In the realm of construction, the choice of timber is an art form that goes beyond mere functionality. It’s about creating spaces that not only stand the test of time but also exude a distinctive character. Our construction company, specialising in timber ceilings, decking, and pergolas, takes pride in selecting the perfect wood for each job. In this blog, we’ll explore the fascinating world of timber choices, from squared Poplar beams for roof trusses to Sugargum pergolas and everything in between

1. Squared Poplar Beams: A Foundation of Elegance for Roof Trusses

When it comes to crafting roof trusses that redefine elegance, squared Poplar beams take centre stage. Their fine texture and straight grain patterns make them an ideal choice for achieving clean lines and structured designs. Whether your project demands a contemporary or traditional touch, squared Poplar beams bring a timeless sophistication to roof trusses, setting the foundation for architectural excellence.


Soetmelksvlei Homestead

2. Ceilings: Poplar or Iroko Tongue & Groove?

For a warm charm, our choice shifts to Poplar planks. Implementing these planks for tongue and groove ceilings creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. The natural variations in colour and grain of Poplar add depth to the space, capturing the essence of the Nordic aesthetic.

Iroko, a tropical hardwood renowned for its durability and resistance to decay, takes the spotlight when it comes to crafting tongue and groove ceilings that stand the test of time. The robust nature of Iroko ensures that your interior spaces remain not only visually appealing but also structurally sound, creating a harmonious blend of strength and aesthetics.

West Coast Villa				    Tankwa Farmhouse

West Coast Villa                                               Tankwa Farmhouse

3. Poplar poles and Spaansriet ceiling: Typical Cape Dutch ceilings

In some instances, we take the authenticity a step further by incorporating round Poplar poles for horizontal ceiling beams, complemented by “Spaansriet” bamboo ceilings, achieving a truly distinctive look.

De Mond Heritage Barns

De Mond Heritage Barn

4. Sugargum and Eucalyptus Hardwoods: Pergolas with a Rich, Dark Character

Pergolas serve not only as functional outdoor structures but also as visual focal points. Introducing Sugargum and other Eucalyptus hardwoods, chosen for their rich, dark colours that add depth and character to outdoor spaces. These hardwoods not only provide the necessary strength and durability for pergolas but also age gracefully, evolving into features that tell a story of enduring beauty in your outdoor haven.

Tankwa Farm House

Tankwa Farm House

5. Balau or Garapa: Decking That Defines Outdoor Luxury

Balau and Garapa, chosen for their strength, resistance to decay, and appealing aesthetics, are the preferred timbers for decking projects. Whether your outdoor space is a tranquil retreat or a lively entertainment area, these hardwoods provide the perfect foundation for decking that balances beauty with durability. The result is a space that invites relaxation and indulgence, with the assurance that it will endure the elements with grace.

Hermanus Villa

Hermanus Villa

In the world of construction, timber becomes more than just a building material; it becomes a storyteller, weaving narratives of elegance, resilience, and character. Our commitment to selecting the right timber for each application is a testament to the craftsmanship and artistry that goes into creating spaces that transcend the ordinary. From squared Poplar beams and planks to Sugargum pergolas, Iroko ceilings, and Balau or Garapa decking, each timber is a carefully chosen element contributing to the timeless beauty and functionality of the spaces we create.

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