One of the great things about wall cladding is it gives a room instant character. One of my favorite types of wall cladding is veneer, or thin brick. If you purchase thin brick, it can get pretty expensive because all the cutting is done for you. If you are operating more on a budget, you can order a lift of brick, and have your mason cut them like we did here. The benefit to cutting them is- you guessed it, cost. We ordered a lift of brick, and after slicing both face sides of the brick, were able to generate enough veneer to clad both the master bedroom wall and the kitchen walls. If you'll notice in the photos, we had a sheetrock backdrop for the wall, and then added a felt and lathe underlayment so our brick would be able to be mortar applied. From there, our finishing touch in this case was a sack joint, or smear joint grout that is almost an over-application smeared. This technique exposes the majority of the brick but not all of it. You see this a ton in the old German architecture surrounding the hill country and it gives the wall somewhat of a historic look. I see a popular trend today is the combination of more refined furnishings, light fixtures, etc. blended with these historic type finishes. The trick is to make the blend of different eras make sense as you transition from room to room without seeming too haphazard in my opinion. In other words, don't have a historic look and feel outside, then when you walk through the door you've entered TomorrowLand. If you have the budget, you can order the more costly, precut bricks that can be done over the course of a weekend project but I just wanted to share how we attack it because we get lots of compliments from folks no matter the color.
Ta Da!!!!! Almost final product but couldn't wait to share. Owens Corning acoustic panels, conversion varnish alder walls, columns and trim, bar and mini kitchen, Control 4 lighting package, custom leather chairs with LED lighting, custom black theater fabric behind screen and hidden door to equipment. Couple this with 4K theater screen, Kaleidoscope movie jukebox and Atmos sound system and why leave? Homeowner calls me Friday night fired up to come over so I ran over there and we sat in the chair and just soaked it all in. It was so awesome. If I had to guess, we probably spent all in for everything you see here about $45,000 including room outfitting and equipment. So I know this isn't for everyone but if you have the means then you deserve a room like this! This was a first for us at the level to do but so glad to have had the opportunity to collaborate and get it done. Enjoy the photos.
Meet Noah. He's just 13 weeks young but getting ready for the journey filled with reward and meaningful contribution. Noah will assist our latest client, PAWS for Purple Hearts https://www.pawsforpurplehearts.org/ PAWS has a fascinating mission, they are dedicated to improving the lives of America's Warriors facing mobility challenges and trauma related conditions such as PTSD and TBI by providing the highest quality service dogs and canine assisted therapeutic programs. Their mission originated 11 years ago, and they have had successful growth and outreach ever since. We were blessed enough to team with PAWS and Kelly Air Force Base to convert a dated, unused cafeteria and repurpose approximately 10,000 square feet for dogs and humans alike. There will be classrooms, offices, kennels and collaboration spaces unparalelled in San Antonio. Shoot, when we first walked the space, one of the directors taught the accompanying dog how to get itself a drink of water from the human enabled water fountain in about 20 seconds! At M&F we get to do all kind of wonderful residential and commercial projects, but this was the first time to witness the joy in the eyes of our canine friends upon receiving their new home. Stop by and visit PAWS if you get a chance, it's a wonderful mission. They are located at 202 Red Horse Lane, at Kelly Air Force Base.
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