Marble work often brings to mind images of the immense and beautiful works of art the Romans and Greeks created. Similarly, marble fireplaces of today provide a timeless, stunning, and functional work of art that can be enjoyed in any home.
DIY projects have become very popular over the past few years. As a result, we have noticed more people wanting to install a full mantel or shelf mantel on their own. While each installation will vary in length of time it takes to complete, we can tell you from experience these projects are relatively simple to do!
It may seem odd, but many people start thinking about their fireplaces during the summer time. That’s because they want to have their fireplace ready to enjoy when the cool and chilly winter months arrive. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about updating your fireplace mantel with a beautiful, elegant Cast Stone Mantel.
Mantel Shelves highlight the beauty of your fireplace. In addition to being available in custom lengths, shelf mantels are also available in several styles, such as, wood and cast stone. Mantel shelves are used in several ways, whether it’s to revamp an existing fireplace or highlight a newly constructed fireplace. Our standard shelves are often our most popular, but we understand that sometimes a standard shelf mantel just won’t do the trick.
You will notice there are several steps associated with measuring for your mantel - the height, width, and depth. For your mantel to best fit within your home or office, you will need the facing and opening measurements for both the mantel and firebox cavity. Facing height, widths, and depths are the overall lengths of your mantel as a whole. Opening height, width, and depth measurements, however, measure the firebox area. Remember, all measurements should be recorded in inches.
According to legend, the chiminea was invented hundreds of years ago by Mexican tribesmen. The men created a fire pit that could keep their families warm while also providing enough of a flame for their wives to cook. Most importantly, the design of the chiminea would prevent the wood from getting wet. Another benefit to the chiminea design is its rounded bottom and fluted top. This creates a flue to direct the smoke upward rather than around the fire pit. This then allowed for a quicker and safer burn.
It’s the time of the year when sitting outside under the stars with family and friends seems like the perfect way to wind down after a long, hot summer day. Sometimes, though, an unseasonably chilly evening or the looming threat of a brisk fall can abruptly end your stargazing adventures.
Classic styles are almost always the most popular and are available in a wide variety of materials to suit most any home. Wood fireplace mantels offer great looks depending on the type of wood, the grain of the wood, and can be painted or stained to your specific color needs. These mantels are available in either mantel shelf or full mantel surround styles.
As the days get longer, we find ourselves spending more and more time outdoors and well into the evenings. This is where outdoor fire pits have become the staple for outdoor enjoyment. Not just visually appealing and relaxing but also functional, these pits create the perfect mood for an entertaining evening with family or friends.
When you look around your home, does your fireplace look a little uninviting? Let us help you reestablish it as the focal point of your room. An easy update to most fireplace mantels is to add new fireplace surround facing material. “Surround facing” is the material which is between the edge of your firebox and the inside legs and bottom of your mantel surround. Facings are typically brick, granite, marble or other natural stone material. Many older homes may still have the unfinished brick which the chimney was made from.