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 structure 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 unique end to the big brick space surrounding the hearth, which is the pure point of interest of the house.
I used to be initially going to deal with the brick with a limewash utility, however not too long ago a unique concept got here to thoughts: doing a clean, plaster end over the brick.
At the moment I’m sharing the selection I made for our basement hearth brick end!
Let me stroll you thru my decision-making course of round whether or not or to not change the path for this venture.
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 venture not too long ago, I spotted I wished to significantly think about eradicating the brick sample virtually fully. Each the flooring and the brick on this house are so busy proper now. I believed overlaying the brick would permit for much less visible competitors between the 2 components.
Right here’s why I made a decision to go along with a plaster end
It finally got here right down to the look I would like this house to have in the long term. I believe the Spanish-inspired type of a plaster hearth will permit us to raised spotlight the flooring, that are authentic to the home and which we’ve no intention of changing. Whereas will probably be extra of a course of than initially deliberate, I’d relatively do it the best way I would like the primary time as a substitute of doing the work twice.
We additionally plan to maintain among the brick uncovered as trim and can seemingly 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 hearth and have that behind my thoughts as inspiration!
What’s the new timeline for this venture?
I initially deliberate to do all the work myself on the finish of July. The timeline will now be prolonged a few 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, reducing, and putting in the Durock will seemingly 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 the complete venture carried out earlier than the tip of August, with some room for flexibility if it must take a bit of 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!