A famous architect once posed the question "ask the brick, what does a brick want to be?" This architect was of course Woody Harrelson and the answer is that a brick wants to be a fighter pilot because being a brick is boring and fighter pilots are casual and cool and invented the windmill hi-five for beach volleyball. Obvious choice.
Being that the bricks in our wall were stuck in their fired clay form we decided to at least make them an arch. Arches were once the preferred method of spanning brick openings but that was really only from a time before man had invented steel and the structural engineer. Also, lots of curved things have to go under the curved openings and that gets tricky (read expensive). Undeterred we drew up a door to fit the arch- paid the 'custom' price and fitted the semi round peg in the semi round hole.... The real challenge has come with the interior trim as I scoffed at the pre manufactured price and have been scratching my head ever since. It's been at about 90% for about 11 months now.
We will say we are very pleased with the function and the form.
Of note is the paint we chose to use. We went all-out on the door paint and even hired a pro painter to do the work. A guy who goes by the name Color Alchemist. John (the alchemist) has spent a long time in closed quarters with some pretty heavy solvents so when he recommended the intense finish work I was a little skeptical.... Ultimately it was a two week process of prep and paint with a specialty lacquer paint that turned out with a finish like a new car. Excellent work by a true craftsman and with luck the paint will outlast the user.
With bricks and owners satisfied we can turn our focus to exterior completion.