Brick House

As I'm off to Coverings, a trade show focused on all things tile and stone, this kitchen—a mason's dream or nightmare, I'm not sure which—seems an appropriate post. Dating from the 11th century, Astley Castle seemed bound for the wrecking ball after a fire left the building in ruins. Witherford Watson Mann Architects won a competition to restore the property; their design solution was a deft mix of the modern with the medieval. Today, it's possible to stay overnight in the historic residence.