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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.

  

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.

Before/After – Fence Transformations

Is your old Colourbond® or timber fence falling apart? Now is the perfect time to refresh your backyard with some elegant fencing and screening upgrades.

Engineered bamboo slats are an easy way to give an old fence or unsightly wall a brand new modern look.

See for yourself how you can transform your space using our SeaChange Series® with the before/after photos below.

Credit: LivingLot

Our engineered bamboo slats received the highest certifications from Global GreenTag: a GreenRate Level A and a Platinum Health rating, guaranteeing sustainable manufacturing practices and non toxicity.
3m tall laminated bamboo pool fence

Our SeaChange Series® has 5 different batten designs, all named after iconic Australian beaches: Torquay, Cottesloe, Noosa, Sorrento and Sapphire. See them all on display at our Sydney showroom (13 Erith Street, Botany) or at the Build & Design Centre in Brisbane (66 Merivale Street, South Brisbane).

Engineered bamboo slats are a great way to provide privacy and shade while letting natural light and air flow circulate.

If you’d like to discuss residential or commercial projects with House of Bamboo® Design Consultants, call 1300 665 703 or email all relevant information and photos to info@hob.paisdigital.com.au.

Dreaming of an Ibiza getaway or a Bali break?

You can bring tropical and exotic vibes into your home with the naturally beautiful look of bamboo screens and Natureed®.

Favoured by luxury hotels around the world, these screens are easy to install and perfect to cover an old fence or add shade to an empty pergola. 

See what you could achieve with these versatile materials below and order yours online or call our Design Consultants on 1300 665 703 to discuss your projects. 

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Before
After (Credit: Richard Glover)
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Four Compliant Pool Fencing Options

If you are looking at building a pool in your home, you should look into the available pool fencing options as well as existing laws. Pool certification laws have been introduced by the Australian Government In 1991 to reduce or prevent the risk of drownings. From time to time, adjustments are made to those laws to ensure compliance and safety especially among children under five years of age who are identified as the most at risk for drowning accidents.

Basic Pool Fencing Regulations

  • Pool fencing must have a minimum height of 1.2 metres when measured from the outside of the fencing.
  • Boundary fences must not be lower than 1.8 metres.
  • The material for the pool fencing must be durable and can’t be broken through.
  • If gaps are present in the pool fencing, their size should be small enough so that children won’t fit through the gaps
  • A gap of no more than 100mm between the bottom of the fence and the ground must be maintained.
  • Pool fencing should be designed to prevent children from scaling the fence.
  • Self-latching and self-closing pool gates must be used to prevent the unsupervised entry of children into the pool area.
  • Pool latches must be used and installed inside the fence to keep children from being able to open the gate.

Aside from compliance, pool fencing helps you supervise people who can have access to your pool. It will give you peace of mind that your pool doesn’t pose safety risks to children. If you’re worried that pool fencing might get in the way of your home design, there are actually several pool fencing options that can beautify and even add value to your home.

Glass Pool Fencing 

If you’re looking for a pool fence that both offer safety and aesthetics, consider a glass pool fencing. With slippery glass panels that are hard to climb, you can be assured that kids won’t be able to access your pool without your permission or without using the pool gate. Another advantage is that it’s easy to clean so maintenance should be swift.

NOTE: Choose glass pool fences that are tested by NATA accredited engineers to ensure that they conform to the National Construction Code, Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards.

PVC Pool Fencing

Is budget a concern? You can opt for the least expensive options like PVC. Unlike glass pool fence that usually comes with a price, PVC pool fencing is the more affordable option. Aside from blending in with your home design, you should also check if the installation is sturdy enough to serve its purpose.

Aluminium Pool Fencing

This type of pool fence is preferred by many because it is the more affordable option for those who want aesthetically pleasing pool fencing. Like a glass pool fence, it is elegant. It is also quick to install so having one for your home should be very convenient.

Pool Compliant Fencing

Bamboo Pool Fencing

If what you want is a more sustainable option, bamboo pool fencing is a suitable choice. With bamboo as the main material, you can utilise an environment-friendly alternative to the usual pool fences. Not only that, bamboo has the characteristics that make it blend well in a pool setting. It has a tropical appeal that can give a fresh new look to your space. You can also choose among bamboo slats, bamboo rod screens, bamboo privacy screens, and other designs to meet your aesthetic considerations.

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