Sydney Heritage Building Work

HBuild has recently completed stone masonry repairs and maintenance to a heritage listed house in Hunters Hill. HBuild are the professional builders in Sydney, with a touch of Artisan.      


Underpinning means to support something from below, for example holding an existing building in the air.  

Underpinning is a method used to create support below the ground for an existing structure. This is required when a structure is either sinking or is showing signs of subsidence which can appear as cracks in the masonry and concrete of the structure. It can also be used to create a void such as room or cellar below an existing building.

It can include minor underpinning with traditional bricks mortar, transferring the existing brick work of the existing dwelling down to bedrock or suitable foundations. Alternately, more intense underpinning with mass concrete to deepen & strengthen your existing foundations to creating new rooms. Underpinning can be performed by hand or with machine, but it is important to be aware of Co2 levels, ventilation & using machines in confined spaces. 

Be it piling or auger drilling in sand of the eastern suburbs, or contiguous piling a new build in Manly northern beaches, Hbuild has the capacity & building knowledge to complete the project successfully.

Needling is used by many engineers to support the existing properties by inserting steel needles through the property to support the existing building while works are carried out below. Works such as excavation of basements, installing new beam for an opening, retain existing dwellings on boundary properties & create exciting new habitable areas in Sydney.   

Whether it’s propping foundations, installing steel to an existing building or excavating a basement, HBuild has all the equipment & experience as well as local Sydney knowledge. The experience HBuild brings is one of our greatest assets and it benefits our clients by identifying buildability & sharing our experience into the design of a proposed project. 

Tessellated Tiles

Tessellated floor tiles come in various shapes and colours which make a continuous pattern.

These tiles can have internal and external applications to Sydney verandahs, fireplaces and bathrooms on many period homes. Due to the nature of the tessellated patterns, they offer slip resistance and can be used in wet areas.

These tiles can add value and heritage effect to a home if laid the correct way.  Tessellated tiling is an art and only a handful of tilers can lay these tiles correctly.

Tessellated patterns and borders are supplied as loose pieces (not on sheets). This is done to ensure that the product, once laid, is authentic in appearance and aesthetically pleasing.

Tessellated designs need to be centred correctly, also ensuring that all boarders and fillers are symmetrical.

A detailed website illustrating tile patterns is:

Joint sizes between tile pieces can vary throughout a floor from 1mm to 3mm. This is to accommodate any size variation from tile to tile and allows the tiler to open and close up the joints to ensure patterns and borders work. Allowance for an infill tile to be placed on the outside edge of the border should always be provided. After centring the main pattern and border, the tiler cuts the infill tile to suit.

One of the hardest parts of repairing tessellated tiles is matching existing tiles, which cannot always be achieved.

Tiling is a finishing trade, and Hbuild has a highly skilled team to complete your Federation, Victorian, Heritage or traditional tiling designs.

An example of our artisan work can be seen in the pictures above and the link to the project below.  

Remodeling and Home Design