The underside of our front balcony looked fine but was lined on plain old plasterboard. Nothing wrong with that right? - correct!. However, a wander through Bunnings and a "clearance" sign on some interesting timber flooring inspired a project. Sure you can buy laminated timber look flooring but after all its just a picture printed on plastic and stuck on MDF. Well this "special" was actually engineered Australian timber (Real Timber on 4 ply veneer - so it was actually timber and the construction was stronger and 12 mill thick verses just 8-9 mill for most laminates. It was also light and rigid which means it doesn't sag like most laminates. The system was tongue and groove so so easy for overhead installation verses most laminates which a some sort of "clip lock" which in fine for flooring but near impossible for overhead installation.
Most of the higher end Metricon display homes have the underside of two story verandas lined, but of you ask the price you quickly are satisfied with plaster. So this project costs around $350 to DIY and probably takes up one and a half days. Hardest part is cutting out down lights and security camera holes. The part finished effect looks great and theres nothing quite like the look of natural timber.
It's not quite finished but heres the progress so far.
Finally Finally Finished
You know what they say "the first 90% of the project takes 90% of the time and the last 10% of the project also takes 90% of the time. The cut in's and horizontal cuts took hours but it's all done! see below:
Now there's some inspiration to timber-up other parts of the house. Here are some interesting wow treatments of the Wolesley residence by Mckimm in Brighton. don't quite have the budget for this... but it's are great inspiration nonetheless