Breeze Blocks are Back – Your Newest DIY Project

Breeze Blocks are Back – Your Newest DIY Project

Breeze Blocks are Back – Your Newest DIY Project
 
Time to give things a refresh? Say hello to your newest DIY project with breeze blocks. Pairing clean, symmetrical lines with unique shapes, breeze blocks are the perfect blend between Palm Springs aesthetics, coastal vibes, and desert boho-chic. 
But breeze blocks are more than just a pretty face. With eye-catching  repetitive patterns, these blocks provide a sense of privacy without complete obstruction, letting in an ideal amount of natural light whilst maintaining some shade and plenty of airflow to keep your space cool and comfortable. 
If you’re looking at these blocks and wondering how on earth you could set them up yourself, we’ve got great news – they are much easier to lay than they appear. Breeze blocks are easy to install DIY-style by taking things slow and carefully checking your progress as you go. 
Keep reading to find out more about the hottest blocks in homeware and how to create your own unique feature wall.
What are Breeze Blocks?
Although having originated in the 1930s, breeze blocks didn’t truly burst onto the scene until the 50s and 60s, a time when strong curves and interesting shapes began to boom. Designed to allow breeze and light to flow through, these blocks became a design staple to cool things down without completely eliminating natural light.
With their growing popularity, breeze blocks quickly found their way around the world wherever there were hot climates – and that included throughout Australia. People fell in love with the unique look that creates interest and functions as more than just a wall or furniture piece. 
Natural light is able to reach through the gaps, reducing lighting costs. Fresh air is also able to flow through, keeping things cooler in the warmer months and reducing air conditioning costs. With such great benefits, it’s no wonder these have found their way back onto the design scene, and they are certainly here to stay.
Initially made from ash and concrete, modern breeze blocks have come a long way since their humble beginnings. At Hardware Concepts, our breeze blocks are built to have a much smoother look and feel, with a less porous finish to enhance durability and longevity. You can even find them in a multitude of colours, making it all the easier to find something that suits your current palette at home. 
What Can I Do With Breeze Blocks?
There’s more you can do with these beauties than just making a decorative feature wall. Here are some other ways you can use breeze blocks for your next DIY ventures:
 
  • Bench seats
  • Outdoor shower
  • Kitchen island bench 
  • Staircase wall
  • Update or hide existing façade
  • Front fence detailing
  • Dividing walls
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Decorative mailbox
 
Feeling inspired? Same here. There are endless ideas when it comes to using your breeze blocks as part of a new design project. What can you picture using them for in your home or garden?
DIY-ing Your Breeze Blocks
Installing your breeze blocks will be a slightly different process depending on what you’re using them for. As a general guide, you’ll always need cement to bond each block together. From there, you’ll need different supplies based on what you’re building. 
For instance, you may need to dig a hole to make a foundation. Or you may need to hire a demolition saw to cut through bricks if you’re installing a wall within existing brickwork – check out this easy-to-follow method from Better Homes and Gardens.
Overall, there are many benefits to DIY-ing breeze blocks within your home. These include:
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Reduced labour costs
  • No need for rendering
  • Full control over design and timeline 
For even the amateur DIY-er, installing these decorative blocks is an easy feat with the right equipment and know-how. Remember, you can always get in touch with us for any questions, comments or concerns – we’re always here to help.
 
No matter what you’re building, start off on the right foot with the best quality breeze blocks.
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