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Colorbond steel helps to blend with local environment and be within building guidelines

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Builders and architects along Victoria’s Surf Coast are turning to Colorbond steel to create wave-like roof lines to tie in with the coastal environment and keep within tough local building regulations. 

One great example of this is The Sands, Torquay, a luxury estate situated on an 18-hole championship-style golf course designed by Stuart Appleby. It includes a 25m lane pool, gym, tennis courts, bar, restaurant, club house and hotel. 

Located 2.7km from the centre of Torquay and next to its main beach, the new integrated golfing lifestyle development features 400 architecturally-designed homes, all with roofing made from Colorbond steel. 

When designing the development, architects and builders were required to keep within the Surf Coast design guidelines, using roof lines that conveyed simplicity and distinction, facades that used light, shade and texture and using lightweight cladding. 

These restrictions led developer Handbury Group to recommend that roofing made from Colorbond steel be used on all buildings in the development, including the club house. 

According to Handbury group, their key aim when designing The Sands was to establish a high quality coastal landscaped environment, where the buildings became part of the landscape rather than dominating it. Also, they had to ensure that each home remained within the Surf Coast design guidelines, so recommended the use of roofing and cladding made from Colorbond steel across the estate as it is lightweight and ties in beautifully with the coastal look of the area. 

When building in coastal areas, using a material that embraces its environment as well as keeping within building guidelines is often tricky.By using a product such as roofing made from Colorbond steel, the homes at The Sands retain a strong coastal theme that really encapsulates the area without overshadowing it. Also, the wave-like shapes of the roofs and unusual wall claddings show just how flexible steel is to work with.

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