Blocks for Architects

Architectural Masonry is the evolvement of standard grey concrete masonry blocks into a diverse range of aesthetically pleasing concrete masonry blocks. They can be used as a stand alone or in conjunction with other masonry materials. Baines Masonry’s range of Architectural Masonry blocks not only provide functional value but are also durable, incorporating various colours and textures.

Baines Masonry’s range of Architectural Masonry include:

Split Face

Split Face masonry units are integrally coloured pre-finished architectural concrete blocks with a beautiful, rough-hewn texture on one or more faces. Units are moulded with two units attached face to face. The units are then mechanically split apart after having been cured, leaving the split face with a rough texture, similar to natural stone. The splitting process reveals the aggregates used in the block, so different aggregates will give different appearances and no two units are exactly alike.

Coloured smooth blocks

Smooth Face is the finish of the standard block but made in one of our natural colours resulting in a wall which is both attractive and economical. Smooth Face blocks are often used in combination with Split Face blocks to great aesthetic effect. We make Smooth Face blocks to order in 3 thicknesses for both commercial and residential projects. All smooth coloured blocks are manufactured with a water repellent admixture to add to their quality.

Honed and polished blocks

Honed and Polished blocks are the natural choice when you’re seeking distinctive highly finished walls that have been designed with a careful eye to detail.

Honed Blocks are blocks that have had their face ground off exposing the aggregates in the product resulting in a subtle matt like finish. Aggregates can either be chosen to contrast or not, with the products matrix colour.

Polished Blocks are the highest finish available and are the result of first honing the face off then polishing that face with finer and finer polishing heads. Polished blocks being considerably more expensive are often used to great effect to ‘highlight’ details or for special entrance or feature walls.


The system uses the Henrick patented system of adhering natural stone to structural masonry blocks. The system involves using high strength, purpose neutral-cure adhesive, and 316 stainless steel marine grade pins which are fixed mechanically to the top and bottom, ensuring each unit’s structural integrity. Its natural stone face finish makes it idea in the Australian landscape and design scene.



StoneFace™ is an innovative new concept in architectural masonry which draws inspiration from the Australian landscape and Australian heritage buildings to create a unique and eye-catching stone finish. A system was created where a reconstituted stone face finish is attached to the masonry block during the manufacturing process, creating a clean and stable finish that lends itself to a variety of uses from feature walls, retaining walls, fences and more.

Masonry Designer Software

To aid in the design of a project, Baines Masonry have developed an online Masonry Designer Software which allows you to select the colour, block type and layout. The result is an electronic visual of your project, taking the risk out of your design choices as making a decision can sometimes be hard when the outcome is not clear.The possibilities are endless, as you can mix colours and block types while creating numerous examples.

To discuss our range of architectural masonry and how it can elevate your next project, contact one of our masonry professionals.

Address 900 Wilton Road Appin NSW 2560
Phone Number (02) 4631 1383
Fax (02) 4631 1402

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