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outdoor kitchen narrow walls to conserve material

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Mr. Midwest, Nov 19, 2018.

  1. Mr. Midwest

    Mr. Midwest LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    Im working on a layout for a outdoor kitchen and will be using 4x8x12 dimensional wall block.....brussels block, westin block ect. Most of the kitchen you see are built laying the block long ways so the block is 12 inches long, 8 inches deep and 4 inches tall. I was wondering if you could build the wall using the block on it side so its 12 inches long 4 inches deep and 8 inches tall. I realize this will not be as strong but with glue and the interlocking nature of the block i wonder how structurally sound this would be? I only have a fixed amount of material left and i and trying to stretch it as far as possible.

    Has anyone ever built like this?
  2. brichter14

    brichter14 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,164

    Yeah don’t do that. Sometimes in this profession you screw up the estimate and have to eat the cost.

    Consider it a lesson.
  3. OP
    Mr. Midwest

    Mr. Midwest LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    This block is no longer manufactured and it would be only on the backside of the kitchen. It is also at my own house. Its against what i would do at someone elses property but i wondered how it would hold up.
  4. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,623

    nah and nah

    If one thing I learned over three decades is use the material for its intended purpose, the way it was designed.
    dont try to reinvent the wheel.

    If you want to build like that use natural materials like rock, slate, blue/field stone.

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