Clever decking system provides low-maintenance solution for boutique apartments

Monday, 20 February, 2017 | Supplied by: Futurewood

When designing the Jade apartments in the cosmopolitan Brisbane suburb of Albion, architects made a feature of the communal pool and garden space between the complex’s four residential buildings.

The pool was designed to be a real focal point for the community, and the decking surrounding the pool needed to be safe, long-wearing and low-maintenance to meet the architects’ brief. Traditional timber decking was deemed unsuitable due to the high cost of maintenance that would be required for this application.

Hutchinson Builders were given some free rein to find the right solution, and began looking for a quality but cost-effective, low-maintenance decking.

FutureWood was chosen as the right company for the job, and met the brief using a solid CleverDeck 138 x 23 mm decking board in Saltbush colour. Normally, installation for the CleverDeck board would be made using the NewTech concealed-fix deck clips with stainless steel screws that are part of the FutureWood installation system. However, for this installation, Hutchinson preferred to face-fix the boards with regular decking screws, which was not a problem as the solid FutureWood boards can be face-fixed if required.

After negotiating, Hutchinson and FutureWood achieved an appropriate value proposition, allowing the right quantity of quality material at a competitive price to be delivered within the required short timeframe to the building site.

Installation went ahead according to plan and the entire project is now complete, with the apartments selling briskly.

FutureWood wood plastic composite decking, screening and cladding products are environmentally sustainable timber alternatives for both domestic and commercial projects. For more information about the products, call 1300 484 308 or email

Phone: 1300 484 308
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