Dulong Estate is the epitome of sophisticated design. The modern home was designed by Chris Morrison of Morriachi Architecture. With the homeowners passion for horses a key influence, the design uses natural-looking materials such as wood and stone to seamlessly connect the home to the surrounding estate and its iconic stud features.
Influenced by two of Cemintel’s most versatile products, Chris chose Cemintel’s Barestone and Edge cladding to bring his design to life. Cemintel’s Barestone is a sleek, smooth concrete cladding, designed to seamlessly connect to the surrounding environment. Its raw stone finish is suitable for both interior and exterior façades and can be a statement in itself, or a subtle backdrop to enhance design elements.
Cemintel’s Barestone was used for both the interior and exterior walls of the home, creating a smooth transition from the outside to within. “Barestone creates an eye-catching facade without dominating the design. The open plan layout connects the interior and exterior of the home to the surrounding estate,” says Chris.
One of the key points of inspiration was the black tar fences that envelope the fields. Chris wanted to extend this character element to the home. Edge Cladding is a creative cladding solution that added clean sleek lines and finishes to the home’s stunning luxury design. “We really wanted to bring elements of the stud farm into the home and create a striking contrast to the Barestone cladding. Edge is a versatile and durable alternative to traditional weatherboard, which we painted a deep black to emulate the woodgrain texture of the stables and the black tar fencing,” says Chris. "By lining the Edge cladding horizontally and vertically across the awnings and window frames, it adds dimension and a subtle texture to the exterior facade.
For builder Butch Barrett of Barrett Constructions, Barestone’s prefinished panels that could be cut on site were a major advantage to the efficiency of the project. “Barestone is a great product to work with, and cutting the panels to create the shadow lines gave it a sleek, modern look. We cut the panels onsite to ensure a perfect fit. Barestone is prefinished, which adds real value to the project by reducing costs. Using lightweight, easy to install products like those made by Cemintel also means you don’t need as many people for the installation; allowing us to keep project costs down,” says Butch.
In subtropical Queensland, the weather can be unpredictable, with extreme heat and wild storms all year round. Barestone is designed to weather naturally, blending seamlessly with its environment. Edge is manufactured from advanced, lightweight fibre cement, which resists shrinking, swelling and cracking in all weather conditions. The benefit of fibre cement is it’s low-maintenance ventilated cavity structure that helps reduce heat transfer and facilitates air flow, providing improved thermal performance for the home.
Fibre cement is also designed to meet nature head-on. Each panel is coated in Ceminseal® water block technology which repels water while maintaining the natural appearance of the fibre cement. “With rain and water penetration a challenge in sub-tropical Queensland, we had to ensure we used a durable product that would repel water while allowing air to flow freely. Fibre cement was the most effective solution. The warranty guarantee that Cemintel provides was also really important for this project, given the range of weather conditions that the area is exposed to. The durability of both Barestone and Edge gave us the peace of mind that the structure would stand the test of time,” says Chris.
For Chris, using different Cemintel products allows him to create diversity and contrast in his designs; the products have become a key part of his material selection. “I just love how the Cemintel cladding solutions blend so well together to create really unique designs. Cemintel products will feature heavily in a number of my upcoming projects,” concludes Chris.