Project Update :: House on the Hill :: Recycled Ironbark Posts

"How about this one? It's got lots of history.

All those rusted rivets and plates - aren't they gorgeous?"

Luckily my fabulous clients also get excited about such things.

They needed too. 

We were stomping around the largest timber recycling yard in Melbourne,

hunting for timber posts for the House on the Hill front porch.

And look what we found.

Posts from an old railway bridge, nearby the gorgeous part of rural New South Wales, where one of the client's grew up.

We loved the linkage. The posts were about 150 years old,

cut from ironbark trees which would have been that age again or more.

They have just been placed into position at the front,

forming a welcoming sentinel for visitors.

To the left of this ironbark post is a rendered planter box.

It will be watered from the rain chain to be installed above it,

fed from the porch roof.

The shiplap cladding you can see to the left of this image is Silvertop Ash,

which will be allowed to weather to a soft silvery grey.

Soon the posts will have copper up/down pillar lights attached to them,

to highlight their rugged beauty.

The porch floor has been laid with Western Australian limestone in a French Pattern.

(Which has also been laid to the floors of the wet areas internally.)

It happily melds with all the timbers in the building.

But to me, these recycled timber posts are the stars of the show

- and because they come with a provenance attached,

it's like a little "welcome home" every time the owners walk up those steps.

images :: blue fruit