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Nature & Home Design
Trees and plants work like evaporative cooling systems.
They absorb heat during the day and in the evening they lose moisture with the evaporation from leaves.
This cools the surrounding air. This works well in a courtyard – or the atrium (pictured)
The tree in this courtyard is deciduous. In summer it will bush out, giving lots of shade in the hot summer months and in winter when the leaves drop, it lets the sun through.
Also, with North Fremantle being so close to the sea, the atrium provides a natural area that isn’t shaken by the elements. It’s wind free.
You can keep your windows and sliding windows open all the time.
We use natural raw materials inside and outside the home.
Accoya (wood) cladding throughout gives the home a nice, raw feel.
Locally sourced materials
Today, there’s more of an environmental push towards using local materials. An added advantage of using local products is that you can get things quicker.
Granite & Marble stone tops
Specific, coloured granite or marble stone tops come from overseas.
We usually import tap ware from Europe. It’s not economical to make these items in Australia. Whilst there’s a transport cost, the scale of production keeps the costs down.
Rammed earth is popular in SW Western Australia
Rammed Earth is very much an Australian thing. It’s used in the Southwest of Western Australia and Margaret River in particular. It provides a simple, quick and easy way of building structures.
It is a fantastic insulator which works well in climates (like down south) where there are big temperature differences. It can absorb heat in the day ready to release on a cold night.
Supply Issues due to COVID-19
Currently, there’s an issue with aluminium and powder-coating aluminium. In the old days we just used a silver mill finish, but everything is mostly powder-coated now.
The biggest wait was for Equitone – a dense, fibre cement. When used as part of a ventilated rain screen cladding system or rear-ventilated curtain wall facade, Equitone panels allow air to circulate behind the cladding, keeping moisture, mold, heat, and frost away from the building.