May 13, 2009

Finishing A Brick Wall

So the first real decision came up today: what to do with the rubble stone wall at the front of the basement. I’ve always loved those kinds of walls, probably from seeing so many old movies as a kid. You know the ones, they were shot in studio but the stone wall made you feel like it was shot in an old Connecticut house.


I love this scene from the old film Bringing Up Baby. Not for Cary Grant in lingerie, but for the rubble stone wall.

Exposed or painted brick, rubble, stone — all those kinds of effects are so “in” right now, whether in contemporary or traditional spaces. They give a space, like this home office in a Brooklyn brownstone, some texture and authenticity.

Meg's bad rubble wall

But is my little rubble wall worth exposing? I worry that it is such a small area, and will look like an oversight if I don’t drywall it over.

Do you think seeing the small bit of rubble wall is interesting enough to leave exposed?

Photo credits:
Bringing Up Baby, directed by Howard Hawks, 1938
2. Architecture, Kurt Andernach, photo from