It’s fair to say we’re a little obsessed with using James Hardie’s range of cladding in our homes and not just because it looks damn hot.
We’re massive fans of exterior cladding on our homes but we love to use cladding to add texture and interest to otherwise plain walls internally too. We’ve used it in living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, laundries and bathrooms and there are plenty of reasons why we’ve chosen fibre cement products by James Hardie, rather than timber or craft wood panels, for all of these applications.
The thing that sets James Hardie’s range of cladding products apart from the crowd is the product composition. The products are made from fibre cement, meaning they are resistant to moisture and rot damage and won’t swell, shrink or warp like timber can, making the products suitable all different applications, including wet room applications.
We’ve now built two homes in bush fire zones (House 8 & House 13), which required BAL rated materials to be used for the exterior. James Hardie cladding was the perfect solution, as the fibre cement composition stands up to these stringent requirements.
Additionally, fibre cement is durable and lightweight, meaning that our Trades love these products too because they are quick and easy to install– so that gets a big tick from us too!
We think Hardie™ Groove Lining is a more traditional choice of cladding which looks fabulous if you’re renovating or building a classic coastal or Hamptons style home. The 100mm width gives more lines and detail than the Axon™ Cladding 133mm profile.
In House 13, we chose Axon™ Cladding 133mm Smooth internally for a slightly more modern look with less groove lines. And it’s safe to say, we’re in LOVE! We love the versatility of using it on walls, ceilings and splashbacks to jzoosh up otherwise plain surfaces.
We just can’t get enough of a good thing so, once we’d decided on Axon™ Cladding, we used it anywhere and everywhere we needed some more glorious texture! Let’s take a look how we used Axon™ Cladding throughout the house…
Laundry – because of its water resistance, Axon™ Cladding makes a fabulous splashback. We used it in the laundry and it’s the perfect pair with the Talostone engineered stone benchtops for both good looks and durability.
Kitchen – we used Axon™ Cladding for another splashback, this time in the butler’s pantry.
Pool House bedroom – a full feature wall is always a winner so we added one to the bedroom to add character to this room.
Pool House living room ceiling – we wanted to make a feature of this small ceiling area and Axon™ Cladding was the icing on the cake.
Boys’ ensuite – for the first time we used Axon™ Cladding on bathroom walls and we’re totally digging this look! The walls are a whopping three metres high in this bathroom and Axon™ Cladding adds much needed texture to what would have otherwise been plain Jane plasterboard.
Upstairs Study – we used the Axon™ Cladding to line and highlight the window nooks and carried it down the half walls too. We love that Axon™ Cladding is so versatile it can be used in different spaces to create different vibes, in this case it complements the styling to up the masculine feels of the room.
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