At Castle and Cubby, we are committed to sustainability!
We are passionate about promoting eco-conscious practices and educating our clients on the best methods to ensure longevity of natural materials in an outdoor environment.
We are always open to discussion, feedback and ideas on how we can improve our business and product to better serve our customers and the planet.
Our products are built using untreated radiata pine, cypress pine or hardwood. For custom work that specifies the use of in ground timbers, we use cypress pine and hardwood timbers that are naturally moisture and mite resistant. Castle and Cubby DO NOT USE ANY timbers treated in the following ways: CCA, LOSP, ACQ or AC. Our products contain no preservatives and no chemicals. Just the way we like our world! We ONLY source our new timbers, including hardwood timber, from FSC certified suppliers. FSC is an internationally recognised forest certification network that provides recognition of regional and national standards ensuring they meet their criteria for sustainable forest management. Our recycled apple crate accessories are built using recycled timber apple crates that have been sourced from one of the largest apple growing businesses in Victoria. These timbers are completely untreated to comply with food safety standards.
To ensure longevity of our products we provide a care and maintenance guide for all products which outlines the best and most natural ways to ensure your timber products stand the test of time.
For ground contact timber we use cypress pine, a naturally water and termite resistant timber. We recommend a 10cm minimum layer of crushed rock to provide a water free barrier and these 2 steps will ensure a very long life of your cubby house.
For in-ground timber, we also use cypress pine and we tar the section of the timber which will be underground. We dig holes and lay 10cm of crushed rock at the bottom, fill with concrete tapered off above ground to ensure water flows away from the timber.
We believe with the right methods of installation and care you can avoid using treated timber and subsequently prevent a raft of chemicals being produced and introduced into the environment. Plus you get the reassurance that little fingers that touch eyes and mouths are safe as houses. We think that is worth bucking the trend!