Fireplaces in homes are often the focal point of the whole decor when built with the right material. Stone fireplaces are a popular choice as they bring that classic and timeless charm to the whole room. In this post, we will tell you the importance of building a stone fireplace that matched your tastes and needs.
What type of fireplace do you want to build?
If you want high-quality stonework, unparalleled fitting and finishing, your options can vary from marble and granite to quartz and stone. However, stone brings an original charm and warmth that cannot be matched by any other material.
Step 1: Choosing between natural and manufactured stone
• Natural stone has no match for its beautiful colors and variations. Yet, The price can increase when including installations and other features.
• Manufactured stone cost lesser than natural stone and is easier to install due to their weight. It is available in many designs and colors.
Step 2: Choosing between the cut and color
Have you heard of words like Castle-rock or Ledge cut? Every type of cut is different from each other. For example, the Castle-rock has giant bed face stones with a more rustic appearance. While the Ledge cut has a thinner and modern look.
Tip: Bring samples of carpet and paint choices with you to line up with the stones. This will help you make your decision in the design gallery. If you are still unsure, don’t be hasty! Ask them for samples to take back home where you can take your time to decide what will best fit your home.
Step 3: Choosing the design
For a flat wall, typical ways of doing most stonework is an old masonry look. It incorporates a keystone in the middle and provides a more rustic look. Or, you can incorporate an arch in the fireplace to give it more depth.
If you prefer a more modern look, you can opt for a see-thru fireplace. It gives you options of stone on two different sides of the fireplace.
3.1 Choosing the fireplace hearth
A hearth is the stone slab that sits in front of your fireplace. The hearth protects your floor from radiant heat, sparks, and flying embers. It also protects the place from burning logs that may roll out of the fireplace. But, you can also use the space to set your ash buckets and fireplace tools.
There are four styles to choose from:
1. No Hearth – There is no hearth at all.
2. Raised Firebox – The hearth is BELOW the firebox opening.
3. Flush Hearth – The hearth is AT THE SAME LEVEL of the firebox opening.
4. Raised Hearth – The hearth is ABOVE the firebox opening.
3.2 Do you need a fireplace hearth?
If you are considering a gas burning fireplace, it does not need a hearth. Yet, they build most fireplaces this way. It gives you the look and feel of a traditional wood burning fireplace. It serves as a decorative purpose while being useful for a few things. For instance, defrosting your food or when you need some extra seating in your room and without forgetting the Christmas family portraits while sitting on the hearth.
3.3 Choosing the fireplace door
3.3.1 Overlap fit fireplace door
An overlap fit door of a three-sided or four-sided frame needs a raised hearth to sit on for support.
3.3.2 Inside fit fireplace doors
Inside fit doors can fit each of the four styles. In case of any gap between the height of the door and the frame, the installers can apply cement around the door. This way, they will fill in the gaps where recommended or necessary.
Step 4: Choosing the mantel
The fireplace mantel is the chimney-piece, just like a hood. Its traditional use was to catch masses of smoke that comes out of the chimney. With modern methods of heating, it is no more necessary to have a mantel. Now, the mantel serves as an ornamental and artistic feature of the fireplace and the room.
You should choose a color that matches the hearth and the rest of the fireplace. For modern designs, there are floating mantels while classic looks get more of a wood mantle. It will all depend on your taste.
Choosing the stone for your fireplace will be a decision that will affect the time of your stay in that house. Apart from being the centerpiece of your living area, the fireplace is where you and your family will make memories and have your most cherished moments. Picture the most important holidays like Christmas and New Year or the many lazy Saturdays you and your family will enjoy for decades to come. Your stone fireplace will be the place for family and friends to re-unite for your most happy moments.
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