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40687 Ravensbourne House

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March 2023


From datedkitchen to welcoming

family zone with SterlingOSB Zero


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When architect Daniele Sini bought Ravensbourne House with his partner, he was unimpressed with the poorly constructed, dingy, single-storey kitchen rear extension built for the previous owners. "We have young children, so we set out to transform this part of the house into a family room," he explains.


The challenge for the family was that having spent most of their money on the house, they had very little left in the budget for remodelling the kitchen. To keep costs down, his practice,AU Studio, decided to retain the existing steel structure, added a new sliding door, new flooring and new external cladding.


When Daniele turned his attention to the interior finishes, he wanted something that would be robust and withstand the wear and knocks created by young children, while still looking good.


Daniele usedWest Fraser'sSterlingOSB Zeroto provide a durable finish that would also add natural colour to the kitchen walls. The boards are 18mm thick, making it easyto neatly mitre the corner junctions. "I liked the texture of OSB and its warm colour variation; this is emphasised by the morning sun to give the space a warm glow," says Daniele. "I also liked that SterlingOSB Zero is robust, but primarily I liked it because we were looking for something that was cheap because our budget was so tight," he laughs.


To make it easy to keep the walls clean, the SterlingOSB Zero was sealed and finished with a coat of clear fire-retardant paint to prevent surface spread of flame.


SterlingOSB Zero has also been used to finish the part of the ceiling where it conceals soundproofing fitted beneath the upstairs bathroom.


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"It was a small project, but it involved a lot of thought to make the most of the space and exploit what we've got to the best effect," says Daniele. "For me,this project was about using clever design to overcome the constraints in order to make the space fit our needs on a very limited budget." SterlingOSB Zero certainly helped Daniele achieve his objective.


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