Want modern treatment that's easy to revert to brick

essdanaDecember 25, 2011

Is there a treatment that won't be too hard to remove if I or subsequent homeowner wants to revert to the brick? I know that paint is extremely difficult, and my taste runs contemporary anyway. I have a marble mantle with grey veining that I'd like to use. I was thinking of dark grey/black slate for the surround. Again, what would be involved in removing tile, i.e. what level of difficulty?

I also am leaning towards removing the bookcases; however this is a rental property and my contractor thinks I should leave them. If I do I'd stain them a darker color as I think they look dated.

Thanks in advance for the opinions!

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    Bookmark   December 25, 2011 at 9:03PM
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My contractor reminds me frequently that I'm not going to live in this property lol. But it was my first house, and this is the renovation I always wanted. Also, I intend to turn the property into a vacation rental in Washington, DC at a nightly rate of $250-400 so the renovation has to be a bit more upscale than a typical rental. I've opened up the 9x9 kitchen by removing half of the wall b/t it and the dining room and removing the whole wall b/t the kitchen and sun room. This is a more contemporary look as is the Ikea Nexus brown-black cabinets in the kitchen http://flic.kr/p/b21gan . The home's exterior remains a craftsman-like style. Does this context make anyone re-consider keeping the brick?

Here is a link that might be useful: opening up first floor

    Bookmark   December 26, 2011 at 10:25AM
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Your pictures are all private.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2011 at 10:59AM
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