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January 30, 2015

Hand-Laid Stone Retaining Wall - How to Save on Cost and Labor

Want a hand-laid stone retaining wall - But don't want all the labor and cost?

The AB Europa Collection offers the look and feel of weathered stone without the added cost or work to your project. These retaining wall blocks can be used individually or blended together to create beautiful patterned walls. The timeless beauty and unique texture of the AB Europa Collection a stunning look and gives old world charm to any landscape.

Bring the Past to the Present

Walk back in time to the boulevards of Paris or the hill towns of Italy. The hand laid stone effect of the AB Europa Collection brings European old world charm and distinction to any retaining wall project. Create a masterpiece with the AB Europa Collection.
The AB Europa blocks are easy to install. They dry-stack without mortar or footings. Just stack, fill, compact and go! The hollow core feature makes them easier to handle and promotes good drainage behind the wall. The raised lip and notch lock each block in place and creates a built-in setback. Use one sized block or mix the different block sizes together in the wall to capture the look of hand laid stone. The AB Europa Collection is right at home in residential settings where retaining walls 6’ and under are typically called for, and up to the task on larger retaining walls 6’ and over.

The design possibilities are endless. Use the blocks from the AB Europa Collection individually or blend them together to create AB Abbey Blend patterned retaining walls. The interlocking blocks easily fit together without any materials or tools.

Because these blocks are made of concrete and are designed to fit together, they can be uinstalled at a faction of the time and cost of natural stone. Take a look at the varied of block sizes and colors at and plan your next project with AB Europa blocks from Allan Block.

January 23, 2015

What is AB Fieldstone?

The look of natural stone that's easier to install and at a fraction of the cost.
AB  Fieldstone is a two-piece system with interchangeable facing units and anchoring units.  Each style of face has a Series name.  The facing units attach to one of two sized anchoring units - short anchoring units (SAU) or long anchoring units (LAU) which are made out of recycled materials.  Using 812 and 824 facing units individuality or mixing them together in your project creates a beautiful natural stone look.  There is no top or bottom to a facing unit, so flipping them over adds an even more random style.

The Many Faces of Fieldstone
AB Fieldstone has a variety of facing styles to meet any need. Use them individually or blend them together to make your own custom look. Check out the available facing styles at

January 16, 2015

Hidden Benefits of the AB® Collection

The AB Collection has many different block options to choose from that offers a classic cut stone look and feel to the project.  The smaller blocks of the collection - AB Jumbo Junior, AB Junior Lite and AB Lite Stone are perfect to build small to medium sized garden or landscape walls.  The larger blocks – AB Stones and AB Classic are great              for any application, but work best for medium to large landscape or commercial walls.  With the blocks being modular, you can also blend them together to build patterned walls with an awesome “wow” factor.

In the AB Collection you will find our signature block AB Stones. This is a good choice for any wall construction project.  The built in setback delivers great leverage, performance and stability.   AB Stones is the leader of the pack - the first block of the AB Collection and the unsung hero of the segmental retaining wall world.

No other product on the market can offer the same efficient performance and durability, while creating solutions with lasting beauty.  With a 12° nominal setback, retaining walls using AB Stones can be built taller in good soil before reinforcement is necessary.  This saves you time and money.

When planning your project, check out for all of the great  ideas, videos, tools and much more and see for yourself the benefits of  using AB Stones from the AB Collection of products.

January 9, 2015

What is Allan Block?

You've heard the name; maybe you have even seen or used a product or two, but what is Allan Block? Allan Block is more than just products - We are a company of products, services, and information; helping our market of homeowners, contractors and specifiers create quality, long lasting outdoor spaces.  

The Brand
Allan Block has been in the market for over 25 years, developing products and services for the segmental retaining wall industry.  In that time, the market has grown and expanded to include more than just retaining walls, but other mortarless building products, like patio walls, outdoor kitchens and other outdoor accents. We strive to promote Allan Block as “Always Better”; products, tools, and information to create that all around positive experience.

The Products

Allan Block has a comprehensive collection of retaining wall blocks with a variety of sizes and textures available to create beautiful wall solutions of any shape and size.  These are the core of our product line, but the buck 
doesn't stop here. We have a full sound barrier and privacy fence line  - the AB Fence -  and let’s not forget about the building blocks for the outdoors; the AB Courtyard, a product line you can build just about anything with!

 The Vision

At Allan Block, our focus is to bring quality products and in depth information on how to design and construct strong well-built hardscape projects that will last and last. We strive to be the experts in our field and continue to push forward to be the leaders in the industry.

Check out our vast array of resources and tools to help you with your next project; and contact us if you need any help!