Always in style and incredibly hard-wearing, brick floors are a perennial favorite not just for patios, but in any indoor space where durability is key (think mudrooms, kitchens, and the like). Actually installing a full brick floor inside can be a major headache, though. Just ask Natipernavigare contributor Eddie Ross, who discovered that for himself when he decided to put antique brick in the mudroom of his Pennsylvania home, Edgewood Hall.
"If you're building from scratch, it's not a problem, but there are a lot of complications if you want to add brick floors to an existing room," Ross explains. "The subfloor needs to be strong enough to support all that weight, and even if it is, the finished floor will end up being much higher because of the depth of full bricks." It's not cheap, either: "Hiring a masonry specialist can get expensive fast," he adds.
Enter Brick It. The company specializes in a system of brick veneer pavers—essentially thin slices of actual bricks—that can be installed like tiles on top of any existing floor, no mason required. A regular tile guy will do just fine, says Ross; according to the company, it's even DIY-able for most homeowners.
Because he wanted the look of antique brick in his mudroom, Ross chose Brick It's New York Used Pavers, which are cut from reclaimed bricks—some as many as 250 years old—salvaged from the city's demolished buildings. (The company also offers pavers from Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Louis, all of which have their own unique look.) "When it's installed, it looks exactly like a real antique brick floor, because they are actually antique bricks!" Ross says.
The used pavers cost around $9 per square foot; Brick It recommends purchasing about 10 percent more than the project's size to the fact that some of the tiles may arrive broken. (They are antique, after all.) The company makes a vertical surface system, too, which can be used for anything from full walls to fireplaces.
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