Using masonry for interior design
Stone and brick masonry can give a building a timeless feel and a strong foundation. Increasingly, these benefits are being taken indoors.
Many people incorporate masonry into the interior design of their homes. According to the Mason Contractors Association of America, using interior masonry can lead to savings on insurance and maintenance costs; it won't burn, dent, rot or rust and it’s superior in terms of insulation.
Below are five ways masonry can be used in the interior construction of a home:
1. Flooring. Brick or stone flooring can create a striking addition to any kitchen, bathroom or entrance way. It can give your home a rustic look, and give you the option of playing with colors and shapes to create geometric patterns. It also stays cool which can be a major benefit in warmer climates.
2. Fireplaces and mantles. Interior masonry is most commonly used in the design of fireplaces and mantles. Aside from the obvious cosmetic appeal, brick and stone are both highly resistant to fire and provide superior insulation.
Angie’s List member Cindy Dullea of Clifton, Va., recently hired highly rated Mottern Masonry Design to update her builder fireplace with stone masonry. She says the Washington D.C.-area masonry contractor “did a fantastic job” and her “new stone façade looks great.”
3. Finishing basements. Usually, drywall seems like the only option when finishing a basement. But regardless of whether it's used for a game room or a wine cellar, a stone or brick finish will create a unique look. It's also an excellent way to avoid temperature fluctuation.
4. Brick and stone backsplashes. Tile is a common material for kitchen backsplashes, usually located behind a stove or sink. However, exposed grout shows stains and tile can become chipped. Stone is commonly used in backsplash construction because of its durability and high resistance to heat and liquids.
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