Treetops House

Treetops house was built in 2010 fronting the Arakwal national park on Tallow Beach in Byron Bay. It's owned by a couple who bought the land from Oasis Resort and, while it's situated within the resort, it's privately owned by the couple who use it as a holiday home.

The beautiful building is a winner of the Excellence in Housing awards 2012 and Best use of Timber. It uses mainly recycled red ironbark, bluegum and grey ironbark sourced from locally salvaged timbers and is exemplary in that it was designed using wood in a bushfire-prone area.

All the external timber used in the project was chosen for its ability to withstand an extreme bushfire attack with special consideration in the use of substantial amounts of recycled timber. From a list of species (allowed under AS 1359-2009), locally sourced red ironbark was chosen as the most appropriate and attractive timber to use for the external cladding and all the door and window joinery. Recycled wood, salvaged from a renovation of St Joseph’s School in Brisbane, was used wherever possible in the construction from the supporting beams through to staircases, balustrades and joinery. The timber flooring and other internal joinery was used because of their environmental credentials.

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