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Channel cladding brings 1970s home back in style

There’s nothing better than coming home after a long day, stepping into your own little paradise and forgetting about the worries of the day. We love it so much that there’s a new trend for external makeovers as the alternative to moving.

Matt from Clough Construction recently bought a 1970s three bedroom bungalow, and transformed it into a modern four bedroom house with different roofing levels and features to turn a few heads.

As the house was to be 40% render and 60% cladding, timber was going to be a prominent feature of the new house, so it had to be perfect. Siberian Larch and Western Red Cedar were shortlisted due to their longevity and stability, but Matt settled on Western Red Cedar as he felt it gave the house a warm and inviting appeal. The natural colour variations in Western Red Cedar also provided an extra feature in the new design.

For contemporary buildings channel cladding is the clear favourite, and another trend for using a mixture of board widths is being favoured in very modern designs. Channel cladding creates a bold shadow line that showcases the face of each board and adds an extra design element to any contemporary build.

Cedar cladded garden building 1970s bungalow before Western Red Cedar slatted screen fencing Sansin Harvest Gold Tongue and Groove cladding Western Red Cedar cladding internal cladding Cedar TV cabinet

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Continuing with the modern design, Matt used the cladding internally for the ceiling of the covered patio and even made a TV cabinet from leftover boards.

Any timber performs best when it’s finished properly, even if you want it to weather to a silvery grey. Matt wanted to keep the timber as close to the natural colour as possible and chose to have the cladding finished in Sansin SDF Harvest Gold tone.

Matt chose to have the cladding sanded and factory coated by Silva Timber, so the cladding arrived on site ready to install having had the correct amount of stain applied to all sides of every board in factory conditions. Not only did this save a great deal of time not having to prepare and coat the boards on site, it also ensured that the cladding received the best protection possible before it was exposed to the elements.

The finished result is a world away from the building Matt started with, and shows how a little creative vision goes a long way.


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