Resurface Renovation

Project QuickStats

Location Narrabeen, New South Wales
Cost $11,405.8
Stone Colour 6mm Koonunga
Total Area 61 square meters
Date Installed 13-10-2020

crazy Paving as ‘natural landscaping’

Geologically the Sydney basin is made of sedimentary rock, primarily composed of sandstone. In Melbourne, slate is more often used for crazy paving, and features on pathways and often as a hard wearing foyers at the homes entry.

We’ve explained in previous posts why crazy paving generally is so ubiquitous in residential building, primarily its ultra low cost in building periods during post war decades.

However there is deeper subconscious reason why the disorderly, ‘crazy’ lack of pattern appeals. Conventional block ‘segmental’ pavers are mass manufactured and thus bring a uniform, ‘hard edges and corners’ man-made feel and appearance.


exposed aggregate Alternative

This lovely residence located on Sydneys Northern Beaches had existing charcoal colored crazy paving stencil. Undertaking renovations to the facade, including a new front door – The decision was to move away from the worn pattern imprinted concrete look.

Looking to retain a natural look without the disorderly pattern of crazy paving, our homeowners found StoneSet!

The alternative natural stone / exposed aggregate solution was not only instant match to suit the existing darker colors, but also imparted the feeling of ‘brining order to nature’.




Resurfacing the crazy paving

Crazy paving is chosen by many as a means of rejecting what can be called a visually overbearing, man made imposition on the homes appearance. The opposite of man made pattern and order – is the ‘crazy’ disorder of the natural world.

But as humans, the feeling of a good orderly home shows a mastery over disorder of nature. The photos below  demonstrate this, as stencil work around the ‘border’ takes the shape of regular pavers. Using the look of segmental pavers at the border ‘frames the natural’ to bestow order to the natural environment.

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The Photos show the area in need of some driveway resurfacing with the condition typical of a 10 year old stencil concrete surface. Colour pigmentation of the stencil fades, and wear is particularly evident with the dark colour schemes as we see below.

UV damage is particularly evident on the pathway image – The ‘inner side’ shaded by the houses eaves are in better condition than the outer edge of the pathway showing more advanced wear.

driveway resurfacing to the rescue!

Theres not much that can be done to stop UV damage to any polymer coated driveways. Thats why natural stone is superior to resist UV colour fading, which we’ve discussed in previous posts.

The owners were thrilled with the final result of the 6mm Koonunga stone overlay which was installed 13-10-2020 taking a single day, covering both their driveway and side pathway. With a 10 year warranty, they won’t need to worry about going through the same process for 10 years or more.

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Whilst Stenciled concrete ‘crazy paving’ is a more modern method of bringing the same natural appearance to your outdoor paving, It cant be relied upon to still look good for at least a decade when renovating your driveway paving or backyard landscaping.

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 6815, 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.