If you haven’t heard of Stonehenge, you must have been living under a rock. The circle of standing stones is one of the most famous prehistoric monuments on earth. Every year more than one million tourists visit the inimitable structure and cultural heritage attraction, located on Salisbury Plain, in Wiltshire, England. The massive stones are quite remarkable and can be seen for kilometres.
Without a doubt the most iconic geological wonder in Australia is Uluru. The giant monolith, previously named Ayers Rock is located in the outback of central Australia and is the second largest in the world, only exceeded by Western Australia’s Burringurrah (Mount Augustus).
Sandstone has been forming on our earth for millions of years, and is not only responsible for creating some of the most striking natural structures, but also elevating the practicality and aesthetics for countless properties across the world. In this blog, we explore some of the interesting facts about sandstone.
A striking garden always holds the potential to elevate any home’s overall aesthetics. After years of innovation and creativity in the landscaping industry, the one constant is the appeal and versatility of sandstone.
In this blog, we explore some inventive ways to include sandstone in your landscaping.
For centuries, sandstone has been one of the building materials of choice for builders from all parts of the world. From churches in rural Britain to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, sandstone can come in a range of different appearances, and can be used for a variety of applications both inside and out.
As one of the most recognisable stones on Earth, very few building materials are as appealing to the eye as the classic look of sandstone. Whether being used in the garden or as tiles in your interior area, sandstone is bound to add an instant touch of class to any area in or around your property, and is actually relatively easy to take care of. However, without proper cleaning, sandstone pavers can grow to look grey, detracting from the traditional eye catching nature of the material.
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!