Since purchasing their first apartment in Bayside in 2021, young couple Mac and Georgina have gradually improved and renovated their apartment.
As avid fans of Channel 9’s TV show The Block, they were inspired by Porta’s Contours timber lining product after seeing it featured on the show.
To explore the possibilities of the product, the couple followed Porta on Instagram and found more inspiration on Pinterest. Porta's social media pages showcased stunning images and projects that motivated them to use Porta Contours in their next renovation project: updating the aesthetic of their bedroom.
Research & DIY Videos
The couple entered ‘research mode’, learning about product options, the differences in species, and their aesthetic and practical outcomes. They found the ‘how-to-install’ videos and instructions on the Porta’s website particularly helpful, and they read up on the 'preparation and care' guide for the product.
"The 'how-to-install' videos and instructions gave us the confidence to do the installation ourselves.” Mac said.
The Porta’s website hosts a wealth of information that ultimately helped Mac and Georgina make the decision with their renovation. They were able to decide on which species of timber lining boards and their top three profiles that would suit what they wanted to achieve.
Ordering a Sample
After researching Porta’s website, the young couple ordered samples of three different profiles to help decide which profile to order.
“Ordering a sample from Porta’s website was easy. The samples arrived in three days which was great.” Georgina said.
Porta offers a complete sample service by filling out the online form with the profile selections and your delivery address, Porta will send out samples to assist in the interior design decision-making process.
After much deliberation, the couple settled on the ‘Shade’ profile in Tasmanian Oak for their renovation project.
“We chose Tassie Oak as we love the texture, colour, and grain of this species. We chose the Shade profile as we liked the shadow line between each ‘wave’ as it added depth and another dimension to the aesthetic outcome” the duo exclaimed.
Tasmanian Oak by Porta is exclusively made from timber from independent, certified, sustainable, and renewable Tasmanian operations. The timber is conditioned with potable town water, to stabilise the fibre.
The colourings of the species range from a straw colour to light reddish/brown. Natural variations in grain, colour, and texture are considered a characteristic of the species and are not considered a defect. Porta uses Tasmanian Oak in a range of timber grades as per AS 2796.2 – 2006. The core mouldings range uses a Select grade.
The Shade profile is inspired by the spectacular Hancock Gorge in Karijini, Western Australia. Porta Contours in Shade reflect the shadows cast into the depths of the valley below. With its consistent tongue and groove joint, Shade can be used in conjunction with any other Contours profile to create a unique design. It is also suitable for curved wall applications.
After selecting the ‘Shade’ profile in Tasmanian Oak, the couple placed a special order at their local Bunnings for the product. Ordering with Bunnings was a simple and efficient process, the product was delivered promptly and soon after the installation began.
The installation process was quick and easy. Every length was sanded, and two coats of Polyx-Oil by Osmo was applied. This clear coating protects the timber and gives the timber a lovely rich colour whilst bringing out the character of the grain.
To frame the wall, Porta’s timber DARs were used. The DARs were fixed to the steel frame through the plasterboard wall to ensure a stable frame for the Porta Contours wall.
Once the framing was complete, the installation of the Contours timber lining boards began. Porta Contours were installed to the framing with a brad gun. Porta Contours are designed for ease of installation with a secret fixed tongue and groove connection to make installation quick and easy as well as a visually seamless aesthetic as the result.
After measuring the wall and building the frame in place to fix the boards, the installation was quick with the focus ensuring the top and bottom ends of each board were aligned with the boards on either side and the shadow line gaps was consistent everywhere.
All in all, the installation process took one day from start to finish and the young couple is delighted with the outcome.
“The feature timber wall behind our bed is now one of the stand out features of our apartment and everyone who visits us comments on how stunning the wall looks.” The duo commented.
Overall, the process from start to finish was quick and easy. The young couple did preliminary research and ordered several samples from the Porta’s website.
After selecting the profile and ordering via special order at Bunnings, the duo got to work on the DIY project installing Porta Contours themselves learning from the video on the Porta’s website. Both Mac and Georgina were thrilled with the result, breathing new life into their bedroom.