Prominent or understated? As we venture through the process of researching, learning and understanding what materials and aesthetics are best suited to a design space for development, the combination of ideals, preferences and necessities become deciding factors in how we shape and utilise the environment, also the resources employed and how it all ties in together to create a magic, long lasting setting.
Choosing to display bold and perhaps audacious features such as beams, bearers and salvaged hardwoods can often be an easy decision for some; whereas the patient and careful intertwining use of smaller, natural materials like used 2.59 meter European hardwood railway sleepers with modern mediums and construction materials can be an intendedly slower and thorough process to encapsulate the look, feel and charisma an interior or outdoor revitalisation project can produce.
The amalgamation of small placements, finished surfaces, joins, fixings and weathering are some of the ingredients combined to create enchantment in living spaces, public projects and long-term installations. Enduring solidity and beautifully toned colouring of the red tagged mixed species European hardwood rail ties ensure the finer details and specifics are personified for years to come. Choosing to contrast or passively match building components such as bolts, screws & brackets becomes an aesthetically important, but easy choice to make.
2.59 meter rustic weathered, premium, used, untreated and naturally durable – these are the ideal compliments to any passive building and design looking to reduce a carbon footprint and have the uniquely warm character to suit.
An easy observation when we compare typical scales of carbon produced by alternative construction materials.
Seen here in these fantastic feature images
of stairs, landscape walkways and interior where a bland, generic precast concrete installation as an alternative would allow for 3.32m² of concrete per tonne of CO₂ emissions to produce, compared to that of a significant 5.95m² per tonne of CO₂ with natural and sustainable hardwoods; full of history and unlikely to be found in ones neighbour’s yard.
Only in nature does seamless transitioning and passive contrasts in colouration and character truly occur. The replication of these traits from such a successful entity such as Mother Earth, through re-usable & sustainably produced products and components is one step closer to attaining genuine success in any project and long term environmental awareness to boot.
Play a part, but also do it for yourself. Choose materials that reflect the installation and those using the space. Homely? Rustic chic? Quality.