We have been building solid timber homes in New Zealand and around the world for over 60 years. Over this time, the way we build has remained the same, with our patented aluminium profiles locking tongue and groove boards together to create durable, strong, low maintenance homes. While the basis of our proven construction system has stayed, many improvements have also been made to make Lockwood homes what they are today, warm, quiet and modern while maintaining the strength and durability our homes are famous for.
Caring for the exterior of your home
Due to the nature of the materials in a Lockwood, they are very low maintenance homes. But maintenance and care of your investment are two different things. We would recommend regular washing and cleaning down of aluminium exterior walls and joinery to remove pollutants such as moss, mould, sea salt spray, and industrial contaminants, etc. If your Lockwood has cedar or VG Pine cladding, this will require regular painting or staining. We recommend using paint or stain colours with a light reflective value of 48% or higher as dark colours on timber exterior surfaces can result in excessive heat absorption causing undesirable timber movement.
Insulation in your older Lockwood home
In a modern Lockwood home, the 107mm exterior walls feature high density foam insulation, sandwiched between solid timber. This gives the Lockwood wall system an R value of 2.1, higher than the required level of insulation by today's building standards. In Lockwood homes built prior to 1996, the exterior board will be 62mm thick solid timber. The ceiling and floor in these homes will have been insulated to the level required by building standards at the time.
CLICK HERE for more information on retrofitting insulation in an older Lockwood home.
Updating the interior of a Lockwood
There are many ways to update the interior of your Lockwood and create a modern, fresh look, unique to you! See our Interior Options Galleries for inspiration on updating and renovating older Lockwood homes.
A popular finish in modern Lockwood homes is the blonded look where a whitewash paint is applied to the interior timber to give it a light scandinavian feel. This is done on the raw timber interior and soffits once the home has been completely built. The pine is obviously quite new and white at this stage.
There are some products available which allow for a similar blonding treatment on older Lockwood homes. The product used in this process (as per link below) is a Timbakote product called "Lockwood Blond" which is applied by brush and often ragged-off. Any professional painter can apply this for you if you don't want to DIY. Please see important notes below on this shared guide.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE OUTCOME IS NOT GUARANTEED AND PROFESSIONAL ADVICE SHOULD BE SOUGHT. It is suggested that you try an inconspicuous area first to ensure that you will be happy with the end result. Older wooden interiors have often mellowed considerably to a yellow/orange hue or were previously stained very dark and this makes the end result vary greatly.
CLICK HERE for a step by step guide on a DIY project in a small bathroom and toilet in a 1987 Lockwood. This project advice was shared by a Lockwood home owner.
Caring for your Joinery
Nulook Joinery have produced a series of videos to assist you with minor with tweaks or adjustments that may be required to keep your joinery in the best working order. CLICK HERE to view.
For further information, please download our Free Maintenance Guide or for inspiration on updating your Lockwood, download our free New Home Inspiration brochure