Friday, April 1, 2011

Concrete Walls in Homes

How are you all? Hope you had a good week.  I had promised a Wednesday post but, obviously, that didn't happen. My apologies. I really have to get better at multi-tasking. It seems when I have a crazy shoot schedule, I can do little else. I will work on that!

Lately, I've been dreaming of renovating. I deeply dislike my fireplace, and I think my husband finally agrees. It reminds me of a certain chain of restaurants, here in Vancouver, and that's not good. I'm thinking about introducing a little concrete to our home, and this might be the spot. I've seen quite a few "feature" walls in homes that I've shot and it can look pretty. I would definitely want to mix it with wood and warm it up a bit, and keep it to a small area.  Hmmm. I'd love to know your thoughts.







janis
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22 comments:

Make mine Mid-Century said...

I love concrete walls and polished concrete floors.

They make sense to me. They're clean, simple, functional and can be 'softened' with paintings and shelves.

I also love bare brick walls. Fantastic.

Monique said...

I think the idea of adding concrete is a great one. It definitely adds an industrial feel as long as its balanced with warmth it'll be great!

kalanicut said...

I like it. I agree it needs a bit of styling up or softening. I especially like the shots where there is something major in front of it, stack of books, chair & light, dining table. It feels nice in smaller sections to me. Thanks for sharing!

Vintage Home said...

I really like these images and that you are always giving us something to look at!
Have a great weekend!

shellie said...

yes concrete....i have always wanted concrete floors so i could roller skate on them....but a wall would be totally cool too....probably better than a floor because everything would break if you dropped something on it!

considered design said...

F*ck Yeh !

shopgirl said...

Your reno project sounds exciting Janis! I think a concrete wall would modernize a home and make it beautiful ...mixed in with natural wood furniture/accessories.

Razmataz said...

LOVE IT.
Not so keen on the holes in some of the images, that remonds me of sewer pipes, but I do love the 3rd and 4th images.

Lady Grey said...

Hmmm if you had asked off-hand I probably would have said no.... but now that I've seen these photos I say YES!

Pen and Paperie said...

love it.
you could inlay pieces of wood into the concrete or wrap strategic elements of the wall in a veneer, for scale and warmth...

Jim said...

Our new studio space has concrete floors (our other studio has old wood floors which never seem to be clean!). I am in love with the concrete. Since I shoot I like that the color off the gray concrete is neutral rather than the warm tones off the wood floor.

Years ago someone said "what kind of house would you like" and I said "concrete with drains in the floors so I can hose down the rooms"....still a dream

Jenn said...

I really like concrete in homes, and I think a fireplace is a great place to incorporate it. Someday, I'll have concrete counter tops :)

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The idea of adding concrete is a great one.I like these images! LOVE IT.

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jules @ The Diversion Project said...

yes, yes, yes, yes, and definitely yes!!! : ) concrete = my soft spot

lisaroyhandbags said...

I love this idea! Especially paired with wood to warm it up and keep it from feeling cold and drab. I love it paired with mid-century pieces :)

Brittany H. said...

I like it. To me, it's so much better than lumpy spackle.

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Pinecone Camp said...

So concrete does have friends!
Razmataz, I love that you think the holes look "sewer pipes". That hadn't crossed my mind!
Considered, well said my friends. ;)
Jim, love a good concrete floor too. Perfect for shooting.

c and d said...

i love concrete...do it! i especially love the technique where it kind of looks like wood? end of day getting brain dead. need a hot cross bun. ; )

Cristina said...

Concrete rocks! But I would consider if it keeps true to the other materials in your home... You could find interesting things to play with and enhance within the existing fabric of the building rather than bring something "foreign" into the equation... for instance, I think that those plastered walls that have been sanded till you see the pink layer through to give them a texture, or the joinery that has been partially stripped off from paint are very intriguing also… but I guess that on the other hand, it is fair to say that the introduction of concrete could unveil very interesting results.

A polished concrete floor could be easier to achieve if your home had a solid base (otherwise cracks tend to develop)but you will need to consider the thresholds of your doors and interfaces with other materials as good detailing is key when using any minimalist material.

What kind of finish were you thinking about?
Do you know the London National Theatre? The finish there is created by the texture of the grainy timber formwork... it is pretty amazing! The horizontal bands, could be something that you could play with on a single wall as they could become guides to floating shelves for example...

Tadao Ando is another good one to look at. He always makes the imprints of the process part of the end product… Did you know that the number of form-work fixing marks that Ando has per panel (6) are not responding to functional reasons, but numerical ones aimed at avoiding the dreaded number of death (4)? Amazing, eh?

He did something beautiful on his little building at the Vitra Museum in Germany... His site was a gorgeous cherry tree field, and you know how important cherry trees are for Japanese... as indicators of the arrival of spring… So when they had to cut two trees (I believe), in order to build the building, he used the leaves of the trees to print the wall leading on to the entrance in memory of the lost trees....

The concrete garden wall idea is a good easy alternative. It is something I personally love. We have one in the terrace off the bedroom and it looks beautiful against the green of the maple and fern, and as the window is as close to "wall to wall and floor to ceiling" as you can get, it is brings textures to the room.

Hummm I love concrete!

Ps. Apologies for the blurb but I am ever so slightly obsessed with buildings. :-)

Love Design Company said...

I love concrete in homes Janis... but I feel like it needs to be softened by adding different textures in the room. Have you been to Solus, here in town? Super inspiring showroom and website.. they focus mainly on concrete. Gorgeous!

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

oh Janis, i love that hilarious description of your fireplace! i think i have an idea of what you're speaking of - haha. love the concrete styles, totally appeals to me too. warming it up with wood elements sounds perf. best of lucks for this grand idea to become a reality soon! ♥

hellhot said...

I love it! I can show you more examples too, we have an architect in Tucson, Bob Swaim who used (in 1969) board formed cast in place concrete walls, which create a fauxbois texture on the concrete/wood grain!