Bennett House shows concrete cladding ‘stands the test of time’

Bennett House is the stunning new home designed and built by leading residential builder, Neil Hipwell from Futureflip. Designed to meet the homeowner’s brief, functional family living was at the core of each meticulously considered decision.

The house was built on a generous block in Strathfield, Sydney, utilising James Hardie’s newest technologically advanced exterior building material, Hardie™ Brushed Concrete Cladding, and is a masterpiece of contemporary design and craftsmanship.


With the embedded texture reminiscent of softly-brushed concrete, James Hardie’s latest fibre cement cladding, Hardie™ Brushed Concrete Cladding, gives a home’s exterior a finish that’s visually sophisticated, and dynamic to the touch. The new cladding is inspired by nature with gentle flowing lines and is the newest addition to the Hardie™ Architectural Collection, a curated collection of distinctive new fibre cement textures and profiles that take design versatility to a new level.

Bennett House by Futureflip was one of the first homes in Australia to use the new Hardie™ Brushed Concrete Cladding and as such, there were no reference points for Futureflip’s Neil Hipwell to share with his clients. However, as soon as Neil’s clients saw the sample, they loved the finish and wanted to use it on their home.

“We wanted to create a minimalist, box-modern façade so it was the perfect solution with its subtle texture it absolutely suited our clients’ low-fuss, low-key lifestyle,” says Neil. Helping achieve a minimalist façade to suit the box modern exterior home design, Hardie™ Brushed Concrete Cladding has been used across the majority of the exterior. “The fresh, flowing lines of Hardie™️ Brushed Concrete Cladding are ideal for creating modernist façades with interest, giving exterior warmth that’s both clean and uncluttered. This texture transforms with light and proximity, creating a crisp, smooth appearance from a distance, but unexpectedly detailed on a closer look,” says Neil.

“One of the most important things for any home is exterior curb appeal,” says Neil. With the versatility to use standalone or combine with other profiles, Hardie™️ Brushed Concrete Cladding is suitable for ground floor and mixed-storey applications, so you can make modern without the constraints of traditional building materials. The cladding can be used to give homes a grand entrance or to elevate an outdoor space.

Budget considerations are a must when building, and apart from delivering a minimalist look, “cladding can easily be used across large surfaces making it a fast and cost-effective solution to use on the majority of the build,” said Neil. The fibre cement panels also come pre-sealed and ready to paint, giving the homeowner the freedom to choose any paint colour.

The Hardie™ Brushed Concrete Cladding on Bennett House by Futureflip was painted white with Wattyl Solagard’s Invisibility Cloak to bring light into the home. “It bounces light around the south facing property and sends light into the home in the areas we want it, like the living and dining and the hallway, said Neil. “It’s a consistent, seamless and minimalist look from the understated interior to the exterior.”

Well thought out modern design embraces open plan living and bridges the divide between the interior and exterior, creating an extended, cohesive space. While the interiors look generous, the house still manages to feel relaxed enough to accommodate family living. Sleek geometry defines the inside space, resulting in a fresh and clean sensation throughout the home. Statement architectural features, such as the stunning fireplace, and polished concrete flooring, are layered throughout the interior in a palette of fresh white and soft grey, juxtaposed with striking timber detail, while oversized windows and sliding doors enable natural light to flood the downstairs living area, maximising the connection with the outdoor space.
Showcasing what’s possible when designing a dream home, the Hardie™ Architectural Collection is a collection of curated cladding combinations that stand the test of time, embrace the endless design possibilities and enable homeowners to build modern homes from the ground up, with confidence.

The Hardie™️Architectural Collection combines renowned product performance of James Hardie’s existing exterior cladding portfolio, with new distinctive textures and profiles, to transform the way Australia builds modern homes. The collection includes Hardie™ Brushed Concrete Cladding, Hardie™ Oblique™ Cladding and Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding, as well as well-loved products Axon™ Cladding, Stria™ Cladding, Matrix™ Cladding, and Linea™ Weatherboard.

Hardie™ Architectural Collection offers durability, design versatility, and reduced complexity. The Collection’s distinctive textures and profiles can be painted any colour and combined for personalised looks, while only one supplier and one trade is required for installation with no need for brickies, renderers or specialist trades. Hardie™️ Architectural Collection products are resistant to damage from moisture and termites and are deemed non-combustible in accordance with the NCC.

Via James Hardie Australia

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