Jarrah Feature Wall - Strawbale House Build in Redmond Western Australia
We have some internal dividing walls in gyprock, but were adamant not to have more than one such wall per bedroom. All the bedrooms in the house except the Bush Room had three straw walls anyway, and in these the single gyprock walls will be distinctly coloured to make them features, and used for hanging photographs and wall art. For the Bush Room, one of our two farmstay rooms, Sue had plans for an unusual feature wall: Rough-cut jarrah facecuts from the Redmond Sawmill, many with natural tree curves and bark - very cool. The rawness of this wall is wonderful. We just nailed it up like weatherboarding, getting our first circular saw use practice at the same time. The wood smells fabulously earthy and has saw tooth marks from the mill in places. It's got the feel of a pioneer hut and blends so well with the plastered straw (which we still need to do two coats on in here). Sue was ecstatic! We both dislike the overly perfect, industrial look of modern houses and want to have more natural materials and finishes in the house.