Cladding helps deliver a bespoke award-winning signature home

Sanctuary 28
Williams Group
Paul Uhlmann Architect

Building on a block that had a number of challenges, the clever use of space, design and building materials including Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding by James Hardie, was key to delivering a sensational urban oasis. This unique house exemplifies custom builders, Sanctuary 28’s, ingenuity and craftsmanship and is turning heads in the central sought-after suburb.

Located on two of Broadbeach Waters’ best streets, is home to a luxury showstopping house that has won an award at the Master Builders Gold Coast Housing Awards 2020 – Display home category over $551,000. The Corner House was built to showcase to homeowners what can be achieved on even the most challenging sites, utilising innovative building materials, such as James Hardie’s new fibre cement exterior solution, Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding.

Built by custom builders Sanctuary 28 and designed by leading Gold Coast architect Paul Uhlmann, the residence is a nod to mid-century modern design and features a sculptural, stepped white façade. The combination of , Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding  and timber acting as both a buffer and key element to create a peaceful resort-inspired feel.

“The site had a number of challenges – so the clever use of space, design and technologically advanced building materials from James Hardie was key,” says Sanctuary 28 Director Don Cotterill.

The overall style of the house incorporates clean lines and pared down yet innovative design, with a focus on quality building materials inside and out to accomplish the prestige home. Externally, delivering the modern looks that more than half of homeowners want*, Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding wall panels offer a fine texture already embedded in the surface, providing a modern minimalist look, with a uniform finish, in line with the contemporary design of the house.

Built for tough Australian conditions, each panel is beautifully consistent, with clean lines and subtle V-joint making the product distinctive.  The smooth, natural sand texture diffuses light giving a matte appearance, adding to the overall minimalist style and providing long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities for homeowners. The cladding can also be paired with a suite of designer accessories for horizontal joints and corners to add individuality to a house design.


Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding panels are made from fibre cement and require lower maintenance than traditional cement render, are easy to install, resistant to damage from moisture and comes pre-sealed and can be finished simply with two coats of paint in any colour of choice. Opting for a low-sheen paint will help bring out the matte look assisted by the texture.

Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding is perfect for renovations, alterations and additions where contemporary clean lines and pared-back aesthetics hero the simple, bold forms of the design possibilities, and can be used in bushfire zones, having bushfire attack level requirements to BAL40.

“One of the reasons we highly recommend James Hardie is because they offer a complete system, so you don’t have to chase additional products to complete the job. Their technical team is always available and assisted us on choosing the best product to make this a comfortable, architecturally designed, modern home that people will enjoy living in and that suits their lifestyle, which is what we always strive for.”

“For us, the goal was to create a building that was quite interesting as you come around that corner, utilising technologically advanced building materials that offered ease of installation and a cost effective yet durable solution,” says Cotterill.  “I think the Corner House will be a signature home for the area.”

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