Sandstocks are defined by the sandy texture of their faces. This characteristic makes them ideal for use as a building product in retaining walls, edging and pathways. They are also suitable for landscaping and gardening purposes.
Sandstocks vary in colour from orange to red, with the deep red variety being the most popular. They also vary in thickness from 60mm, 65mm and 70mm (the 70mm is the most common). They are the thinnest variety of South Australian brick and are prevalent in South Australia’s oldest homes. They are also sometimes referred to as a convict brick.
Most of the buildings constructed in Adelaide from the 1890s up to the 1920s were made with Sandstocks or an earlier variety of this type of brick. Many of the hotels in Adelaide that have created feature walls by exposing original brickwork, are exposing the original Sandstock brickwork.
Sandstocks are the most common type of ‘face bricks’. Face bricks come from the external walls of heritage buildings and therefore each brick has at least one unblemished face. Due to their common usage in older colonial houses, face bricks are often sought after for use in renovations to houses of this era.
Sandstocks are also very popular in new developments to create feature walls in a New York / industrial style. Sandstocks can also be cut to create our Brick Veneer product. For more information on Brick Veneer, please visit our brick veneer page.
The Old Red Brick Co. has supplied Sandstocks to projects such as the redevelopment of the Royal Oak Hotel (North Adelaide), Republic Hotel (Norwood), Limbo Lounge (Hindley Street), World’s End Hotel (Hindley Street), Clos Clare Wines (Clare Valley) and the Bowden Redevelopment Project (Bowden).