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Linear bricks used in alfresco flooring in perfect example of modern design.

Set in their own Tallebudgera House in sunny Queensland, Michael and Carlene Duffy of Cedar + Suede set upon a mission to transform their alfresco dining space from an area of the home that had Michael feeling self-conscious, into a beautifully modern entertaining space. Given the prior renovations that rejuvenated the beautifully modern home, the alfresco entertaining became an urgent project to bring the commonly used space up to speed with the rest of the home.

“I’ve always felt self-conscious about this side of the house. We put a lot of time and money into the other side, and it looks great. But when people came over and were interested in the project, I’ve always found myself making excuses about what we’ve got over here” said Michael.

Tasked with flooring that felt out-of-place when compared to the remainder of the home and did not function as it was intended, as well as a sagged ceiling, Michael and Carlene specified the Ceniza Linear as Facings fromPGH Bricks & Pavers’ Morada range to open up the space, and add the intricate detail that the commonly used space and fantastic natural scenery deserved.


“As entertainers this is the space that we use the most. It was not quite right in terms of what was on the floor and how it functioned. The ceiling was also a bit sagged” Carlene added.

When questioned on the choice of flooring that the husband-and-wife team had landed on for their alfresco renovation, Carlene was very excited to talk about not only the aesthetic advantages of the beautifully luxurious bricks and the design flexibility that the linear selection offered, but also the practicality of the bricks in their new trend of use as flooring.

“They are actually a cut brick and they feel so good under your feet; it’s almost like a massage. But on a practical level, they are super slip resistant.”

As outlined by Industry association, Think Brick Australia in their Brick Floors Fact Sheet, slip resistance is inherently important when selecting a brick for brick flooring, along with other factors such as hardness and durability. The brick must be able to cope with heavy objects and foot traffic, and must have “a mean coefficient of friction of not less than 0.4” to minimise the chance of falls, particularly when wet.

For further reading on recent brick flooring projects, the Wooloowin House case study has used PGH Bricks & Pavers’ Black and Tan bricks from the Smooth range as flooring to allow continuity from the interior home to the outdoor entertaining space.

The video footage captured of Michael and Carlene Duffy explaining their choice of flooring on episode 8 from season 2 of Ready, Set, Reno can also be viewed below:



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