Sponsored by Kustom Timber
There’s no doubt about it; installing or replacing your floors, is one of the major expenses of any reno or build. But it can also be the biggest gamechanger for your interior! So when the chance for a genuine 20% saving is on offer, and from one of Australia’s most beautiful flooring providers, Kustom Timber, it’s a good idea to jump on it!
From forest to floor, Kustom Timber deliver an end to end turnkey service – a company first for engineered hardwood timber flooring specialists in Australia. Treading the industry boards (pardon the pun!) since 2013, they’re involved in all facets of the supply, install and preservation of responsibly sourced, FSC certified, premium European Oak for residential, commercial and hospitality projects.
While the sale, on until 31 December 2022, applies to supply only, the company can help you with every aspect of design, install and maintenance too.
“We choose the trees; we source the timber; we customise the product with a natural spectrum of in-house stains plus custom finishes; and with our specialist team, install flooring (including stairs) across the country,” says co-founder Mark Chaz. “Our job isn’t complete until our customers are expertly briefed on the maintenance and aftercare of our finished results.”
Based in Melbourne with showrooms in South Yarra, Mornington and now Geelong, co-founders Mark Chaz and Tristan Tiller bring over 35 years of combined industry expertise to the company. Mark gained his hands-on expertise in the family business installing, polishing and sanding floors, whilst Tristan, who oversees product acquisition – from sourcing through to production and delivery – comes from a buying background for Australia’s largest retail businesses. Forging relationships with major timber suppliers throughout Europe has enabled the company to develop Australia’s highest quality timber flooring range.
Kustom Timber offers five distinct collections with more than 30 unique shades and finishes. Unlike their competitors, these customised elements are devised in-house to maintain optimum consistency between colour batches and surface patinas with the option to create bespoke tones if requested.
Habitat is the largest, comprising premium European Oak available in four widths with shades ranging from beach house blondes to saturated mocha browns, while Como offers extra-long and wide floorboards for larger spaces. Peninsula speaks to the beauty of the Mornington Peninsula’s shores with a refined selection of timber washes, textures and knots articulating European Oak. Resonating with abundant pigment depth, Immerse features the most textural woodgrains. Finally, Atelier is an Italian timber range available in four pre-finished colours, as well as a natural raw clean grade timber which can be stained to set the tone, perfect for that custom project.
“The high expectations we place upon ourselves guarantee low maintenance for the end user,” adds Mark. “Every board is heat and moisture treated by our dedicated team and is scratch tested to ensure we use the perfect coating weight to guarantee peak performance prior to installing. Our honed polishing techniques add the finishing touch plus by utilising eco-conscious solutions, which enhance durability without toxic fumes, our customers can settle back in sooner.”
Designed specifically to weather Australia’s dry conditions, Kustom Timber floors retain their original foundation with minimal seasonal expansion and contraction thanks to the stability of their multi-layer plywood construction engineering and can be laid in myriad patterns. They range from plank, herringbone and chevron styles to more elaborate arrangements including square-on-square and basketweave motifs, amongst others.
Mark says unlike competitors, who only offer a 2mm surface, all Kustom Timber’s engineered boards are designed to have a 4mm veneer surface. “This gives our customers the same depth of timber above the joint as a solid timber board and allows floors to be refinished and restored the same way whilst using substantially less wood and reducing costs. For this reason, we can proudly offer a 25-year structural guarantee and a 10-year installation warranty for our flooring installations.”
You want to maintain your investment and keep it looking its best, so completing their suite of services, Kustom Timber also offer extensive care and maintenance packages – from professional cleaning and nourishing treatments to sanding, polishing and refining existing floors (including outdoor decking). They are also experienced in timber restoration including staircases, floors and wall panelling.
And they’re not just for Melbourne homeowners. Having established their reputation amongst Victoria’s boutique builders, architects and interior designers, in recent years Kustom Timber has solidified its offering to other states, particularly along the East Coast and abroad. Its internal team provides site measure and installation services as far north as Brisbane. Certified contractors collaborate with them for locations further afield unless clients specifically request their services.
Extensive remote support is readily available for those requiring services outside Victoria, including virtual showroom tours. Electronic brochures plus product samples with specific stains and finishes can be ordered online.
They strive to not simply to create products, but to comprehend the person who is going to use them. Sales staff with design-focused backgrounds have a thorough knowledge of the collections (timber species and colour ranges, plus oil and lacquer finishes that best compliment specific timbers) and can address installation queries through to maintenance advice.