With the temps starting to warm up in the Phoenix area, homeowners are starting to think about getting started on their various outdoor landscape projects. If any type of masonry construction is on your list, serious consideration should be given to using the different styles of manufactured block wall systems. Whether you may be thinking about retaining walls, planters or even a firepit or bbq the new product lines and continually improved block wall systems are a great alternative to traditional block and stucco masonry construction.
In short, “ stack blocks” are solid colored concrete blocks that have a colored and textured finish that give them the classic look of real cut stone. Traditionally, the most popular use for these “stack block systems” has been in constructing retention or planter walls. The weight of the block, as well as the different types of “interlocking systems”, help hold these blocks in place without the concrete footers and mortar joints of traditional masonry construction. Also, since they have a textured and colored finish there’s no need to stucco and paint, saving money and maintenance hassles for years to come.
As mentioned earlier the really exciting improvement with these blocks now makes it possible to use them in all aspects of landscape and outdoor living construction. Barbeques, fire pits or fireplaces and seat walls for a outdoor living spaces are just a few.
In the first picture, the stack block system is being used partly for retention and also to create beautiful tiered planters in the backyard.
In the second picture, the stack block is used as a decorative pillars around the ramada post base and as a seatwall and also to better define this nice outdoor sitting area under the ramada .