Replacing Wooden Decks

Think Outside the Box with Allan Block

Since the creation of the first AB retaining wall block, Allan Block has always been on the cutting edge of technology, design and style. Its mortarless, modular design makes it possible to take building hardscape projects to the next level. Certified AB Contractor Terry Rissmiller of CRISS (Creative Residential Ideas & Solutions) from Pennsylvania did exactly that. Rissmiller’s outside-the-box thinking allowed him to create and build a beautiful retaining wall and outdoor fireplace to match.

curved retaining wall

curved retaining wall
Wall and fireplace around pool

"The homeowners were thrilled with the finished project and very glad that they decided not to build a wooden deck. The minimal maintenance and long-term durability of using Allan Block far outweigh the added cost. The retaining walls provide a strong, beautiful support for the hillside in the background." - Terry Rissmiller.

The homeowners of this quaint home in Hummelstown, PA were looking to replace a time-worn wooden deck and create a nice outdoor living area that was functional and inviting. After meeting with the contractor, the plans were finalized for the project. The design called for an in-ground pool, a patio and a retaining wall to hold back the slope above the pool. As an added touch the contractor suggested an outdoor fireplace as a focal point for the space.

Known to be engineered to withstand the toughest of surcharges, Rissmiller recommended Allan Block retaining wall products to be used for the walls hat would extend and curve around the back side of the pool and patio area. The AB Europa Collection was chosen to give the project that old country feel and matched perfectly with the style of the house and patio.

The custom fireplace added elegance to the project. The contractor used AB Old Country Courtyard on the hearth and chimney facade to continue the feel and style created with the retaining walls. With just a few modifications to the blocks and the addition of the fire brick lining, the contractor was able to bring his out-of-the-box thinking for Allan Block to life.

Now the homeowners have a beautiful outdoor living space that is functional and exciting. The contractor’s creativity and versatility of Allan Block products made their dream backyard a reality.

Excerpt from Landscape Newsletter Issue #21