• DIY timber basics


    The Block's Kyal Demmrich explains what timber should be used for different projects around the home.


    On the Block, timber was a massive feature in our apartment, just like in our own home renovation as well.  So there's a massive selection of timber species to choose from.  And we're here today to look at some of the different types of timber that you can choose for your next project.

    What we've got here is some Meranti timber typically used inside.  You could use it around a window frame or over a bulkhead, and with a clear coat of lacquer it'll really pop and highlight the grain.

    What I've got here is a typical hardwood peg, but in a different application, could be made into a nice little breadboard.  Just like the one I've got at home.

    Here we have some Merbau hardwood, perfect for a privacy screen or the decking around a pool.  Merbau is great because it's very dense very durable and it's a perfect timber to use.

    Now Pete, decks are so common these days.  What sort of different species are out there for someone willing to start their own deck?

    You've got your budget, from treated pine all the way through to the hardwoods, spotted gum, Merbau, brush box any of those different hardwoods.   

    What sort of advice could you give someone looking to do their own project for the first time?

    The big thing is to understand the different timbers, from internal and external timbers.  Treated pine, or untreated.  If you use your wrong timber outside it's not going to last very long.  And you just don't need to use treated pine inside.  Too much of an expense.

    So we've come a long way today with our wood.  Hopefully you've picked up a trick or two.

    Now it's time to get out there get into that project.

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    About the author

    • Kyal and Kara

      Kyal and Kara became the public’s favourite couple of The Block Fans v Faves series and caught the positive attention of the judges – winning multiple rooms. Their down to earth and friendly nature has made them crowd favorites and their skill and design flair has ensured some beautiful renovation results. As a young, enthusiastic, fit and healthy couple, they have an exciting future ahead.  

      Since The Block, Kyal and Kara have gone on to launch their own business, Diverse Design and Construct, and are working on various design and build projects around the country including their own renovation projects.

      Kyal and Kara Demmrich

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