Benefits of light weight Masonry Blocks

While new wall systems become available as innovation and design evolve, it is often the proven construction systems that are best for effective and efficient construction. Baines Masonry’s BETTA BLOCK™ is one such block system providing environmental, structural, aesthetic and economic benefits.

The Baines Masonry BETTA BLOCK™ is made of 65% heavy industry by-products, reducing the amount of landfill generated from coal fired power stations and steel making industry. It uses 40% less cement then normally required with the addition of Discrete Super Fly Ash, resulting in 40% less CO2 emissions and up to a 45% lower carbon footprint than other masonry products

The BETTA BLOCK™ is a structurally sound option for building any project, ensuring longevity not only in design but in use. While the BETTA BLOCK™ light they remain strong with a compressive strength of more than 15MPa, complying with Australian Standards AS/NZS 4455.

The BETTA BLOCK™ “H” Block has a dry weight of less than 10.5Kg, making it the lightest full block available in the range. A lighter block means more product per load, reducing the transport impact on the environment and reducing freight costs. Its light weight also reduces injury risks and OH&S claims, ensuring a safer working environment with happier and more productive employees, adding to a cycle of further economic benefits.

The BETTA BLOCK™ provides an industrial but modern design aesthetic which is easily mixed and complemented by contrasting materials, such as timber, stone and metals. It provides an opportunity to use a variety of different colours, or keeping to a monochromatic tone. With options to cover with insitue stone or rendering the design possibilities are endless!

For more information on our BETTA BLOCK™ range and how our lightweight products can save you money, contact one of our industry experts!


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Product Focus – Fencestone

Fencestone™ is a self-locating wall system that doesn’t require block laying skills making it a great option for DIY projects. Designed by the team at Baines Masonry, the Fencestone™ wall system consist of special split-faced panel blocks which interlock without mortar ensuring an easy, strong and attractive boundary around your property.

The Fencestone Wall System has been developed to assist everyday people to build their own front fence or garden fence without the skills of a bricklayer - each block locks to its neighbour on each end as well as top and bottom. They can be used for small fences (only a couple of blocks high), to noise barriers 2.2m high, or even higher if designed by your engineer.

Each panel of fence blocks are supported at each end by the purpose made piers, making it super easy to install between wall panels, ends of walls at gate openings and more. With internal and external right angles and available in two colours, they are designed to suit any space, providing an attractive and efficient alternative to traditional brick fences.

To learn more about Fencestone™, how you can use and install this self-locating wall system, contact one of our block experts today! 

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Designing with Coloured Masonry

Organic appeal with masonry blocks

Creating spaces with natural finishes has become increasingly popular when designing homes, with many homeowners wanting to incorporate outdoor spaces inside. Masonry blocks provide the answer!

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Masonry Design Trends

Although masonry is a timeless choice when designing a new structure, key trends have been identified that elevate a project to new standards. Stay on trend with these styles for 2019!


Modern designs with sleek finished are a key when deciding on your masonry block. Smooth, honed and polished blocks provide a blank canvas for designing spaces and also enable you to develop spaces that evoke a sense of harmony and Zen. In contrast, the use of different textures can against a smooth surface create a point of interest. Try mixing it up and making a feature or two!


Light colours with natural tones, provide the perfect backdrop to any design. Light colours can make spaces look larger and ensure spaces can have versatile uses. Combined with natural elements, including stone and wood, light tones help create a cosy, warm, and friendly environment.

Creativity in design

While designs have seen an increase in modern and minimal designs, creativity has been reintroduced through clever uses of blocks, space and colour. Infinity illusions are a new trend characterised by an exterior masonry or stone that continues through to an interior wall, making a grand impression and an illusion of an infinity wall.


Using masonry to introduce warmth has been achieved through the creation of features throughout a space. This has been seen particularly in bathrooms, where traditionally they have been designed to be minimalist spaces. The introduction of stone and contracting masonry has enabled for natural tones and spaces that exuberate warmth and cosy atmospheres.

Larger Blocks

The want to create greater and open spaces has seen the introduction of larger masonry which provides greater uninterrupted surface areas. Again, this lends itself to a modern style, however, is a versatile design choice which would benefit an array of design styles.

To discuss how our masonry blocks can help you stay on trend in 2019, contact one of our industry experts!

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