Wall Panels and Finishes
wall panels are clad with a high quality fiber-cement board, manufactured
by James Hardie, Inc., that can be finished with paint, plaster,
acrylic texture finish, ceramic tile, brick, real or cultured stone
Hebel Block lightweight concrete architectural features
are used to simulate quoins on the corners of this house.
Three distinctly different exterior wall finishes can be achieved
with the Building System:
1) "Sierra" fiber-cement board is painted
locally for a modern wood house appearance that has a vertical wood
texture. The vertical panel joints are weather-sealed with a P.V.C.
joiner strip that has the same finished appearance as the joints
between the vertical- plank pattern of the fiber-cement board. When
this completed wall surface is painted the panel joints disappear.
This is the least costly finish available.
2) "Hardie-Tex" fiber-cement board is a smooth exterior
fiber-cement board that is finished locally with an "UltraTex"
acrylic texture render (modern plaster), applied in a four-step
process by experienced masons. The panel joints are supplied with
a recess that is finished with a fiberglass tape embedded in an
adhesive acrylic masonry compound. A colored bonding agent is then
applied to the smooth wall panel surface with a paint roller and/or
brush. The colored acrylic render is applied with a trowel for a
variety of textured finishes. Two coats of a colored waterproofing
sealer paint that contains a mildewcide and fungicide is applied
to the textured render coat. The complete system is provided with
the component packages as an optional extra. When completed, the
exterior of the house is indistinguishable from a masonry home with
a plaster finish, except that the UltraTex finish is a better quality
new technology product. It does not crack like conventional plaster,
is supplied pre-colored to the builder's specification and comes
with a ten-year warranty.
3) "Hardiplank", a horizontal plank with a finished appearance
that is very similar to clapboard siding, can be applied to the
exterior wall panel surface to achieve a traditional wood house
style. It attaches to the steel studs of every panel with galvanized
clips that secure each plank course below and correctly space the
plank course above. The planks are supplied in 10' or 14' lengths
and come in a variety of smooth and wood textured patterns to achieve
almost any architectural style.
When completed, the exterior of the house is indistinguishable
from a traditional wood home. The fiber-cement planks are an excellent
improvement over their wood counterparts because they are water,
termite, fire and rot resistant. They won't shrink, warp or crack
and therefore hold paint better than wood planks.
Many other exterior and interior wall finishes can
be achieved easily such as brick or stone entries, ceramic tiled
showers, wall-papered rooms or even marble walled bathrooms. The
fiber-cement board on all the wall panel surfaces can be treated
like a smooth masonry surface when considering the attachment of
Roof Design and Finishes
are many attractive roof designs that can be utilized on all these
buildings such as: - Gable, Half Gable, Hip, Dutch Hip, Polynesian
Style and Veranda Shed Roofs A wide variety of architectural styles
can be achieved by combining hip, gable and shed roofs on one and
two story designs to suit the local architectural aesthetic.
Three distinctly different and attractive roof sheeting
profiles that come with factory applied paint coatings and are guaranteed
for 20 years: - BHP "Zincalume" Colorbond Steel in a six
rib trapezoid profile and four color choices - Colorcote "Zincalume"
Custom Orb in a standard "galvanized" profile and 40 color
choices - Besalon "Zincalume" in a tile-like profile and
40 color choices There are many attractive colors to chose from
and all the roof accessories such as the gable and hip ridge caps,
gable end caps, screws and washers are color matched to the sheeting
Ceiling Design and
galvanized steel roof trusses can be ordered with either flat bottom
chords or with cathedral bottom chords, which have a slope of approximately
five degrees, rising from the exterior walls to the center of the
truss. The standard materials supplied for sheathing the underside
of the bottom chord is a 10mm long span gypsum board with screws,
paper tape and gypsum compound for finishing the screw holes and
joints. There are many other choices of ceiling sheathing that can
be utilized to achieve different effects such as: - Fiber-cement
board with a stucco or "popcorn" finish. - Wood planks
or tongue and groove boards that can be painted, stained or pickled.
To add another dimension to the ceiling treatment,
the following materials are used: - Non-structural rafters and beams
can be attached to the ceiling after the sheathing is applied. -
Tray or hip ceilings can be created with support members attached
to the wall panels and the bottom chord of the trusses. The sheathing
is then applied to these custom ceiling support members. Internal
soffits, drop ceilings and valences can also be created with this
local architectural styles can be achieved by embellishing this
Building System with accessories and attachments that can be locally
supplied or included in the component package. Several projects
have employed a variety of custom wood accessories attached to their
windows, verandas and roof gable ends to add a special architectural
flair that creates an aesthetically pleasing look that is consistent
with local architectural styles. We have also employed locally supplied
stone walls, arched beams, elliptical windows, wood shutters, plastic
lattice, fiber-cement and polyester columns to add flair to many
projects. The possibilities are endless and are only limited by
the imagination. Most importantly, the accessories added to the
structures can be employed without compromising the engineered strength.
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