Updating a rock fireplace
From open fireplaces that literally look like they are sitting in the middle of the room, to built-in fireplaces that look one with the wall, create an architectural feature that commands attention.Many artisans and contractors will build custom fireplaces just for your home to mimic the existing architectural features of your space.
On these pages, Dan Mc Laughlin, with help from carpenter Thad King, shows how to replace an old quarry-tile hearth and cover a brick surround with four sleek granite slabs, each 1¼ inches think. If the mantel is to be reused, mark its outline on wall and floor. Use prybars to gently remove mantel from wall (as shown). With the onset of more people living in apartments, small homes and places where a natural fireplace doesn’t exist – fireplace manufacturers have a solution.Portable modern fireplaces that run on clean fuel and act more as a fire pit to move from room to room.
These walls have faux concrete or rocks made from plaster or other man-made materials and are applied to the outside of your existing fireplace wall.