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Last modified: 2021-10-25 | Approximate reading time 4 mins
There are a few options available to you in order to add a brick wall in your living room for a nice, rustic touch. Among these, you have the choice of moving to an abandoned factory, knocking down a wall to uncover the original stone and/or rebuilding it in bricks or finally, installing decorative textured wall panels in a brick pattern.
Don't want to move, demolish or feel like your wall is made of plastic? Don't lose hope! Today's manufacturers have adapted the modern look to today's lifestyle by producing briquettes that are easy to mount on a wall, giving you the chance to finally have the brick wall of your dreams.
Compared to traditional brick and natural stone, decorative materials are lighter and have an almost flawless aesthetic finish. Produced with current materials as well as precise designs, these decorative products are thinner than authentic products and do not require the use of a mason. Also known as brick "sheets", the briquettes are about 2 cm thick.
Since the desired effect is aesthetics, be sure to take the time to examine the product before making any final decisions. Some manufacturers offer a product with finishing errors. For example, you might have to scrape a small bead on the back of a few pieces to avoid possible noticeable unevenness. Some manufacturers offer an almost authentic product, but parts of which you have to break to finish the edges and corners.
Manufacturers offer brick and stone models in several colours and various distinguished types, including mountain stone, quartz and alcove. Manufacturers also sell faux stones - lightweight concrete poured into a mould and chemically worked, with a 30-year warranty.
You can install decorative bricks or stones on most surfaces, from drywall to plywood to wood. “If you knew how many false brick walls there are in restaurant yards, for example…”, the owner of the manufacturer Design & Co, Pierre D. Martin told La Presse in 2006. If you know how to lay tiles or a kitchen backsplash, for example, sticking briquettes to the wall is not more complicated.
Interior wall to fireplace; all surfaces can be covered with brick or stone to the point of transforming the rooms of your house into small ergonomic caves. With the help of LED lights, you can create a welcoming and personalized atmosphere, which will make the room an ideal place for parties. Their insulating properties will preserve the fresh air during heat waves and their fire-resistant aspect is all the more an asset.
Have you made your choice of product and surface to cover? The laying of brick or stone is done in three stages: the preparation, the laying of the brick and the pulling of joints (or not). Before you start, you need to decide the process of whether you are going to pull the joints (i.e. put mortar between the pieces) or not.
It is best to space the briquettes when laying them, even if you have to install the mortar 24 hours later. If you don’t think about it and the thin-set adhesive is dry, you’ll be off!
To create a decorative interior wall, you may need the following tools: safety equipment (gloves, mask and goggles), table saw, ceramic blade, electric grinder, mitre saw, two trowels (serrated, smooth), level 4 feet or more, hammer, finishing nails, soft brush, rag, sprayer, wood pencil and felt-tip pen.
RenoQuotes.com can help you get quotes from qualified masons and renovation contractors for your interior brick wall. If you submit your project to us, we’ll put you in contact with the best masons in our contractor network. Fill in the form (it only takes a few minutes), and you will get quotes from qualified masons and home renovation companies.
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