Our previous house was a historic 1929 bungalow. The floor plan shows the new symmetry of the windows and the orientation of the furniture to the fireplace and TV. The circulation was also improved. The client wanted surfaces that were easy to clean and maintain, and the quartz countertops in a Crème Limestone color and slate flooring were the perfect fit.
Usually, stone fireplaces don’t match a highly modern or a contemporary space and therefore they are common in older or specifically styled homes. You see I used the original cabinet doors for the design theme for all the exterior windows in the house – all 24 of them.
On the right, in a gabled part of the ceiling over a bay window, we clad the ceiling in painted lathe pulled from the house. Look to see if your fireplace mantel color competes with the overall look of your fireplace. But these little access doors to enter the eave area kinda bugged me. Not quite the fit and finish I like.
For this project, I wanted to surround the fireplace with stone (or manufactured stone), raise the fireplace to accommodate a hearth (instead of just tile on the floor) and add a new rustic wood mantle I had worked with manufactured stone before, but that was only a month ago when I added a fireplace to my basement.
If your mantel displays candles, sculptures or vases in equal measure on each side, try shaking up the scene on your hearth with a stunning set of fireplace tools at one end, and a gleaming wood holder at the other. We started by painting primer on the walls and ceiling of the sunroom.