How do I... articulate walls?
If you don’t want the outside of your home to look bland and boring, what can you do to easily add a bit of ‘zing’?
|If you don’t want the outside of your home to look bland and boring, what can you do to easily add a bit of ‘zing’?
While one option may be to spend days painting the walls a funky colour, or weekends in the garden trying to create a look-at-me landscape, what many people don’t realise is that they can easily make their home a lot more interesting by simply ‘articulating’ the walls.
And if you’re not a builder or architect, we don’t mean pronunciation when we say ‘articulate.’
According to Design Build Homes’ Jason Middleton, articulating is the breaking up of plain wall mass with design or materials to make it more aesthetically pleasing… put simply, it makes large blocks of walls less boring. This can be done within the walls themselves, or by using different materials.
So how can you give your home the finishing touch through articulation? Jason runs us through three simple steps to follow when articulating double-storey walls:
1. Evaluate where you need to articulateYou’re going to want to articulate any large block of plain walls that look boring and could do with a little something extra to make them beautiful. Most people will only really need to articulate walls that are front facing and are visible to the outside world, but you can do it anywhere.
2. Break up the wallArticulation essentially involves dividing walls into panels, so sketch out how you want to break up your wall into panel modules according to your own individual design.
3. ApplyAfter you’ve decided how you’re going to break up into panel modules, you can start applying the material you have chosen to use to articulate the walls. Ideally you’ll have chosen something that contrasts with the existing wall – there’s really not much of a point if you’re not going to make it that different!
Jason used Scyon™ Linea™ weatherboard and Matrix™ cladding to articulate the two-storey external walls on a recent project in Hawthorne, Victoria. Cladding with Matrix cladding and Linea weatherboard helps articulate walls by providing steps in the wall line and face, which gives a change in the material and texture of the wall.
What products should I use?Jason recommends choosing products and materials firstly based on their design and how they’re going to fit in with the wall you are looking to articulate.
“Preferably the products used will provide a good contrast to the existing wall,” he said.
For the Hawthorne project he recently completed, Jason used Linea weatherboard and Matrix cladding, products he chose for their cost-effectiveness, maintenance and the texture they provide. Jason advises anyone who wants to articulate their walls to seriously think about using lightweight materials if they want to get the job done effectively.
“This type of design could not have been done without lightweight products. Not only would expensive support structures be needed, the look and feel you can achieve with lightweight materials like those made from Scyon™ is great,” he said.
Matrix cladding gives you optionMatrix cladding is the perfect choice for articulating large walls due to its ability to be used in a variety of ways.
It’s really a series of square and rectangular panels with an expressed joint in between which you can lay out in a number of different patterns. Each sheet has been factory-sanded to give a flat, smooth finish ready for painting. Fast and simple to install, Matrix cladding is the commercial look without the commercial price tag.
Jeet St LuciaJason also used Hardie products to articulate the walls in another one of his projects in St Lucia, Queensland.
HardieFlex™ sheet was used to clad the walls externally and to line the eaves. A tough, hard-wearing, low-maintenance flat sheet that makes it easy to achieve a smooth, painted finish, HardieFlex sheet is both light and easy to work with as well as long living and low maintenance.
Linea weatherboard was again used to bring versatility and smooth visual appeal to the outside walls, and the residence was constructed on Lite Steel Beams on the lower floor due to challenging site conditions.