High gloss Geoshine™. Bluestone with standard grey base.
Polished Concrete a Bass Coast Beauty
Beautiful local basalt is used to striking effect in a polished concrete floor in the Bass Coast town of Inverloch, stealing the show with its glamour and beauty.
Geocrete’s Paul Warner was contracted by TS Constructions to create the stunning floor, their second collaboration after Paul impressed Trevor and Steve with his technical expertise and meticulous work on the award winning San Remo Fisherman’s Coop, an icon of Southern Victoria.
Built for the Butcher family, the house is situated in one of Inverloch’s oldest streets and set within a large, established garden featuring old maple and acorn trees and an original orchard. Its design, by Darren Brown Design, takes open plan living to a higher echelon, with an enormous kitchen and living area showcasing five metre ceilings and magnificent Mount Gambier sandstone feature walls. The huge north facing windows span floor to ceiling, and overlook a large swimming pool set within the park-like gardens.
Punctuating the design’s clean lines and crisp white colour scheme is the striking Geoshine™ polished concrete floor, created from an arresting aggregate of Victorian bluestone within a standard grey concrete. With its high gloss shine and sophisticated black and grey palette, the floor packs a visual punch.
Quarried locally and supplied by Don Mix Concrete, the large pieces of high quality basalt possess a dark black shade that is particular to the area, and distinct from Melbourne’s basalt, which tends to come in hues of grey or brown due to the oxidation that occurs. Paul Warner ground the concrete deeply to full stone exposure, to fully reveal the stones’ raw and organic beauty.
Outside, the pool house features stunning polished concrete benchtops created from the same aggregate. Complementing the cool tones of the stainless steel cabinetry and the warm, unstained timber floor, the benchtops are drool-worthy to say the least.
Paul explains that the project was his very last one polishing benchtops. “Before taking on the job, I had just polished an incredible 7m long concrete bench with waterfall edge for the Melbourne zoo café, and had made the decision to concentrate exclusively on polishing concrete floors. Luckily for the owners, they managed to talk me out of retirement!”
It’s unlikely that Paul will ever be cajoled into polishing benchtops again, but thankfully, his passion for creating spectacular, world-class floors continues unabated.
A photoshoot by Wonthaggi’s Foons Photographics captures the floor in all its brilliance.