The Jetson house of tomorrow
Welcome to the future.
While it may look like something straight from The Jetsons, it’s not an artist’s impression. This house is right here, right now and was achievable thanks to a Sunshine Coast-based national company’s product and their highly trained tradespeople.
Rockcote, based in Yandina, worked in conjunction with renderers and fully qualified Rockcote master artisans, Render X’s Matt Jamieson, and Gold Coast Render Technologies’ Chris Porpep.
The products used included Rockcote’s cement, polymer-modified powder blend render externally, and waterbased, acrylic compound render inside.
Rockcote director Chris Cameron said it was one of the most exciting and innovative projects using their product.
“As you can see the quality of the products used and the external and internal finishes of the job have been absolutely critical to the success of the final product,” Ms Cameron said.
“Rendering took nearly 12 months and Rockcote render was used on all surfaces outside and inside the house with the exception of one timber-clad room.
“The home’s organic curves required a seamless, continuous render finish.
“This is unlike ‘standard’ homes where corners of rooms provide ‘stop points’ for render to finish.
“The incredible architecture and curved surfaces presented major challenges for the renderers which required creative thinking and innovative solutions for application – for instance, renderers used abseiling techniques for application and non-standard tools and trowels to complete the job.”
GCB Constructions director Trent Clark said he received the “one in a billion” project in late 2016, with construction starting in early 2017 and completion in August this year.
“The formwork for the offform concrete structure required GCB to engage specialised Movie World staff to produce a model for the foam egg-shaped formwork to be shotcrete,” Mr Clark said. “This extremely unique and challenging project required an intensive collaboration to rationalise the delivery methodology and buildability due to its ‘out of the box’ vision by our client.”
The private residence at 3-5 Tweed Tce, Tweed Heads, which has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, is made up of two “pods’’.
The living, kitchen and barbecue zones are in one pod, the sleeping areas in the other pod and downstairs is an exterior “moon’ shower.
The spectacular Dome House which is finished with Rockcote render. Rockcote director Chris Cameron (inset) said it had been an ‘innovation project’. Pictures: Rezolution Photography