There are four main goals you should consider stains or oil finishes for your timber home. protection, enhancement, maintenance and health.
Staining can help protect your timbers from checking, drying out and shrinking. Staining will aid the wood in maintaining its condition for a longer time period. It will also strengthen the wood's resistance to stains, odors and general wear and tear.
Oil finishes are also a great alternative to stains and can give extra moisture which will help, especially in dryer climates.
Stain and oil finishes enhance the wood's character, color and texture. When selecting, you can choose natural tones to enhance the natural color of the wood, which celebrates the tonal character of the wood species itself. Or, you can use a colored stain to change the mood and make it bolder while enhancing the grain patterns and its natural beauty.
Oil finishes are traditionally not colored due to the nature of the oil itself, but you can get some varieties with color added. This type of product can be great for embracing and revealing the natural aesthetics of the wood, and its ease of use.
Maintenance and Ease of Use
There are differences in the maintenance regime between oil and stain finishes. the benefit to a homeowner to using oil finishes is that they can maintain it with little to no professional help. With marks, scratches or stains oil can be used to just rub on one spot without noticing a difference between the old or new finish. Staining requires the finish to be applied to the entire timber to avoid problematic color variation costing extra time and money.
The ease of application of oil finishes are also an attractive feature in using them; most natural oils only require a single application. Whereas with stains, you will generally always require a minimum of two and sometimes up to three coats upon initial application.
Maintenance requirements will be dependent on how much the exterior of your home is exposed to weather, sunlight and extreme temperature changes. On average expect to have to do re application once every three years for exteriors.
Since a timber home has so much wood that needs to be stained, and much of this is on the interior of the home, we recommend using environmentally and health friendly stains or oils whenever possible. Minimizing the VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) levels in your timber home will not only help the environment but also will not pose any risks to your health. We recommend for anyone who suffers from lung problems or allergies to look into your options available prior to selecting stain colors or types. Be sure to do your research to keep you and your family healthy.
For more information on stain vs oil finishes Kevin Gray Interiors can help you make an informed decision for your timber home .
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What you need to know to make educated choices for exterior color selection of your timber or log home. How to avoid making mistakes and conquer intimidation !
For any exterior home development you need a solid foundation of cohesive colors and materials to establish the character and atmosphere of your property. But with a timberhome, the process can be a bit more daunting than a non-timber property.
This is because with a timber or log home, the timber/log elements appear on both the exterior and interior of the property, so the relationship and color flow of exterior and interior materials is that much tighter.
It is not a stretch to have between eight to ten different exterior materials on a timber home, so its important to invest the time to assemble a cohesive color and materials palette, that is thoughtfully considered.
Start by considering the context of your home; how your home relates to its surroundings and how that should influence your concept. Is it a lakeside home, mountain home, or city home? What are the usual natural lighting conditions in that place? And how will that affect colors?
rThe next priority is to select the color of the timbers or logs, building your palette around that. Find out from your timber/log provider if there are restrictions on the color selection they offer and ensure you know what stain brands they use. Will they allow you to select custom colors, or can they only be from manufacturers standard lines? This is important to know, because it can affect your construction budget for the timber component, and sometimes significantly.
We recommend establishing two or three preliminary options for your timber colour, and at that point you can then focus on the other materials and colors you want to include in the exterior finishes, gradually refining the palette as you go, eventually arriving at a desirable solution. This is a process that you should not rush - allow yourself enough time to consider various options and engage your spouse or significant other in the decision.
We highly recommend doing a color rendering on the architectural elevation drawings of your home before you instruct your timber builder or contractor to order the materials; This is important because it will more clearly show the relationship between one material to another, helping you better analyse your choices.
Try to render the colors as closely as possible to the actual materials, keeping in mind it will not be possible to make it exactly accurate. If done properly, it will be adequate to convey the mood.
We also recommend having physical samples of all materials made up and taken to the jobsite location so that you can see in reality how they look in relation to what is around them, and to see them in the lighting conditions at the jobsite.
If you still feel daunted or need a second opinion, it will be money well invested to get the help of a professional with experience in timber or log homes who can help you make informed choices.
From timber beam to window trims Kevin Gray Interiors can help give your timber or log home a unique and memorable character.
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Basic human instincts guide us all to search for a strong and secure shelter to reside in. On an emotional level the chunkiness and solid character of a timber frame home creates the sensation of an indestructible sanctuary, making us feel at home.
With a look like no other home the strong architectural characteristics of timbers encourages the use of vibrant colours and bold textures within the interior finishes. This is what fuels our passion and admiration for timber frame homes, because it allows us to help the client express their taste in a more definite way.
Just like each person is different and unique from the next person, so is every piece of timber. This means in a timber frame home the wood structure becomes the soul, creating a dominant architectural element from which every other element in the home is designed around. This allows the client to be creative and outgoing with the finishes to make their home truly custom to their individual tastes.
The bold characteristics of a timber frame home allows the designer infinite possibilities when adding beautiful craftsmanship details throughout the home.
As per the seating area image above a coffee table was required to match the level of character and feel cohesive with the thick timbers and vast openness of the space. The coffee table above was custom designed and made of reclaimed wood materials to reflect similar characteristics of the timber beams.
Rich finishes, like the ones in this powder room image create a unique ambiance which allowed for Kevin Gray Interiors to incorporate an antique tractor tire rim to be re-used creating an overall rustic and one-of-a-kind look which no one else has.
It is really important in a timber home to create a cohesive flow of colours, textures and materials which unite the exterior and interior of the home.
From concept to completion Kevin Gray Interiors can help make your space as rare and unique as you are.
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Kevin Gray is a residential interiors specialist, who has more than 20 years experience in the interior and architectural design industry.