There are countless reasons why we renovate. Kids growing up. Kids moving out. The need for something fresh. Wanting to stay in a great area, or wanting to make the most of your space. No matter the style of our homes – from bungalow to beach house, cottage to 70s chic – renovators are looking to create ground floor extensions or upper story additions that stay true to their home’s style. While giving it a modern twist, that is.
And today, more homeowners are taking up the renovation challenge. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, private residential alterations and additions approvals were about 617,000 in 2016. By April of this year, they had hit almost 949,000.
Using the right materials for your build can help you achieve your vision, while giving you more flexibility in the design process. Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding by James Hardie is a great option for renovators, to help successfully complete projects. Made from durable fibre cement, it stands up to the elements, with a modern look and clean lines designed to perform beautifully, by complementing Australia’s most loved home styles.
Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding also incorporates a range of practical features, making it a favourite of builders. It is lightweight and easy to install, and its reliability ensures the longevity of the new addition to your home – no matter the style.
A fresh take on the California bungalow
Ever since it crossed the Pacific, Australians have fallen for the ornate verandahs, gable roofs and deep eaves of the California bungalow style. So when renovating a California bungalow home, you want to preserve all of the features that you love by using a design that is sympathetic to the home.
A double-storey addition to your California bungalow stays true to the period style by maintaining its original features. Creating a ‘barn-style’ addition that sits above the sloping roof line means that you can nod to the existing style, while adding a new contemporary look. Using a lightweight construction material such as Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding means that the structural integrity of the building is preserved, while allowing flexibility, such as extra rooms, with the upper storey design.
Bridging a 60 year gap
The 1960s and 70s sensibility that informs the classic brick style homes of the period was all about space and function. Approaching your renovation in the same practical way means that you can focus on making the most of what you already have.
Rather than simply adding on a room to your brick home, you could open up the entire house by using Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding to create an extended entertaining space that connects to the outdoor area. When creating this modern look, toning down the busyness of your brick walls is key.
Recladding your brick home and using Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding for your extension means you can achieve a subtle, minimalist aesthetic. The smooth, natural sand texture adds warmth and diffuses light, giving your new home, renovation or extension a fine matte finish. The rendered design puts the focus on the building’s form, by allowing bold cladding features to stand out.
Bringing new benefits to the beach
Australia’s iconic beach shack brings to mind memories of sand-sprinkled decking, stunning views and open plan living spaces. The interior often incorporates a mid-century modern style, reminiscent of 1950s-70s European spaces, that allow for affordability and flexibility.
On the outside, beach shacks tend to be exposed to the elements, and updating external cladding with fibre cement means you can love where you live for longer.
By using Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding for your beach shack renovation, you are guaranteed durable and reliable protection from the elements including moisture, rotting, insects and fire with the cladding achieving a BAL40.
On the second floor the cladding can give a more modern take on the beach shack style, by eliminating the horizontal lines on the walls. Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding works well in tandem with other cladding styles, such as Axon™ Cladding by James Hardie. Their combination on the beach shack gives the impression of the home resting on a rendered solid base, showcasing the sturdier elements of the design.
From cottage to cosmopolitan
Renovating an inner-city workers cottage is all about injecting modern elements into a bygone era, through using eye-catching and daring new design techniques that showcase heritage.
Transforming your inner-city workers cottage into a double-storey space means that you can modernise and add contrast to the existing structure, while benefiting from extra space. And choosing the right material for your ideas can help to cut down that time, and get you back in your space sooner.
Using Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding for its lightweight construction means that it easily fixes to timber frames, which is perfect for a double-storey extension. The cladding is a favourite of builders, as it is quick and easy to install, and also arrives pre-sealed and ready to paint, saving you even more time on your renovation.
New builds: making a fresh start
Sometimes, it can help to start over by rebuilding your home, and this decision brings with it some unique opportunities. It allows you to redesign your home from the ground up, while retaining the best of the location.
Starting from scratch by using the lightweight Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding can help you make the most of what contemporary design can offer, as the modern box style can help your home gain some dramatic street appeal. Using these ready-to-paint panels allows the subtle render to help striking features such as cantilevers, clean lines and contrasting paint colours stand out even more.
The most important part of your home reno is enjoying the end result. Fine Texture Cladding is designed specifically for renovators of all house types, and choosing this material for your build means that you can plan a long life around your home in the years to come.