Exposed brick: it’s the ultimate in 'cool' and is endlessly versatile. With its warm palette and raw style, exposed brick can become modern, industrial, rustic or shabby chic with the right furniture and accents.
It’s also seriously trendy. For those who aren’t lucky enough to live in a renovated warehouse apartment with original brick walls dating back to the 1850s, there are alternatives: stencils, DIYed drywall and wallpapers.
But these five homes take away the work. See the versatility of brick, as it makes an accent in living rooms, wraps around fireplaces and warms kitchens as a backsplash.
Walk into this charming three-story home in the heart of Northern Liberties, and you'll immediately be drawn to its modern rock-face fireplace made to look like brick. Move through the house, and you'll find a wow-worthy kitchen decked out with stainless steel appliances, white cabinetry and a built-in wine fridge that doubles as a breakfast nook. The $499,000, four-bedroom house also boasts a finished basement and a deck with a perfect skyline view.
This two-bedroom spot feels more like a cabin in the woods than a West Philly townhouse, with its dramatic brick walls and exposed wood beam ceilings. At $250,000, this sunny home offers gorgeous wood cabinetry in the kitchen, original wood flank floors and a large backyard.
Located just steps from the Delaware River Waterfront, this 2,584-square-foot apartment offers panoramic views of the city and a modern twist on industrial decor. If its clean lines and open floor plan don't sell you, its walk-in closets and custom-designed sleek bathrooms and kitchens should. At a cool $1 million, New York living comes to Philly.
Built in 1915, this four-bedroom, four-bathroom townhome effortlessly combines the old and the new. Soaring exposed brick walls in the living room give way to a newly renovated chef's kitchen with Viking appliances, a six-burner gas stove and a French-door refigerator. At $949,000, this Queen Village home comes with plenty of room for entertainment: A wet bar on the third floor, a two-tiered roof-deck and a fully finished basement.