A New Brick System : STONE BRICK™ Architectural Cladding System

Instead of reinventing the wheel, we have revived an old design and added to it.

Bluestone, also known as Basalt, is an extremely versatile construction material. Traditionally, it has been utilised as a paving material and also extensively in aggregate form contained in modern concrete mixes.

Knowing that Basalt has more to offer than just being used as an aggregate, the STONE BRICK™ Architectural Cladding System will impress even the most avid critic .

See product at Mason & Maker, or the below product doc/pdf  for further information

STONE BRICK™ Architectural Structural Masonry System  (doc)

STONE-BRICK-Architectural-Masonry-Cladding-System (pdf)

 

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Brick Restoration on Ballarat Heritage Terrace — Renovation and Repair

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Raised Ribbon Pointing replacing older Brick Tuck Pointing on Ballarat Heritage Facade

When comparing traditional ribbon pointing as opposed to brick tuckpointing there are several differentiating factors.

As you can see from the above photo, the heavy oxide mix used on brick tuckpointing (top courses) can actually cause issues if not installed correctly. Mortar, often used in only one colour, is used to smear over the original bedding mortar which is visable where the red coloured mortar has fallen off. This is due to the smear coat method only being several millimetres thick or possibly too brittle to start with. In the instance above, this is definitely the case.

Another issue is that due to oxides’ cementitious effect on the mortar matrix, the mix can often be quite destructive to the 80-100 year old brick. Mortar, as also evident above, is smeared over the brick arris; partially covering the face. In tension, this can snap corners off and even break bricks clean in half–especially old, soft brick.

The biggest comparison, besides appearance, is that the traditional ribbon technique will protect the brick, whilst at the same time, provide depth and definition to the masonry facade. Standard tuckpoint can last quite a while but as opposed to the deeper ribbon pointing, the facade will age better and can last a lot longer.

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Brick Tuckpointing, before and after lime putty ribbon

Heritage Cottage Restoration; Brick Driveway, Arch Repair and Fence Piers

In 2013 we undertook a large restoration project in Castle Hill, NSW. 428 Old Northern Road was one of the original properties that were located on Old Northern Road, as it meanders up to Dural.

Old Northern Road is now laden with large mansions — all sporting grand views over the Sydney skyline.

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After-shot; Heritage Cottage ‘Sandstock’ Brick Arch Repair, 428 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill

The owners had only just purchased the property that year and had immediately commenced aerating the subsoil conditions due to highly reactive clay being located thereunder. This had also caused the arch pictured above to fail.

As the Carpenters were ripping out the cornices and floor boards, we undertook the demolition, brick stitching and head lintel insertion into the round arch pictured. With rendered finish the owners were impressed in the quick turnaround and approached us to renovate the 350m2 heritage brick driveway — complete with radial.

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After-Shot of brick driveway with the radial detail placed back in its original position

In addition to the driveway, and as it was all looking so good, the owners decided to go with some fairly chunky brick piers to hold up the slatted timber fence.

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Front Shot. Images courtesy of L.J.Hooker (Thanks Mr.Hooker!)

Whilst excavating in front of the cottage, we discovered a hidden path. Pictured below in all of its restored beauty.

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A new entrance deserved a new step with nameplate. We were only happy to provide these items free of charge.

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Every ‘Good Manor” deserves a handcarved sign in 24ct Gold Leaf!

All in all, the owner was ecstatic with our efforts when the property, some 3 years , sold for a large return; approximately 40%… Not a bad heritage flip!

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…and the aerial view is just as impressive..

To complete the blog piece, some ‘before-shots’…


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Need Brick Wall Repair in Melbourne? Need Underpinning plus a Facade Renovation?

Do your house bricks look like this? Do you live in Melbourne, Geelong, Surf Coast or Mornington Peninsula?

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This happens when the footing or soil under the house subsides and leaves the wall effectively hanging… Contact us for a free quotation to not only repair via underpinning methods but also to revamp the entire facade utilising our lime mortar tuck pointing methods…

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The coloured mortar behind the lime mortar has been tailored to suit the existing brick