The sight of breeze blocks may evoke memories of the 70s, but they are making a comeback this summer due to their dual ability to add interest and airflow to a backyard.
According to Brickworks Building Products General Manager of International Marketing Brett Ward, breeze blocks are a winning material for the Australian home, providing the perfect intersection of beauty and functionality.
"As the name suggests, breeze blocks allow a cool breeze into the home while maintaining a degree of privacy, making them the perfect addition to coastal homes.
"From a practical standpoint, breeze blocks can be used to divide a courtyard into two distinct spaces, allowing you to play with a sense of openness and enclosure to create a space that reflects your personal style," Brett said.
"Breeze blocks are incredibly bespoke, offering a range of different shapes and cut throughs for you to create a design that fits your aesthetic. By night, light shines through the small openings creating an intricate romantic shadow display- the perfect decoration for summer night entertaining."
Brett recommended other small changes that could enhance the functionality of your backyard this summer.
The versatility of pavers mean they can be used for all your landscaping needs, from creating walkways to framing garden beds. You can pair pavers with gravel to define your space and break up a large area, or use repetition of one main paver to create flow and a sense of spaciousness in an otherwise small and confined space.
Installing retaining walls can be a great way to liven up your backyard, providing structure while creating a sense of depth in your space. Terracing a large area creates a striking facade while serving the functionality of levelling a sloped area.
Create a stylish brick barbie with a barbeque grill set, bricks (we recommend Austral Bricks Allure range), sand, cement, a spirit level and a shovel. The DIY project can be easily completed in a day or two, and can be a great school holiday activity to do with the kids. Not only will the barbeque be useful during summer, but it serves as a great centrepiece for the yard and makes a great talking point too.
Outdoor spaces are increasingly becoming an extension of indoor living rooms, so it's important that the space feels just as homely and inviting. To create a luxury resort style backyard, opt for outdoor umbrellas, luxe daybeds and an outdoor fine dining space laced with fairy lights. For a more casual vibe, consider focussing on repaving your pool area to create more poolside space, investing in a high-quality barbecue and creating a fire pit.