August 24, 2010Decorative Concrete Screen Block and Sorry Y’all………………
By Sara In AZ
OK, let’s get the bad part out of the way first. I hate to tell y’all about misfortune in the MCM world, and I know there might be a few tears shed by what I am about to tell ya – esp. by Annie B. who has a special fondness for concrete screen block. But just know that I feel as badly as y’all do about this. There is a house in my neighborhood with this AWESOME full wall of decorative concrete screen block surrounding the front door and porch area in the front. Mike and I would always pass by and admire the block because it really added something special to the house, it made it stand out from the others. Recently we saw the house go up for sale and unfortunately a flipper bought it. We fretted that they may knock down the wall because, well because it is different. I watched the house and when the flippers put the house back up for sale the block was still there. Whew…… And then I passed by about 2 weeks later and half the wall had been taken down. I about threw myself on the ground and almost had a tantrum right there! I quick looked in the alley hoping they had dumped them there and then I could haul them all back to my house, but nothing was there. Bummer. They must have taken them all down and brought them to the dump immediately. Double bummer. In my own little dream world I hope the screen block that was taken away is in a much happier place now!
Decorative Screen Block Heaven perhaps??? 🙂
Here is a before picture of the house.
And here is the dreaded after.
Here is the block from the inside of the half wall. You can see the cool plus sign type design.
Are y’all throwing a tantrum like I did? I know, I know. Sara is here for y’all – now, now it is gonna be OK. Poor little screen block. 🙁
OK, glad that is out of the way! I thought it would be fun to go around Phoenix and try to find as many different types of decorative concrete screen block as we could. We have concrete screen block out the wazoo here, especially in the older areas built in the 1950s, 1960s and into the 1970s! We do LOVE our concrete fencing around here!
Check out this kind of ‘Reverse Plus Sign’ type of block.
And who does not love the wagon wheel? I do!
And here is the double wagon wheel, so it actually looks like a wagon wheel. Weeeeeeeeee!
I like to think of this one as a type of hourglass design with a diamond in the middle.
Here is a cool fancy X type design.
I totally love the circle block!
And do y’all remember this house that was for sale a while back here in AZ? It has the same awesome circle block, as pictured above, fencing in the whole courtyard! Be still my heart!
Here are some more circle blocks just on a smaller scale. Me loves!
And lastly, this ultra cool block in sort of a lightning bolt pattern. I love how the design of all the blocks together makes either an X or O pattern depending on how you look at it. Really awesome block!
Stay tuned y’all! More Decorative Concrete Screen Block on Thursday!
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