Beauty in a Block

August 2, 2008

Exterior Beauty(NewsUSA) - While most people think of concrete masonry as a building block or foundation of a home or building, more and more people are taking note of its aesthetic potential.

That’s right, concrete masonry, known for its strength and durability, is turning heads with its curb appeal both in the construction of buildings and through landscaping design.

Tracey Weber, a Wisconsin homebuilder, used concrete masonry veneer to give his home extra visual appeal. From arches and pillars, to subtle quoins, Weber used concrete masonry to replicate the look of quarried stone.

His home not only captured the Old World feel he was seeking, but it also won the 2006 Excellence in Masonry Award primarily for its visual appeal.

The design, however, did have its practical side. The exterior is structurally sound and requires very little upkeep. “It’s maintenance-free,” said Weber. “It makes everything look better, and you don’t have to paint it every few years.”

Concrete masonry has also been spotted in backyards nationwide - a trend that can be attributed to its strength, aesthetic appeal and cost-effectiveness.

“Concrete masonry landscaping materials have put fantastic outdoor living spaces within the financial reach of regular families,” said Skip Coulter, landscape designer.

From interlocking pavers that mimic natural stone and can take on various shapes and colors, to elevated patios and retaining walls, concrete masonry can complete your outdoor living space. Additionally, concrete masonry’s structural integrity makes it a lasting choice, even in the outdoor elements.

“I like the versatility of concrete masonry landscaping,” said Chris Exley of Exley’s Landscape Service. “Curved lines are more pleasing than the straight lines one gets with conventional decking. The system allows us to be more creative. There are so many textures, colors and patterns to choose from.”

So, the next time you need to add some flair to your home, don’t overlook the potential of concrete masonry.

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