Stone Fireplace Designs
Stone fireplace designs have an undeniable “feel” associated with them. When something looks and actually IS rock solid, it inspires confidence and speaks of stability in our lives.
Plus, stone is the substance responsible for fireplaces of old and has been used for literally centuries to create magnificent and lasting hearths all over the world.
Of course, if you are building a home, you’ll want to consider the cost of the stone, as well as the experience and charges of any stonemason.
In addition, you’ll want to be sure that your home will be structured to support the weight of the stone. Your homebuilder and mason, plus a structural engineer, can help to determine this.
But what if you have an existing house (or even an existing fireplace) and you want to look into stone fireplace design ideas?
You have plenty of options!
First, if your home is one level, the load bearing issue won’t be as much of a concern. But check with the proper authorities anyway - just to be on the safe side.
Cultured Stone and Faux Stone
If you are looking for a huge savings of money and materials, it is a wise move to consider cultured stone, or faux stone. This is a manufactured product that has the “look” of stone, but without the heavy weight, and the attendant steep price tag.
You’ll find that cultured stone has numerous advantages over the real thing. But be sure you see some samples of how the stone looks in real life.
I’ve seen cultured stone so realistic I had to knock on it to see which substance it was. And then I’ve seen cultured rock that looked pretty fake to me.
So do your homework, and seek out an experienced mason that does quality work – with plenty of happy customers who will testify to that!
Stone Fireplace Design Photos
In addition, the looks of stone – whether big rocks, slate or shale, or even granite, are available in enough combinations to make your head spin!
I recommend going to your local shops to see what appeals to you, and also searching online to get a feel for what you like the best.
Keep a notebook with ideas and pictures, including the location in which you found it. In this way, you can settle on your favorite without feeling like there was “something out there” that you’ve forgotten about that you might like better.
Enjoy dreaming of your flickering, fabulous fireplace, and take action today to move towards that hearth you’ve wanted for so long!
An authentic or cultured stone design for your fireplace is a great place to start when building or remodeling your living room with a flattering and fiery focal point. Dream on!
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