EverBlock® Building Techniques
ADVANCED BUILDING TECHNIQUES USING EVERBLOCK
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- Wall Building Patterns and Techniques
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Wall Building Patterns and Techniques
There exist several techniques for building walls using standard EverBlock modules. Choose what is best for you depending on the application and design aesthetic you are seeking:
SOLID STAGGERED WALL TYPE 1 - STAGGERED BY A HALF BLOCK
A solid staggered wall is the traditional "brick lay pattern" that most people are familiar with. It involves staggering blocks on the half block so that the connection seam of the block row below sits in the middle of the blocks above. This method is one of the strongest methods of construction, which is why it is the most common brick lay patterns in masonry. Half Blocks are used in conjunction with Full Blocks to terminate with a straight vertical line.
SOLID STAGGERED WALL TYPE 2 - STAGGERED BY A QUARTER BLOCK
This version of a solid staggered wall is similar to the standard staggered wall above, except that the blocks are staggered by quarters, such that the next row of Full Blocks is moved over by 1/4 the length of a Full Block (versus 1/2 above). This method is useful when inserting columns in a wall or for as aesthetically different look.
OPEN PATTERN STAGGERED WALL
COMBINATION WALL - TOP STAGGERED / BOTTOM SOLID
The combination wall is simply a lower section using a standard solid stagger pattern with a top section utilizing the open stagger pattern. This creates a very attractive wall that allows some light and air to flow through, while still providing privacy. This wall variation provides a unique architectural look and is perfect for offices and public areas.
ADDING THE EFFECT OF "BASE MOLDING" AND A CENTER STRIPES
Easily create a more finished look by alternating the color of the first row of blocks. Typical combinations might be a Black bottom row of blocks with the rest of the wall being another color or colors (White, Grey, etc). You can vary color choices depending on the color scheme and look you are trying to achieve.
It is also quite beautiful to do a "stripe" along the middle of a wall. We typically recommend a 2ft stripe for typical 7ft, 8ft or 9ft walls.
Supporting FreeStanding Walls (Indoor)
As walls get taller, they may require additional stabilization or support. We recommend choosing a wall width that is suited to the height of the wall and which doesn’t require additional stabilization or reinforcement, but recognize that this is often not feasible. There are several methods to further stabilize and secure a freestanding wall and depending on the application it may be necessary to utilize several of the below methods simultaneously. You should also consider internal support ribs or reinforcements pins, depending on your specific need. For larger or more complex walls, we recommend you review your wall design with a local engineer or contractor.
Using "T" or “L” Corner To Stabilize a Wall
For free standing walls, it is always good to consider putting a 90 degree “L” at the origin, or termination of the wall, or adding a “T” at the end of the wall. For walls over 8ft long it is recommended to use a buttress of some type to provide additional stabilization. This can be a simple stabilizing flare out of the wall, or a complete wall extension. Adding such an “L” or “T” will greatly enhance the stability of your wall.
SMALL L METHOD (12" WIDE)
Alternate between a rotated Full Block, and a Half Block and straight Full Block. Repeat the pattern based on the wall height.
LARGE L METHOD (18" WIDE)
Alternate between a rotated Full Block and a straight Full Block, and a Full Block and Half Block. Repeat the pattern based on the wall height.
LARGE T METHOD (18" WIDE)
Alternate between a rotated Full Block and Half Block, and straight Full Block and two Half Blocks. Repeat the pattern based on the wall height. It is also possible to do an even larger "T" by adding rotated Full Blocks on both sides of a straight blocks and then utilizing a rotated Full Block, two Half Blocks, and Two Quarter Blocks and repeating the patterns. Contact us for more details about this method.