Durability, frost resistance, and ease of installation have made aerated concrete a popular material for low-rise and garden construction. It’s difficult to calculate the precise amount of blocks needed to construct a house; therefore, everything is done with a margin of error. The leftover material can gather dust in the shed for years or become part of exciting and valuable garden decor. Let’s consider several examples of the rational use of the remains of aerated concrete blocks.
1. Garden flower bed
Hollow gas blocks inside are an original basis for a garden flower garden. A flower garden like this takes only a few hours to create and will survive for more than a dozen years. Other advantages include:
- Aesthetics. The strict lines of block flower beds in combination with greenery look stylish and original.
- Mobility. The flowerbed can be disassembled and moved to another place for a new summer season.
- Variability. When creating a flower garden, you can experiment with the shape, size, arrangement of modules. Aerated concrete blocks work like a constructor, which can be assembled in several versions.
2. Street lights
LED lights can be placed in niches inside hollow aerated concrete blocks. These compact modular luminaires are used to decorate garden paths and recreation areas.
By combining several vertically stacked gas blocks, we get a full-fledged lamp post for illuminating the site in the dark. If the LED does not illuminate the area brightly enough, a wire is laid inside the post, and a shade for a more powerful lamp is attached to the upper block.
3. Fences and fences
Thanks to their ideal geometry, block modules are suitable for erecting a frame of garden fences. With their help, they separate the recreation area from the garden or outline the boundaries of the flower garden. If there is not much material, and the territory that needs to be closed is large enough, wooden slats, bars, metal rods are taken to the company to the blocks. A small decorative fence can be made by stacking gas blocks on top of each other. To make the structure stand longer, we align the base in advance.
4. Lounge furniture
Stools, benches, and tables made from the remains of aerated concrete blocks help save money and look stylish. For tabletops and seats, planed boards or lining remains are used.
Gray concrete and rich wood color create a harmonious ensemble in an eco-minimalist style. The furniture turns out to be original but terse, does not draw attention to itself from the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
5. Garden sculptures
Aerated concrete is considered one of the softest materials of its kind: it is easy to cut and grind. Using a hacksaw, awl, spatula, and rasp grater, you can make a real work of art from a nondescript cube.
Traditional garden gnomes, animal figurines, or abstract columns with built-in LED lights will decorate the site and make it cozy.
6. Mangal zone
Aerated concrete is non-flammable and does not emit harmful substances when heated. Therefore it is ideal for creating a barbecue area. Everyone chooses the design himself. You can stay at the simplest version with a fireplace and a place for a barbecue grill, or you can build a whole summer kitchen with a firewood compartment, a table, and a washbasin.
7. Street hearth
There is a unique romance in sitting by an open fire on a summer evening. Therefore, more and more often, outdoor fireplaces appear on garden plots. The design of the hearth is built from aerated concrete blocks and then plastered or faced with bricks.
You can also organize a storage system for dishes or garden tools using concrete modules. It is enough to build a column from aerated concrete blocks laid on its side or connect two supports with boards.
9. Couch or bed
You can make a bed in a country house or a sunbed in the garden using a few concrete blocks, a sheet of plywood, and a mattress. Niches are suitable for storing books, shoes, sunscreen, and other small items.
10. Steps for stairs
The blocks, due to their simplicity, harmoniously fit into the natural landscape of the site. Garden paths, decks, and steps are made of them. To prevent the steps from loosening under load, it is crucial to level the base.
The cleared area is covered with gravel and compacted with a bit of water. In the process of laying, the steps are tamped with the excavated soil. The cavities are filled with gravel or covered with earth, and some craftsmen sow lawn grass.
Extra gas blocks can be used for honoring a garden plot and when creating interior elements for a country house. Solid blocks will go to bar counters, planters for plants, or storage systems. Broken remains help seal cracks and floor screed. With one blow, it will be possible to free the site from construction rubbish and save a relatively large amount on purchasing new materials.