Composite designs are in vogue for Australian contemporary homes with the trend calling on a timeless mix of bricks, stone, glass and steel. 

Austral Bricks  has provided another useful design element with the release of Lite-Stone, a new lightweight stone facade alternative to stackstone.

Eve Castle, QLD marketing manager – Austral Bricks, describes Lite-Stone as a natural and lightweight stone facade.

“With a new generation of young homemakers and designers aspiring to achieve a level of sophisticated style in their home, it became apparent that the creation of new facade systems is paramount.

“Lite-Stone is manufactured from thin stone sections achieving a total weight, once installed, of less than 29kg per square metre.

“This minimal weight allows simple adhesive only application by professionals and DIY’ers alike. This innovative, yet simple system, an earthy and contemporary ambience is easily achieved in any home or landscaping application,” said Eve Castle.

“Lite-Stone also presents renovators with a new inspiration to transform tired, old facades and internal walls into ultra smart finishes. It creates a whole new perspective for small and large renovation projects,” she added.

The range is made from small slate and quartzite pieces, 400mm x 125mm, ranging between 8 and 15mm thick. A versatile product, Lite-Stone can be fixed to a range of wall linings such as fibre cement, plasterboard sheeting, concrete & cement render finishes and some waterproofing membranes.

Manufactured to a high-quality standard, Lite-Stone is ideal for achieving the resort look or as a feature wall or panel, column cladding and retaining wall facades or any other use you can imagine – adding a timeless yet contemporary character to any project.

A wide range of colours such as Valley Coal, Territory Slate, Tiger Sand and Calcite Blend mix well with contemporary architecture and put the finishing touch to both internal and external architecture in style.

“When you combine Lite-Stone with Austral Bricks colours such as the Urban One, Elements or Colourbrick and others from our range the effects are good.

“Lite-Stone has added a new dimension to the Austral Bricks range giving architects, builders and homebuyers, a new design tool for resort style interpretation.

“Just imagine, for instance, combining plantation shutters for windows with a composite façade of Colourbrick or Urban One. It is smart and stylish,” Eve Castle added.

Austral Bricks display centres are at Rochedale, Riverview, Chermside, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Toowoomba Ballina, and Townsville.