Renovating with Scyon

14.09.17

When visitors are checking out our new house they will often comment on the set up in the photo above. We basically pushed out the entire house by knocking down the old back wall which was heavy on the eye with tiny windows and old red bricks. The job was quite a minor one in the grand scheme of things, but it made a huge impact to our little home, and the way we live. What you see above is basically used as our main dining room, especially when the weather is warm. The new deck is undercover making it handy to barbecue even when it’s raining. I remember my builder asking me what material I’d like to build the new back wall with, as replacing old bricks with new bricks really didn’t excite me. He told me to check out the Scyon ™ range of cladding as it’s a product he loves to work with, not only is it resistant to damage from termites, rot and fire, but it can also be gun nailed and is easy to cut – like timber. I was immediately drawn to the Scyon Linea™ range. The fibre-cement wall cladding with it’s deep shadow lines is perfect to create a classic/coastal look in the 180mm width, so as soon as I saw it, it basically became the exact look I was after.

The cladding comes primed, so painting is a breeze. I remember the day our painters arrived I switched at the last minute from wanting it all black to going with an all white direction. I’m really happy with this decision in the end, it especially stands out at the front of the house. We replaced the very dated porch surround and it improved the facade immeasurably, really popping out from the newly painted black bricks.

The wide custom made louvre windows frames that were installed in two aspects at the back of the house only added to the updated coastal feel of the place, and opening them to get a breeze in to the house on a hot day has proved to be really nice.

On a more technical level, why choose Scyon Linea weatherboards? The dwelling will maintain its integrity and general appearance significantly longer than timber. Some timber is susceptible to cracking over time, which in turn can lead to shrinking or warping. Linea will resist shrinking and hold paint longer than wood, and can also be painted dark as well as light colours (it’s recommended timber should never be painted dark).

We also chose to use the Axon™ smooth cladding for the deck ceiling, a look we adapted from walls that we had cladded inside the house.

I must tell you another big reason I chose to work with this range of cladding, which took on a contrast away from the standard bricks…It’s because I have plans/dreams for a second renovation. It is years away, but our plan is to add a storey on to our little house…adding two bedrooms and a third bathroom upstairs for the teenagers, and reconfiguring the bathroom and babies room downstairs to create a parents retreat. I have a vision that this second storey will all be created with the Scyon Linea cladding. A modern box shape with big louvre windows – which will contrast against the original 60’s brick house…I hope you can see where I’m going with this? I’m positive it will be beautiful!

Need more inspiration or info? Visit scyon.com.au to discover new looks for your home and learn more about cladding options.

Briar x

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