Perhaps you’ve stood at the steps of St Mary’s Cathedral, or you’ve marvelled at the smoothness of the sandstone blocks that make up the old arts buildings at the University of Melbourne or University of Sydney. Perhaps you’ve stood at the foot of Wave Rock or Uluru and witnessed the incredible bands trapped in the stone. Sandstone has a rich warmth to it whether it’s a white, brown, gold, cream or pink shade, and often comes decorated by stunning natural bands. But have you ever wondered how sandstone acquires its bands and colours? Gosford Quarries has the answer. Read on to learn more.
A private pool is one of life’s true luxuries – especially so if you’re living in Australia, a land blessed with more sunshine days than most places. Once you’ve decided to invest in a pool or renovate an existing one, there are many choices that need to be made before you can swim in your own azure blue lagoon. Size, depth, pavers, salt water or chlorine, in-ground or freestanding – there are many ways you can customise a pool. Gosford Quarries is here to make your choices a little bit easier by telling you why sandstone is the best material for your poolside pavers.
Gosford Quarries will be taking part in this year's Australia by design- landscape series.
We were delighted to be approached to be guest judges as experts in quarrying and sandstone. Gosford Quarries will be featured in the NSW episode and will provide insight into stunning Australian sandstone and the versatility of the material in award winning projects.
Choosing the right sandstone for your property can be a frustrating yet ultimately rewarding experience. You want to select one you feel will enhance the property’s aesthetic appeal and character, whilst allowing it to complement the full design and its natural surroundings. Luckily, sandstone is the perfect material for this, and with an abundance of beautiful colours and stylish finished available from Gosford Quarries, you can find the perfect style for your design.
Read more about how to match your colour and finish for your property below.
Choosing the right finish
The finishes at Gosford Quarries are vast and have their own unique styling. With selecting the right finish, it simply is a matter of personal fancy. If you feel that the boldness of a rock faced finish is something you would like for your property, then hey, we can’t argue. Or if you feel that the sharp, contemporary style of a gang sawn finish is the way to create a modern and elegant home or building, then that works for us, too. Selecting the right finish for your sandstone property simply comes down to what style you think would create the best aesthetic.
Choosing the right colour
The wonderful thing about sandstone the low amount of processing that goes into its creation as a building material. It retains its natural character and makes it an eye-catching material to complement the Australian garden. For a natural setting that incorporates a lot of Australian flora, we here at Gosford Quarries advises the use of a darker tone, such as that of our brown range of colours. This is especially perfect for homes with more tropical plantation, where the brown sandstone provides a charming contrast to the plants and trees of the garden.
For more traditional, English-style gardens we recommend lighter colours such as pinks and whites, as they provide a contemporary and elegant finish to a home with lush European-inspired garden. Naturally, with the faint hues of sandstone, they provide a great finish to complement any property, but this is a bit of food for thought in terms of what colours match what landscape.
Contact us for more information
If you would like more advice on selecting the right colour and finish for your sandstone from our friendly team of experts, feel free to give us a call on (02) 8585 8282 or fill out an enquiry form on our contact page, we will get back to you with all the information you require.
The use of sandstone in Australian construction has a long and illustrious history. From our humble country homes with tin roofs to our magnificent art galleries and places of worship, Australia has formed a reputation for being one of the new world countries to source this magnificent element and use it to create some truly spectacular marvels of architecture.
In fact, we even have our own specific type of stone sourced straight from the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney, the gorgeous Sydney sandstone, historically known as yellowblock. Yes, our nation has put this material to great use, and created some of our most recognisable buildings with it. But what are some of these structures? Read on to find out.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales
An instantly recognisable structure whose walls consist of famous works of art by the likes of John Constable, Claude Monet, and Van Gogh. The beauty of the stone used for the gallery shines in the Sydney sun, and is one of the most recognisable buildings to be constructed using the Sydney sandstone.
St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne
No one who spends time in the City of Melbourne will walk past this magnificent structure without gazing upon its towering spiral for at least the time it takes to cross the Flinders Street intersection. Retaining its past charm amongst its rapidly modernising surrounds, St Paul’s Cathedral is a testament to the wonder of sandstone building.
Government House, Sydney
One of the most magnificent private structures in city rife with magnificent private structures, Government House is a testament to the opulence and grandeur of the Harbour City. Officially the residence of the Governor of New South Wales, the house is a marvel of the intricacies that can be achieved using Sydney sandstone.
Not that any of the prisoners gave a damn about what kind of stone was used to build the prison, after all, they didn’t want to be there. But true appreciators of sandstone would me in awe of the charm and craftsmanship of a facility that some may think shouldn’t have really required much craftsmanship at all. Darlinghurst Gaol is an unrivalled giant of the use of sandstone, and continues to a be a popular representation of the element today.
Has the knowledge that these outstanding structures were built using Australian sandstone, and would like to utilise it for your own marvel, get in touch with the team at Gosford Quarries by calling our providers in the Australian city closest to you, find the number on our contact page.
Sandstone walls are the perfect addition to any garden for enhancing its natural feel and atmosphere. A sandstone wall, coupled with plants and mood lighting against a natural stone fence will give any home that added nostalgic touch that is perfect for summer get-togethers and special events. With such a versatile colours, products and finishes available it’s understandable why stone walls have become so popular in recent times. But what do you need to build one?
Read on to find out what materials are included for the building of a charming and natural-looking stone wall for your garden.
- Sandstone – so you already know what type of stone you want for the wall (sandstone, duh) but it is also important to select sandstone with colours and shading that are going to reflect the rest of the garden. You should to take a look at your garden and decide based on the plants and flowers that are currently there and of course considering the right design to suit your home style. This is really a matter of personal preference, you may want a nice light brown to match those beautiful ferns lining the sides of the garden? Or even a darker shade to contrast the brightness of the cumquats on their trees? The choices are limitless and because sandstone is a natural product, your project will be 100% unique.
- The same goes for selecting the texture of the stone: do you want straight square (sawn) cut stone to maintain a classic contemporary look? Or would you prefer a textured, rockfaced stone for a more rustic appeal? The choice is yours, intrepid gardener.
- Solid or Cladding - Do you want solid retaining wall or are you simply looking to revive an existing wall with veneer cladding? There are a multitude of finishes and thicknesses available for every project’s needs.
- Mortar – obviously you will need to consider how you’re going to put your wall together. Will you use a glue fix, sand and cement or just dry-stack your wall? Your mortar can really influence the overall look of your project!
- Foundations – It is always a good idea to consider what substrate or foundation your stone will be laid upon. Depending on the height, product and nature of your wall you may wish to consider compressed gravel and sand bases or something more solid such as a concrete slab. You should consult with your installer as this will vary from project to project.
- Installer – who is going to build your wall? Stonemasons are an ideal choice for professional installation of large scale and intricately designed walls. You can contact us for lists of installers that may be suitable for your project.
These are the most important tools needed to build a sandstone wall in your garden. The team at Gosford Quarries can help you with selecting the right materials for your project, as we have over 100 years of experience in providing beautiful sandstone for all kinds of building structures.
Call us on (02) 8585 8282 or fill out an enquiry form on our contact page and we will get back to you as soon possible. Happy gardening!
Many people believe sandstone is only suitable for pavers and other outdoor applications, but the versatile material can actually offer many benefits for your home itself. If you’re planning on building your new home, or renovating your existing dwelling, then consider using sandstone as your material of choice. Not only does it offer many practical advantages, but it can also achieve a stunning finished result. You won’t regret your decision.
Why do you think so many people choose sandstone for their outdoor pavers? Being a naturally sourced material, it is very tough and will last considerably longer compared to artificial materials such as porcelain. Whether you were looking to use sandstone for your outdoor patio, your home’s floors, or to construct your entire home with it, you can rest assured that your finished project will last the test of time and provide years of value.
Low maintenance means less hassle and less expense
Sandstone is also a very low maintenance material and won’t require costly repairs, or extensive cleans. This is not to say that it needs to maintenance at all, as it’s advisable to have your sandstone cleaned to ensure it lasts as long as possible.
Continuing with that train of thought, cleaning your sandstone surfaces is remarkably easy and requires little effort on your behalf. For the best result, use liquid pool chlorine and water solution and gently wash with a light brush and regular hose. Any accumulated grit or dirt will be easily washed off, leaving you with a surface that’s as vibrant and fresh as when you first bought it.
The many uses of sandstone for your home project
Have you considered using sandstone to pave around your pool? Perfect for remaining cool under foot in the blistering heat of summer and slip resistant, this material is a popular choice for homeowners looking to install a new pool, or repave an existing one. You can also consider cladding for beautiful facades, solid blocks for landscaping and retaining walls, carved feature pieces or simply as capping or edging. This versatile and timeless material will have no regrets.
Easily cut to size
Finally, sandstone is unique in the sense that it’s soft enough to easily be cut into shape, but tough enough to withstand the toughest elemental damage. This valuable compromise makes it a popular choice for home owners and construction professionals alike.
Sandstone is a natural stone that has always been a popular building material for pillars, doors, panelling, arches, fence posts and much more – but now its many advantages for flooring are becoming more widespread. While sandstone has always been used for floors – its popularity has grown considerably in recent times as more home owners become aware of the many benefits.
Many people believe sandstone only comes in a variety of browns, whites, pinks, golds and other colours, but this natural stone also offers a wide spectrum of stunning neutral colours and vivid banding. This great variety of colours is one of the reasons why designers, architects, and home owners alike choose sandstone, as the design options are endless.
As sandstone is quarried from the cores of mountains, it is a hard, durable material. While not matching the strength of granite or slate, it is still lasts for decades with the proper care. This will save home owners considerable money in the long-term as it prevents them from investing in costly repairs or replacements.
An eco-friendly building material
Sandstone is a product of Mother Nature, meaning it is all natural and biodegradable. Many home owners like to make sustainable decisions wherever possible, which is why sandstone is such a popular choice for the eco-friendly.
Interesting textures and patterns
In addition to the startling array of colours, sandstone also comes in a number of interesting patterns, hues and textures. As it is quarried in giant slabs and refined down into smaller pieces, every single sandstone tile will be unique. Much like a fingerprint, every sandstone floor will have its own random design that is as different as the mountain it once came from.
There are also many different finishes for sandstone floors, including smooth, split and textured depending on your preference. Some people prefer to feel the raw and earthy texture of a slightly uneven sandstone floor, but this decision is entirely up to you.
While this natural stone is very strong, it is possible for them to become cracked if they receive a sharp strike from a heavy object. Fortunately, sandstone flooring tiles can be removed and replaced fairly easily. This is why it’s advisable to save a few additional tiles from the original installation to keep as spares in such a situation.
There’s something about the “heritage” look that sandstone gives buildings. Be it a cosy cottage or a larger structure, this much-loved classic is perfect for creating a style that’s as timeless as it is durable.
It’s got that Downtown Abbey feel about it, and for good reason. With the light hitting the rugged edges of stone, its tones of caramel and honey become an impressive sight that lasts.
But why has it become so popular?
British structures have long adopted sandstone and it’s also made its fair share of appearances in TV series’ and movies across the globe. Mostly, this is because the Sandstone gives a modest and homely appeal to a home, and often gives a nostalgic vibe that resinates during filming.
For some, the fact that sandstone buildings are usually heritage listed and provide an “old-world” feel is also highly appealing. But they can be limiting due to the nature of needing approvals from councils to get any further alterations done.
The historical appeal
In Australia, Sandstone is an abundant resource. It has been used in Sydney for hundreds of years, with many buildings and structures having this foundation since the end of the 1790s. Major historic landmarks in the Sydney CBD and surrounding suburbs traditionally used stone quarried from beneath the buildings themselves. Sydney “yellow block”, an oxidising and now rare stone material was easily accessible and used by the convicts to create the beautiful and timeless masterpieces that still stand today.
These days, however, the property market is reviving the use of sandstone across the country, combining the traditional material in modern finishes and profiles testing the limits and exploring the versatility of Australian Sandstone. Notorious for giving a “prestigious” look to homes, real estate trends are seeing values increasing for properties boasting this foundation. On average, sandstone houses are generally worth 10 per cent more than others—so the obsession does not come without good reason.
Adding value across the board, sandstone also pays tribute to colonial Australia, giving rich thermal capabilities and acoustic properties. With its elegant touch and charming appeal, the natural substance is likely to stay a crowd favourite for many more years to come, no matter the generation.
If you are looking to breathe new life into the interior or exterior of your home, it won’t be long before you hear terms such as ‘paving’, ‘tiling’ and ‘cladding’. While you probably have some idea of what they are, you may be wondering if there is any difference at all between the three terms.
Here’s a quick explanation of what you’re dealing with when it comes to tiling, paving and cladding, along with common applications in a residential context:
Tiles are a form of surface covering that are usually used for interior applications. Ceilings, floors, walls, showers, tabletops and other surfaces can be tiled for both practical and decorative purposes, ranging from simple squares to intricate mosaics. Common materials used to make tiles include ceramic, glass, concrete, metal, granite, marble and more, and grouting is required to keep each tile in place.
Paving is a similar form of tile or brick surface covering with a focus on exterior applications. Typically, pavers are often larger than standard tiles for use on driveways, footpaths, patios, courtyards, landscaping and other outdoor areas. Unlike traditional tiling, paving does not usually require any adhesive or retaining techniques when it is placed: a concrete foundation is poured and covered with sand or soft earth before pavers are laid by hand in the chosen pattern. Pavers are usually thicker than regular tiles but can be thinner with an adequate substrate.
Cladding refers to a layer of material that is applied on top of an existing external surface to provide protection from the elements. It is usually used on the exterior of homes, sheds and other structures to control water run-off from rain and diminish the effect of strong winds. The finish is not necessarily waterproof, but acts as a control element at its most basic level. Cladding can even offer secondary benefits such as thermal and sound insulation, easy cleaning and fire resistance. It also contributes to the aesthetic of the building—planks are commonly used in a horizontal or vertical arrangement while numerous other patterns can also be applied.
There you have it. Cladding, paving and tiling all combine similar concepts but can vary greatly in application. Talk to Gosford Quarries for more information and to find out what will best suit your taste, needs and budget with a finish of the highest quality.
Sandstone is a rock comprising mostly of minerals formed from sand. The stone gains its formation throughout centuries of deposits forming in lakes, rivers, or on the ocean floor. These elements group together with the minerals quartz or calcite and compresses. In time, the sandstone is formed by the pressure of these minerals coming together.
A patio, pool or garden path or entertainment area of sandstone pavers is a classic look, bringing a warm beauty to any outdoor area. Good quality stone does not come cheap, but with consistent upkeep and maintenance, even larger outdoor installations can retain their impressive looks for years. Here are some of the essential tips from our sandstone experts on how to keep your pavers clean and looking great.