The boldness of masonry blocks stands up to the structural materials of the dwelling, allowing for a logical transitioning from the home’s exterior to its outdoor living space. Softer materials in the form of wood accents, waterscapes, plantings and other materials contrast nicely when brought in harmony with the strong appearance of masonry. While there is other landscaping material available for use, few provide the versatility and dramatic resources provided by concrete products. Although concrete materials can be somewhat costly, they add a huge value to the property. The ease with which tiered walls, columns, and stairways can be constructed, as well as accommodation to varying elevations makes such systems highly desirable for home owners. Kirchner Block & Brick is a good site to see some different options for walls and patios as well.