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Innovating With Natural Materials – 4 Women To Watch

Natural materials have been around for centuries. Hemp was found in French ruins dating back to the 6th century, bamboo has been used as a building material in China for 7,000 years while thatch has been used on roofs since as early as 5000 BC.

Today, faced with the limits of the linear economy (take, make, waste) and alarming facts about the amount of waste the construction industry produces (40% of all global waste), Architects and Designers are going back to natural materials in an effort to switch to a circular economy (take, make, reuse).

Four women are breaking the mold and crafting mind blowing creations with some of the oldest materials in the world: bamboo and rattan.

Elora Hardy – Bali

Bamboo is a family passion in the Hardy family. John Hardy is the creator of The Green Village and the Green School in Bali and his children Elora and Orin have each built on their father’s passion and created their own businesses: Ibuku for Elora and Bamboo U for Orin.

Ibuku’s mission is to innovate with natural materials to connect people with nature. The extraordinary buildings they craft almost exclusively out of bamboo are designed to wonder. With her team of Architects and Designers, Elora keeps exploring groundbreaking ways to use bamboo as a building material for houses, bridges, auditoriums, schools, hotels and more.

“Bamboo might not be for everyone, but there’s enough bamboo for everyone”.

Yasmeen Lari – Pakistan

Yasmeen Lari was the first Pakistani female architect. She rose to fame in the 80s with a series of prestigious state commissions before distancing herself from the industry in the early 2000 to focus on writing. But in 2005, a devastating earthquake killed 80,000 Pakistanis and displaced 400,000 families. Determined to help, she tirelessly taught locals how to rebuild their homes using mud, stone and wood, convinced that giving them something to do would also help them recover from the trauma.

She then started developing low cost, low waste, earthquake resistant structures using cross-braced bamboo frameworks and teaching local communities how to build them. Her prototypes were tested at the University of Karachi and found to be capable of withstanding an earthquake more than six times the strength of the 1995 Kobe disaster. She was awarded the prestigious Jane Drew Prize in 2020 as recognition of her trailblazing humanitarian work.

‘It’s not only the right of the elite to have good design”

Aurelie Hoegy – France & Mexico

Aurelie Hoegy is fascinated with movement and sustainable materials. Working from her Parisian atelier, she travels between Bali and Mexico to learn from rattan masters and collaborate on projects. Her latest project, Wild Fibres, is a range of meticulously crafted and sculptural furniture that celebrates the fluidity of rattan.

“Rattan is probably one of the most amazing materials I’ve worked with so far. It’s exceptionally flexible, soft, and extremely rigid when attached to each other. Rattan is definitely alive.”

Jennifer Snyders – Australia

Jennifer’s father, Mark, started importing bamboo products to Australia in 1972. After studying architecture, Jennifer realised bamboo’s untapped potential was a game changer for the building industry. She joined the business and developed it into the trailblazing brand it is today. 

As CEO, she continues to push the boundaries of what bamboo can do, cementing House of Bamboo® as the key player in the industry. She champions the principles of a circular economy and campaigns to make bamboo the new timber. She is passionate about creating an agricultural and manufacturing bamboo industry in Australia and founded The Bamboo Choice, an agronomy and product consulting business to further this aim.

“By choosing bamboo, you are helping support sustainable construction practices, preserve our environment and improve biodiversity. In a time where our decisions and actions matter more than ever, House of Bamboo®’s mission is to facilitate this choice by providing elegant and sustainable design solutions.” 

At a time where the impact of our design decisions matters more than ever, female architects and designers around the world are leading the way in using natural materials in unusual and innovative ways. All we need for this shift to have the impact it deserves, is for the industry to embrace natural materials as legitimate building solutions.

To find out how to incorporate more natural materials in your designs, get in touch with House of Bamboo® Design Consultants here

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.

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

Byron Inspired Pergola in Designer Home

Bamboo Poles

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

Santorini Inspired Canopy and Pergola for Luxury Resort

Natureed®

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.

Santorini Resort Style - White Natureed and Bamboo Screens

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.

The Complete Guide to Bamboo Flooring Maintenance

You’ve recently installed a new bamboo floor in your house, extremely pleased with how it complements your furniture, walls, and overall interior design. You’re also satisfied with bamboo’s durability, lasting more than typical hardwoods like maple and oak. Now, you’re probably wondering about how exactly you can maintain them to continuously enjoy their numerous benefits. Cleaning bamboo flooring is relatively easy. However, you should know that there’s more to it than sweeping and mopping, especially if you want to keep the bamboo looking its best. Read on to learn everything you need to know about proper bamboo flooring maintenance.

How to Clean Bamboo Flooring

Consider the Type of Bamboo Floor You Have

Before you start cleaning your bamboo floor, you should first know what exact kind of flooring you have. Research about its specific construction, strand, and finish type. This will help you determine special cleaning tools and methods to use based on the type you have. There are typically five main types of bamboo flooring: horizontal, vertical, strand woven, click-fitting, and tongue & groove bamboo. Both horizontal and vertical strand bamboo are softer and can easily be dented so you have to use a gentle cleaning approach. Strand woven bamboo, on the other hand, is much durable and far more versatile than horizontal or vertical bamboo flooring.

Gather All the Tools Needed

Now that you’ve determined the type of bamboo floor you have, you can start looking for the appropriate cleaning and maintenance tools.

   •   Floor Protection

The key to proper bamboo flooring maintenance is consistency. You’ll need to regularly scrub and clean the floor to keep it looking new and polished. However, all of your efforts will be useless if you don’t invest in good floor protection. Make sure you cover all your furniture legs—whether it’s the smallest stool or the grandest piano—with rubber cups, felt pads, mesh rubber shelf liner, or coasters. These floor protective products can keep your bamboo floor from looking faded and worn out, especially if you constantly move furniture to clean large areas of your house. They also prevent denting, gouging, and scratching of your bamboo floor.

  •   Broom

If you’re planning to clean a small area of the floor, it’s perfectly fine to use a traditional bristle broom to keep away dust and dirt. However, for thorough cleaning, you might have more luck using a microfiber dust mop. This special broom is designed with a flexible microfiber head which successfully lifts all the dust, grime, and hair stuck on your bamboo flooring. It’s far more effective in keeping your floor clean than an ordinary broom that tends to just push the dirt.

  •   Vacuum

The best (and fastest) way to achieve a clean bamboo floor is to invest in a high-quality vacuum with enough suction power. You can simply turn the machine and let it do the job for you—get rid of dirt, grit, and sand off your bamboo flooring. 

Tip: Do you have pets? Look for a vacuum model specifically designed to pick up small pet hairs.

  •   Mop

Like vacuums, you should purchase a high-quality mop that can save you time in cleaning your bamboo floor. So skip the typical string mop and invest in one made of microfiber! This type of mop features a flat head to cover a large surface area and remove most dampness from your bamboo floor in just one swipe. Just make sure to look for one with a sturdy handle, minimal parts, and a washable head to ensure it will last you for a long-time.

Choose the Right Bamboo Floor Cleaning Products

Aside from the tools, you also need to buy the appropriate bamboo floor cleaning products. Generally, you can safely use hardwood cleaners on your bamboo flooring. However, most of these products are actually harmful to your floor as they are far too acidic or alkaline.  To know if a specific cleaner is safe for your floor, read the packaging carefully. If the cleaner contains pH-neutral ingredients, you’ll be ensured that it would not harm your floor finish and preserve it instead. House of Bamboo offers a 100% environment-friendly bamboo cleaners that can effectively remove dirt, grease, and other kinds of stains. Lastly, you should dilute concentrated bamboo floor cleaners with distilled water. This reduces the risk of staining or worse, warping your floor. 

Tip: Are you planning to clean a small surface on your floor? It’s recommended to only use a spritz of water for spot-cleaning. You should reserve bamboo floor cleaners for disinfecting and deep cleaning purposes.

Bamboo Flooring Landscape

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Clean Bamboo Floors

Once you’ve invested in the right cleaning tools, it’s time to start the actual cleaning of your bamboo floor. Follow these simple steps to maintain the sheen and colour of your floor.

1. Place Floor Protection on Your Furniture

Before cleaning the bamboo floor, make sure you have installed floor protection on all of your furniture. Doing so would not only prevent scratches and damage on the floor during deep cleaning days but it also helps you slide bulky items easily. If you’re cleaning a cramped space full of furniture, it’s best to move all of them on one side of the room, clean the empty floor space, and repeat the process until you have scrubbed the whole room’s floor area.

2. Clean the Floor Using Your Vacuum or Dust Mop

Once the floor protective products are properly secured to your furniture, it’s time to sweep away the dirt and other particulates on your bamboo floor using a soft-bristled broom, dust mop, or a vacuum.  You can make great progress in cleaning by following the grain of bamboo. You should also thoroughly clean the plank joints of your bamboo floor where stubborn dirt likes to hide.  

Tip: Are you using a vacuum to clean your bamboo flooring? Make sure to check the machine’s wheels for lodged dirt, gravel, or sand. If you find them stuck on the wheels, clean them out first as they can scratch the finish of your floors.

3. Remove Dried Spills or Stains

After sweeping or vacuuming, you should look out for areas on the floor with dried spills or stains. If you find one. Clean them immediately with a lightly damped sponge or a microfiber towel. Wipe the spill area to remove the remaining dirt. If the damp cloth is not enough to remove the stains, you can add a small amount of approved bamboo cleaning solution to the cloth. Then proceed to gently rub the area to get rid of the stains. Lastly, use water to dampen a clean cloth then use it to wipe away the cleaning solution from the area.

4. Soak the Bamboo Floor with a Damp Mop

Once the floor is clear of any dirt, grime, and stains, you can now mop your bamboo floor. Wet your mop using a bamboo cleaning solution then dry it until it’s barely damp. Then start to mop the floor in gentle, straight patterns—ideally following the texture of the bamboo. After mopping, you should wipe the floor dry with a clean, soft towel in order to avoid staining the bamboo.

5. Consider Spot Cleaning

While deep cleaning ensures your bamboo floor would look its best, it’s also tiring and time-consuming. You should try regular spot cleaning as it’s actually the best way to keep your flooring new and shining. Clean bamboo floors regularly to prevent the build-up of dirt. In fact, you should sweep high-traffic areas in your house (living room, kitchen, hallways) daily as walked-on dirt can cause minor scratches on your bamboo floor. In addition, if a spill occurs, make sure to quickly wipe it away to ensure that the water does not soak into the flooring. Lastly, apply a cleaning oil on the surface of your bamboo floor to enhance its colour, grain, and durability. WOCA Oil, a water-based oil mainly used in outdoor bamboo decking, forms a strong water and dirt-repellent surface which protects your floor from particulates.

Proper Bamboo Floor Maintenance: 5 Things to Avoid

By now, you already know how to properly clean your bamboo floor. However, you should also know some preventative measures in order to keep your bamboo looking great for years to come. Here are the common mistakes you should avoid to prevent  irreparable and costly damage to your flooring.

1. Abrasive Cleaning Tools

Bamboo is a far more durable and resilient flooring material than hardwood. However, it is still susceptible to scratching just like ordinary wooden floors. That’s why it’s best to avoid using any cleaning tool that has a rough or abrasive brush. Get rid of the scrubbing sponge and use a soft cloth instead to clean your bamboo floors. Make sure to follow the same rule when choosing the kind of broom, mop, or vacuum you’ll use.

2. Heavyweight Vacuums

Aside from using a mop with soft fibers, you should also consider its weight. Avoid using a heavy vacuum as it can cause dents and wheel tracks on your bamboo floor overtime. You should also look out for mops with a beater bar which leaves great damage to your floor. Instead, purchase a lightweight vacuum that can be easily lifted with a removable or no beater bar.

3. Wax and Oil Soap

Do not bother to use wax or oil soap when cleaning your bamboo floors! Save yourself the trouble by keeping them for your car instead. Wax simply doesn’t do anything on your bamboo floor. In fact, it can even make your floors look more dirty instead of cleaner. Oil soap products, on the other hand, strip away the protective layer of bamboo planks, leaving your bamboo floors permanently weakened. For a safe alternative, opt to use a pH-balanced cleaning product to keep your bamboo floors attractive.

4. Excessive Water or Bamboo Floor Cleaner

Avoid mopping the floors with a completely soaked mop as it can cause distortion, staining, and warping on your bamboo floor. Before mopping, ensure that the mop is completely wrung out first to prevent excess water or bamboo floor cleaner dripping on the floor.

5. Steam Mop

You should also never use a steam mop to clean your bamboo floor! The mop contains heat which pushes moisture deep into the bamboo planks, causing irreparable water  damage faster than a forgotten water spill. Use a typical string mop or better yet, invest in a mop with a flathead and strips of microfiber. Maintaining bamboo floors might seem easy but you have to put in extra effort and follow cleaning steps thoroughly. You also need to invest in quality cleaning tools and products in order to enjoy your bamboo flooring for as long as possible. 

ALSO READ: Bamboo Flooring: A Look at the Pros and Cons of this Natural Flooring Option

Want to learn more on how to properly maintain your bamboo floors? House of Bamboo, Australia’s leading supplier of high-quality and sustainable bamboo flooring, can assist you. Having been established in 1972, we love helping our clients build or renovate their dream home using sustainable materials. Contact us today for assistance.

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.

Bamboo Flooring: A Look at the Pros and Cons of this Natural Flooring Solution

More and more homeowners now think about sustainability when renovating or building a home resulting into the increased popularity of bamboo as one of the most viable flooring options. In a short time, the shift in customer behaviour has catapulted bamboo to the top of the list of wood flooring solutions. Similar to the traditional materials used in homes – granite, marble and hardwood – bamboo is a natural product. Although it shares many similarities with hardwood, it is a type of grass that can outperform its wood competitors . The more you understand the many properties of bamboo, the more informed you will be when deciding whether a bamboo flooring will work with your lifestyle. So, to get you started, here are the pros and cons of bamboo flooring.

How is Bamboo Flooring Made?

All bamboo flooring is engineered. After harvesting, bamboo shoots are cut, sliced and shredded into long thin strips before they are pressed back together using adhesives and pressure. The end result is a long-lasting wood flooring that is visually similar to hardwood. There are three common types of bamboo flooring.

Vertical bamboo is distinguished by its uniform and textured look, with more seams and edges visible.  
Horizontal bamboo, on the other hand, resembles a typical hardwood only it has distinct knuckles that will tell it is bamboo.
Strand woven are fibres that are compressed through the compression process and bound with a resin.

5 Factors That Affect The Quality Of Bamboo Flooring

Although bamboo floors may appear to be identical, there are actually several differences that set each other apart – and as a provider of sustainable bamboo materials since 1972, we believe that the overall quality of bamboo start with the harvesting, followed by other important factors.

Harvesting:  While bamboo reaches full height in as little as 3 to 4 months, it still takes at least 5 years to achieve its peak density and hardness. Thus, when harvested prematurely, the result is a weaker bamboo flooring.
Drying: Since bamboo largely thrive in sub-tropical environments, it needs to be artificially dried to help it achieve the appropriate moisture content. This process aids in preventing shrinkage of the finished product.
Adhesive: The glue used in high-quality bamboo flooring is a phenolic resin which has low toxicity and meets world health requirements. In cheaper bamboo flooring, a phenol or urea-based adhesive is used as it is lower in cost and contains some amount of formaldehyde.
FSC-Certification: An FSC-certification indicates the bamboo flooring manufacturer values sustainability. It gives you the assurance that you are purchasing FSC-certified material that used bamboo harvested from sustainably managed forests.
Possible Green-Washing: Sadly, greenwashing is widely prevalent even in the bamboo flooring industry due to bamboo’s emerging market potential. Aside from the potentially misleading information, this increase in popularity also brings about a market competition that provides varying floor prices.

Advantages of Bamboo Flooring

Eco-Friendly Bamboo is a highly renewable resource that can reach full maturity in as little as five to seven years. It means that bamboo can be harvested more often than any hardwood tree that can take up to 20 years before it matures – and since bamboo is a grass, it continues to grow without the need for replanting.

Natural Material As homeowners become more eco-conscious, the demand for construction products that reflect their values have reached an all-time high – and bamboo consistently proves to be a better and natural flooring alternative that offers distinct results unfitting for the cookie cutter world.

Easy to Maintain Bamboo flooring is relatively low maintenance – with regular sweeping and mopping, you can keep it clean and looking great for years. All you need is a mild soap or a vinegar-water solution to mop the floor with or if you want to level things up, you can also use a specific bamboo floor cleanser.

Durable Some certain types of bamboo can be remarkably strong and durable. In particular, when properly harvested and processed, natural and un-carbonized bamboo can last as long as hardwood floors, while strand-woven bamboo can be far harder than that.

Stylish Although similar to hardwood in appearance and feel, bamboo flooring still has an exceptional flair – not to mention, a sleek finish – that fits well to a clean and modern aesthetic. Its contemporary appeal has the ability to elevate any space almost instantly.

Variety Another benefit of bamboo flooring is that it comes in a wide range of styles and colours. A natural bamboo is light yellow in colour, but when carbonized, it lends a darker colour to the floor. Stained bamboo, on the other hand, can be made to create abstract streaks in different shades.

Refinishing Potential Over time, bamboo floors can become discoloured, dented and scratched, creating bumps and crevices. But, it’s comforting to know that the surface can be refinished whenever needed, providing a new and even look to the flooring again.

Pest Resistant Bamboo  is naturally immune to insects thus, bamboo floors generally don’t require pesticides to keep the residence free of ten

NOTE: Bamboo is resistant to water due to the polycarbonate coating applied otherwise it will respond the same as any timber floor.

Price The sustainability of bamboo allows the material to be priced considerably lower than traditional hardwood floors, making it a cheaper option for budget-wise re-modelers. It is typically priced at $60 – $80sqm  per square foot. However, you have to take note that cheaper isn’t always better, so it best to do your research first.

Bamboo Floors in Living Room

Disadvantages of Bamboo Flooring

Prone to Scratches 
Although durable, any type of bamboo flooring is susceptible to dents and scratches. Sharp objects such as heeled shoes, furniture legs and pet nails can scratch the floor, as can the dust that accumulate in the floor. But, as mentioned earlier, the damage can be remedied by refinishing the surface.

Water Damage Potential When under normal conditions, bamboo is as water-resistant as traditional hardwood flooring. But, it still is a natural material and prolonged exposure to moisture can result to warping, discolouration and mould growth.

Sensitivity to Humidity In the same manner, bamboo floors can be vulnerable to environments that are too dry or too humid. Dry air can result to shrinking of the bamboo planks while humid air can plump them up. Either way, the planks will likely crack and split.

Potential Lack of Hardness If bamboo isn’t allowed to fully mature before it is harvested, the flooring will be soft and non-durable. Likewise, darker bamboo planks are typically softer, as the carbonization process they have gone through can weaken them structurally.

Style Limitations Although the contemporary look of bamboo is the factor that makes it an ideal option for most homeowners, it is the same trendy vibe that may reduce its versatility in interior designing. Its aesthetic appeal may only be suitable to modern aesthetics.

Possible Toxins Emission Low quality bamboo floors may potentially contain high levels of toxic chemicals. In most cases, the adhesive used in the manufacturing process can release VOCs or volatile organic chemicals, which over time can contribute to air pollution in the surrounding.

TIP: To ensure the safety of your family, purchase from a manufacturer that sells low-VOC products.

Lack of Grading System Most of the natural building materials available come with a grading system that rates the quality of the product. However, there is not an established grading system to rate bamboo floors yet, so there’s a higher chance that you mistakenly purchase poor quality planks. To avoid this, it is crucial to do your research on the brands you consider.

Is Bamboo For You?

Both the list of the advantages and disadvantages of bamboo flooring can go on. However, you can reduce the risk that often comes with opting for this type of flooring by responsibly selecting high-quality bamboo for your floors and maintaining them properly. At a time where the construction industry produces 40% of all global waste, natural materials are the most sustainable way to build and decorate your home.

If you’d like to discuss your residential or commercial projects with House of Bamboo Design Consultants, call 1300 665 703 or chat with us online at houseofbamboo.com.au 

Traditional materials meet modern design

A growing trend in the world of architecture and design over the past few years has seen organic pole bamboo elevated to new heights. From Europe to Asia, industry leaders are turning their attention to reimagining how we view and use bamboo in the modern age. This is especially important as we look towards building and supporting global initiatives that will adapt to ongoing climate change concerns.

As a result, bamboo is taking centre stage in a range of commercial and residential builds in new and exciting ways, by using a combination of contemporary technologies and traditional techniques.

Ceiling Design

Through the clever use of pole bamboo suspended from the roof, designer Nattapon Klinsuwan has been able to both connect and divide the different serviceable areas in this Bangkok hair salon. Using a layered approach, the ceiling waterfalls down to ground level, helping to define the space and create a warm, welcoming feel. This design also addresses interior styling considerations, as the space is complete without the need for interior design additions.

Experimental Design

Not one to be confined by traditional design and structures, Realrich Sjarief from R A W Architecture created a whimsical, dreamscape design for a residence in Indonesia. The design separates the steel plane truss roof structure and uses thousands of bamboo poles to make up a three-story building. The hero of this project is the curved façade, featuring multiple columns of bamboo, some fanning out towards the sky in a cathedral vault style. The curved nature of this design is replicated inside, which is also made entirely of bamboo.

Architectural Screening

The use of pole bamboo in screening and fences has been popular for decades, however, now the full extent of its design possibilities are beginning to be explored. Wallflower Architecture + Design have recently used pole bamboo screening as a beautiful functional design element to wrap around a residential abode in Singapore. Not only is bamboo screening adaptable for Singapore’s tropical climate, but by using it in this way, the residents reap the benefits of filtered light and air flow during the day, and stylish privacy at night.

Structural Elements

Traditionally bamboo has been used to create low-cost homes in mainly rural areas, and recently high-end designs at the other end of the market, however, Malaysian architect Eleena Jamil believes bamboo should be seen as a ‘modern and everyday construction material just like bricks, steel or concrete’. Her proposal is to use bamboo to build permanent and comfortable contemporary homes in suburban areas by incorporating bamboo into the entire structure of her bamboo terrace homes. This includes using it for load bearing walls, balconies and roofing in an aesthetically pleasing and economical way.

Do you want to address design and privacy issues in your home but don’t know where to start? You may want to begin by choosing the right material. In this case, a bamboo privacy screen could be your best choice. Here are some of the reasons why.

 

Choose Bamboo Privacy Screens

 

1. A Bamboo Privacy Screen is Sustainable

Compared with hardwoods, bamboo is easier to grow. Since it is actually a grass and not wood, it is easier to grow bamboo after it is harvested. Bamboo materials used home improvement projects can be easily regenerated in a shorter time.  It is environment-friendly so you can improve your home’s design and privacy without worrying about the environmental impact that your choice may bring.

 

2. Blocking Off Areas is Easy When Using a Bamboo Privacy Screen

With bamboo, you’re sure to get the privacy you need whether you’ll use it outdoors or to separate rooms inside your home. There is a wide selection of bamboo privacy screens and you can find those that are spaced closely to completely block views. There are also bamboo privacy screens that are designed to allow air and light to still pass through.

Some examples of bamboo privacy screens that you might want to check include:

 

3. Bamboo Privacy Screens Won’t Limit Your Design Preferences

Bamboo has a natural charm that can easily blend well or even enhance any theme or design. Aside from its natural colour, there are also bamboo privacy screens with a wide variety of stains. With these options, you’re sure to meet your design and customisation preferences while getting the privacy you need.

 

4. A Bamboo Privacy Screen is Low Maintenance

With a bamboo privacy screen, you won’t be burdened with high maintenance costs. You can make the most of it to improve your home’s design and privacy while keeping maintenance costs low.

Here are some of the basic maintenance tips for your bamboo privacy screen:

  • Perform regular inspection to check for links that need to be tightened or posts that need to be secured.
  • For a bamboo privacy screen that uses metal brackets, inspect for signs of corrosion. Treat with a lubricant to prevent the formation of rusts.
  • Stain or seal the bamboo privacy screen upon installation to increase its durability.
  • Restore the waxy layer of a bamboo privacy screen by adding a sealant that can bring it back to life.

5. Bamboo is the Less Expensive Choice

Aside from sustainability, a bamboo privacy screen is a more affordable option. The materials are inexpensive. Aside from that, it requires easy installation so you can finish your home improvement project on your own, and there are ready-made bamboo privacy screens that can be set up without using expensive tools or requiring skilled help from contractors. Overall, this means greater savings for you.

 

ALSO READ: Extend the Life of your Bamboo using these Bamboo Maintenance Products

 

In Conclusion, design and privacy are two important aspects that you should look into along with your home improvement plans. When deciding on what material to use, choose the one with the most benefits and can complement your design ideas well. A bamboo privacy screen has the advantages that can serve your needs and even last you a long time with proper care.

Are you looking for a bamboo privacy screen? House of Bamboo has a wide selection of products for your home improvement needs. We’ll help you find the right material that meets your requirements. Contact us today to enquire or to place an order.

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