Exposed Brick Walls: Good or Bad?

The apartment I moved into earlier this summer had the most amazing exposed brick walls. In fact, these walls were the reason why we chose this apartment. Once we moved in we realized just how horrible they were. We only lived in this apartment for 3 months — all thanks to the exposed brick walls.

Maybe it was the amazingly old apartment building or the lack of detailed construction, but these walls were ruining our life. They would crumble when we touched them and had giant cracks and gaping holes. In the middle of summer they emitted heat. However, the worst part was the centipedes. We had about 4-5 centipedes per night. They would range from .5" to 4" in length. The centipedes supposedly loved the moisture from the brick walls and thrived inside the cracks. At night they would parade around my apartment running faster than I could get them. We spent so much money trying to seal up the cracks and nothing seemed to work. Finally we gave up and broke our lease.

Everyone seems to want exposed brick walls. But our experience had us see a whole new light! What has your experience been like with them?

Image: Meg Lewis