Using Glass Blocks in Your Garden and Outdoor Living Space
January can have some cold, grey days for those of us living in the northern states - leaving us to sit indoors and dream of springtime. Southern states may be chilly in January, but the weather is still suitable for working on garden and outdoor living projects.
No matter where you live, if you’re looking for garden ideas or ways to add privacy or visual interest to your outdoor living space, you may want to consider all that glass block products have to offer.
Since glass is so durable, it can be ideal for exterior use. It’s perfect for taking advantage of the play of light from the sun. If you think glass block is boring or not something to use outdoors, just Google “glass block in the garden” and check out all of the amazing images.
Some of our favorite ideas for using these products in your garden and outdoor living space include:
Glass Block Wall or Partitions
Use your favorite colors and patterns to build a glass block wall or partition at the edge of your patio, or to define a garden space. At the patio edge, the glass wall will provide privacy. And, if you do it in a stair-step formation, it can also give you space to place decorative items. At the garden’s edge, a glass wall gives an idea of what is behind it, and invites visitors to explore what is on the other side.
Glass Block Raised Planter
Create a one of a kind raised planter with glass block. Not only is it beautiful, but it will give you a look into how a garden grows. You may be able to see roots, earthworms, and more. It could almost be a science project for your children!
Outdoor Shower Enclosure
Just like you can create a glass block shower for your bathroom, you can also build an outdoor shower enclosure from glass block. These are great for near your pool area, or in a secluded area where you can wash off the grime from working in the garden or yard. Also, they can be perfect for rinsing a messy pet without brignging the dirt inside your home.
Let your inner artist out by creating a piece of yard art from glass blocks. Whether you want to create abstract art or functional art, working with glass block and glass brick products lets you explore options. Or, for a whimsical touch, use individual blocks that you decorate or paint to place around your garden beds.
Glass Block Solar Lights
Glass block solar lights make for great landscape lighting. Available in round and square, these lights are placed into the ground, usually in a mulched area to the side of your walkway or deck.
You can also install them at the time that you install a patio or deck to light the area near steps, the edge, or built in seating.
They add an eco friendly lighting option with a visual interest that no other outdoor lighting provides.
Glass Brick Pavers
Vistabrik® brick pavers are made to withstand heavy loads, and are part of the Seves Horizontal Products line. These pavers are solid glass, 1.5” thick, and are available in 8x8 square. They add an interesting aspect to pathways and decking.
If you have an elevated deck, any lighting below the deck will illuminate the glass, providing ambient light. In a pathway, Many people use these pavers as stepping stones, surrounded by pea gravel or mulch.
Glass Block Lines Suitable for Exterior Use
We carry many glass block lines suitable for exterior use, including:
- 3” Thinline Series
- 4” Premiere Series
- Basic Line
- Doric from the Design Line
- Solid Glass Brick
- Horizontal Pavers
Choose from colors and patterns that suit your aesthetics and color palette. You can purchase loose glass blocks to build your product exactly as you want it. You can also purchase glass block wall kits. If you like to spend time outdoors, improving your outdoor living space is always a great project to undertake.
Buy Glass Block for Exterior Use
Quality Glass Block and Window offers a huge selection of glass block products suitable for exterior use. We only sell Seves glass products to ensure you get the highest quality. If you need help figuring out how to choose the right glass block products for your garden, patio, or deck project, we would be happy to help. Just give us a call at (815) 416-1007 with any questions you may have. We are available to help you throughout your project.