Remodeling my kitchen, have part of what used to be an external wall
(before a prev owner built an addition) exposed. It looks like this:
I would like to leave to fix it up and leave it exposed. Can I, who
has not masonry training, do something about making it look more
presentable? (I have a big pile of matching pieces of stone.)
Many thanks in advance,
I don;t know what he means by "fix it up". It sure is rubble now. I
was expecting to see some 200 year old stone wall. What is there is
worth less than zero. I'd cover it up, either with drywall or stone
Just out of curiousity, why didn't you continue the kitchen cabinetry
to the end of that wall? Seems like its going to be dead space anyway,
and you could have just covered up that stone wall with a sheetrock
wall and the cabinets.
Wait, not so fast: I agree with HeyBub that it might be possible to
incorporate this bit of exposed stuff into the finished kitchen. Notice
I said "might be".
From the picture, it looks like the top part is stone and the bottom
part brick, with a bunch of cement in the stone part. Is that correct?
If so, you might at least try doing some patching before giving up and
covering this all over. You could either try to find some small stones
to fit the gaps and mortar them in, or just use patching cement to fill
these spaces up.
It might look cool. I remember seeing a house featured in House
Beautiful years ago where the designer had intentionally taken all the
door casings off of all the doorways and just sealed the exposed rough
openings (it was an old house with plaster walls and high ceilings).
Your first reaction might be "that would look like crap!", but it
didn't; looked good. (Not for all tastes, I realize.)
So if you're inclined that direction, I'd at least try to finish this
little exposed column. If you mess it up, no harm, no foul, just cover
it with drywall or whatever.
In order to embark on a new course, the only one that will
solve the problem: negotiations and peace with the Palestinians,
Heck, I'd try. An interior stone wall would be cool.
The trick, I'd think, would be to not try to make it look too good. A
primitive, rough, look would have more character - and make the whole
project ever so much easier.
If you have no masonry skills , how in the world are you gonna fix that MESS
up good enough to leave exposed? I'd just cover the whole mess up with
drywall and be done with it...I'd be more concerned with those spikes
sticking down through the plywood on the roof ..Also , you may want to
consider some rafter vent , insulation and 1X3 strapping(16"OC) on the
ceiling before you go much futher with the drywall.You shouldn't break
drywall butts in the middle of the bay either...Just a thought....
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