Curved cladding using Timbercrete bricks on the entrance wall
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Curved cladding on # 3

If the cladding on our third home is like a jigsaw, then the last two pieces are in place.  Adding curved cladding to the front entrance wall and around the dining room window completed the puzzle.

Timbercrete curved cladding at the front.

It’s an understatement to say the front entrance to the third home is unusual.  During construction, there were questions. Visitors would ask, “What’s going on with the height of that wall?” and “Where’s the front door?”

It might not jump out in the photo, but the entrance wall is another of David’s signature curves.

Front entrance wall waiting for cladding
Bare front wall waiting for cladding.

Something new is exposing the rafters under the roof line.  The timber enhances the entrance wall, instead of hiding away in the finished construction.  To me, the roof soars above the entrance, slicing into the sky.

Exposed rafters highlight the soaring roofline.
Exposed rafters add a splash of colour underneath the roofline.

We chose Timbercrete to provide a curved cladding surface on the wall.  The light colour and rough texture contrast with the honey colour of the reclaimed timber board and batten cladding on the adjacent wall.

By now, Simon and the Eastern Brickworks crew were old hands at building Timbercrete walls, curved or not.  Like all the best walls, the foundations and lower levels have to be exactly right.

Work starts on the cladding at the front entrance
Timbercrete cladding taking shape as the brickies work their way up the wall.

Over a couple of days, the cladding rose steadily towards the exposed rafters.

Timbercrete cladding reaches the top of the wall
Cladding reaches the junction between the wall and exposed rafters.

Finishing the top of the wall proved to be a challenge.  The circular saw worked overtime as the brickies cut bricks to fit precise locations along a curved line running in amongst the rafters.  Their attention to detail is obvious when looking at how the wall joins the roof.

Timbercrete bricks fit neatly around the exposed rafters
Timbercrete blocks fit snugly around the rafters.

Eye-catching entrance.

Despite ongoing construction, the entrance wall stands out, just as we expected.

Curved cladding using Timbercrete bricks on the entrance wall

Once the coast was clear, I added a couple of coats of silicone water repellent (Timbercrete blend) from Grimes and Sons.  The sealant adds a protective layer to help keep the bricks in good condition over the long haul.

Coating Timbercrete cladding with sealant
Sealing the bricks was my contribution to the entrance wall.

Curved cladding around a window is another highlight.

David spent a while pondering how to clad the wall around the dining room window.

Many options for cladding the curved wall with the dining room window.
What cladding option would enhance the curved wall outside the dining room?

We tossed around a variety of options but eventually settled on using reclaimed timber board & batten for this section of curved cladding.

Installation began with a hand-crafted curved sill to connect the four straight window panes.

Curved wooden sill connects the four straight window sections
Curved sill hints of the curve to come.

And then it was on for young and old.  A wide selection of timber shapes, sizes and lengths definitely gives the cladding a rough-hewn feel.

Readers with sharp eyes will notice the bottom ends of the boards aren’t a uniform length. No, the lads didn’t forget to cut off the extra wood. That’s a design feature, not a design flaw.

Reclaimed timber used as board and batten cladding
Continuing to be playful with timber used for cladding.

Embracing variation ensured David used the maximum amount of timber from the old house in the third home.  Nothing usable went to waste. David carted any leftovers away for storage to use in his future projects.

The finished timber curve stands out between the neighbouring sections of recycled steel roof cladding.

Meanwhile, on the inside.

Although the outside work grabbed most of the attention, things weren’t standing still on the inside.  More details about the internals next time. 


  • Anne

    March 13, 03 2020 10:19:20

    Looking rustically fabulous! That curve is a great feature, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the new entrance every time you come home.

    • Libby & Howard

      March 15, 03 2020 08:21:29

      Thanks Anne – getting closer and closer to the finishing line now. We’re looking forward to seeing the house and landscaped garden combination.

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