Using timber in your home adds a sense of luxury and sophistication, unrivalled by any other material. From cabinetry to flooring or even entire rooms, timber is a versatile choice for any new home or renovation project.
However, as a natural material, each timber species has unique characteristics and therefore will suit different functions. For example, some types of timber are softer and flexible, while others are hard and more durable, better suited for long lasting flooring or decks.
When designing a home that draws upon timber, it’s important to consider the design intent and suitability of that timber for the desired application before making a final decision. You should also understand how your timber is going to weather over time and how it will react to certain environments – after all, you want it to remain looking as good as when you first installed it.
So, what exactly should you consider when selecting the timber for your home?
The first major thing to think about when it comes to your timber selection is: can you afford it? Obviously, the price will depend on how much timber you require and how expensive it is to both install and maintain. If you’re looking to cover an entire floor surface, make sure your budget allows for this much material and any labour costs involved. If you’re opting for a smaller feature, you may be able to splurge on a slightly more expensive timber.
Is it flexible and soft or hard and durable?
Before you make the final decision, consider where the timber will be placed and whether it can be soft and flexible or if it needs to be hard and durable. If it’s for a cabinet or furniture frame, you could consider a hardwood like a spotted gum or a hard maple whereas if you’re crafting a timber floor, you might opt for something more hard-wearing like blackbutt or Tasmanian oak.
Colour is important when it comes to the overall look you’re hoping to achieve in your home. If you’re seeking for a bright and open feel, you could consider a lighter beech timber; whereas if you’re after something warm and cosy, a darker timber like a cherry or dark walnut may suit your design.
One of the most important things to know about timber is that it moves and absorbs moisture. It can also dry out in hotter environments. All of these things can be compensated for through correct detailing, however.
It’s all very well to select a timber that you think will suit the design of your home, but how readily available is it? Choosing a timber that’s rare or hard to get your hands on can add time to your project and blow out your budget unnecessarily. To ensure your project is completed on time and within budget, have a chat to your builder before making the final decision on your timber.
If you need a hand selecting the right timber for your home, get in touch with the team at RJ Hill Homes. Our team has over 20 years’ experience in helping clients design and create their dream homes. Find out how we can help you today!