For All You Fellow Blockheads Out There

I recently featured an outdoor fire pit my husband and I built using concrete block. Of course, since then I have stumbled upon so many creative ways to use this utilitarian block. In case you are scheming up a new fence, wall, planter, fountain, whatever, thought you might like to see these before you start!

The first is a brilliant wall in Tempe, Arizona, just featured in Sunset‘s garden blog, Fresh Dirt. The designer, Troy Bankord, laid the block on its side, which gives it this great symmetric pattern and airflow! Apparently, light plays off it in unusual ways, too.

This was featured a while ago in Apartment Therapy, which showcased this planter by Annette Guttierez (these are also her pix) from a patioscape and nursery called Pot-ted in Los Angeles (must go there SOON!!! And their blogis divine!) Such simple, modern lines! Could make a great focal point! Add some mosiac accents. Even paint them. A little DIY fountain. Endless options!

Now this wall is part of the actual home, called the Buena Terra Way Residence in Phoenix, Arizona, featured in the Apartment Therapy blog as well. This wall also has the block on its side, and varies the direction for dimension for slightly different effect. Wait ’til you see the other side, the inside!!

Mini shelves in the kids’ room!

There’s just multiple uses all over this place!

6 thoughts on “For All You Fellow Blockheads Out There

  1. Such creative uses for something that we all have stacked up around our yards! I LOVE the first wall! Now, how do I get my husband to build it for me?

  2. Such creative uses for something that we all have stacked up around our yards! I LOVE the first wall! Now, how do I get my husband to build it for me?

  3. Very, very cool…I'm totally wanting that first wall…now just to figure out where to put one! Thanks for posting these – they are fantastic!

  4. Very, very cool…I'm totally wanting that first wall…now just to figure out where to put one! Thanks for posting these – they are fantastic!

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