As common W&D readers will know, my strategy to residence design this yr has been all about tackling fewer initiatives 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 area 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 massive brick space surrounding the hearth, which is the pure focus of the area.
I used to be initially going to deal with the brick with a limewash utility, however just lately a unique concept got here to thoughts: doing a clean, plaster end over the brick.
At this time 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 undertaking.
Why I’ve been contemplating a plaster end for the brick
As I used to be placing collectively a couple of temper board choices for the undertaking just lately, I spotted I needed to significantly contemplate eradicating the brick sample virtually fully. Each the flooring and the brick on this area are so busy proper now. I assumed protecting the brick would permit 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 all the way down to the look I need this area to have in the long term. I feel the Spanish-inspired fashion of a plaster hearth will permit us to higher spotlight the flooring, that are unique to the home and which we have now no intention of changing. Whereas it is going to be extra of a course of than initially deliberate, I’d moderately do it the way in which I need the primary time as a substitute of doing the work twice.
We additionally plan to maintain among the brick uncovered as trim and can doubtless do a limewash end on these sections. I feel the combination 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 at the back of my thoughts as inspiration!
What’s the new timeline for this undertaking?
I initially deliberate to do the entire 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, slicing, and putting in the Durock will doubtless 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 whole undertaking achieved 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 isn’t any set timeline for this proper now. As a result of the hearth updates will embrace each plaster and brick trim, I feel the combination will work within the meantime!