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StoneSet Overlays a New Plain Driveway

Plain driveways – new home builds

If you have purchased a new home off the plan, or have had a plain concrete driveway packaged up with your new home, then you may be looking at options for resurfacing concrete driveways.

Typically the costs of purchasing a new home can add up well before the home is finished. Particularly for house and land packages, where costs (and results) are better controlled by lump sum style contracts.

An off the plan driveway can leave your brand-new home looking plain, stark and unfinished.

This was the situation recently with a new home owner in Sydney. Like an unwrapped Christmas present, Here we see the protective plastic still stuck to the brand new aluminium composite panel garage doors!

 

“The installers were very polite and professional and did a great job onsite. I am happy with the quality of work and would recommend this product others. The finish and look is excellent!”

– Homeowner of above project

 

A builder by trade, the owner was familiar with StoneSets application over existing concrete surfaces. The appeal of matching driveway and pathway with a continuous resin bound stone surface appealed as the finishing touch to a fantastic brand new home.

Rather than put up with the plain concrete finish that was included as part of the new build, the owner decided to get straight to the task of resurfacing concrete and adjacent pathway using StoneSet as a 16mm overlay.

 

Cost effective concrete Resurfacing

Whilst resurfacing driveways has significant appeal for cracked, worn or unsightly driveways, StoneSet has also been applied to hundreds of brand new concrete driveways.

 

Often new home owners recognise the difference StoneSet can make as a finishing touch and budget for its cost towards the end of the project.

Hence this is particularly the case when a resin bound stone driveway option is not available as part of the build package.

This was the case for some brand new homes in Eastwood. Part of a new estate by AV Jennings, StoneSet was used to add extra appeal to some of the housing options available to prospective buyers.

The ability to create a colourful, durable, high quality natural stone driveway was the main appeal. Buyers were looking for a solid investment with durable materials and for higher end new homes, a premium look was essential.

 

 

a Cost effective investment 

New homes are beautiful inside and out. When looking to stand out, many home owners have opted to finish off their brand new home with natural stone driveway resurfacing using StoneSet.

A new stone driveway has a range of additional benefits. Further to the natural stone driveway appearance, there are safety and durability concearns met by StoneSet.

A light sprinkle of sand is applied to the StoneSet while drying, which enhances the slip-resistance of the product.

StoneSet surfaces come with a ten-year guarantee but have been engineered to last for up to 25 years with little to no maintenance. StoneSet driveways wear well and look better than boring concrete.

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Profit from Popular Pool Paving!

If you have a pool on your property, it’s no surprise if your place becomes popular all of a sudden over the Christmas holidays.

Old, rigid cement based pool paving surrounds are susceptible to cracking, water ingress and further erosion. Stone and Polyurethane are both waterproof, meaning StoneSet Permeable paving does not experience the same puddles, erosion and cracking. Read more!

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Decorative Driveway Trends

The modern driveway is not a utility, it is a canvas!

Modern decorative driveways are less paver mosaics, rather more free flowing, natural smooth-lined designs.

The new swirl driveway is innovative and compelling because it uniquely makes use of modern materials (polyurethane bound stone) to create previously unseen, seamless curves and lines. These free flowing swirls enhance the ‘natural’ appeal, where stone and water meet.

During 2018, StoneSet saw a significant number of driveways being re-imagined by progressive homeowners. With the typical driveway occupying up to 30% of the visual frontage of your home, these owners recognised the opportunity to add unique style to their property.

And why not? With their size and location at the front of a property, a driveway’s appearance can significantly impact the value of a new home. In this way driveway’s are often the most under-utilised design opportunity for most homes.

Their significance is only recognised once the work has been done, our before and after gallery does a great job of making this point visually.

We had found Sydney’s North West has been leading this innovative new paving trend for Two-tone driveways. Most of the Hills Shire district, particularly suburbs like Kellyville, Castle Hill and The Ponds – shown left to right below.

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2096 Kellyville Decorative Driveway (Right click-new tab)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why stone is ideal to create swirls

A google search for ‘decorative driveways’ typically yields a range of driveway patterns and borders. Due to the limitations of the materials used to create these surfaces, their appearance is typically square edged and blocky.

Pavers – decorative patterns are limited to an older style of rigid, straight lines and blocks. Occasionally specialty shaped pavers (triangular and hexagonal) can be used to create mosaic style patterns, yet the appearance is still somewhat blocky and sourcing/laying these add significantly to cost.

https://www.decorativeconcretekingdom.com/tag/decorative-concrete-driveway/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stamped concrete – again is typically limited to a block like paving pattern of different colours. A mould Is shaped to emulate a natural stone or timber appearance. Whilst relatively cost effective, again a mould shape is re-used over and over, necessitating a paved style appearance.

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How StoneSet creates these swirls

The more granular size of 6mm natural stone means StoneSet can create very fine details and perfectly smooth decorative swirls.

For the below most recent application, the design was straight forward. StoneSet managed the template of the pattern using a combination of link-edge and aluminium angles.

A simple application of aluminium angle (shown below) which is normally used as the form edging for the side of driveways, can be used to divide colours of stone on the surface of the driveway, creating a ‘two-tone’ effect. This thin aluminium divider is typically not visible leaving a seamless, natural multi colour, smoothed swirl appearance that gives you a more modern look to your driveway.

A thin aluminium strip is used to neatly separate the 2 colours and helps enhance the modern look of the driveway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The modern driveway is also a display of sound architectural form and function. Natural stone withstands UV exposure, whilst allowing free passage of water (porosity).

High grade resin binds the stone below the surface, un-affected by UV wear or puddles causing erosion.

We understand that typically the costs of purchasing a new home can add up well before the home is finished. Particularly for house and land packages, where costs (and results) are better controlled by lump sum style contracts.

Thats why we try to keep the costs reasonable for creating a natural stone driveway. If you are looking at a driveway and perhaps rear courtyard we would estimate – $110/sqm (approx. at 80+sqm) even including the cost to create a pattern across the driveway.

 

 

Don’t settle for plain concrete!

If you have purchased a new home off the plan, or have had a plain concrete driveway packaged up with your new home. An off the plan driveway can leave your brand-new home looking plain, stark and unfinished.

Thankfully there are options for resurfacing new concrete driveways.

The typical driveway can occupy up to 30% of the visual frontage of your home. With this significant size it’s fair to say the quality of a driveway can greatly affect the appearance and value of your home.

Most recently in Bossley Park StoneSet completed this modestly two toned driveway, a very classy modern touch. The two cascading flowing lines was in perfect fitting with a porous driveway application!

 

Coomera Westfield

Permeable stone Creek bed

 

On behalf of Scentre Group StoneSet has been used on multiple Westfield Shopping Centres – Tea Tree Plaza in Modbury SA, Car park surrounds at Westfield Kotara NSW, a landscaping feature and now a unique water play feature at Coomera QLD.







This unique installation titled “the backyard” is essentially a park within a  Shopping Centre – Public BBQ facilities, Children’s play area, hammocks and childrens play facilities.


StoneSet was used for a unique application to create an incongruous ‘dry transition’ between the water pumps and the pond area. This allowed water to flow ‘underground’ from one area to another. 
Technically the application involves the stone and resin being permanently submersed in water, which was a consideration at the design phase.


Thankfully StoneSet resin is not degraded by water or chemicals (such as chlorine) found in these public fountains. The application is similar to many Pool Surrounds we have installed over the last decade.



Porous Form and Function

Similarly the porous stone meant any children splashing or making waves in the pond would be seamlessly returned to the water table. Just like waves washing up on sand at the beach.
Our Brisbane installer applied a mix of Tan Bundaberg, Apollo, Cudgee Yellow and Cream to form an authentic bush themed ‘creek bed’ surrounded by stones and filtering the water as
StoneSet is perfect for Shopping Centre areas, primarily for Safety, having a high traction “R11” slip rating. However the resin bound natural stone means no maintenance and significantly naturalises the urban environment. Other advantages for Shopping Centres
  • Fully Porous, no puddles during rain.
  • No algal growth in darker areas.
  • Durability over time – As this is a stone finish, the UV does not degrade the surface colour or binding resin
  • 10 year guarantee of no loose stone.
Coomera is the first Greenfield development by Westfield, the $470 million development delivers an unrivalled experience in retail, dining, lifestyle and entertainment to the fast-growing corridor on the Gold Coast in South East Queensland.

Yin + Yang at Cass Aged Care

This striking installation was completed for the garden at Campsie Aged care complex.

The permeable payment motif specified for the well known symbol reflected a high percentage of population with an asian background, this aged care facility featured many eastern / Chinese medicine healing features.

As you can see, the permeable pavement paths themselves can be works of art, displaying any pattern you think patients would find soothing.

Emulate Monet for a peaceful ambience, or emulate Picasso for a lively first impression. These architectural touches will work on your patients to make them less nervous about treatment

The distinct yin and yang motif was completed using a mix of Tan, Keelan Green (dark yang) and Cream stone (light yin). Residents at the aged care facility can retreat to the garden and do their morning Tai Chi exercises in the peace of the surrounding garden.

 

Ideal permeable pavement

Whist StoneSet have completed a number of decorative stone installations, Primarily none more prominent than CASS “Tai Chi Garden” which was a bespoke installation, designed by the architect and executed by StoneSet.

A good way to lessen the impression of a cold, clinical place is to surround it with nice landscaping, and StoneSet is aesthetically pleasing as a path surface.

It comes in a variety of colours and textures, which means that you can use it to enhance the looks of flowerbeds and lawns.

Safe for elderly residents

StoneSet’s.Slip resistant – R11 rating (suitable for public area ramps) texture and puddle-discouraging porousness make it safer for people who may be on crutches or recovering their sense of balance. It allows water to drain off paths quickly, so people can go on the paths immediately after it rains or a sprinkler malfunctions

All this encourages exercise, which gives people in recovery less time to brood. It encourages physical therapy and eases people into the more active world outside of the recovery ward.

 

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This striking installation was completed for the garden at Campsie Aged care complex. Reflecting a high percentage of population with an asian background, this aged care facility featured many eastern / Chinese medicine healing features.

Primarily none more prominent than CASS “Tai Chi Garden” which was a bespoke installation, designed by the architect and executed by StoneSet.

The distinct yin and yang motif was completed using a mix of Tan, Keelan Green (dark yang) and Cream stone (light yin). Residents at the aged care facility can retreat to the garden and do their morning Tai Chi exercises in the peace of the surrounding garden.

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Melbourne Docklands Tree Surrounds

StoneSet the ideal public tree surround

StoneSet completed an order for dozens of Tree Surrounds outside the now ‘Marvel’ Stadium in Melbourne Docklands, in just 3 days!

Using the specified ‘Evergreen’ StoneSet material, dozens of tree surrounds lining the street outside the AFL stadium.The trees are a relatively new addition to the street and are installed to the appropriate depth, allowing the root ball plenty of room for growth and collection of rainwater beneath the StoneSet layer.

After a particularly dry period in Melbourne, this function of holding water at the root ball is particularly important as traditionally urban tree surrounds are set in deco-granite or local to Melbourne ‘lilydale toppings’.

These finishes not only become loose and require regular sweeping, but actually allow minimal penetration by rainwater and dry out very quickly. StoneSet is designed to allow maximum permeability in the top 30mm layer with flow rates in excess of 5000mm/min. The base of a StoneSet tree surround is made up of a low fines road base.

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Tree Collars are installed around the trunk of young trees to allow for uninhabited growth. For older, more established trees the material can be installed directly up to the trunk.The total area for the tree pits installed on the Docklands project was approximately 300m² and installation, including prep work took just 3 days.