August 26, 2014
Cement blocks, commonly used to strengthen and insulate a building, are usually covered up. Left bare, they can also offer a minimalist variation on the traditional red brick theme.
Still life with IKEA lampshade and ventless fireplace. The unfinished, black, welded- steel railing borders steps made of framing lumber, which emit a friendly, old-fashioned creak as Walz treads up and down.

A Pittsburgh home nods to the city’s industrial heritage with a welded-steel staircase that runs along a dark gray cinder-block wall.

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A large cinder-block fireplace rests half-in, half-out of the dining room in a renovated midcentury house in Los Angeles.

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The platform bed in the master bedroom was crafted by a local woodworker.

Twelve-inch-thick concrete blocks were used in an Austin home for their cost-saving and insulating properties; they were left bare for their simple and subtle geometry.

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The cement-block facade of a home in Montara, California mimics the walls that surround the property and complements other industrial materials used in the building.

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The facade of the green-built Suttles and Shah residence.

The wood-clad second story of a sustainable Austin home rests upon a cement-block lower level, the perfect surface for creeping green ivy.

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A wall of burnished concrete block protectively isolates their indoor and outdoor living areas from the busy road.

A wall of concrete blocks protectively insulates a Los Angeles property from the busy road.

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Modern courtyard with fire pit and infinity pond

In Alaska, a concrete courtyard encased in cinder-block walls stands in stark contrast to the surrounding wilderness.

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A concrete-block fireplace makes the deck of a Knoxville home an inviting destination on brisk nights.

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Still life with IKEA lampshade and ventless fireplace. The unfinished, black, welded- steel railing borders steps made of framing lumber, which emit a friendly, old-fashioned creak as Walz treads up and down.

A Pittsburgh home nods to the city’s industrial heritage with a welded-steel staircase that runs along a dark gray cinder-block wall.

Photo by Livia Corona.

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