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What is Engineered Timber?
Engineered timber is a whole industry of structural timber manufactured for a variety of purposes. Engineered timber comes in many forms from prefabricated stud walls, to flat plate floors and walls, cassette systems, CLT (cross laminated timber), LVL (laminated veneer lumber) beams, as well as a variety of other composite systems. The essential aspect is that it is part of a prefabrication process.

Can you explain some of these systems in detail?
Flat plate systems include CLT (cross laminated timber), which are timber planks stacked perpendicular, one on top of the other and held in place by glue. This forms a structural plate from multiple horizontally spanning layers. The system can be used to form walls and floors and a whole building can then be stacked up like a house of cards, which means very quick construction times. The other type of flat plate engineered timber is LVL (laminated veneer lumber) which uses plywood running in cross directions to build up thickness. Flat plate systems replace concrete slabs and in walls can replace load bearing precast concrete or blockwork.

1:(L) CLT (Cross laminated Timber) section. 2:(R) A CLT building under construction 

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Our residential extension in Northcote is nearly done! See pics below of the back garden facade and living room joinery.


Mel from our office has been working on a fun little project in Preston for friends of our director Paul.Here are a few images from site in recent weeks. Internal lining connections between the plywood and plasterboard are being neatly seen to by our builders at Famous Construction.

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A few updates on our little extension in Fairfield. Beautiful light play starting to take place internally. Glazing going in.

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As part of the Collingwood College faithful, Paul has been involved with the school community on various projects over the years. Most recently, this has involved the creation of a new Junior play facility at the north of the school grounds.

Showing her versatility, Mel donned the gumboots and got her hands dirty on site. Check out that craftsmanship!

Looked like a great day out in the sun for Mel and our builder Pete.

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Thankfully the recent wind did not blow away the framing on this project, currently on site in Melbourne’s northern suburb of Fairfield.

The framing and steelwork are beginning to tell more of the story behind the design.Site panorama 1s

Screens are going up, paint is going on, doors are being hung, it’s all coming to an end…

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Here’s a snippet of a job in Northcote which has just been finished. These photos, taken a little while ago, show the servery bench between the outdoor dinning area and the kitchen inside. The structure is integrated into the passive sun shading. The builder has done a great job, beautifully executed. (Builder: Make Make Constructions)

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Construction on Northcote Hill is progressing well. The views to the city are amazing!

Lock up is imminent!

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