Post # 1
I would like to preface this with the fact that this is not currently our home nor will it in all likelihood be our home in the future- I’m just crazy and like to think about how I would change it.
(It is out of our price range, it is a home that is in his family but I would feel wrong buying it for what we could afford- but that’s a whole other conversation.)
Anywho- I was thinking about the possibility of removing two former exterior walls but I just don’t know how affordable that would be considering they have to be load bearing. Then I thought what if we exposed the brick on the interior! But is this even possible? It would be done on only one of them I think.
It would be the wall to the left- with the window.
Post # 3
Super costly. If it is a former exterior wall means that it is a load bearing wall. You would have to put in a support beam in which is not that complicated, but it can cause or bring to light so many more issues than you would be fixing. And you would end up making more of a mess than you think. You would have to pull down the ceiling, part of the neighboring walls, and then pray you don’t find any code issues while you are there.
Post # 4
I’ve previously had an exposed brick wall and it’s very cold! There’s no insulation!
Post # 5
You could, but consider the impact removing the wall covering and any insulating materials might make to heating the room/rest of the floor.
I have an exposed brick wall in my kitchen and I love it – makes me very happy, and I did cut a serving hatch type hole through to the dining room & living room in it as a compromise and now the kitchen feels much part of the rest of the main floor. The hole is 2X2 approx.
Post # 6
Since it is now an interior wall would the insulation really matter as much?
I guess I thought exposing brick would be easier than taking down the wall entirely- it seems I was wrong.
Post # 7
It all depends on what is behind the wall. And you won’t know that until you expose it, so just be careful since any estimate you get from a contractor could dramatically change.
Darling Husband just exposed the brick in our bathroom when replacing the medicine cabinet and it was a huge process. You basically have to cut through drywall, plaster and wood frames to expose the brick and depending on what condition it’s in it might not even look nice. Ours was laid in 1910 in a very sloppy fashion so we wouldn’t want to expose it completely. And like others said, if it’s an exterior wall then there won’t be enough insulation – ours at least butts up against the neighboring building so there is about 6 feet of brick in between us and our neighbors.
Post # 8
@accorn: Since it is on the inside now, insulation will not matter, but you are dealing with a whole lot of other issues like what is under the drywall that will have to be moved. There could be old or new wiring under there or plumbing and those are very costly to move if they can be moved by code (especially the electrical).