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Large decorative driveway resurfacing

Project QuickStats

Location Bella Vista, New South Wales
Cost $13,163
Stone Colour 3mm Charcoal and 3mm Bundaberg
Total Area 139
Date Installed 09-07-2020

Here’s another great looking StoneSet decorative ‘Overlay’ Driveway which we installed 09-07-2020 over a Stamped Concrete driveway.

All up, applying StoneSet to this Driveway involved a 1 day install, covering 139 square meters of resin bound stone giving the exposed aggregate look, at an average depth of 16mm.

Decorative driveway

Looking to create something special out of the existing tired cream stamped concrete patterns, our homeowner had been inspired by the artistic and creative potential of resin bound stone.

The images below show a sound existing driveway, but a rather drab utility than an expressive entrance piece.

Expressing pride and the individual nature of your home with StoneSet is a trend being led by residents of the hills district in Sydney. Taking advantage of this relatively new and innovative way to harness the modern paving technology of binding loose stone with Polyurethane resin.

Its inexpensive to create these sweeping curve patterns, because it is straightforward to shape a dividing border, and whether we mix one colour stone or another involves the same labour. So unlike the labour intensive process of cutting 100’s of pavers to shape to create a curved border, the costs are affordable due to the inherent nature of it being to hand shape any one colour/mix of stone.

Especially for larger driveways, the costs, hassle and waste involved with removing existing paving and sending it to landfill just don’t add up to your best decision. It is far quicker, easier, economical and environmentally friendly using resin bound stone for your driveway resurfacing with a paving option that is guaranteed to last!

If you would like more information on this particular Porous pavement project, please contact us on 1300 392 155 and quote the job reference number VT6182, we would be more than happy to discuss similarities in your  Driveway project and we can fast track how StoneSet porous paving may suit your specific paving project.

Typically, there are many ‘faux stone’ solutions. The major appeal of StoneSet was the opportunity to resurface driveways rather than the cost of sending existing concrete to landfill. Example surfaces we have encountered on top of concrete driveway resurfacing

Because StoneSet stone is versatile, the application can be made thicker for bases that are permeable or loose – for example any of the below ‘loose stone’ or soil surfaces can be used as the base for a driveway topping with stone.

  • Deco Granite
  • Pebblecrete
  • Crusher dust
  • Road Base
  • Blue Stone
  • Crushed Rock

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Enter your Suburb using the map (link above) to view the job profile webpage of StoneSet installed in your area. Resin bound stone is not one of the first things that comes to mind when looking for decorative driveway ideas and particularly when paving over existing hard surfaces. You can read more detail on driveways we’ve done and see photos of these projects here.

Overhauling Spray Paving

Project QuickStats

Location Oatley, New South Wales
Cost $20,095
Stone Colour 6mm Koonunga
Total Area 125
Date Installed 17-09-2020

Sometimes, only the authenticity of natural Australian exposed aggregate will do.

As was the case for this neutral-themed contemporary home, nestled in the Sutherland enclaves of Oatley in NSW.

Bordering the tranquil banks of the Georges River – the inlet of water leading to botany bay in greater Sydney. Oatley is a wonderful spot to live if you love water views, without the hustle and bustle of yachts and ferries on Sydney Harbour.

This modern residence was certainly becoming of an authentic and beautiful, natural stone finish.


concrete resurfacing spray Paving

Being built around the year 2000, this relatively modern design was built with an original plain concrete driveway. An immediate remedy to the bland grey of cement is of course, to spray coat the surface with modern colour.

The below photos show the modern ‘livid’ colour spray coating was approximately 10 years old and had started showing cracking around the stairs. One can see the tyre wear marks from constant tyre sheer on the gradual bend of this shared driveway.

There is essentially a two-part process to applying concrete spray coatings. First the existing concrete must be prepared, typically stripped back using a chemical etching agent like Acid.

Preparation removes much of the dirt and oils that can interfere with the bonding of the pigmented final coat to the concrete ‘substrate’. At this stage, cracks are typically also chased / ground out and a reinforced filler is applied.

Once the surface is clean the second stage of applying the actual UV stabilised pigmented coatings proceeds.

There is significant work involved here in first masking up all surrounding drains, garden beds etc. then applying the primer coat to the bare cement (which enhances the bonding) and consequently spraying the first and second coats, followed by one or two clear top sealer coats.


Can StoneSet overlay Spray coatings?

Absolutely! One of the main concerns from customers that have had spray-pave coatings is whether the 16mm resin bound stone topping may not grab hold of their existing smooth, spray coating which has already sealed the concreteOnce can see the tyre wear marks on the pre-existing spray on coating which can result as soon as 3-5 years after its application.

De-lamination is an industry term used to describe the cracks, tears and bald patches that form on an old, worn spray pave coated driveway. This is where ‘lifting’ occurs, typically when the hairline cracking and tyre sheer weakening leads to the seal being broken. this leads to the surface being far more susceptible to water ingress.

pitted and peeling spray coatings can delaminate from the concrete substrate. The scarring is exacerbated by water ingress continuing to lift the seal in areas around the cracks

Over a while water works its way under the spray paving film to continue the lifting in the immediate surroundings resulting in pitting, peeling and scarring.

Spray coatings look fantastic when they are new and they are truly a great solution to quickly and cost effectively transform a modern homes’ facade.

In highly exposed and trafficked areas however, as a thin film it is much more susceptible to wear and tear, typically 3-5 years after installation, depending on the amount of tyre friction, UV exposure and ground movement forming cracks.


Stone Driveway resurfacing

StoneSet is not so much a coating but a thick topping. StoneSet topping comprises a very high quality polyurethane resin mixed onsite with dry and well graded Australian quarried aggregate particles – in this case, the Koonunga stone.

Typically, a base preparation only requires removal of dust, which the StoneSet team manage with brooms and air-blowers at the start of the installation. The materials are then blended on site as per the StoneSet guide to ensure full resin coating of the stone and can be installed throughout the year.

This process has been tried and tested for more than 10 years across Australia.

Typically applied at a depth of 16mm, this ensures an approximate average of 3 layers of the 6mm stone bound together. This means if you took a cross-sectional cut at this top layer of StoneSet, there are roughly 3-4 stones, reaching from the bottom base and the top surface.

Durable paving

Whilst many homeowners are familiar with the peeling and lifting, the fact each stone is coated with resin and binds equally to each other stone and the substrate/base. Here, there is not the same risk of peeling when multiple layers of stone are bound and locked int a solid matrix by the resin.

When you compare the 1-2mm thick coating of a Spray and Seal type resurfacing option to the 16mm thick layer of resin bound stone, it is intuitive. This is why StoneSet offers a solution guaranteed with no delimitation or loose stone for 10 years, with an expected design life of up to 25 years making it a higher value investment for the life of your property.

We describe the spray pave process at the start of the article, so as to demonstrate the vast difference between a 16mm stone topping and a thin spray on pigmented coating. Not only is StoneSet a thicker layer, but it offers more flexibility in the multiple number of bonds that form between the stone. Flexibility is achieved as some bonds can break whilst keeping the surface appearance similar.

Not only are the solutions chalk and cheese in terms of application, susceptibility to wear and even the warranty periods, but this modern residence was certainly becoming of a more authentic and beautiful, natural stone finish.

So if you are considering Sydney spray paving options, contact us now for an estimate on a durable natural stone solution!


DIY Porous Driveway using Turfgrid

For homeowners, the home is typically your biggest investment. Particularly when building the dream home from scratch, unforeseen requirements such as a porous driveway can make costs mount quickly throughout the planning and construction phases.











Such was the case for this beautiful new modern build in Nelson Bay. Many councils now require new, large homes to be built with a porous driveway, as part of being granted  residential development approval.

We have explained the rationale for this many times over – as building technologies evolve, then so too does the expectations of building and town planners as to the standards and requirements of all new developments.


Porous Driveway options

The various types of water porous surfaces abound – grass, soil, wood chip, gravel, natural stone exposed aggregate… the list of ‘soft scape’ surfaces goes on. However, when it comes to a ‘vehicular traffic’ porous paving application, the ability to become permeable complicates all the above options very quickly.



Infilling porous paving blocks voids with resin bound stone is a perfect way to reduced costs whilst retaining high permeability rates for a porous driveway.

Cars typically weigh at least 1 tonne and trucks three to four times that. A driveway must be able to withstand this weight at the time it is constructed.. So builders will always call upon a reputable contractor to undertake the various skilled works during construction.

This presents a conundrum – How can a hard paved surface withstand 4-5 tonne vehicles regularly, yet allow almost all water to drain freely into the base, without eventually becoming cracked, brittle and destroyed. The answer is modern chemistry and fabrication methods that give rise to modern building products like StoneSet

This is why – for landscaping there are dozens and dozens of soft scape porous surfaces you can choose, but for driveways, the choice of reliable porous paving technologies are actually relatively limited.

StoneSet have been installing porous driveways with  an industry leading 10 year guarantee nationwide! Whether it be driveways, tree surrounds, large scale commercial paving applications and even highly specialized decorative glass paved artworks.

DIY Porous Driveway – is that even possible?

For homeowners building your dream home, the natural inclination is to bring down building  costs. Especially in the cases a development application has necessitated previous unforeseen cost increases such as a porous driveway.

Whilst most of the construction work is fixed, it is very much possible to take a DIY approach to some aspects of construction, particularly in the landscaping areas outside of the home.

In planning construction of this modern coastal home in Nelson Bay on NSW’s mid north coast, the homeowner was looking for something completely unique to complement natural tones and native landscaping that framed this beautiful coastal masterpiece.

Thinking outside of the square – the creative application of combining two porous paving products – StoneSet’s Tan DIY kits of resin bound decorative stone and Adelaide Brightons Turf-Grid Porous paving blocks, gave rise to this completely unique and fully porous DIY driveway;

Construction Process

With one of the most incredible aspects of Nelson bay, the home enjoyed a generous aspect, at an elevation with a panorama that spanned as far as Newcastle and simultaneously to the west out on the mountain boundary, right up to north-west at Soldiers Point.

Looking to match many of the builds native colours and features, particularly the large earthy brown aluminum clad garage door – there was drive to invent something equally novel, creative and unique to make something special of the coastal home.

Leaving in multiple feature sandstone pieces during the excavation works, the paved solution had to be adaptable and work in with these features. Rather than the alternative of one large single, uniform block of paving, mondo grass was cultivated around the outcrops of sandstone and the tops were ground down, so as to bring all surfaces up to a single level.

The photos above demonstrate the basic method – first installing the turf grid porous blocks to the base course specified for this product. This was a compacted crushed rock graded to take the tonnage required by modern driveways.

Next, instead of infilling the voids with soil and lining the surface with turf, the voids were infilled with a lower cost, larger size free draining gravel, which was vibratory compacted to specification.

Finally, the StoneSet DIY resin bound stone kits were hand mixed by our very willing and able homeowners. Given the size of the project, the manual approach of hand mixing was quite arduous but none the less very much possible and indeed saved the costs of machinery hire and site labour.

The result is an incredibly special, native themed fully porous driveway. With feature sandstone outcrops and an incredible story of innovation, hard work and success!

We are constantly impressed by the incredible novel application of StoneSet resin bound stone and are always more than happy to discuss your particular situation, budget and the options of which you are looking to achieve. So contact us today and let’s get your unique project moving!


Non hard paving and Ku Ring Gai Council

Project QuickStats

Location Lindfield, New South Wales
Cost $22,325
Stone Colour 6mm Koonunga
Total Area 86
Date Installed 23-06-2020

We’re often asked, “what allowance does StoneSet permeable paving receive from councils with regard to ‘porosity’?”.

The question is specifically in regard to development approvals for new build homes and the “hard-to-soft landscaping ratio”- hard surface building footprint vs ‘soft scape’ garden area. In this project and videos below, we speak with “Viv”, a very helpful home owner who sheds light on his experience when working in with Ku Ring Gai council on this immaculate new build.


An immaculate build

From above the excellent design and precision in building works completed on this property are self evident. Built to a very sleek and contemporary palate focussing on blues and greys – This design incorporated a number of clever ‘modern’ techniques and materials.

The first striking feature of the facade is the large ‘dressed fieldstone Walling’ pillar marking the entrance. This very large and impressive method of irregular Stone wall cladding has only recently been made possible by use of modern fabrication methods.

The Boral ‘cultured field stone‘ pillar is not natural stone but actually a much lighter fabrication of concrete, cast in irregular stone moulds. In this case, hand painted using blue and grey colour tones, the lighter materials mean such large and impressive features are safe and cost effective to install.

The second striking feature is the StoneSet resin bound stone aggregate driveway. Similar to the entrance pillar, the StoneSet driveway is also a natural bluestone look, fabricated in method incongruous to the eye.

The resin bound stone driveway occupies a large portion of the facade like the pillar, and showcases natural stone bound in a very orderly and modern way – Apparently loose stone, formed as one uniform, clean edged surface. In this case, framed by a border of pavers in a single row, delineating the edges and pathways.

This second video excerpt below discusses the choice of stone colour, with some additional drone footage demonstrating the porosity of the driveway.

Why go porous?

Ideally all paving would be porous to allow water retention and return to the ground water table. The reality is due to costs, most installations of StoneSet porous driveways occur as a result of development restrictions/requirements by council.

Local Councils have to ensure any new development will not contribute to an overload the existing wastewater infrastructure. Without a control of the ratio of hard surface (paving, roofs etc.) to soft surfaces (gardens and lawn), stormwater systems can become Overloaded or ‘Non-compliant’.

Each council typically surveys all the factors on a property by property basis before approving building works and issuing the final Occupational Certificate. Consideration of slopes, local creeks, surrounding trees and buildings are some of the factors that influence each buildings requirements.

In this situation (as the video describes) it was necessary to replace the hard surface of the driveway with something porous in order to offset the runoff-generating hard-surface area paving out the back of the property.

Whilst being an immense improvement to replenishing ground water and the health of surrounding vegetation, the thickness of resin bound stone required to create fully ‘porous’ paving is significantly more cost than the option simply to resurface an existing or new cement slab.

This video explains how, for new developments that do not require porous paving, a more cost effective process is to pour a new non-porous concrete base (offset lower than the surrounding surfaces) and this can be overlaid with a thinner 16mm topping (thus less expensive) application of the resin bound decorative aggregate.

researching your options

If you are currently investigating your options to build using porous paving or you would like to know more about StoneSets suitability as porous paving within your own council area, Contact Us Now! We’re always happy to discuss your project in more detail and any other relevant options regarding porous paving.

Porous Heritage Basement

The shocking damage at Wamberal Beach in NSW caused by a severe coastline storm  in July exposed more than just the fragility of cement footings due a dramatic erosion of sand.

The images also exposed some of our basic assumptions about the buildings in which we live and inhabit. The frailty of a buildings structural integrity when subject to excessive water penetration and erosion over time. The images demonstrate the underlying life-and-death responsibility architects and builders take on, when designing for structural integrity and water and erosion management.


Porous Paving to offset Damp

Salt damp is one of the more familiar and insidious incarnations of water damage that requires erosion control. This is particularly complicated for federation age properties, which are often constructed of natural materials and rudimentary methods typical of ‘old buildings’, (defined by heritage house as constructed before 1920)

This is where porous paving became pivotal to the remedial works in the lower level basement of this beautiful old heritage building. The basement level belies a retail store in the CBD on Adelaide’s iconic North Terrace.

South Australian builders Total Commercial Maintenance were contracted to solve a number of perplexing  challenges to alleviate the chronic problems of timber rot and salt damp.

Notably, the low temperatures overnight in the cold basement were causing the day time moisture (humidity) to settle as water in the brickwork. This is most prominent in the lower sections of the wall which were beginning to crack and spall –  The effect was particularly bad around the sections of the wall that were constructed with the older style natural lime based mortar and contained the more porous stone.

Not only were the federation age natural stone walls highly conducive to wicking up water from the damp floor, but the load on the basement walls meant a significant structural if risk trying to engineering or retrofit damp course membranes. Further, a lack of modern, adequate subsurface drainage had led to the floorboards trapping the water underneath, forcing more moisture wicking up the walls together with terrible wood rot and a permanent musty smell.

The builders were brilliant in recognising their limitations in trying to use a modern building material to ‘control’ moisture via the typical impervious membranes, silicones and gypsum injections. Instead, the solution was intuitive – if a structure suffers from too much moisture, it needs to be able to breathe. What has since evolved in building technology that allows the floor surface to breathe?

Porous Paving a breathable surface

That’s exactly how novel this application of StoneSets Porous Paving was as another erosion solution. Instead of wanting water to soak down into the soil, porous paving was used to allowed moisture to rise up out of the soil.

Now, instead of trapping that damp and rot under the floorboards, a combination of regular positive pressure ventilation and a breathable hard surface paving like StoneSet has completely transformed this area. By replacing timber rot with an equally functional and natural hard surface, the basement is less musty, far safer and more stable when using lifting trolleys and heavy weights and the integrity of the walls is being protected by allowing the floor moisture to be released into the air, not the walls.

StoneSet porous paving enables freshwater to evaporate up through the pavement. This means the water can freely undergo the necessary transpiration from the soil below the paving, spreading all of that water out into the soil of the park. Forget the expense and risk of experimenting with a retro fit of complex engineered drainage facilities for the water; the permeable paving prevents the concentration of water by allowing free migration, whether it sits during colder high humidity or evaporates during day time with lower humidity .


Not only that but the Resin bound natural ‘Cudgee beach‘ stone really did well to retain the rich heritage aesthetics and original character of the basement- complimenting the stack stone walls, offsetting the hardwood beams overhead and even framing this original cast iron fireplace

It’s a perfect example of architectural form and function, where a new technology like a polyurethane stone binder simultaneously improves usability and aesthetics. And at a significantly lower cost and risk of damage too – retrofitting drainage and other damp course prevention methods to 100-year old natural stone basement level walls.

Winter Warmer – blend of Black Tan & Ash


Black Tan & Ash.. For the beer drinkers among us, you’re forgiven thinking were referring to the infamous British brew  ‘Black and Tan’ – the half-half pint of black Guinness and golden Pale Ale.

Black Tan & Ash also conjures up images of huddling around the fire place. Black coals, Tan Timber and white powdery ash crumbling away at the sides.

Unfortunately this Black Tan & Ash doesn’t involve a ye-olde english pub or being huddled around a fireplace. It does however, bring us just as much an experience of warmth and cold – in the form of coloured stone.

Winter Warmer paving

We love the versatility this blend of StoneSet resin bound stone brings, particularly to red brick homes with larger paved surfaces. Here the Sun and Shadows really drive the contrasting characteristics of white marble and black granites, mediated by reddish brown of Tan.

Blends of coloured stones bring a variety of their natural character. Unlike more uniformity a single-origin quarried stone brings, the Black Tan & Ash brings a more complex interplay of light between the sun and the shadows.

In direct sunlight the white marble ‘Ash’ dominates, reflecting the brilliance of the suns rays, which outshines the black of granite and is warmed by the vibrancy of red-ochre sun brings out of the Tan gravel.

Where shadows fall, it is the black granite that predominates. This is due to the absence of light turning the white marble to a subdued grey. The Tan also sinks back from red to dark brown and is almost indistinguishable from the Black.

Simultaneous Modern and classic

This is where the addition of Tan does so well to mediate between an otherwise speckled Black and White.

‘Salt and Pepper’ is popular for more modern homes, where they display a more contrasting facade of white brick against a dark blue or grey flashing. These high contrasts are desirable to achieve sleek delineated looks, when accentuating the hard-lines modern building materials bring such as aluminium cladding.

Red brick homes owe their familiar pinkish colour to the pigment iron oxide – which is added to clay (Alumina) bricks, to bring down the heating temperatures required to fire them in the kiln. This of course brings down energy costs and explains why red-bricks are much more predominant in residential construction, more ‘traditional’ and natural than white ones (which is pigmented by magnesium oxide).

This is why Black Tan Ash simultaneously embodies aspects of Modern (contrasting black and whites) and Contemporary (traditional ochres of red bricks).

Autumn Reds, Winter Greens

The iron pigment in the ‘Tan’ Calca stone similarly reflects heat and sunlight at the lower range of the electromagnetic spectrum, the ‘red light’ after the higher energy ‘blues’ of ultraviolet are absorbed (and let out as heat).

Continuing on with our science lesson, the red colour of Autumn leaves are due to their loss of green chlorophyll, the natural shedding of leaves by deciduous plants in the winter. The greens normally masks the red ‘carotinoids’ of the leaf. Not long after the leaves die, they of course drop to the ground and turn brown.

So here, we raise a glass to the transformation into this beautiful warm modern home. Black Tan Ash was the perfect choice to bring out a clean modern home design through contrasting black and whites, together with the warmth of traditional reds in a red brick home.

University of Western Sydney Courtyard

StoneSet was chosen as the preferred surface to withstand foot traffic of thousands of Sydneys best and brightest students at the University of Western Sydney campus in Richmond.

Working with Taylor Brammer Landscape Architects and a large commercial builder, StoneSet was called on to install a total 1600sqm worth of resin bound paths and driveway resurfacing.

StoneSet was chosen as the preferred surface to withstand foot traffic of thousands of Sydneys best and brightest students at the University of Western Sydney campus in Richmond.

This video below shows the team starting to lay in the morning and working out from the corner. The build up of bags on the mixer (left of screen) reflects 4 x bags of 20kg stone being ‘batched’ mixed with resin at a time. As the team lay the stone, the bags build up and are split to release the stone into the mixer where the resin is applied. Each batch is then released into the wheel barrow where it is taken to be troweled into position.

The video below shows a section being overlaid 1 square meter at a time. As this was the largest project undertaken by StoneSet in 2019 the site team was at the university for the full week installing resin bound paving over 1600sqm



Garden of the World – Gough Whitlam Park

One of Sydneys best kept natural secrets, Gough Whitlam Park is a beautiful, little know peaceful waterway retreat on the on the banks of the cook river in Earlwood.

Image courtesy of Weekend Notes

Peace in a public space

Originally owned by a convict pardoned by the state, this piece of land came into the possession of the Department of Public Works and was purportedly used for the storage of building materials used in the maintenance and construction of the river banks, including the disposal of dredging from the river.

Labeled unfit for development in the early 1900s due to the smell of naturally rotting vegetation in the often stagnant waterway, It was donated to Canterbury Council in 1978 and Council transformed the area into parkland not long after.

Creating a garden Mosaic

Council named the area Gough Whitlam Park in December 1982 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the election of the Whitlam government.

The Garden of the World “was designed to Botanically represent the Cultural Diversity of the City of Canterbury” situated in  Gough Whitlam park and heralds its central tennants of Respect, Unit and Peace. The design of the landscape feature and gardens were done in partnership with the residents and community groups in the Canterbury electorate.

The landscaping works of the garden were completed in 2009 to compliment the theme of “Respect Unity Peace” already enshrined on indigenous mosaic which had been installed earlier, on 22 October 2004.







The sixth in a series of street mosaics commissioned by Council, the mosaics paid tribute to the local leader of aboriginal resistance, Pemulwy and his son, Tedbury. The mosaics portray the original Cooks River with native fish, local middens with sea shells in secret places, native animals that used to live in the area and hand stencils from a local rock shelter.

Today, the mosaic and landscaping feature is located near the Cooks River cycle path and the bridge over the creek.







Paying tribute to the original custodians

The garden mosaic also recognised and celebrated the original custodians of the area, the Bediagal people. The native low lying grasses and golden ‘yellow sienna‘ natural stone wasand we pay our respect to them.

Mr Whitlam unveiled a plaque which acknowledged his Federal Government’s assistance to Canterbury Council during its term in office.

If you would like more information on this particular Porous pavement project, please contact us on 1300 392 155, we would be more than happy to discuss similarities in your porous Pathway project and provide any more information as required.

Babworth House Heritage Listed Paving

Here is another stunning heritage project that was completed in 2010 on instruction from the NSW office of Environment and Heritage.

The large scale job was one of the oldest StoneSet projects in Australia, together with Ashton house which is also located on the foreshore of Sydney harbour. Installed using a iron red glensanda stone thee StoneSet driveway was the only option for the driveway approved by the National Heritage Board.

The team had to do significant prep work, including chisling out around existing drainage, given the decades of compaction, the paving was rock solid. In order to finish flush up agains some of the existing spoon drains and guttering, we needed to get a depth low enough to ensure a durable finish for the long term.

StoneSet were also involved in making custom drain panels which can be seen in the photos, so as to create a continuous surface and keep in line with heritage appearance but allowing manhole access to modern upgrades in utilities that had evolved with the property.

Babworth house has seen a long line of change of ownership and subdivision. The government owned heritage listed component around the estate proper is where StoneSet installed the porous natural stone paving.

It is estimated the stone that we replaced at the residence could have been more than 6 years old, as the stone was continually replaced, however low usage given the property was not accessible to the general public for most of the century.

From Wikipedia

Originally known by its Aboriginal name Yarranabbee, in a suburb named after the governors wife, “Mrs Darling Point”

In the early 1800’s the land  was advertised with “Villa allotments” were advertised for sale and was purchased by William Macdonald, who named his purchase Mount Adelaide and spent considerable amounts of money on it, although no residence had been built by the time he put it up for sale in 1837. 

In 1912 the old house had been pulled down and plans prepared for the new residence. A brief description in the Sydney Morning Herald gave some idea about the character of the new house: ‘The building, which will contain about 40 rooms.. when complete the building should be one of the finest residences in Sydney.’[1]

The house was on a grand scale with high quality finishes and it appears that it was not until 1915 that Samuel Hordern and his family took up residence in their new home, called Babworth House. Its style and location were sure marks of a class of commercial entrepreneurs which had established itself as part of the Sydney social elite.

Babworth House is sited on the highest point of the Darling Point peninsula. The house is two storey with walls finished in finely worked, unpainted, cement render with beautifully detailed Art Nouveau-inspired decorations around openings and chimneys.



Ashbury Porous Driveway

This Private porous driveway was installed using Glensanda stone on 30/10/19.

StoneSet used a Glensanda colour stone bound with StoneSets’ premium polyurethane resin. This mix has been used for more than 10 years across all states, by Australia’s longest running porous paving company.

See more Porous driveways near Ashbury

Resin bound stone is not one of the first things that comes to mind when looking for School ideas and particularly when paving over existing hard surfaces. You can read more detail on Schools we’ve done and see photos of these projects here.

If you would like more information on this particular Porous pavement project, please contact us on 1300 392 155 and quote the job reference number 5718, we would be more than happy to discuss similarities in your porous School project and provide any more information as required.