The Merbau and Miniscreen Design Solution

Challenges involved in the project

  • The clients wanted a unique fencing design to highlight his property and also reflect the welcoming feel of the beautiful beachside town of Ballina.
  • They also had a particular budget in mind that needed to be met.
  • Over a period of nearly 5 months many suggested designs and features were considered but not moved on until a final decision was made to step outside the norm and install a design that highlights the wonderful interaction between timber and steel.

Products used on the project

  • The 1.8 metre high fence was constructed of 3 rail Australian mixed species dressed hardwood with alternating Lysaght Miniscreen both sides and Merbau batons spaced 10mm.
  • The fencing incorporated 90mm Australian mixed species posts with a dressed capping rail and sleepers below.

Outcome of the project

  • The completed project exceeded everyone’s expectations by not only achieving exactly what the clients wanted but by also surpassing what was expected visually.
  • The fencing has matched in beautifully with the existing surrounds and gives the feeling of brining together those wonderful attributes of the Northern Rivers of NSW of sand, sun and surf through an inspiring mix of colours captured in the mix of timbers and miniscreen steel fencing.

State of the Art Designer Town Houses Byron Bay

Challenges involved in the project

  • Installation of Hardwood timber screening at State of the Art Designer Town Houses Byron Bay.
  • Tight site access and working on top of other trades – 10 villas all had a pool that could not be filled till the fencing was complete.
  • All fencing interweaves – could not just finish one section at a time – had to be complete for pools to be filled. Having to construct all at once but maintaining access for other trades.
  • Working to finish levels that were hypothetical and varied significantly between villas.
  • The design itself of the fencing was complex with carpentry finishes down to the type of screw used (as we were fixing to powdercoated aluminium posts) to reduce electrolysis between screw and post in a highly corrosive coastal environment. The type of select species timber. The gap between slats to maintain pool compliance, all had to be 8mm, no more and no less. Having to work from the top down as all of the tops of the fencing they wanted level and in line but all the different sections had different finish levels. Approx 10 different units/sections.

Products used on the project

  • Australian grown Stringy Bark, locally powder coated aluminium posts.

Outcome of the project

Approximately 200m of, well executed and high end, pool safe Stringy Bark horizontal screening, delivered on time.

River View Hamptons Home

Challenges involved in the project

  • This project involved a high end new Hamptons home landscape design where the fencing needed to pay homage to the white and bright elegant homestead.
  • The pool itself featured a waterfall edge and the fencing required custom cut glass to follow the slope of the pool edge front pool area.

Products used on the project

  • Core drilled 2205 marine steel spigots with 12mm toughened safety glass.
  • Boundary fencing included Hamptons style PVC semi privacy fencing and gate.
  • Semi Privacy PVC Fencing with White UV stabilised PVC with protective titanium dioxide additives

Outcome of the project

  • A very happy client and a beautiful water view!

Lennox Head Winter Wonderland Poolscape

Northern Rivers Fencing’s task for this Lennox Head project was
to provide a compliant pool fence which would provide safety
for our clients and their young children, whilst maintaining the
earthy, minimalist desert inspired landscaping aesthetic.

We used 12mm toughened safety glass and 2205 Marine grade
Stainless Steel Spigots in Matt black.

Whilst the foundations for the pool were being excavated, volcanic
rock was hit which prevented the pool being installed at ground level.

The most challenging part of pool fencing and the installation,
is generally achieving pool compliance whist maintaining a
seamless aesthetic.

Pool fencing regulations are constantly changing and Northern Rivers Fencing really think outside the box when working with our clients to achieve a good looking, compliant pool fence.

EPIQ Estate Lennox Head

Hampton Style Automatic Rising Gates

Challenges involved in the project

  • The Hampton Style Automatic rising gates were to open inwards away from the street frontage and up a steeply sloped driveway.
  • The gates were required to open at different angles to one another and to open into different positions to maximize small parking area. This required modifications to the articulated arms on the motors, using an articulated arm with ball joint so the gate would pivot as it opened.
  • The client did not want a floor mounted stop and so a very strong magnetic latch was used to lock the gates in a closed position with a custom made mounting frame to ensure the gates did not disengage with pressure such as wind. The gates were then designed to self close and required safety beams in strategic positions to enable proper function.
  • The clients design guidance was very minimal with a Hampton style, double opening gate requested. The gate was designed from scratch. The client further required the automation have the capacity to link into their existing security system.
  • We worked closely with other trades to ensure that conduit and cable locations were properly located and installed beneath concrete which was being poured.

Products used on the project

  • In house designed and fabricated aluminium double gates (at our workshop in Ballina). Locally powder coated. BFT Italian Made Automation system with photo cells and with rising gate hinges.

Outcome of the project

Well designed, manufactured and installed project meeting and exceeding the clients expectations. The gates provided the security required while maximizing the usable driveway area.

We have installed a few of these gates

Hampton Style Gates by Northern Rivers Fencing in West Ballina, NSW.

Challenges involved in the project

  • Clients were not yet living at the property so a lot of over the phone and video calls. We also had difficulties with neighbouring properties due to boundary line disputes.
  • Conduits needed to be run with no access to roof cavities in the house, under gardens, and the video intercom placement was only able to be placed on a wall which the owner had specifically dedicated to a painting which could go no where else! A new location was found after much deliberation and by employing slimline conduits running below.

Products used on the project

  • Aluminium custom designed and made swinging gates
  • BFT Automation including video intercom

Outcome of the project

  • Stylish and functional Hampton Style Entry Gates.
  • When I went back to the property to take pictures, the clients arrived home and told me how much they love their gates and that the installation was just right that their miniature pooches couldn’t escape.

Custom Orb with Australian Hardwood project

Challenges involved in the project

  • The most challenging part of this work is to convert unique designs such as this into something that is also practical and affordable to build whilst still achieving the desired aesthetic.
  • LYSAGHT CUSTOM ORB® is not a standard fencing product in our area so we designed fixing methods and bracing so that the sheeting was secure and the structure sound.
  • We shared shop drawings and created 3D models for our clients so that we could make sure we were achieving exactly what they wanted.

Products used on the project

  • This fence provides an interesting timber and metal interchange with a dramatic contrast between man-made and nature.This unique design consisted of COLORBOND® steel in the LYSAGHT CUSTOM ORB® profile in the colour Monument®, one of today’s most popular colours fixed to Aussie grown hardwood posts and topped with Merbau slatting.

The outcome of the project

  • The end result was a beautiful and practical fence and an ecstatic client. KarIn was so happy with the fence and thanked us for going above and beyond, but that’s all just part of the service!

Custom made Automatic Rising Gates

These Hampton Style Automatic rising gates were to open inwards away from the street frontage and up a steep slope.

The gates were required to open at different angles to one another and to open into different positions to maximize small parking area. This required modifications to the articulated arms on the motors, using an articulated arm with ball joint so the gate would pivot as it opened.

The client did not want a floor mounted stop and so a very strong magnetic latch was used to lock the gates in a closed position with a custom made mounting frame to ensure the gates did not disengage with pressure such as wind. The gates were then designed to self close and required safety beams in strategic positions to enable proper function.

Design guidance was very minimal from our client with a Hampton style, double opening gate requested. The gate was designed from scratch.

The gate automation also could link into their existing security system.

We worked closely with other trades to ensure that conduit and cable locations were properly located and installed beneath concrete which was being poured.

 

Clarence Correctional Center

Clarence Correctional Center project by Northern Rivers Fencing in Grafton, NSW.

Challenges involved in the project

  • We were engaged by Clarence Correctional center to help find a solution for a nearby property owner to block out sirens and spotlights from newly constructed nearby high security correction center.
  • We used 3.6m high Barrier wall which required engineering due to the height which considered wind loads and soil conditions.
  • The footings were 1.2m deep and council attended at intervals to inspect the construction.
  • Lifting panels up to 5m high using crane truck.

Products used on the project

  • Modular walls Barrier wall
  • BFT Automation and Custom made solar powered sliding farm gate

Outcome of the project

  • A safe, secure property which felt like it was another world away from a high security prison.

Beachside Oasis

Beachside oasis by Northern Rivers Fencing in Lennox Head, NSW.

Challenges involved in the project

  • Dealing with a body corporate involves multiple clients, often with conflicting ideas and requirements.
  • Working within the realms of a highly visible location where street appeal is everything and council regulations are strict meant employing design aspects like glass paneling to ensure good visibility to driveway entrances.

Products used on the project

  • Modular Walls Trend wall with express joins
  • Custom made aluminum gates with frosted safety glass with key lockable door levers
  • Semi frameless 10mm toughened safety glass fencing for driveway visibility.

Outcome of the project

  • Private & tranquil courtyard Oasis’s in the heart of Lennox Head.

Bangalow Heritage Timber Fencing Project

I first met our client Jeff on a bright sunny day in Bangalow in the Byron hinterlands. Jeff detailed his seriously intricate specifications for his new fence to me and I quickly realised the level of fine carpentry skills required for the project. I also realised the exact team member to install the project – no one other then the business owner himself, Josh. 

As we walked around mapping out the layout, Jeff explaining to me the exact millimetre he wanted between the palings and facia board, the angle and length of the chamfer running down the Spotted Gum posts that we would later hand plane, the type of security screw we’d use to secure the post capitols; I knew we could pull it off. 

We sourced locally hand made woodworker gates and post capitols from Melbourne. Our supplier B&B Timbers laid out the timbers for us to choose from. We opted for pine palings as the carefully cut out palings tops couldn’t be done on hardwood. 

The project was full of surprises and of course changes, we had planned to face fix the rails to the back of the posts but the client didn’t like the depth of the post exposure so we recessed them with special brackets. Each rail was measured and cut to fit and the client would paint the rails and the cuts before we braced them between the posts. 

On the final day of the installation, I accompanied Josh onsite. As the business owners we are usually tied up in the office or are overseeing project installations but we relish in those moments where we get to work together onsite. It takes us back about 8 years to the time when Josh would install of our projects and I would go with him (in between my uni classes) to help nail up the fencing, or read out to him the programming guides as he wired up an automatic gate. 

When we finished the project felt like a master piece, wrapping around the heritage homestead. Our client loved the finished project and so did we. 

As I stood back and admired the fencing my mind went back to that first day I met Jeff onsite. He had explained to me the type of fencing company he wanted for the project, with the right skill set and understanding. I told him we had it, he replied “I believe you do”. 

That’s the very definition of job satisfaction.