PRODUCT IN FOCUS: Natural Stone Basalt (Bluestone)

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Application:  Honed, laid stretcherbond (brickbond)

Basalt is a dark, dense, igneous rock of a lava flow or minor intrusion, composed essentially of labradorite and pyroxene and often displaying a columnar structure.

Basalt’s stunning greyish appearance and durability makes it the perfect material for many design applications, including:

Bathroom Tiling

Internal Floor tiling

External Paving

Pool Coping

Wall Cladding

Dry Wall Cladding


Basalt, like most natural stones, is porous, therefore needs to be treated correctly prior to, and after installation, to ensure it remains stain-resistant.  The DUPONT range of sealers are highly recommended for sealing basalt.  Consideration needs to be given to its uses near salt-water pools also.  It also requires an appropriate rapid-set adhesive (like Grani-rapid), to avoid the glue bleeding through the material.

As a natural stone, one of the most beautiful features of this material is the variation from piece to piece.  It has a stunning patina on the surface, and feels like silk underfoot, particularly in the honed finish.  Other finishes available are sawn, bush-hammered, flamed, raw, chiselled and polished.

Being a natural stone, Basalt can be cut to any size and thickness.  Commonly imported in slabs of approximately 2400x1400x20mm, and tiles of 1000x500x20mm, 800x400x15mm, 600x300x10mm.  Specialised sizes and thicknesses for pool copings can also be imported on request in addition to crazy paving.

Please enjoy a few photographs of basalt in-situ, showcasing the material in various applications.

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Application:  Random rectangular thickness as a decorative feature on fireplace, in a mixture of finishes (honed, sawn, raw)
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Application: Honed Stackbond 600x300x10mm – Flooring Material
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Application:  Honed, Mixed sizes for feature wall in Bathroom
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Application:  Honed, random lengths for feature in shower tiling
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Application:  Honed 600x300x10mm Stackbond – Bathroom floor and wall tiling
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Application:  Honed 600x300x10mm Stackbond – Bathroom floor and wall tiling

photo 9Application:  Slabwork in 20mm – Custom cut steptreads.  All honed.

photo 10Application:  Dry wall cladding

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Application:  Chiselled Tiles
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Application:  Honed 600x300x10mm Stackbond – Flooring Material
Application:  Sawn 1000x500x20mm – External paving and pool coping

If you would like a quote on Basalt, or any other natural stone, please call Kate Walker on 0422 425 523.  Kate can also provide advice on the correct maintenance procedure for your material.

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KWD has grown from a team of two in 2013 to a dynamic group of ten professionals who all contribute to the successful consultancy we have created. Growing up in a family with a mother as an Interior Designer and a father as a successful Ceramic Tile Merchant, it's no wonder I entered the world of design. At Kate Walker Design (KWD), our primary focus is to specify, source and supply stone, tiles and all other hard finishes into projects across Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, but also interstate and internationally. We embrace a consultative approach and develop lasting relationships with each and every client. It’s what the KWD team knows and loves. “Design is not a thing we do. It’s our way of life.” Kate Walker

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