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All the charm of yesteryear with a durable weatherboard finish

Posted on October 27th 2018

Our Laila design offers a modern take on the classic cottage look

The elegant period-style design of our Laila home is proving popular with clients throughout Victoria. From the smaller plots of Melbourne suburbs to the spacious acreages and corner blocks of rural towns, the Smarthomes Laila design is very much in demand as a modern yet authentic take on the Australian cottages and homesteads of bygone years. Smarthomes have been building custom and standard home designs for clients throughout Victoria since 2007. We specialise in period-style designs and build around 25 homes each year, with most homes being completely custom built and also adapted from our range of designs to suit each client’s needs. Owner Travis Robbins is an experienced second-generation builder and he’s committed to ensuring every one of his projects is designed to match each client’s lifestyle and built to exacting standards.


Beautiful details deliver traditional character that’s in demand

When it comes to building their dream home, many owners want a property that has the visual interest and craftsmanship of a period style. And that’s why Smarthomes designs are so popular. “Modern designs are too minimal for many of our clients,” says Robbins. “They’re looking for the details and the look that reflect the quality and charm of a character home – things like the fretwork, weatherboard cladding and verandahs with turned posts and corner brackets. We offer them a complete design package that’s in keeping with their traditional taste, incorporating modern materials to keep both costs and maintenance to a minimum.”

Scyon LineaTM: a weatherboard finish that’s safe, durable and easy to maintain

The weatherboard façade of the Laila design is a really essential ingredient for creating an authentically retro look. But using real timber boards just isn’t a viable option in modern times. For most of us, a home is no longer a place where we want to spend hours on maintenance tasks like sanding, priming and painting timber cladding.  We’d much rather be relaxing and catching up with friends on the verandah. Even if homeowners were keen to spend hours up a ladder to protect their timber boards from the elements, most areas of Victoria are too prone to the risk of bushfires for real timber to be considered as a cladding material. “The vast majority of homes we build are in areas with a bushfire attack level of at least 12.5,” says Robbins. “To meet this standard in our projects, we just don’t have the option of using real timber cladding. Scyon LineaTM is an ideal substitute because it’s 16mm thick giving it a really solid finish that looks just like wooden boards. Made from fibre cement composite, it has the fire rating we need to comply with building regulations and standards. And because it comes from Scyon Walls, it’s a product both trades and customers trust as being high quality and they know they can rely on that 25-year warranty. It delivers the right look, it’s going to last a long time and it’s a very cost-effective option that’s easy to work with.”

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External paint colours: (Scyon Linea)

Builder: Smarthomes


For a further look at the Laila Display, check out the following link:  Laila Display

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