Category: Homeowner - Renovate

Our best Before-and-Afters

Here at StoneSet we are used to completely transforming a public space or the way a property presents on the street. We have developed a variety of porous paving applications as porous paving is suitable for numerous applications Here were some of our best before and afters.

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Yellow Sienna with Glensanda Borders

Here’s this weeks project in the north-western Sydney suburb of Glenwood. There was an obvious need to either remediate the stained and aged stamped concrete driveway, or in this case, resurface it completely in Yellow Sienna stone

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How to lay pavers? Don’t use pavers!

The 2020 search phase “Coronavirus near me” will undoubtedly dwarf the number of 2019 google searches for “Fires near me”, which came in as the most popular trending phrase of the year on google by Australians at the end of 2019.

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Resealing Maintenance? What’s that?!

We take a deeper dive into the world of concrete sealers and driveway maintenance. Particularly relevant for homeowners looking at investing in a new exposed aggregate driveways. StoneSet’s 10 year warranty of no loose stone means you save thousands of dollars avoiding maintenance and re-sealing programs.

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D-I-Y.. Y-Not? 

Australia’s spending habits have changed dramatically during April 2020. We review some of the more popular DIY paving projects home owners have taken on as they remain house-bound during lock down.

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Driveway Renovation and Resurfacing

StoneSet recently completed works at a property in the NSW Central Coast to overlay an old concrete tiled driveway.

As part of the property renovation, the driveway was extended on either side of the existing concrete slab. Originally it was thought that the only way to achieve a high-quality finish to the driveway was to completely remove the existing tiles and slab and start completely from scratch.

With landfill waste costs and environmental considerations, this was not deemed the right course of action so after contacting StoneSet it was decided that an overlay of the concrete using 6mm Charcoal would give the finish best matched to the properties new look.

30-year-old tiled driveway renovated

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Driveway boundary extension

Before Tiles

Reflective expansion joints installed

Concrete overlay

Permeable Driveway installation

The installation took just 2 days which included the installation of aluminium control joints to reflect most of the expansion joints in the concrete, followed by the pour of the 16mm StoneSet layer.

Some great feedback from the project designer:

“We selected to use StoneSet as it is a product that purposely can renovate existing driveways. By using StoneSet we were able to retain the existing concrete driveway. We could reshape where necessary by adding new concrete pieces changing the footprint to suit the new renovations of the dwelling.

The StoneSet topping was considered the most cost-effective way of renovating the driveway, saving the client $15,000-$20,000 when compared with the cost of removing the existing concrete drive and replacing it with a new one. The product’s great warranty also influenced our decision.

The finish of the StoneSet product is superior, provides a high quality finish which compliments the renovations of the dwelling. The feedback from anyone who views the driveway, has been surprised that it is actually a renovation to an old driveway, as it looks brand new.” – Louise Williams LAW Building Design

A range of finishes are available from StoneSet, we have grey tones, brown tones, whites, yellow, greens and many more natural Australian stone, gravel and pebbles. To get a free quote, get in touch today.

Finished with pool

Three Benefits of Overlay Paving

Beginning a paving project can be a daunting prospect. It can be complex, time- consuming, and expensive. Some of these worries can be reduced, however, if you choose to use the overlay paving method. (more…)

Backyard Facelift

What a transformation!

One thing we never grow tired of here at StoneSet is the potential to totally transform tired and neglected problem areas. And because StoneSet’s resin bound stone dries in 24hours, these transformations literally happen overnight!

Often an area of existing paving can become worn and patched up, even cracked without losing its structural strength and integrity. StoneSet can be used as a surface dressing to bring it back to life, looking better than ever. When originally conceived StoneSet was designed simply for an attractive, natural surface for overlaying concrete and asphalt.

StoneSet can be overlaid on just about any rigid surface, even with cracking

Brickwork

One of the most tired surfaces is old cobbled brickwork, which is normally uneven and stained. Because bricks last forever, its not uncommon for us to resurface backyards that had been hardscaped 50-60 years ago.

Below is an application we did in Mosman in 2018. The homeowner was determined to renovate the area but didnt want to lift the levels too much by overlaying new pavers.

  • Overlaid existing – no need to pay for tip fees for brickwork
  • StoneSet applied at minimal 16mm depth
  • 10 Year guarantee
  • 24 hour turn around

    

 

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Sometimes yards start looking…dated. The bland open lawns and tired flower beds get a bit old after many years. That’s why hardscapes made with porous pavement are making such headway in landscaping design.

Paths, patios, and tracks provide an exciting design twist to a yard’s look, and they refresh all the other elements in the landscape. StoneSet particularly is great for updating your yards look. Here are 3 reasons to touch up your yard with porous pavement hardscapes using StoneSet.

Sandstone

Here we have filled in the existing worn sandstone paving with asphalt to level off before applying a clean application of StoneSet over the top. StoneSet are able to prepare the base or advise on how your contractor can do so in each situation.

 

 

Cracked Concrete

Easily overlay cracked concrete, without concern of seeing future cracking. StoneSet have a patented method of overlaying existing cracked concrete with meshwork that will

Unlike other rigid surfaces, StoneSet have created a blend not only flexible but highly porous. The smooth, fully bound surface will give, to the point that the same resin is used on tree surrounds to cater for growing root systems.

 

 

Patchwork Concrete

Again thousands of driveways Australia wide are looking to be transformed! Here we were faced with a  a patchwork of old and new concrete which did nothing for the appearance of the house.

 

Pricing

StoneSet DIY come in kits including Stone and Resin to cover 0.8sqm. Each kit costs approximately $70 depending on the colour choice. To get an estimate on the cost of your project, enter your square meterage size here!

 

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How to Use Overlay Paving to Revitalize a Project While Saving Money

Sure, your old hardscape may be cracked, split, or fractured, but it could still be strong enough to provide the foundation for a beautiful new piece of pavement. Why rip up a solid foundation just because it’s starting to wear down?

There are plenty of reasons to restructure your worn-out overlay pavement, by using it as the foundation for a vibrant new hardscape. Here are some benefits of using overlay paving.

 

BENEFITS OF OVERLAY PAVING

Cost: Cost is a factor in any construction project, big or small. Save some of that budget for other areas of the construction and save yourself or your client a mint. Overlay paving reduces costs overall since the structural foundation is already present.

Environmentally-friendly: Using overlay paving prevents the existing structural foundation from being torn up and thrown into a landfill. Overlay paving is a greener, more environmentally-friendly option.

Makeover: Using overlay paving is a fantastic way to breathe a fresh new aesthetic into the old pavement. At StoneSet, we will work with you every step of the way when it comes to appearances. Typically, this involves custom advice on every structural and aesthetic option on what you can do with our product. Curious? Check our image gallery on past projects we’ve run.

Bases: You don’t necessarily need a concrete foundation. We have worked with all types of bases during our many years doing overlays. Are you working with a driveway made of metal and want an overlay? We’ve seen it, and we’ve done it.

In-and-out: StoneSet overlay paving is quick. We can be in and out before you know it. We are fast, quiet, and with a curing time of just 24 hours for pedestrian traffic and 48 hours for vehicular, expect your project to be complete in a flash.

Grip: We can’t speak for all overlay paving on this one, but StoneSet’s overlay paving is textured and thus provides a high grip rating. Our class V paving prevents slips and falls and grips wheelchairs with ease.

If you are thinking about using overlay paving for an upcoming project, please feel free to contact us!

Overlay Paving – A Simple Way You Can Go Green

When people hear the phrase green construction, they always tend to imagine tearing out whatever structure already exists to put in something that’s more eco-friendly. However, something that a lot of people don’t consider is that anything you tear down creates waste. It has to be broken up, hauled away, and the remnants disposed of.

Breaking down existing structures takes a lot of energy (electricity and fuel to power the tools necessary), hauling it away takes fuel (often enough for several trips), and then the remnants need to either be recycled (which takes more energy) or tossed into a landfill.

A lot of us forget that, sometimes, the greenest thing we can do is to take care of what already exists, so there’s no need to spend excess energy or create additional waste. That is where overlay paving comes in.

OVERLAY PAVING: A GREEN SOLUTION FOR YOUR PAVING NEEDS

Take a long, hard look at your paving. Now, ask yourself if it genuinely needs replacing. Because if it’s still fundamentally sound, installing a new pavement (even if that new pavement is more eco-friendly than the existing one) is going to waste a perfectly functional pavement and create a lot of unnecessary waste.

If your existing pavement has surface damage, or you want to make it look like new, then what you need is overlay paving. This type of pavement adds a top layer to an existing structure, which uses less time, less energy, and fewer resources than an entirely new installation. You get to cover up and protect minor damage before it becomes a problem. And to the untrained eye, it looks like you have a whole new pavement. No fuss, and minimal time and effort when compared to a full, top-down replacement.

For more information about overlay paving, as well as other green paving options, contact us today!