Whether trying to fully utilise a sloping block, create separate rooms within one garden or simply create visual interest, a decorative or retaining sandstone wall can often be the answer. These days beautifully textured walls are sold in systems that can be put up in a weekend by even the most inexperienced do-it-yourselfer, and at a fraction of the cost of conventional stone walls.

Paving and tile specialist Amber , reports keen interest in walling systems such as its Handywall, a dry-stacked, mortar-free wall that comes in a variety of sizes, shapes, colours and textures. Handywall can be used as a decorative or retaining wall, can be built to varying heights in curved or straight format and can be put up quickly and easily by the average do-it-yourselfer.

Systems like Handywall are akin to childrens’ interlocking building blocks - they are a series of blocks that simply lock together without any need for mortar, cement and pins. Their strength and stability rely entirely on this simple interlocking design which is suitable for a variety of applications from driveway embankment and garden retaining wall to courtyard enclosures and pool surrounds.

The other distinct advantage of Handywall is its appearance. It has the look and feel of natural split-face rock without any of the drawbacks. It is less expensive, easier to construct and resistant to cracking and splintering.

An additional feature of Handywall is the capping which is available in large slabs measuring 600x300mm with the split face texture on one or two of the long sides, with Curved Caps and Corner Caps also available to ensure a professional finish.

Handywall is available in two colours - Hawkesbury which features the two coloured banding of natural sandstone and Portstone, a pale monotonal version.

Source: Building Products News.