User's Guide to retaining walls, patio walls and fences. Learn tips and trick on installation, outdoor living ideas, and learn what and who Allan Block is all about. Get to know us and ask your construction questions here.
Designed to show several different types of applications a homeowner may encounter in their landscape and visual solutions/ideas on how to create an outdoor living space they can enjoy. We have made this piece to assist you to find the right solution.
Applications that are covered:
Steep Grades and Walk outs
Also included - simple installation information on Allan Block retaining walls and AB Courtyard product collections, website resources, AB Estimating App and basic product information, making Design Ideas from Allan Block an all around piece.
Over the past several months the Allan Block Website Team has been working diligently to update and improve the look and use of our best resource; allanblock.com. We have taken the look and feel of the website to a whole new level of sophistication, without compromising on the quality and quantity of information available.
As we continue to improve upon the navigation and search-ability of the site, we encourage you to give us your feedback. Here are just some of the new things you will find at allanblock.com:
I was interested in building the Kitchen #2 design on your website, and i had a question... Would your product be able to be built on an existing wood deck? Would the stone on wood decking cause any trapped moisture and potentially rot? If so, would you recommend any directions to put this build on existing decking safely?
Master Wall Builder. The Best of the Best - The Cream of the Crop. Contractors that reach this level have both the knowledge and the skills to build top quality Allan Block walls. Set apart from other wall installers, the Master Wall Builder is more widely accepted and sought after by the engineering community to be specified on project plans.
These guys work hard and we appreciate them - Check out the list of Contractors that have reached this goal in 2012:
Image Design & Landscape - Nokomis, IL
Sampson Construction - Roanoke, VA
Pickering Valley Landscape - Elverson, PA
Sunny Slope Landscape & Custom Design - Westbank, BC
Outdoor Enterprise - Casstown, OH
Bil-Jim Construction - Jackson, NJ
Deerwood Landscaping Ltd. - North Vancouver, BC
Baldwin Construction - Kelowna, BC
Tapani Underground - Battle Ground, WA
Esposito Construction - Matawan, NJ
ERS Materials - Danielson, CT
R&S Retaining Walls - Parker, CO
LandArt Hardscapes - Peachland, BC
Steve Baldwin Baldwin Construction
Craig Reinke Image Design & Landscape
Congratulations Master Wall Builders - Allan Block Salutes You!
Want to become one of the retaining wall elite? Learn what it takes to become an Allan Block Master Wall Builder and be an expert in retaining wall construction.
Design a Flowing Entryway “Curb appeal is the first thing that's going to attract a buyer in any price range,” says Jane Smith, a real estate agent with Five Star Realty. “A home's appearance is as important to the potential buyers of a starter home as it is to those in the high end of the market.” Check out the before and after examples of how updating the front entryway can make a significant difference.
Create More Usable Space Create stairways to the front door that welcome visitors in style. Match the stairway design to the natural slope of the front yard. On steep grades, keep the stair treads tight together and on gentle slopes, add pavers or other materials to increase the tread depth.
Add a raised, front-yard patio or beautiful terraced planters that soften the landscape. Turn the entire front yard into an attractive inviting front porch. Take unused and unattractive yard space and turn it into functional areas with architectural appeal.
Improve Sloping Front Yards
Tame difficult slopes and hard-to-maintain areas with terraced walls. Design the terraces to compliment the surrounding landscape. Use straight walls to create a formal structured look and flowing curves for a softer, more natural feel.