Product Focus – Honed & Polished Masonry Blocks

Honed and Polished blocks are the natural choice when seeking distinctive highly finished walls that have been designed with a careful eye to detail. Made from denser material, they are honed and polished to order at our factory, ensuring quality is first!

Available in 90mm, 140mm and 190mm thicknesses, our honed and polished blocks are made to order, specifically for each individual project. This means blocks are produced and sourced from the one batch, resulting in consistency in quality and colour. Available in a variety of colours, they are designed to create distinctive design features, while also complementing any existing design.

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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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Can you fire proof a building?

While no building material is one hundred percent fireproof, selecting fire-resistant materials can help reduce the impact of fire and any potential tragedies. At Baines Masonry, we understand the importance of designing and constructing safe buildings, developing an innovative range of masonry products that exhibit fire-resistant characteristics.  ... Read more

Product Focus - Split face Masonry Blocks

Baines Masonry Split Face blocks are integrally coloured pre-finished architectural masonry blocks with a beautiful, rough-hewn texture. As a versatile product, our Split Face blocks suit residential and commercial buildings, along with landscape retaining walls.  ... Read more

Fast & Easy Masonry – Segmental Wall Systems

Mortarless segmental retaining walls provide an easy enhancement to a variety of landscape projects from small erosional control projects to retaining wall systems used along a highway. Segmental wall systems are durable, easy to use and quick to install, often used in place of treated wood, cast-in-place concrete, steel, and other retaining wall systems. Their natural aesthetic and versatile uses enable them to blend into different environments. At Baines Masonry, we have a range of segmental wall systems perfect for your next project!  ... Read more

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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Masonry Blocks VS Bricks

Masonry blocks and bricks share some factors including their fire resistant properties, their high thermal mass and low insulation values. While Masonry blocks and bricks share these similarities, learning the difference between each can help you make an informed decision on what product to use in your next project.

1.Insulation – Masonry blocks have a higher insulation level, with bricks being that similar to wood-framed buildings.

2. Strength – While the strength of a wall can be dependent on the type of mortar used. In general, concrete blocks have a slightly higher level of strength than clay bricks, making them a stronger choice.

3.Cost – While the cost of the individual block or brick may be similar, it is the labour and technical skill needed that may influence costs. The larger size of the concrete masonry block may reduce the time needed to kay the blocks, thus reducing the costs associated with labour.

4.Weight - Masonry block and brick are both quite heavy materials. Their individual weight depends on the materials and type of construction. The cost associated with transporting and moving the blocks onto site may increase with the larger concrete blocks, with some instances requiring heavy machinery to move into specific areas before laying.

To find out how you can use Masonry blocks in your next project, contact one of our experts.


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Preparing your landscape for winter

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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Product Focus: StoneFace Veneer

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.  ... Read more

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