Archive for the ‘Timber’ Category

Second coat of stain

Posted on: April 23rd, 2015 by Barley Store

With a second coat of dark stain being applied to the wooden floors, stairs and bench tops, the patterns in the ASH timber are starting to come into their own.
The stain comes from a dilution of stainless steel soaked in vinegar. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity though – it’s quite hard to apply uniformly, but Timber Care were a match for the task.


Wire-brushing the floors

Posted on: April 21st, 2015 by Barley Store

The floors received a (rather noisy) wire-brushing from Timber Care, which scrapes away any soft wood, leaving hardwood behind for durability and the smooth finish of floorboards.


Oils and wax

Posted on: April 13th, 2015 by Barley Store

Timber Care came and experimented with a number of stains. We finally settled on using the darkest stain for our kitchen bench tops and floors, which is made from vinegar and steel wool stain.
For the eco-plywood cabinets, Timber Care used a white diluted concentrate as an undercoat to ensure the oil wax did not yellow the colour of the wood.
After the stains, hard wax oil is applied to make the wood waterproof. This is particularly important for the bathroom, which has wooden benches. Unlike varnishes, the hard wax oil does not need to be sanded to be renewed.



Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by Barley Store

The crew from Just Stairs came around to install the hardwood stairs.
Just Stairs have worked with the 5×4 Team to first design and construct these three sets of stairs, working with hardwood timber that ASH supplied.
Once cut and shaped, the installation team from Just Stairs fitted these custom made flights whilst Grand Designs watched on.

With our small footage and tall height, these stairs are very important for the accessibility of the house, but also aesthetically, as they take up a almost a quarter of the space within each room.


Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by Barley Store

The hardwood floors from ASH were installed!


Exterior Cladding

Posted on: December 9th, 2014 by Barley Store


It was time for the pressure-treated exterior cladding from ASH to go up as the final section of our Wall System.

Long 5 meter planks were passed up the scaffolding to be nailed into place, interlocking each other to create the water-tight finish.


Meeting with Fishers Timber Preservation

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by Barley Store

Whilst on the topic of timber we met with Lew from Fisher Timber Preservation. We spoke about the different water-based pressure treatments for the hardwood, which treats hardwood to be similar to treated pine in terms of durability and weather proofing.


Read more on Fishers’s Timber Preservation at our Project Partners page, or check out their website.


Meeting with ASH (Australian Sustainable Hardwoods)

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by Barley Store

Whilst up in Drouin we met with Daniel Wright from our project partner ASH to discuss hardwood samples over lunch. We got a briefing on ASH in general, covering their sustainability measures and their process. We followed that up with a tour through the timber mill.

To read more about our partnership with ASH, please see their page in the list of our Project Partners, or their website at Australian Sustainable Hardwoods

Meeting with Timber and Truss

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by Barley Store

After a long drive up to Drouin, we met with Andrew and Paul from Drouin Timber and Truss about the floors, walls and windows for the 5×4 project. We were there to refine any variations to the prefabrication plans for the project, as we didn’t want pieces of the puzzle arriving on site that didn’t fit the rest of the building.

We ironed out any potential creases, discussed the installation process, and then wrapped it up with a tour of their warehouse.