If you didn’t know that House 13 was nestled on the border of the Australian bush, you would swear that the sprawling property was a walk along a hot footpath from the beach. Achieving that Hamptons inspired coastal look – no matter the location – was all in the details for the build by Three Birds Renovations. And their latest project, featuring James Hardie’s range of versatile fibre cement products, used board and batten to create the ultimate relaxed, coastal vibes.
To achieve a cohesive board and batten look, the team used Hardie™ Flex Sheets and Axent™ Trim by James Hardie. Both products are made from James Hardie fibre cement, making them durable, reliable, and ready for whatever the hard Australian elements bring.
Put simply, the board and batten siding style is created by joining wide vertical boards (sheets) with thin vertical strips (battens) to cover the seams. Three Birds used the Hardie™ Flex Sheet, combined with Axent Trim, to create their board and batten look. The result is a look that Lana describes as a “relaxed, coastal holiday” with luxe resort touches.
“We also used Axent™ Trim around the windows to create a chunky feel,” she says, completing the coastal feel of the exterior finish.
The humble origins of board and batten siding began in the United States, when farmers were looking for a more efficient alternative to traditional log cabins. They were inspired by Scandinavian buildings that were assembled using inexpensive and easy-to-assemble approaches.
Now, it’s a leading design style with a versatility that can work in tandem with other textures and approaches. For example, Three Birds also used signature Linea™ Weatherboards on House 13’s pool house to keep in with the holistic coastal style.
When building the house, the Three Birds team knew that they needed to choose materials and products that not only looked good, but allowed them to build smarter and build to last.
“Using James Hardie cladding means that you get the look and feel of timber, but with the durability of fibre cement, which means it’s resistant to rotting, warping, splintering, termites and it’s really paint friendly,” says Lana.
The board and batten style helped Three Birds Renovations successfully pull off a coastal, relaxed design for House 13. And using fibre cement, which is made for Australian conditions, means you can love where you live longer.