Private Residence, Oatlands, New South Wales

Market SectorResidential
CompletionMarch/April 2015
Project Value$2 million
ArchitectRoss Howieson Architects
ClientCapacity Pty Ltd
ProductUltraHome System - OPAL & MastaTape Universal

Opal lends itself to Hamptons-inspired Sydney residence

When it came to making design and product choices for his own home, builder Anthony Chidiac of Capacity Pty Ltd, had a particular vision and exacting requirements for the end result.

The project, in Oatlands in Sydney’s western suburbs, is a $2 million build, Hampton’s style home, designed with grand proportions and top quality finishes by Anthony Chidiac in collaboration with Ross Howieson Architects.

The house is a brand new rebuild of a two story home above basement. With a US theme throughout the design, the home is constructed out of masonry and concrete with rendered exterior walls and a US shingle roof.

The interior walls of pine stud and 10mm plywood sheets have been finished with Knauf's UltraHome System, comprising Opal plasterboard and MastaTape Universal compound, to continue the high quality finishes throughout the build.

“I chose Knauf Opal board for several reasons,” says Anthony. “The two main reasons were because it has a superior finish compared to other products available and a much better impact tolerance.” Anthony Chidiac, Owner/Builder

During the construction phase, Anthony has found that in addition to its excellent sheeting size, which reduces labour time, the boards are stiffer than other plasterboard sheets. This means that they are much more durable during installation and, therefore, there is less wastage due to damage.

“The installation method for the boards is the same as any other board,” says Anthony. “However, the high quality lining paper and the special jointing compound that is used for the finish adheres well and gives a much more luxurious end result.”

This special jointing compound, MastaTape Universal, has been formulated to closely match the texture and absorption of Opal plasterboard, creating a superior  surface for painting. When used together, these products make up the UltraHome system which adopts Level+ Technology to deliver the highest Level 4 Finish on surfaces.

In addition to the superior finish that the Knauf UltraHome system provides, Opal plasterboard has been designed to provide better soundproofi ng than other products available, is much more hard-wearing and is perfect for a well-habited family home.

“In future years I’m looking forward to having extended family gatherings at home,” says Anthony. “And the sound-proofi ng and impact-resistance will mean that the house retains its high quality feel as well as providing privacy and noise reduction.”