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Breeze Block Wall – Price, Process, and Photos

The exterior of the house is almost complete, and the very last piece of the puzzle is the breeze block wall! This is the part I’ve been the most excited about, since it’s probably the most unique feature on the front elevation and really gives it that mid-century flair I’m after.

Before I show you pictures of it going up on my house, let me answer a few questions.

What is breeze block?

Breeze Block patterns


Breeze block is a decorative concrete block that was popular in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. It is lightweight, nonstructural, and features holes for ventilation. They come in many different designs, which add texture and pattern to a space. They are most often used in warmer climates and for privacy walls on entryways, patios, gardens, and courtyards.

white breeze block wall

While “breeze block” is the most common term, it goes by many names. So if you want to get your hands on some, you will need to include the following terms in your search –

  • screen block
  • solar screen block
  • decorative concrete block
  • fence block
  • decorative cinder block
  • screen brick
  • pattern block
  • architectural block

Where can I buy breeze block?

You will have to source them locally. They used to be carried by Home Depot and Lowes, but have been discontinued. I recommend using this guide from Retro Renovation, which tells you where you can purchase them by state.

I bought mine from Best Block. On their website is called fence block and they only have one design.


What are the dimensions?

The size will vary slightly based on the manufacturer, but usually they are 1 ft x 1 ft.

cloverleaf decorative block

How much does breezeblock cost?

The price of breezeblock is all over the map, so you will need to shop around.  I paid $4.28 per sq ft (which is one block) from Best Block in their cloverleaf design.

Another popular breeze block company, Tesselle, sells a block that is the same size and design and is prepainted white for $37.99 per sq ft (one block).

Teselle breeze block price

Another company, Clay Imports, sells a similar design that comes in a terracotta two-block version for $15.91 per sq ft.

Clay Imports breeze block cost

So as you can see, taking the time to shop the options is a good use of your time.

How much does it cost to have breeze block installed, and what is the process?

Once again, price will vary greatly depending on where you live and who you hire. I can tell you that my installation cost was $6 per square foot.

As far as the process, let’s dive into that.

As a reminder, here is what the front elevation looked like on my blueprints.


mid century modern exteriorAt the end of the last post, I left you with a house that had been painted teal, and this sneak peek of the breeze block to come.


New construction mid-century modern home

breeze block, wood, and dark teal exterior paint

Here is a short video explaining the goal and showing progress and final results.

And here it is going up!

decorative concrete block wall going up

In order to build a breeze block wall, you have to have concrete footing to lay them on. My house is on a slope, so my concrete footer is about four feet tall and was poured at the same time as my foundation.

concrete footer for breeze block wall

concrete footer for decorative cement block wall

Then the wall is built by stacking the breezeblocks in a grid pattern using mortar. I also choose to have sold cinderblocks outlining my decorative blocks.

building a breeze block garden wall

The cinderblocks and the breezeblocks are different heights, so the first cinderblock was cut in half to have everything lined up at five feet high.

Concrete breeze block wall on new construction mid century modern home

My breeze block wall serves a few purposes

  • First and foremost, it’s pretty. It’s different than what you see every day, and makes the house unmistakenly mid-century.
  • It gives privacy to the front of my house, which has more glass than I would be comfortable having without a privacy wall.
  • It gives definition to the courtyard/atrium/garden area and keeps the deer from eating everything in it.

modern breeze block wall

And with that, we are 100% caught up on the outside of the house! All the pictures below this point are pictures I took yesterday.

The house still needs the final paint job, which is all the touch-ups and painting the breeze block wall black. Also, you can see the mess of rocks that will eventually (hopefully) be really cool landscaping. Having a sloped lot is proving to be more challenging than I anticipated, but I think having lots of natural rock retaining walls and layered landscaping to going to make for a very interesting front yard.

screen block wall on MCM home

That unpainted yellow-ish spot on the right was the original height of the breeze block wall, but I ended up lowering it last minute because it was too much. I think it was a good call, it would have overpowered the house otherwise.

Cutting out that extra height also left me with a small pile of extra decorative concrete blocks, so I added a small wall to the back porch as well.

decorative cement block wall

The wall has been up for a couple of months now, and to be honest, I’m really digging the raw concrete look. I’m still going to trust the original plan and paint it black, but I second-guess myself a few times a week.

decorative concrete block wall on mid century modern home exterior

Also, the way the blocks laid out, there was only space for one column of breeze blocks on the right side before it had to die into the cinderblock wall. And I absolutely love it. Mid-century design is casual, fun, and unpretentious. It’s quirky, organic, and asymmetrical. To me, this photo (as unfinished as it is) captures all of that.

Breeze block wall

The outside of the house should be getting its final coat of paint in a couple of weeks, so I will write another post when that is complete. And now that we are caught up out here, we get to move on to the interior!

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  1. I like it! It’s a different kind of new old house (not traditional). But I would leave the blocks unpainted if it were me. Black out front seems quite heavy for this house and also kind of a current fad, not midcentury?

    1. I don’t disagree with that at all. I’m a little nervous about painting it because there is no going back. The problem with leaving them unpainted is then I leave the wall of cinderblocks unpainted too…and then I just have a bunch of cinderblocks on the front of my house.

  2. This looks so good!! What about painting the cinder blocks and leaving the breeze block unpainted? Or would that be really weird? Honestly I think it’s going to look awesome with your original vision of all black. The breeze block is such a beautiful design it’ll be amazing no matter what you do. Trust yourself!

  3. The black fit the mid century style. Curious why did you go from your old style to mid century? Sorry to hear of your divorce, I hope you are adjusting well.

    1. I switched styles because I wanted something different. I literally just picked the thing most opposite of farmhouse that I could think of (that I still liked) and went with it. I’m having a ton of fun with it, and life is beautiful and peaceful these days 😊

  4. Chef’s kiss…. LOVE it all. I see what you mean about going back & forth with raw vs black paint. I would be on the fence also. I think the right sheen black will just be the cherry on the top though and complete the look.
    Can’t wait to see what you decide and then the inside!!

      1. You are asking the wrong person, lol

        I just did a project that we were using up A LOT of spray from our stash. My hubby and I couldn’t believe the difference in the blacks we had due to matte, satin, glossy, etc. That’s the only reason I was thinking of it as I was envisioning what it will look like.

  5. I’m glad you are using elements from mid century for your design. And I agree…the black will give an extra punch to the overall color scheme . It all seems to be coming together quickly and nicely. Great job

  6. I have started noticing breeze block all over the place here in Florida! I really love it and kudos for you to building something out of the norm. I love the wood slat wall too.

    I absolutely cannot wait to see the interior come together. I bet you cannot wait to be moved in!

  7. My goodness, this post sent me on a breeze block deep dive that you wouldn’t believe! LOL I am obsessed with these and always have been. Discovered that in Brazil they manufacture ceramic version as well that looks so cute in interiors. Your house looks truly amazing!

  8. Thank you for this fantastic article. Tesselle ships breeze blocks anywhere within the continental US, and have set up a 20% discount on tesselle.com that can be applied sitewide for your readers: wildfire20 (minimums must be met for project orders)

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