Updating a fireplace hearth
Their most interesting discovery was when they removed the hearth.They found there had been a sunken "conversation pit" around the fireplace.Instead of spending over a hundred dollars on hardware specifically made to do that, I made ours out of heavy duty full extension drawer slides, a medium sized lazy susan, wood for the boxes, and two dowel pins to lock the unit in place. I started on the 4th of December (against my wife's wishes as she didn't think I could get it done before Christmas), finished the project on the 18th, and the insert was installed on the 22nd.It works great and saves a ton of hassle." David made a beautiful deco-style mantel out of maple and Mary and David tiled the fireplace in a nice large slate. Not only are we going to save money on heating bills, I know we have added some good value to our home as well. It was 2 hours before I finally pulled the trigger to do the mitre cut on the mantel, but it turned okay too. The hearth is floor tile and the surround is wall tile. I love how the bookcase was integrated to cover up the old firewood storage area.
Imagine if you like a sleek modern look and you have something that looks like this in your living room?I like how he framed in the hearth with the same wood as the mantel. I'm a big fan of deep color, so I love how he painted the dry wall to showcase the fireplace. Ron created an interesting transition from hearth to floor that minimized the dominant hearth.He used a beautiful tile that brought both depth and warmth to the room.For the surround, she used very large tiles with very thin grout lines so that it has a more homogeneous appearance.Notice that she removed the crown molding since it didn't fit with the craftsman/modern look.
Imagine the difference this makes to his living room!