As common W&D readers will know, my method to dwelling design this 12 months has been all about tackling fewer tasks with extra intention. One of many areas we’re specializing in updating in 2022 is the basement household room. I’ve already up to date the format of the house to make it extra conducive to each household time and internet hosting bigger teams of individuals. Subsequent up, I’m including a special end to the big brick space surrounding the hearth, which is the pure focus of the house.
I used to be initially going to deal with the brick with a limewash software, however just lately a special concept got here to thoughts: doing a clean, plaster end over the brick.
Right this moment I’m sharing the selection I made for our basement fire brick end!
Let me stroll you thru my decision-making course of round whether or not or to not change the path for this mission.
Why I’ve been contemplating a plaster end for the brick
As I used to be placing collectively a number of temper board choices for the mission just lately, I spotted I needed to noticeably think about eradicating the brick sample nearly fully. Each the flooring and the brick on this house are so busy proper now. I believed protecting the brick would enable for much less visible competitors between the 2 components.
Right here’s why I made a decision to go together with a plaster end
It finally got here right down to the look I need this house to have in the long term. I believe the Spanish-inspired fashion of a plaster fire will enable us to raised spotlight the flooring, that are unique to the home and which we have now no intention of changing. Whereas it will likely be extra of a course of than initially deliberate, I’d fairly do it the way in which I need the primary time as an alternative of doing the work twice.
We additionally plan to maintain a few of the brick uncovered as trim and can possible do a limewash end on these sections. I believe the combo of brick and plaster will really feel actually complementary. I’ve been actually impressed by the updates Kirsten Grove has made to her fire and have that behind my thoughts as inspiration!
What’s the new timeline for this mission?
I initially deliberate to do all the work myself on the finish of July. The timeline will now be prolonged a couple of month. I’m going to have some assist from our handyman too. He’ll be coming to the home this month to put in Durock, a model of cement board, over the hearth brick. The method of shopping for, chopping, and putting in the Durock will possible be parsed out over three or so days. He’ll even be eradicating the mantel within the course of.
As soon as he’s completed, I’ll do prep work and apply the plaster. I hope to have your entire mission completed earlier than the top of August, with some room for flexibility if it must take somewhat longer. I’m so excited to share the earlier than and after when it’s full!
What concerning the brick in the remainder of the basement?
We plan to do the identical plaster end for the remainder of the brick within the basement household room. There is no such thing as a set timeline for this proper now. As a result of the hearth updates will embody each plaster and brick trim, I believe the combo will work within the meantime!