In a leafy Melbourne street sits an elegantly designed Daniel Robertson brick home, wrapped in a manicured garden and paved with Robertson’s matching Rustic tiles. Established in 1853, Daniel Robertson has been supplying the building industry for more than 155 years.
Today the product range includes textured clay bricks, pavers and tiles. The company’s Roman brick range was developed when clients noticed the bricks in ancient buildings in Europe and in old English estates were slimmer than the Australian brick. At only 50mm in height, the Roman brick is thinner than the Australian standard 75mm. This brick appears longer and enhances the horizontal dimensions of a building, anchoring a newly built home. Additionally, the use of this brick allows ceiling heights to be maximised when the building may otherwise look too upright with a standard brick. Robertson’s clay bricks in both the Roman and standard ranges are fired for tonal variation and have a textured rustic face. Before delivery, the bricks are hand-sorted into packs to ensure the correct balance of tones appears in the finished wall. Hand-sorting enables Daniel Robertson to custom-blend bricks to clients’ requests. The brick blend selected for this home is Hawthorn Black, a blend of rusty tans, warm earthy browns and the occasional sooty black brick.
Fired from the same clays as the bricks, Daniel Robertson’s product range includes Rustic paving tiles featured here on the driveway, rear courtyard and entry path. These tiles are available in all the brick colour blends — buffs, reds, apricots and tans. There are varying widths and thicknesses which can be laid in many attractive patterns. Daniel Robertson is renowned for producing old-style bricks with an aged character sought by discerning clients. Many of Melbourne’s finest homes have been built with Daniel Robertson’s bricks.