As common W&D readers will know, my strategy to dwelling design this 12 months 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 special end to the big brick space surrounding the fireside, which is the pure focus of the area.
I used to be initially going to deal with the brick with a limewash software, however lately a special concept got here to thoughts: doing a clean, plaster end over the brick.
Right now 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 route for this challenge.
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 challenge lately, I noticed I needed to significantly take into account eradicating the brick sample virtually solely. Each the flooring and the brick on this area are so busy proper now. I believed protecting the brick would enable for much less visible competitors between the 2 parts.
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 need this area to have in the long term. I believe the Spanish-inspired type of a plaster fire will enable us to raised spotlight the flooring, that are unique to the home and which we’ve got no intention of changing. Whereas it is going to be extra of a course of than initially deliberate, I’d quite do it the way in which I need the primary time as a substitute of doing the work twice.
We additionally plan to maintain a number of the brick uncovered as trim and can probably do a limewash end on these sections. I believe 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 fire and have that at the back of my thoughts as inspiration!
What’s the new timeline for this challenge?
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 fireside brick. The method of shopping for, reducing, and putting in the Durock will probably 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 challenge completed earlier than the top of August, with some room for flexibility if it must take a bit longer. I’m so excited to share the earlier than and after when it’s full!
What in regards to 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 fireside updates will embrace each plaster and brick trim, I believe the combination will work within the meantime!