I am now looking for a solid finish similar to this, but with a smoother finish. In some ways it’s a shame that the walls were not done like this at the same time. The floor was done and is quite smooth compared to the entrance walls
I was thinking of doing something like that as well but the block work although professionally done by a local artisan, I would prefer not to see it. I think looking at a block work wall would be a bit depressing as well.
The block work there looks very well done and probably with a purpose to remain exposed
Yes indeed. Also one of our offices (that I was fortunate enough not to have to work in), had white painted block work walls and several colleagues commented that is was not so nice to be in there compared to the offices on the customer premises.
Something like that would end up on a finished wall. With this room, I have the freedom to do pretty much anything to it, but in a tasteful way hopefully. The panels you suggest will definitely be looked in to. I will also look into doing some measurements and try to analyse things properly
My wife’s father used to be a mason and she was the one that suggested to finish off with a sand cement render. I think if this is done properly, it could give a very pleasing result to look at and goes some way to preserve the solid wall that will be behind SL2s probably. This can also be simply painted. I like the idea of a rough finish and this has got to be better than plasterboard with gaps behind it. Seeing block work or bricks would not be so pleasing although I must admit, a friend’s house does have exposed brickwork which looks quite nice.
You have choices of render. Traditional sand and cement render. Or you could go for a Lime render used in older houses. Or there is the modern silicate renders such as K Rend. The silicate renders can be precoloured as well.
Sand and cement render is cheapest and will do a good job. Make sure you get a good plasterer to do it. It’s not the easiest job if you have no experience and alot can go wrong.
Of course you could batten it all out and use acoustic panels and hide all your wires on some walls or have a feature wall.
Concrete blocks painted white looks good too and gives an industrial feel.