What is Courtyard?

What is Courtyard

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The AB Courtyard Collection is a two-sided free standing patio wall system that has three main components plus caps - AB Dublin, AB York and a Corner Block. Modification of the blocks may be necessary to build a project. Check out the Courtyard Reference Guide for using the AB Courtyard Collection for more tips and tricks.

Building Blocks for the Outdoors

This versatile system and provides unlimited possibilities. No different than the colorful interlocking toy blocks of your past. Create outdoor spaces that are comfortable yet elegant for entertaining. Incorporate custom gates, counter tops, natural stone or pavers as beautiful accents for even more style. Illuminate the evening easily by adding lighting to the landscape. Choose between the two textures as well as create a pattern with the different block shapes in your project for a custom look that endures the test of time.


The AB Courtyard Collection is available in two different textures, Courtyard and Old Country Courtyard.

AB Courtyard Texture

Courtyard - Cut Stone Look

AB Courtyard Tumbled Texture

Old Country Courtyard - Tumbled/Antiqued

Check with your local AB Dealer/Distributor for color selection and availability.

AB Courtyard Collection / AB Old Country Courtyard Collection
Name Weight Approximate Dimensions
(H x D x L)
AB Dublin
39 lbs
18 kg

6 in. x 7 in. x 16.5 in.
150 mm x 180 mm x 420 mm

Color Availability is determined in each local area. Contact your local retailer for a list of available colors in your area.

Available in the classic cut stone look of Courtyard or the tumbled old world look of Old Country CourtyardS
AB York
20 lbs
9 kg

6 in. x 7 in. & 7.5 in. x 9 in.
150mm x 180mm & 190mm x 230mm

AB Corner Block
42 lbs
19 kg

6 in. x 7 in. x 15 in. & 15.5 in.
150mm x 180mm x 375mm & 400mm

AB Wall Cap
22 lbs
10 kg

3.5 in. x 10 in. x 7 in. & 9.25 in.
90mm x 250mm x 180mm & 235mm

AB Wall Post Cap
70 lbs
32 kg

3 in. x 12 in. x 24 in.
75mm x 305mm x 610mm

All measurements shown are for reference only. Actual dimensions, weights and setbacks will vary by manufacturer. Check with your local Allan Block manufacturer for exact specifications and color availability.

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Using the AB York and the AB Dublin together in random patterns will create an added dimension and style to any project.

AB Courtyard Pattern

AB Dublin Block ↴

AB Dublin

AB Dublin

Modify the blocks down the center of the holes

The AB Dublin Block is an angled block available in left and right angles. There are two raised rings on the top of the block, these interlock the blocks together so adhesive is not needed.

For starting or ending walls at posts/pillars, from an existing structure or when building corners the blocks must be modified to obtain one straight edge. There are three locations where the AB Dublin blocks may be modified. These units will need to be split or cut at a quarter (1/4), half (1/2) or three quarter (3/4) length.

Cutting Locations for the AB Dublin

AB Dublin Block

Note: The AB Dublin can be installed upside down when the opposite angle is needed during construction. This chould typically only be done on the top course.

AB York Block ↴

AB York

AB York

Cutting Locations for the AB York

AB York Block

Modify the blocks down the center of the holes

The AB York block is a tapered block, with a long and a short side. Creating curves with this shape is simple, and for straight walls, just rotate every other block.

Corner Block ↴

Corner Block

Corner Block

Corner Block

The Corner Block is an angled block. The block has no designated top or bottom; flipping it over creates the opposite angle.

Caps ↴

AB Courtyard Post Cap

Post Cap

AB Courtyard Wall Cap
AB Courtyard Wall Cap

Wall Cap

AB Courtyard Post Cap

Use caps to finish off any AB Courtyard project. Wall Caps are used to finish the top of a wall panel. Post Caps are used to finish the top of a post or pillar. Two Post Caps are needed to finish each post. Secure them in place with masonry adhesive.

Block Colors

Available in NSW / ACT / NQLD / SQLD / SA / TAS

Courtyard Color: Sandstone


Courtyard Color: Bluestone


AB Courtyard Post

Modify blocks for straight edges

Modifying Blocks (Splitting & Cutting)

The AB Dublin and AB York blocks were used to create this wall panel in the picture to the right. Where they meet the post/pillar (Corner Blocks) they will need to be split. This forms a straight edge and creates a finished look. More information on modifying blocks.

Road/Paver Base

Road/Paver Base

Wall Rock

Wall Rock

Base Rock Materials When Building on Soil

Using the proper materials to create the base foundation for the panels and post/pillars is important when building on soil. We recommend using a compactible base rock material that is gravel in varying sizes of angular or smooth aggregates similar to the wall rock used in retaining walls or a road/ paver base type material.

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