Even the loveliest timber screen will neither last nor look its best without a proper finish! You can use any of these five finishing options on your screen as the final step.
Installing a timber screen made of rich teak, kempas, or merbau? Let the natural colours and grains of your timber screen shine through with an oil finish. Oils penetrate into the timber, sealing and protecting it without changing its look too much. It can also enhance the material’s natural colour.
Want to play with the colour of your timber screen? Go for a stain, which will be more pigmented than a decking oil. The pigment in stains can grant protection against UV rays, keeping your timber screen from greying easily. Just remember to add a coat of varnish on top.
Varnishes are your best bet for clear or natural finishes. More often than not, they create a hard and shiny surface when they dry. Outdoor screens will benefit from the waterproofing effect of long oil varnish, while indoor screens are a perfect match for medium or short oil formulas.
Paint won’t just give your timber screen a vibrant colour, but it can provide a great deal of sun protection, too! Both water-based and oil-based paints will look great on timber, as long as it’s first coated with primer.
A classic timber finish that has been used for centuries, wax is easy to apply and leaves a rich, natural look. It can waterproof your timber screen and keep it from greying, too. Interestingly, you can apply wax over any other finish, let it dry, and buff with a soft cloth for extra shine.
How to Maintain Timber Screens
Once you’ve oiled or stained your screen, it will age and usually grey off unless you maintain it. Here are some tips you’ll want to keep in mind.
Refinish Timber Screens Regularly. Dirt, grime, and moss are just some of the gunk that can accumulate on the surface of your timber screen over time. The timber may also gradually turn grey. To revive an aged timber screen, first, give it a good pressure cleaning with a 25-degree tip. Then, add a fresh layer of finish.
Repair Damage Quickly. Does your timber screen now feature a crack or a broken section? You’ll want to fix that as soon as you can to keep the damage from worsening. Feel free to ask for professional help to ensure that the job is done right.
Trim Nearby Plants. Bushes and branches easily retain moisture, which can eventually pose a problem for your timber screen. They might also block the view of the screen itself. Aside from that, an unkempt garden itself can be a stressful sight.
Prevent Termite Infestations. Inspect your screen for termite droppings and mud tubes, which can be early signs of a termite problem. It also helps if the timber screen is regularly subjected to sunlight. There are also certain plants, like catnip or velvet grass, which are being studied for their termite-repellent properties.
3 Advantages of Timber Screens
You’ll be amazed at the number of creative ways you can use timber screens. Position it in your front yard, use it to round a pool, install it on a balcony, or let it hang over a porch for some interesting shading. You can also divide spaces using timber screens while maintaining an open feeling and letting sunlight through.
A slatted timber screen with closely spaced pieces can serve as a classy privacy screen. You can also choose to make the slats overlap for complete seclusion. A lattice timber screen with lush climbing vines will do the trick just as well.
The right timber screens can enhance the look of your property. Think of timeless facades paired with contemporary slatted screens. No wonder countless architects and engineers have brought timber screens into their designs.
3 Stunning Bamboo Timber Screen Ideas to Inspire You
Bamboo timber screens can be used for a wide range of applications, from fencing and screening to shading and cladding. Here we look at how you can use slatted bamboo timber screens to secure your pool certification, get some privacy or subtly separate rooms.
Pool Fencing (Suitable for Pool Certification)
With their stylish timber slat look, slatted engineered bamboo screens are perfect for contemporary designs. Available in raw, teak or black and in five different widths and batten profiles, they allow you to completely transform an old paling fence while getting your pool certified.
Hide your neighbours or surrounding unsightly views without blocking light or air flow with slatted bamboo timber screens. Our SeaChange Series® is available in five different batten designs named after Australia’s iconic beaches (Cottesloe, Torquay, Noosa, Sapphire and Sorrento) and all our screens have received the highest certifications from Global GreenTag: a GreenRate Level A and a Platinum Health Rating, guaranteeing sustainable manufacturing practices and non-toxicity.
Sliding Doors and Room Partitions
If you want versatility, bamboo timber screens can be used as sliding room partitions allowing you to alternate between open plan living and distinct rooms. For this project, the owner wanted to separate the gym from the outdoor living space and have the flexibility to hide the space when not in use. The screens needed to be suitable for external use which our Torquay slatted screens achieved perfectly.
For more inspiration, browse our Portfolio here or visit our showrooms in Sydney and Brisbane.
Pool Certification – Bamboo Cladding for Pool Safety
Many of our clients come to us to get their pool certified as all of our natural fencing options can be used to match the required standards for pool boundary fencing. Whether you are after an organic or contemporary look, we can help you obtain your pool certification quickly.
Here are all the options you can choose from to get your pool boundary fence certified with House of Bamboo.
For an exotic Bali-inspired look, choose bamboo screens to clad an existing ugly fence. Bamboo screens are extremely sturdy, weather resistant, easy to maintain and will add a touch of natural elegance to your pool area. We have various heights and colours to choose from and they can easily be attached to an existing structure. They are the quickest way to achieve your pool boundary fence certification with minimum cost and labour.
You can retain your existing fence and use its structure to attach our bamboo rod screens. This will save you money on not having to rebuild a new fence.
Pictured: Black Bamboo Rod Screens
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. 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 boundary fence certification quickly.
With their stylish timber slat look, slatted engineered bamboo screens are perfect for contemporary designs. Available in raw, teak or black and in four different profiles, they allow you to completely transform an old paling fence while getting your pool certified.
After spending a considerable amount on a new pool the boundary fence is the finishing touch to really complete the project and give it a wow factor.
Pictured: Black Torquay Boundary Fence by LivingLot.
Slatted Bamboo Timber Cladding – Symphony Series
If you want full coverage, our solid bamboo timber cladding might be the solution for you. Made from sustainably sourced bamboo, our Symphony Series received the highest certifications from Global GreenTag: a GreenRate Level A and a Platinum Health Rating guaranteeing sustainable manufacture and non-toxicity. Available in several design options with varying slat widths, it compliments beautifully any pool area.
Pictured: Cello 1 Pool Boundary Fence Cladding
For more inspiration, browse our Fencing & Screening solutions here or visit our showrooms in Sydney and Brisbane.
Resort Style Pergolas and Awnings
Everyone needs a stay-cation now and then, and our products make it so much easier to get that relaxed, resort-style feel for your home and garden. With our amazing climate in Australia, outdoor rooms aren’t just a trend – they are here for good! Here at House Of Bamboo we have a natural, resort look for everyone. Whether it is contemporary and high-end or more of a rustic feel you’ll find the right product here.
(Pictured above: Katikies Villas – Santorini
Using individual bamboo poles can also achieve a luxurious resort look. As with all of these products, the natural irregularities in shape and dimensions make for the most stunning patterns as dappled light filters through.
Pictured: Boulder House by Wyer&Co
Our exclusive Natureed® has been sold for decades and is the preferred material for landscape designers such as Jamie Durie and Brendan Moar. It is a natural water reed with a reddish hue, similar to merbau. Extremely durable, it’s naturally resistant to water and termites. Often we install clear corrugated roofing above this material so that you can enjoy the area below whatever the weather. A great way to extend your living space! It can be installed flat, or as a retractable canopy.
Picture: Samphire Rottnest by Christou Design.
Bamboo Rod Screens
For a Santorini look, choose thin bamboo rod screens (also called Tonkin) to filter the harsh summer sun while letting the refreshing breeze in. Keep their naturally beautiful beige colour or spray paint them to match your design.
Pictured: White bamboo pergola – Bill & Coo Coast, Santorini.
For more inspiration, browse our Organic collections of natural materials here or visit our showrooms in Sydney and Brisbane.
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@example.com and we’ll make your resort dreams a reality.