Refined, beautiful, natural

2 July 2021

New Zealand residential architecture is dominated by the use of timber, both as an exterior cladding and joinery material, and for internal detailing — and there’s good reason for that. It has long been favoured by architects for its renewable properties and its versatility.

Dryden WoodOil was used in the 2021 Rural Home of the Year, Hill to Horizon House, to striking effect; here, creating a beautiful hue that fits perfectly into the setting of champagne golds and pastel purples.

However, achieving the most striking results, maintaining timber’s natural beauty and extending its longevity, is a process that takes skill and knowledge. Specifying the right timber combined with the most suitable treatment is paramount — something the architects who designed many of this year’s winning Home of the Year projects know too well.

The decision to use Dryden WoodOil is twofold: it is a natural way to protect timber, as well as introduce colour, or to protect it and allow the timber to silver off naturally while retaining the beauty of the natural grain and texture.

Dryden WoodOil was used in the 2021 Small Home of the Year, Feather House, in internal and external applications.

Specifically designed for New Zealand conditions, Dryden WoodOil is a deeply penetrating oil that utilises an ultraviolet, stable fungicide. WoodOil’s water-repelling properties prevent the absorption of water deep into the timber, reducing warping, cupping and splitting of timber, ultimately extending the life and natural beauty of timber — in interior and exterior applications.

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