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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At KWD we look at a project holistically. The sum of all the parts make the whole story work, and it’s this unique approach that sets us apart. The KWD experience provides a streamlined process. We specify, source and supply all hard finishes as well as carpets, rugs, custom furniture and soft furnishings, and manage the procurement, warehousing, freight and quality so every project is worry free. We work closely with interior designers, architects, developers and home-owners, selecting the ideal flooring, designing the perfect joinery and choosing the right paint colours for a wide range of design aesthetics. From finding the perfect paving stones and pool tiles to offering landscaping advice, KWD manages the whole design process. One contact, one invoice and staged deliveries ensure peace of mind. KWD's extensive global network of manufacturers, importers, agents and local wholesalers ensures the selected products are always available. Key supply partners are chosen for their ability to fulfil each project requirement, while our contract negotiation skills will always provide the most outstanding pricing. We often engage architects, draftsmen, lighting designers and builders to complete the design process. 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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