Couple of materials are as strong as concrete. According to the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), concrete is the most made use of manufactured product worldwide. It’s used much more frequently than timber, steel and also various other structure materials. In residential setups, concrete normally isn’t revealed– except, possibly, in a basement or garage. Nevertheless, home owners are beginning to welcome the raw elegance of concrete walls in different applications.
There are a number of methods to make use of concrete walls in commercial designs. “Concrete comes in a range of colors as well as surfaces. These begin with a really smooth and almost reflective surface area, which belongs to Tadao Ando’s masterpieces, through to the brutalist permeable concrete which you could locate in underground car parks,” clarifies Michael Schienke, Director and also Chartered Architect at VORBILD Architecture in London. “For indoor applications, the much more smooth or carefully porous finishes are most ideal,” he adds. “The shade can be altered by including pigments or changing the blend ratio of the initial components.”
Schienke made the concrete restroom in the images immediately over as well as below. “In this penthouse home in a transformed church, concrete-clad washrooms are on both sides of the new kitchen area,” Schienke states. “The fully lit ceiling is made from plexiglass panels, and also the walls as well as flooring are made from real concrete panels.”
” We have a few effective projects that included refined concrete wall surfaces and floorings in shower rooms,” Schienke states. “You install them similar to marble, on reinforced walls, and as it’s a natural product, it needs to be secured,” he describes. “They are of a timeless appeal, yet their appearance ends up being that of a cozy history, sophisticated and extremely fashionable.”
Concrete is also a solid product, which means you won’t have to worry about degeneration or rust. It’s also non-combustible, which makes it a prominent option for fire place surrounds. Furthermore, concrete is a sustainable product. According to CSI, concrete wall surfaces (as well as floorings) lower temperature swings by reducing the passage of warm moving via the framework. And also this can, subsequently, decrease your cooling and heating costs. Additionally, concrete is among the most energy-efficient materials to produce, utilizing substantially much less power than aluminum, stainless-steel, steel, glass, wood and also brick.
Will Concrete Walls Help or Hurt Resale Value?
John Manning, Manager Broker at RE/MAX on Market in Seattle, WA, believes that the resale value element will certainly depend upon exactly how and also where the concrete is utilized. “Bare concrete is typically made use of as an attribute in commercial or ultra-modern design architecture,” he says. “Up here in Seattle, we value comfortable and also cozy in winter months, so we’re not followers of bare concrete.”
Nonetheless, when concrete is correctly applied, he thinks that it can function. “There are several aesthetically appealing coatings and shade treatments that can be applied to concrete, as well as modern-day insulation methods allow the use of concrete with terrific visual charm.”
Patrick Garrett, Broker/Realtor at H&H Realty in Trussville, AL, doesn’t believe his purchasers would necessarily be thrilled with concrete walls. “In my point of view, concrete walls are a special building feature that would only attract the diverse buyer,” he states. “I’ve seen a few houses with concrete kitchen counters however, once more, these residences only attract buyers seeking uncommon or special design.”
Alternatives to Real Concrete
If you love the appearance of concrete yet you’re uncertain if you intend to commit to a concrete wall surface, there are several various other options that you can try.
Concreate makes concrete panels in a variety of shades, consisting of natural gray, metal grey as well as bronze grey. The panels only weigh 1.3 extra pounds per square foot as well as are 1/8″ thick. Concreate panels can be related to drywall, plywood, cement board and also concrete.
ConcreteWall wallpaper is another choice to consider. Made of non-woven vinyl, the wallpaper is scratch resistant and can be cleansed by washing it with a soft towel.