First Impressions are all a Façade

– Written by Deb Saunders

It’s no secret that Aussies love a weatherboard facade. For me Weatherboards create a perfect coastal aesthetic that I absolutely love and can’t resist. Weatherboards are also very versatile and you can create a number of great looks. Anything from cottage, to coastal and contemporary is possible with the perfect selection of boards. 


Recently I’ve loved seeing the exteriors on The Block houses and I am really loving the use of Weatherboard reflecting each team’s individual style. To see 5 houses side by side using the same brand of product yet all looking so beautiful and unique is exciting and got me digging for more information! 

After a little research I discovered the teams are using CSR Cemintel. Cemintel have recently released an incredible new fibre cement weatherboard range called the Street Style Collection. The Block Heads have all managed to create beautiful facades that pay homage to each house and its particular character and style using different products from the range. This piqued my interest as I wasn’t aware there were so many choices so I began browsing the CSR Cemintel range of products. I loved what I found there. 


Cemintel are the choice of architects with their prefinished range and now home owners can have affordable luxury with the Street Style range.

In my eyes nothing beats the clean lines of a weatherboard facade and the flexibility of being able to paint the boards any colour you like. Dark and moody, white on white, grey and white to name just a few. There’s so many great combinations of colour and board styles to add your own unique flair and bring your home to life. The Cemintel fibre cement boards don’t shrink, swell or crack. They are easier to maintain than timber boards and hold paint for much longer making them a brilliant choice for any home. 


Here’s the part where I was going to pick a favourite Block House and share it with you but I really loved what all of the teams have done so let’s talk about it!

1920’s HOUSE 1  – Harry & Tash – Scarborough 


A striking white on white exterior is beautifully complemented by the clean lines of Scarborough Boards. I love this. It’s very eye catching and makes me want my own charming Scarborough clad white cottage! The timber fretwork enhances the facade and that arch window is a stand out. Overall I think this is a stunning look. Soft, subtle luxury. Who wouldn’t want to spend time pottering in this yard. 

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1940’s HOUSE 2 – Sarah & George – Headland


Sarah and George have successfully combined the Headland board which is a more traditional choice with a feature brick to create a varied look with texture and interesting detail. The placement of the tree by the window, the lovely front door and the grand entrance make this home look very impressive. They have used several different finishes here which could have been difficult to do but I think that they have tied it all together beautifully. I love the pops of dark through the bricks at the front picking up on the door colour and the deep natural dark tree trunk of that beautiful feature tree. 

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1930’s House 3 – Daniel & Jade – Balmoral


The Balmoral weatherboard makes an impact here and is a modern take on a classic style of weatherboard. It has a perfect grain which is very forgiving, hiding any imperfections. Balmoral is versatile and can be used across many styles. I think it looks very eye catching on Daniel and Jades house with the beautiful shadow line it creates. The light grey exterior colour and deeper  trims are beautiful. Lining the eves is a nice look and I love the modern outdoor furniture on the deck. A beautiful welcoming entrance. 

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 1910’s House  –  Luke and Jasmin- Scarborough


Luke & Jas have used Scarborough, it has a ship lapped profile with top boards overlapping the ones below to create a continuous flow. Their home has elements of traditional and modern design. I think Jas and Luke have created a superb exterior that is cohesive with their interior. I love the white and the use of natural coloured rattan furniture. The windows are also a standout but the boards are the defining feature of their facade.

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 1950’s House 5 – Jimmy & Tam – Balmoral and Edge


Jimmy and Tam are so good at infusing every one of their spaces with their own unique style. Their choice of Balmoral and Edge together really suits their house. With Balmoral offering the strong shadow lines and Edge cladding a sharp vertical v-groove as seen at the top of the house, it’s a great combination of two eye catching styles of weatherboard. There’s a lot to love here. The brick fireplace, pink door, fluted glass, cactus and gold door handle. All of the small details combining for overall impact. Details make a difference! 

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