Breeze blocks, decorative non-structural blocks, are commonly found in restaurants and building facades worldwide and are now easily accessible to everyone, even in your neighbor's backyard.

Apart from enhancing the texture and design of indoor and outdoor spaces, breeze blocks offer practical benefits. These architectural elements diffuse direct sunlight, particularly beneficial in warmer climates. They also promote airflow in outdoor areas and define spaces effectively.

Breeze blocks create separation and privacy through breathable partitions that allow light and air into a space without the need for costly structural components.

Introduced in American design and architecture in the 1930s, breeze blocks gained popularity until the 1970s, especially in regions like Palm Springs, influencing the local design style. Our designs combine the aesthetics of west coast Mid-Century Modern and contemporary Mexican architecture. As more designers embrace them, new innovative uses for breeze blocks are emerging in both residential and commercial settings.


Mexico, of course! We produce our Clay Imports breeze blocks using 100% natural clay native to Central Mexico.


The Art Deco reminiscent clay blocks feature bold geometric patterns and highlight excellent craftsmanship.

Each piece is produced by extracting dense red clay through a patterned dye (think Play-Doh). Then, the block is fired. Voilà, you now have a decorative breeze block for your project.


  • Load capacity rating 2300 psi
  • Water absorption: 0.5% - 3%
  • Abrasive resistance: C4
  • Scratch hardness: MOHS 6
  • Shade Variation: V2.


A breeze block wall can transform your outdoor spaces. However, you can also use a breeze block wall inside to provide privacy and add dimension to your indoor spaces.

  • Front Yard | Screen off the view of your space from the street, while maintaining natural light within your indoor space.
  • Back Porch | Create your own, well ventilated and shaded oasis in your backyard.
  • Partition Wall | Inside or outside, create some boundaries.
  • Outdoor Paving | Make your walkway just as beautiful as where it takes you.
  • Commercial Project | Add an element of texture and depth to a commercial space.
  • Interior | Add warmth and privacy to your space. Just remember make sure the surface is both level and solid.
  • Bar Face | Give your gathering space an extra special design element
  • Terrace | Functional and pretty, a perfect addition to your elevated private outdoor space.
  • Paver | A non-traditional application, breeze blocks can be laid into the ground with aggregate and sand acting as a walkway or driveway.


  • Frequent freezing climates
  • Dry stacking
  • Installations without a suitable, stable surface to build on, such as shifting substrate (ie. sand or gravel)
  • Breeze blocks may require backing to prevent soil passage and may not meet code or regulations for retaining walls. Instead, consider decorative use in front of a proper retaining wall.


We offer blocks in a variety of designs, from delicate, traditional floral patterns, to art deco geometrics and even funky, modern squares.

Our blocks all come in a beautiful, classic terracotta red. Color tones are fairly consistent across the board, however, you can paint your blocks any color you want. Find out more in the Breeze Block painting section.

Check out our incredible breeze block selection here!


Although we do not offer customization of breeze block patterns, you can customize our blocks by painting the blocks any color you want or by mixing different patterns!


Proper installation is essential to the stability and beauty of breeze blocks. There are several factors to consider for your installation. We are here to help you with the basics.

While breeze blocks are visually appealing and practical, it's important to note that they are not intended solely for structural purposes.

No installation is the same. More complex installs such as a freestanding breeze block wall, increased wall height, climate, and stability might require more comprehensive project-specific installation methods. For such installs, we recommend connecting with an architect or structural engineer to ensure the integrity of your installation will be ideal for the climate and use of your space.


CLIMATE | Breeze blocks are inherently porous, therefore, freezing temperatures can significantly affect the integrity of your installation.

PREPARE | Preparing your design, foundation, installation method, and materials is the basis for a successful installation.

FOUNDATION | When constructing a breeze block wall, you must ensure that you are building on a durable, stable surface and using appropriate footings.

ADHERE | Once you find or create a solid surface, it's onto the installation. You must adhere breeze blocks together, and use adhesive between the blocks. Do not dry stack breeze blocks.

STABILITY | Breeze blocks are sturdy, but they are not intended to be load-bearing, which is why they need support. Support can be added inside the wall itself, and exterior support options such as existing walls or metal or wood framing to create secure connections.

The above information is based on industry recommendations. Review your local building codes if you plan to vary from any of our recommendations.


The recommended adhesives can be affected by the climate, if they are not suitable for extreme temperatures. In that case, alternative materials can be used that work better for such climates. If there is a temperature rating on the installation adhesives product information, this should be noted and adhered to.

In most cases, it is very unlikely that the adhesive would not stick the bricks together. If that is the case, the installer should not use this particular adhesive and try an alternative method or product.

Breeze blocks are not suitable for consistently freezing environments.

Extreme temperatures factor into installation and should be considered prior to installing breeze blocks.


Being prepared for your installation will limit issues you encounter along the way.

Gather your supplies, consider your project's limitations, what reinforcement is needed, your design preferences and of course, always double-check your measurements!

Selecting the best breeze block aesthetic for your project is entirely up to you. Although all of our blocks are suitable for most projects, we offer select designs in a wider dimension to create a wider footprint for your wall, providing more inherent rigidity.

Regarding all installation materials, the instructions listed on the manufacturer's packaging should be followed.

Before starting any installation, lay out all of your breeze blocks. Wall measurements should correspond to your breeze block layout, so you avoid having to make cuts. Breeze blocks aren’t meant to be cut, as this can result in disruption in pattern and wall integrity. Be sure that you’re measuring for space between the blocks as well that will be taken up by grout.

As always, consider consulting a masonry professional if you aren't quite sure where to start.


  • Breeze Blocks
  • Adhesive (Construction Adhesive)
  • Flexible grout
  • Reinforcement (i.e., Rebar, Wire Ladders and/or Wall ties)
  • Grout sponges
  • Spacers
  • Construction level
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Buckets
  • Rags
  • Level
  • Drill

We strongly advise consulting a professional mason, as they are generally qualified for installing breeze blocks. It is important to reference installation material (masonry cement, grout, etc.) instructions.


When constructing a breeze block wall, you must ensure that you are building on a durable, stable surface. Although concrete is the most common and best foundation for this type of project, all masonry walls that are not inserted into existing walls, require a concrete footing or skirt.

A general rule for determining the size of the footing required is the width to be three times the width of the breeze block. For every one foot of height, the footing should be 2" in height.

For example, if your block is 4" wide and the wall height is 4" tall, your footing should be 12" wide and 8" high. This is a general rule and will not apply to all installations.

Footings are the foundation, which makes them necessary for a successful installation.

  • It is possible to reduce the visual impact of the footing by digging a deeper footing, resulting in a majority of the footing being subterranean.
  • This can also be achieved by building up your surrounding landscaping around the exposed footing.
  • In any freezing conditions, breeze block installations are more complex and a footing will need to reach the depth of your climate's frost line.

To lay the first row of breeze block, be sure to make guide marks on the supporting concrete structure. These guide marks need to be precise and boldly drawn. After making your marks, use a wet sponge to clear off the dust on the base.

Design Colossus MFG



Reinforcing your breeze block installation is essential. Both exterior and interior reinforcement should be used to ensure the stability of your breeze block installation. You might have the opportunity to apply stability to your breeze block wall by utilizing existing structures or create framing structures for your walls.

The most ideal breeze block installation is to have many solid points of structural integrity to adhere your blocks to by using interior reinforcement to connect to existing structures with masonry cement. Another preferred installation scenario would be adhering to flooring and two walls as points of contact. Although these are the preferred installation methods, there are many creative ways to install breeze blocks in other structural environments that provide the needed rigidity for your breeze block wall.



Petalo | Design Howdy Vintage

Gastamo Group | Michael HSU Architecture | Parrish Ruiz de Velasco




Ventana | Design Quarterlab Design Build

Dulce | Photo Brien Silver




Although we always recommend as much support as possible, with the right application and enough interior reinforcement and substantial footer, it is possible to go partially or fully frameless for a breeze block wall. Consult a masonry professional for this application.

Frameless designs can also be stabilized by incorporating additional stabilizing elements such as wood or metal posts, or by securely attaching them to an existing structure using rebar.



flat metal plates

Flat metal plates are popular for framing and support. This option emphasizes the breeze blocks instead of the structure. Using steel plates adds integrity where you may not have an existing structure. Metal plates can be adhered using masonry cement or for added security, by adhering the blocks using a stronger adhesive that is suitable for adhering masonry to metal, such as liquid nails.


Similar to metal plates, metal posts are a popular choice for framing and supporting your breeze block wall. These posts offer a modern steel or metal structure to surround and strengthen the wall. Secure the blocks to the posts with wall ties, bending them between the breeze blocks for added stability. To support the length of the wall, additional top side and middle supports can be utilized.


In interior applications, by utilizing smooth, flat wood paneling, you can frame blocks with a warmer and softer feel.


Metal post was welded onto a top metal plate to form a sturdy wrapped metal frame.

Campo | Design + Install John Nuckels | Photo Nick Simonte


Interior pony wall with vertical and horizontal span wrapped and adhered to a wood frame with terracotta masonry adhesive

Ventana | Design Lilianne Steckel | Photo Andrea Calo


Thin metal plates for vertical and horizontal support, also protecting the edges of the blocks from exposure and wear

Petalo | Design by B. Berry Interiors | Photo by Peter Frank Edwards


Outdoor terrace, Privacy wall, Ventilation to enhance airflow between rooms, and natural walkway lighting.

Petalo | Design Austin Living Landscapes | Reagan Taylor Photography



Inserting into Wall

Inserting into a wall allows for a seamless connection between breeze blocks, especially when surrounded by supporting walls on all sides. This method can be used to construct a wall, add a decorative touch, or create an airy terrace.


  • To incorporate breeze blocks into a stucco wall, start by building a wall structure using 4-inch (10 cm) cinder blocks and masonry.
  • Place the breeze blocks within the wall alongside the cinder blocks during construction.
  • Once the wall is complete, cover the cinder blocks with masonry and paint them with exterior-grade masonry paint.
  • While the process is relatively straightforward, it is advisable to have a professional mason handle the construction.


If you have existing supporting columns or want to construct columns for additional structure and privacy, you can use brick ties to attach the blocks to the columns. You can then cover the brick ties with grout.


If your breeze block wall has a 90-degree turn, consider your options for optimizing the design of the corner.

  • Line up one wall to the edge of the other terminating wall, resulting in a raw edge.
  • Metal, angle iron, or wood posts. If you want to make a corner disappear, paint your terminating post the same color as the blocks themselves.



STONE COLUMNS | Stone columns with stone base masonry

Mariposa | Laura Branson

BRICK COLUMNS | Use traditional brick masonry as a structural support

CEMENT COLUMNS | Cement columns constructed serve as framing

Triangle | Seedlings Gardening

WOOD COLUMNS | Privacy wall supported by wood columns on a concrete footer


Blocks used only as a decorative element to give the illusion of support

Block Red Clay | GDP Design Build

Claire Zinnecker Design


Small format installation supported by ceiling and floor only

Triangle | Design A-Frame Club Photo by Kylie Fitts



faux support

These decorative blocks are designed to mimic the appearance of structural support without actually providing any functional reinforcement. They are purely aesthetic elements used to enhance the overall design and visual appeal of a structure.

ceiling + floor support

Installation using only the floor and ceiling for support is ideal for small projects with limited height and width. Be cautious as increasing dimensions can compromise wall integrity. Reserve this method for specific applications where stability is guaranteed.



In addition to exterior reinforcement, it is ideal to have interior reinforcement that is integrated into the breeze block wall during installation. Interior masonry reinforcement provides additional rigidity to the horizontal and vertical joints of an installation as the wall is being constructed.

After determining the type of installation needed for your breeze blocks, you can now decide what type of interior reinforcement will work for your project. There are 4 main types of industry-standard masonry reinforcement options often used for breeze block installations. Remember to keep any interior reinforcement centered and as straight as possible to maximize stability.

Design BLUEMUSTARD Livbud Restaurant | Photography-Brooke Fitts


  • To enhance structural integrity, consider placing a vertical beam every 8 feet (2.44 m) for wall support.
  • For wall heights above 9 feet (2.74 m), horizontal bond beams are recommended.
  • Metal plates, less obtrusive yet sturdy, can be placed between grout joints. They can also serve as a decorative addition to the wall.


  • In concrete footings, rebar is typically arranged in a systematic grid-like pattern with horizontal and vertical bars intersecting at regular intervals. This configuration is crucial for providing uniform reinforcement across the slab.
  • For added support, insert Vertical 3/8” rebar into the footing between the vertical joints of the breeze block.
  • Rebar can also be placed between vertical and horizontal courses using construction adhesive, adding strong structural support.
  • When positioning rebar within a footing, most guidelines stipulate a minimum concrete cover depth of 1 to 2 inches. However, it is advisable to fully encase it in concrete with a recommended depth of 3 inches.
  • Using rebar in concrete footings requires planning and precision for the best installation results.


  • Ladder wire, available in various thicknesses, can be used between courses to enhance stability without being visible.
  • Opt for the thinnest ladder wire that does not extend beyond the thickness of the breeze blocks.
  • It is used horizontally in mortar joints or bed joints.
  • Ladder wire can be customized on-site by cutting and bending to fit curves and corners while maintaining its performance.


  • Wall ties, or brick ties, link the inner and outer layers of the wall, ensuring stability and strength.
  • When securing columns or connecting walls, use wall/brick ties to attach blocks to existing structures.
  • Install ties vertically every 12” or 16” and horizontally every 16” or 24”, aligning with code requirements for wall tie spacing.
  • Secure ties by nailing them into studs, typically during brickwork construction.
  • Fold ribbed sheet metal ties, nail them to the wall sides, and bend them into the joints of the breeze blocks for added reinforcement.
  • Conceal brick ties with grout for a seamless finish.

These are recommendations and can vary depending on a specific project installation. We strongly advise consulting a professional masonry contractor, as they are generally the most qualified for installing breeze blocks. It is also important to reference installation material (masonry cement, grout, etc.) instructions.


Terracotta breeze blocks, being clay-based, are porous, making them susceptible to staining during grouting. To avoid this issue, it is recommended to seal the blocks before grouting. Here's how you can do it:

  • While it's not mandatory, we suggest using Penetrating Sealant to preserve the natural clay appearance.
  • Apply the sealer by rolling or brushing it onto ONLY the front and back of the blocks, ensuring to avoid the top, bottom, and sides.
  • Allow the sealer to dry completely before continuing with the installation process.



Breeze Blocks are extruded, meaning they're fairly consistent. The grout joint can be determined by the installation method:

  • Conventional masonry installation (i.e., brick wall)
    • Minimum 3/8” to 1/2” grout joint recommended

  • Technical installation (i.e., liquid nails or construction adhesive)
    • Minimum 1/4” grout joint is recommended, followed by filling joints with sanded grout

Mixing different breeze block styles may lead to variations in size (width, length, and height). If your design combines patterns, consider ordering samples to check for size differences.

In most cases, masonry cement (mortar) can be used to bond breeze blocks together, similar to building a brick wall. Gray mortar is standard, but you can opt for pigmented mortar or add pigments separately to customize the color mix.


The advantage of masonry cement is that it's a rather straightforward installation. The mortar is the adhesive. Keep in mind, that the cement will be visible between the grout joints.

  1. During installation, reference the instructions on the installation materials for the best results
  2. Mix a batch of mortar, following the manufacturer’s instructions. We’d recommend Quickrete Mortar Mix.
  3. Place the mortar onto the starting point with a trowel (typically one of the corners). Apply the mortar in a layer 1" inch deep, the same width as the block, and about three block lengths down the footing from the start point.
  4. Place the first breeze block into the mortar. Place a level across the top of the block, and position the block until it's level.
  5. Apply mortar to the side of the second breeze block and place it into the mortar next to the first block, keeping about a 3/8” gap between the blocks.
  6. Place the level across both breeze blocks, and even them out if needed. Set blocks onto the footing where you have applied the mortar, then repeat the above steps until the first row is complete.
  7. Lay the breeze blocks on the footing between the corner blocks. Apply mortar to the footing as you go, keep a 3/8” gap between the blocks, and check them for level as you lay them. If you need to cut any blocks to fit, use a masonry wet saw and diamond blade.
  8. Lay the blocks until the wall reaches your desired height. Starting in the corners and working towards the center. Allow the mortar to set for the time specified by the manufacturer.

To successfully assemble a breeze block wall, we recommend using either ProLite® Premium Large Format Tile Mortar or liquid nails as adhesives. It's important to use a spacing system when sticking the blocks together.

    1. Advantage of using ProLite: You can use a minimal amount of ProLite to adhere the blocks together and then fill the grout spacing with a conventional sanded grout. Meaning you can choose any sanded grout color you want.

  1. Place the adhesive onto the starting point. Apply the adhesive the same width of the block and about three block lengths down the footing from the start point.
  2. Place the first breeze block into place. Place a level across the top of the block, and position the block until it's level.
  3. Apply adhesive to the side of the second breeze block and put it into place, next to the first block, keeping about a gap between the blocks.
  4. Place the level across both breeze blocks, and even them out if needed. Repeat the above steps until the first row is complete.
  5. Check them for level as you lay them. If you need to cut any blocks to fit, use a masonry wet saw and diamond blade.
  6. Lay the blocks until the wall reaches your desired height. Starting in the corners and working in towards the center. Allow the adhesive to set for the time specified by the manufacturer.
  7. After the adhesive is dried and the spacers are removed, the grout joint void will still be visible. You then have to fill that grout joint void with a conventional sanded tile grout.




  • Dust Brush
  • Masonry Paint
  • Container big enough to dip blocks in 
  • Gloves (optional)


  • Utilize Behr masonry paint for optimal results.
  • Consider dip painting with a Masonry Stain, a pigment that mixes with water.
  • Apply epoxy-based paint using an air sprayer onto the raw clay block.

Ensure that the chosen paint is suitable for outdoor use and application on brick or other masonry items. Remember to test a few blocks before painting all of them to guarantee durability.


There are a few methods for painting breeze blocks before installation. Breeze blocks can either be painted on both sides or a single side. Our preferred method is dipping the breeze blocks, individually, in paint. The advantage of dipping breeze blocks is that it's quicker and easier to fill all the spaces. Before dipping your blocks into paint, make sure that they're completely free of dust and debris.

Even if you paint your breeze blocks properly, it’s still possible for them to chip over time, which will reveal the contrasting terracotta tones underneath. You can also whitewash breeze blocks using a sponge application.


First, you’ll need to thoroughly clean the wall using a degreaser or detergent such as a concrete driveway cleaner. If your wall is outside, you can spray it down with a water hose. If it’s inside, wipe it with the cleaner and a damp sponge.

Once it’s thoroughly dry, paint it with an airless sprayer. Dip painting won't work and using a brush won’t either due to the block’s crevices. If the paint is “no primer required”, put the paint in the sprayer and spray away. However, make sure to prime your paint before you put it into the sprayer if required.

Even if you paint your breeze blocks properly, it’s still possible for them to chip over time, which will reveal the contrasting terracotta tones underneath. You can also whitewash breeze blocks using a sponge application.

Mariposa | Design Create Atelier | Photo Robert Tsai

Petalo | Design Goodrich Outdoors

Pixel | Design Kim Wolfe | Photo Madeline Harper

Petalo | Design Jacumba Hot Springs Hotel


Clay breeze blocks are composed of natural terracotta. Although breeze blocks are durable, depending on your application, maintenance is recommended to ensure that your installation looks great for years to come.

Maintenance is especially helpful with outdoor applications, specifically installations that are exposed to harsh sunlight, freeze/thaw conditions and rainwater. Regular cleaning and inspection of your wall can help with upkeep and integrity of your breeze blocks in addition to avoiding costly maintenance in the future.

Similarly to how foundation movement can cause cracks in the wall of a house, structural movement can lessen the integrity of your breeze block wall installation. We recommend visually inspecting your breeze block wall occasionally. If excessive corrosion or separation from your structural supports are visible, contact a masonry specialist to assess the integrity of your installation as soon as possible.



Breeze blocks can develop mold due to their porous nature. Regularly clean off dust and debris with a dry cloth or broom.

  • For stubborn spots, use a damp cloth or a non-acidic cleaning solution for targeted cleaning.


Be cautious as breeze blocks can chip upon impact. Take care when using outdoor equipment or moving heavy objects near your breeze block wall.

  • If chipping occurs, apply a recommended sealer to the affected area. For painted blocks, keep the original paint for touch-ups. Clean the chipped area, then apply paint to protect it from further damage.
  • For extensively chipped or broken blocks, seek assistance from a professional.


The porous and perforated design of breeze blocks can lead to water settling in lower areas, causing clay erosion. Prompt cleaning, inspection, and sealing during installation can prevent water accumulation and clay erosion.

  • To avoid water absorption and corrosion, periodically apply sealer as advised by the manufacturer or when water absorption becomes noticeable.


Over time, the natural color of terracotta breeze blocks may change, especially when exposed to outdoor elements. Embrace this natural evolution or take steps to limit it.

  • Reduce color changes by applying a sealer, or completely alter the color by painting the breeze blocks to your preferred shade.


Since the installation of breeze blocks greatly determines the integrity of the project and the breeze blocks themselves, Clay Imports does not warranty this product and is not responsible for dissatisfaction with the material following installation. Please inspect all breeze blocks upon receipt and notify us immediately if you have any quality concerns. This guide is meant to serve as a general resource. Because each project is unique, consult your masonry professional before your installation.

  • Breeze block walls are not load-bearing and should not have weight added that is not distributed through other structural elements
  • We do not produce or supply bond beams or other masonry reinforcement
  • Although adding reinforcement is helpful for the structural integrity of your wall, it is not indestructible.