What are ventilation blocks? If you’re moving or currently renovating your house, you probably have heard of ventilation blocks.
And since you’re here, you must be doing some research on buying ventilation blocks for your home renovation or home makeover. What are the types of ventilation blocks? How much are ventilation blocks usually priced?
Let’s dive into them!
The ventilation block or breeze block – is an innovative ventilation material. It was initially designed to cool your house and happens to be the perfect material for homes that are built in hot and humid conditions – like us in Malaysia.
The real question is: Why are ventilation blocks becoming popular again? The answer lies in their features and the growing design trend in Malaysia.
In this article, we’ll share how ventilation blocks are making a comeback. Plus give you some design ideas on using ventilation blocks for your home.
How COVID-19 influenced the return of ventilation blocks
In Malaysia, ventilation block designs are found dating back to the 1950s.
And while it went out of trend for awhile, today – we see them everywhere. Homeowners are starting to experiment with ventilation blocks to design their homes, especially with the controlled movement order (CMCO) where many of us are staying at home.
We see ventilation blocks making a comeback – because of its high aesthetic value. Designed correctly, not only they are pleasing to the eyes, they are also very easy to ensemble.
Before we go deeper into understanding ventilation blocks, here are some ideas to incorporate ventilation blocks in your home makeover design.
Home Design Ideas using Ventilation Blocks.
Ventilation blocks are extremely versatile and you can find many uses for it, including:
- Feature wall
- Partition wall
- Courtyard wall
- Car garage wall
- Patio wall
- Living room
- Outdoor room
- Kitchen table
- Staircase area
- Privacy screen
Let’s dive into some ventilation block design ideas. Hopefully, they’ll help spark some ideas for your home makeover.
1. Design your front wall with ventilation blocks.
Having ventilation blocks built into your front wall makes a perfect introduction to your home. It shows style and raises your home’s overall aesthetic value.
The holes on the blocks gives your home a feeling of spaciousness, eliminating that boxed up feeling if you were to build it as a plain brick wall.
Besides being visually appealing, it also sets a clear boundary between your home and the road because of how it radically stands out.
2. Make a statement with your exterior facade.
Use ventilation blocks as the exterior façade of your home to make your house stand out. It allows light to pass into your rooms while still retaining some privacy from the street.
Play around with different ventilation block patterns to achieve a style that enhances the look of your windows. Some homeowners also prefer to paint the ventilation blocks with other colors to suit the theme of their home design.
3. Create a feature wall using ventilation blocks.
Wouldn’t it be nice to walk into a home or room to be greeted with beautiful ventilation blocks embedded within a wall or as a partition?
Rather than an old plain boring wall, not only using ventilation blocks as a feature wall is affordable, it also catches the eye. On top of adding visual appeal, it also creates a brighter and airier space in your home.
How about that to make walls interesting again?
4. Brighten Up Your Living Room
One of the easiest ways to brighten and liven up your living room is to introduce some sunlight into it. Lucky for you, a creative way to do this is by using ventilation blocks, where sunlight will be diffused through the ventilation blocks – giving your living room a breath of air.
Add some plants or curtain blinds to slightly control the daytime heat, creating a more comfortable space in your home or office.
5. Use Ventilation Blocks as Kitchen Islands or Desks
Ventilation block can be used not only for walls and partitions but also as kitchen islands or counters.
This adds some uniqueness to the usual everyday home or office fixtures by creating a refreshing look. To add more depth to the design, choose a unique pattern and play around with the color of the blocks – either leaving them in its original form or painting them.
6. Transform Your Staircase Area
Walking up and down the stairs will never be the same with this retro-styled ventilation block design. Ventilation blocks help provide the staircase area with adequate ventilation and yet design is timeless.
7. Use Ventilation Blocks as Windows
Get the benefit of shades by installing ventilation blocks as a full-sized window wall.
Depending on the time of the day, you’ll also get to witness the projection of gorgeous lights and shadows in your room. This brings life to the with a design mood that changes throughout the day.
8. Add Charm to Your Home’s Exterior
Add some charm and character to your home’s exterior by designing them with some ventilation blocks. Ventilation blocks can withstand heat and rain, making them suitable for an outdoor patio or airwell.
This design keeps the space airy while also adding a sense of beauty to it. During nightfall, the space will tell an entirely different story when the light is up.
9. Build a car garage with ventilation blocks
Enclosed but not completely shut off. This ventilation block design provides better air circulation for a car garage which is usually dark and lacking sunlight while providing semi-privacy from the surrounding area.
What are some benefits of ventilation blocks?
As you can see, ventilation blocks are very versatile when it comes to different home interior applications and designs. Because they come in a wide variety of geometric designs and shapes, they can be easily molded into various shapes and patterns to fit your interior design needs.
Plus, they don’t require someone to have extensive designing experience to put up, making it easy for most contractors and home renovation teams to build.
In short, here are the benefits of ventilation blocks:
- Passive cooling
- Natural ventilation
- Natural air quality control
- High durability
- Versatile design
- Sustainable design approach
How much do ventilation blocks typically cost?
The price of ventilation blocks range between RM3.50 to RM35.80 per piece.
Ultimately, the price will vary depending on the brand, manufacturer, and the type of blocks you want to buy. The differences in price are usually mainly due to the size, weight and material used to make the ventilation blocks.
Ventilation blocks are usually made by pouring concrete cement into moulds with patterns. Generally, when possible, choose to buy heavier ventilation blocks (more dense) which are stronger.
What type of ventilation blocks should I buy?
While there are no fixed rules to buying ventilation blocks, it’s best to know the design outcome you envision before going shopping.
Here are some questions to ask yourself before buying ventilations blocks:
- Which area in my home do I want the ventilation blocks for?
- What type of designs do I want?
- What is the pattern of the ventilation block I want to buy?
- What is the size (Length X Width) of the area I’m renovating for?
- What is the suitable weight and dimension of ventilation block for my area?
Otherwise, if you need advice, just reach out to us here.
Ventilation blocks make a clean, neat, and timeless design for any home. More importantly, they are also affordable and will fit into most home renovation budgets.
Now that you know all about ventilation blocks, how are you planning to design your home with them?
Maybe you’d like to share your design with the HOMA community? Drop your thoughts in the comment section below.
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2. Schaetz, Florian. Casting Architecture: Ventilation Blocks. Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA), Departement of Architecture, National University of Singapore, 2014.