Project: StoneFace delivers the Hamptons style of Design

Australian home designs have increasingly taken inspiration from the luxury homes of the Hamptons in the United States, with hues of white against natural finishes and pops of colour a common theme. As seen in the Roseville Project by Royals Landscaping, our Stoneface masonry blocks emulate the Hamptons design, creating a distinctive aesthetic which complements the natural Australian landscape.  ... Read more

Design considerations of Cantilever Masonry Walls

Cantilever walls are a common solution used to retain soil or similar earth material, playing a vital role in sustaining the structural integrity of a site and or project. While the design is important, several practical factors must be considered when designing a retaining wall using a cantilever block system.

Design considerations for a cantilever wall are important with calculations of the pressures exerted at any point of a wall being influenced by various factors. The height of the water table, the nature and type of soil, the subsoil water movements, type of wall being constructed and the materials used in the construction of the wall, can all have an impact on the stability of a structure.

Inadequate design and consideration of such factors can result in the failure of a wall system either immediately or after some time. Such failures can include a wall moving into a sloping position, a wall exhibiting a curve on its surface, a crack appearing or the complete wall collapsing. It is recommended to have a builder or engineer advise on the correct methods of preparation and installation.

At Baines Masonry, our cantilever block systems deliver the structural integrity required to secure a project while providing an aesthetically pleasing design to suit any style. With a range of supplementary SRW products available, including geofabrics and other soil containing solutions, we provide a ‘one-stop-shop solution’ for your retaining wall needs.

To learn more about our cantilever block and SRW Products range, contact one of our industry experts.

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Product Focus – ColourStone Easy-Pave

Baines Masonry ColourStone Easy-Pave is an attractive medium-sized square paver that is easy to lay and economical. 
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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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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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Preparing your landscape for winter

Product Focus – SRW SB3 Spundbond Geotextiles

SRW Spunbond polypropylene geotextiles are commercial grade landscape fabrics with high puncture resistance. Spunbond geotextiles have high water flow creating excellent permittivity. 


  • High water flow/permittivity
  • Easy to cut, easy to use
  • Puncture and tear resistant
  • Weed control


  • Behind retaining walls
  • French drains/drain fields
  • Gardens/planters
  • General landscaping

To use SRW Spunbond polypropylene geotextiles in your next project, contact one of our experts.

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Ensure your outdoor space works

With increased populations in suburbia leading to smaller homes with shrinking living spaces inside the home, outdoor spaces have become more valuable to residents. Not only are people entertaining outside more, but their outside areas have become an extension of their inside spaces, often with dining and entertainment areas now being transferable between indoor and outdoor.

Create outdoor rooms

Use your limited space wisely by assigning specific uses for each area. This will ensure all spaces are utilised and everything has its place which is important for storage and small back yards. To help create room’s outdoor flooring, such as pavers, can be used to show a designated area. Using garden beds and pot plants to surround an area can also provide a clear division between areas, while also adding to the aesthetics of the design.

Incorporate your Green Thumb

Having a garden can seem impractical in small areas, however with the introduction of vertical gardens and the clever use of pot plants, a garden can be introduced easily. Vertical gardens provide a great opportunity to grow your own herbs and vegetables while also not taking up precious space. Incorporating pot plants can be beneficial if you don’t have the space top plant also as they can be moved around as the seasons require and can also be introduced inside.

Small landscaping upgrades

If your home didn’t come with much landscaping, or even worse, it’s basically a small patch of dirt and you can’t afford extensive landscaping, consider a fire pit, water feature or pizza oven to create a focal point and social area. A stone fire pit instantly makes a place to hang out during the winters and it’s a great addition to a small yard. A fire pit can be made easily from masonry blocks or be already assembled, either way, it can be an effective means of creating impact.

Multipurpose is key

Create spaces that have multiple uses, such as outside dining area that can be changed into a cinema. Creating multiple uses for space creates greater opportunities to use an area and get the most out of your spaces. Also using multipurpose furniture is another means to maximise your outdoor spaces. For example, an ottoman can be used as a seat or a coffee table.

Contact one of our masonry experts to see how our products can help maximise your outdoor spaces. From retaining walls, paving patios or creating a fire pit, we have a solution for your next project!

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Deciding on your paver style

Adding pavers to an area can add great value to a home whether it’s defining an outdoor entertainment area or adding structure to a pathway. Choosing the right paver can be difficult which is why the team at Baines Masonry have outlined several factors to consider when selecting pavers.

Type of Paver

The first decision is choosing the type of paver. This will generally be based on the style in which your design is based on also its application. The two main types of pavers available at Baines Masonry Blocks are our natural finish pavers and concrete pavers. Our Natural finish pavers are our TrojanStone pavers used generally for a natural and high design finish. Our concrete pavers are our ColourStone paver range made from coloured concrete. Regardless of the design of your project we have a paver to suit!

Colour Choices

When selecting a colour, simple choices that complement but not distract from your space are ideal. Remembering that colours affect moods and influence emotions, the tone can influence the aesthetics of the area. Also colour can influence how space looks in size with lighter colours generally making space appear larger. Colour can also be used to create points of interests and can be used to incorporate a pattern or unique design.

Paver Size

Pavers come in a variety of sizes from large and small. Generally the larger the paver, the smaller the space may appear. Also when considering size, application should be considered as this would affect the longevity of the products use. For example the use of large pavers in a driveway or high traffic zone may leave to increased pressures and breakages, and as such smaller pavers are suggested to be used instead.

Paver layout and Design

The layout of a paver design doesn’t need to be boring, with a multitude of different patterns available to create a unique space. Patterns can be designed to incorporate different sizes and colours along with unique placement choices. It should be noted however, that a design will be influenced by the existing aesthetics of the surrounding environment. For example, a modern home would look best with a more simple design and complementary colour.

After selecting your paver style its time get your paver project underway! For more information on our range of pavers and installation processes contact one of our masonry experts!

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Product Focus - SRW Mulch Stabiliser

Keep your mulch looking amazing all season long with this must-have landscaping product. It can even be used on sand and dirt in decorative areas to control dusting.  ... Read more

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