Used for thousands of years for building, sandstone is one of the most durable and elegant building materials in existence. For outdoor pathways and living areas, sandstone pavers bring natural yet rich colours to any space. Class and fresh, this versatile material can be used in a number of ways to enhance your outdoor spaces. Try these five practical ways to make use of sandstone in you home.

1. Outdoor Paving

Sandstone is a preferred material for outdoor paving not only because it has strong aesthetic appeal, but also because it’s highly durable. It can withstand extreme exposure to the elements and last a lifetime. Sandstone paving can look the same as it did on the day of installation even after 20 years. Sandstone needs little maintenance to retain its original condition, especially since the advent of high pressure water cleaners that can freshen the surface quickly and easily.

For outdoor living areas, the warm colours of sandstone harmonises with natural and modern colours. They also go very well with greenery, blending into the background and providing a good base for classic or modern garden designs and colour themes.

As they retain their colour so well, sandstone outdoor pavers can be used to line courtyards, patios, or balconies, and it can be used to build pathways and garden walkways.

2. Garden Features 

Sandstone pavers can be used to create attractive garden features. Some ideas include:

  • Capped and raised garden beds. Raised garden beds with low shrubs help bring extra dimension to the garden. Sandstone pavers can be used to line and support raised garden beds so they harmonise with the overall design of the garden.
  • Steps. For courtyard gardens, pergolas, patios, balconies, and other outdoor spaces, steps can create extra dimension and texture to the space. They also serve a very practical purpose relating to access. Given the durability of sandstone, it’s a very suitable material for building steps.
  • Water walls. Water walls are very popular in gardens incorporating an ultra-modern design. Sandstone wall fountains or water walls make a great feature for the garden, and the use of sandstone can bring a rustic and classic look to the wall feature.
  • Barbeque. Sandstone can even be used to build a barbeque that blends into the rest of the garden.

3. Pool

Sandstone is excellent for pool coping and surrounding areas, particularly traditionally chlorinated pools. They hold up very well against water and have the added safety feature of being ‘non-slip’ when wet, which means they are very child-friendly.

The fresh warm colours of sandstone set off swimming pools very well, giving any water feature a touch of warmth and elegance. For more on pool paving click here

4. Cladded Ponds

As they can withstand exposure to water, sandstone is also suitable for use around ponds or water features. The stone is often used to incorporate a luxurious and stylish appeal to gardens and outdoor features such as ponds.

5. Wall Cladding

Sandstone is a great material for wall cladding in any outdoor area. From walls to fencing and even columns, this material will hold up to extended exposure to the elements. For harmonious and matching paving on pathways and wall cladding, sandstone is a durable option that requires little maintenance or cleaning.