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Creating a Family-Friendly Backyard Kids Will Love If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the backyard could be considered the soul. It’s the scene of celebrations, family gatherings and quiet contemplation. And for families, the backyard serves …

Designing Your Dreamy Outdoor Room

Decorative concrete has long been used as a foundation for outdoor rooms and entertaining areas, so what makes it such a useful material to work with? Outdoor rooms are more than just a balcony or patio. They work as an …

How Much Does a Decorative Concrete Driveway Cost

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Geostone is how much does a decorative concrete driveway cost? The answer depends on many factors, including the size of the area to be concreted, the location of the project, …

10 Reasons to Love Polished Concrete Flooring

Polished concrete flooring is dominating design trends for new and renovated homes, and the reasons why are endless. From concrete’s high durability and low maintenance to its aesthetic appeal, today we look at 10 reasons to love polished concrete flooring. …

How to declutter your home this weekend

The best way to declutter your home is to do it quickly, so why not get it done this weekend? Whether you enjoy spring cleaning or you’ve been putting it off, the aim is to have your home looking clean …

Renovating on a Budget

If you have grand plans for your home makeover, renovating on a budget can sound challenging. Everyone wants a functional, comfortable and inviting home they feel proud to call their own. And most of us want space for entertaining guests, …

Keeping Your Home Warm in Winter

There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book in a cosy spot in front of the fireplace. But for many of us, winter time often involves coming home to a cold dark house, firing up the heater and …

Using Honed Concrete Outdoors

Using honed concrete outdoors provides a sleek and polished finish for entertaining areas and pathways. The honed finish can be applied to coloured concrete and exposed aggregate to create a contemporary space customised to the unique colour scheme and surrounds …

Should You Restore or Build a New Driveway?

Whether you’re upgrading your home or buying an established house, restoring your driveway is probably on the to-do list. Driveways come in many forms and materials, including pavers, bricks, concrete, asphalt, gravel or sometimes just good old fashioned compacted dirt. …

Weatherproof Outdoor Entertaining Areas

Aussies love the great outdoors. So whether it’s a huge backyard or a small balcony, outdoor entertaining areas are a must for every Australian home. But even the ‘sunburnt country’ is prone to unpredictable weather, including extreme heat, flooding rain, …

Pouring Concrete over an Existing Surface

Pouring new concrete over an existing surface can save time and money on home renovations and outdoor restorations. But it could compromise the lifespan of your new concrete surface. One of the most commonly asked questions Geostone receives is: ‘can …

Building a Beautiful Garden in a Small Space

Having a beautiful garden and owning your own home is still the Great Australian Dream. But the rising cost of housing is forcing more of us to live in smaller spaces, so the days of sprawling verandahs and half-acre blocks …

What Property Valuers Look For Outside Your Home

A property valuer could determine the price range of your home before they even walk through the front door. That’s why outdoor renovations should not be overlooked when preparing to sell your home. Bathroom and kitchen renovations are often prioritised …

The Best Time to Renovate Your Driveway

Whether you’re building a house or planning a long-overdue home makeover, you might be thinking about renovating your driveway. But when is the best time to do it? While pouring the perfect concrete might be an exact science, when to …

Why Concrete Is the New Cool

Using contemporary concrete styling in your home The industrial vintage look of concrete has made a return to dominate contemporary architecture on a global scale. And you can now replicate this style in your very own home. Once confined to …

How to Prevent Concrete Cracking

It’s the one question everyone wants answered when it comes to concrete – how do we prevent cracking? We often find our customers want the durability and visual appeal of decorative concrete, but they’re concerned about the risk of cracks …

Indoor Wet Areas Need Concrete Floors

The gleaming elegance of the polished floors we see in fancy boutiques and big-named department stores – it’s not so long ago we’d have never thought of trying to replicate that look in our own home’s indoor areas. Traditionally, concrete …

Pave the Way to the Great Outdoors

Author: Peter Colquhoun Leading architects will tell you that ‘outdoor areas’ are just as important as indoor spaces. Look at any great Architecture from any period in time and it’s the ‘outdoor areas’ that surround a building that are key …

Concrete Floors: Perfect for Pets

Decorative concrete floors are very pet-friendly – and very owner-friendly for that matter. Concrete as a floor surface is hardwearing, easy-to-clean and forgiving, as well as one that can lend stunning looks and character to a home. This combination of …

5 Simple Tips for Cleaning Decorative Concrete

Decorative concrete is relatively easy to care for, and it’s this low-maintenance factor that is helping to drive its increasing use in many homes. Here are five cleaning tips for decorative concrete that are not only helpful but also emphasise …

A Solid Long-Term Investment

Decorative concrete provides a surface with long-term appeal, and we’re not just talking about the way it looks. As an investment, it could pay off handsomely down the track, thanks to its durability and value adding qualities. A prime example …

Four Reasons Why Decorative Concrete Is Family Friendly

Decorative concrete is an increasingly popular surface, and it’s not hard to figure out why. It is extremely versatile, offering a wide variety of looks – exposed aggregate, coloured, multi-coloured, dyed, stained, honed, polished, stamped, trowel finished…you get the idea! …

Cool Pool Surrounds

Before the sun goes down and the barbecue is fired up, it’s your pool that is usually the centre of attention on a hot summer’s afternoon. It’s perfectly understandable that you want the pool to capture that attention in a …

What Is Thermal Mass?

Basically, thermal mass refers to a material’s ability to absorb and store heat energy. The next question is: what does thermal mass have to do with decorative concrete, and specifically, a polished concrete floor? Concrete has what is known as …

Can Concrete Really Be Beautiful?

The short answer is YES. Concrete really can be beautiful. The question of beauty could be a nagging one though, even if you’re sold on concrete’s other qualities, such as lower maintenance, durability and strength. Deep down however, you might …

The Benefits Of a Concrete Patio

If you’ve never considered concrete as a surface for your patio, you’re overlooking the myriad of benefits it can provide. A concrete patio can be a highly attractive and distinctive feature of your home, with the added benefits of durability, …

Your Driveway Renovation Checklist

Renovating your driveway can have many benefits. A great driveway can add functionality, convenience, street appeal and, crucially, value to your home. But, like anything in life, if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right. …

Driveways – Welcome to Your Home

Author: Peter Colquhoun The Aussie driveway has become the forgotten outdoor living space of the home. Over the years, it needs to double as hand ball court, a car and dog washing bay and don’t forget its primary purpose of …

Dive In: Pool Renovation Tips

Decades ago, having a large swimming pool installed in the backyard would have made you the talk of the neighbourhood and everyone in your street keenly awaiting an invitation to pop over for a swim and barbecue. A swimming pool …

Exposed Aggregate: The King of Driveway Materials

Low-maintenance, visually appealing and affordable – exposed aggregate concrete is an excellent way to get a spectacular-looking driveway. The techniques involved in stripping away an upper layer of cement skin to reveal the exquisite natural qualities of stones and granite …

Pour Concrete and Add Value to Your Home

More than just a basic construction material, concrete is now one of the most versatile building, paving and decorative products in existence. Decorative concrete has become an integral part of modern building design and renovation projects. In its wide-ranging applications …

Concrete Floors for Indoor-Outdoor Flow

The early 1990s marked the beginning of the end for large backyards. In the book The Life and Death of the Australian Backyard, Tony Hall, Adjunct Professor within the Urban Research Program at Griffith University, says that big backyards, long …

7 Expensive Home Selling Mistakes

Selling your home takes a lot of time and effort, and if not properly planned can be a costly and stressful affair. A home sale is a big decision; there’s attachment to the place that has shared so many memories …

Driveway Installation Tips

The ideal driveway provides unhindered access from the curb to your front door; it gives you somewhere to park your car and provides a clear walkway to your home. It is made of a strong and hard-wearing surface that is …

Low Maintenance Means High Appeal

The Australian Securities & Investments Commission’s Moneysmart guide advises that older homes or those with features such as a pool or extensive landscaping may blow out maintenance costs. Buyers should consider how much to set aside every month to cover …

5 Ways to Avoid Spending too Much on Your Renovation

Just like cricket and football, home renovating is now something of a national pastime. Home renovations across the nation topped a whopping $31 billion in 2016. There are countless DIY blogs, YouTube videos and home-beautifying magazines driving the trend. Popular …