When I was a young child, some 50 odd years ago, there was pretty much one type of fireplace, perhaps two depending upon where you lived. The fireplace and chimney were also faced with the Boston Blend Mosaic thin stone veneer. Whether to build a new fireplace or install a prefab complete with a brick chimney, a hearth and all, that was her question. Walls paint in your new apartment is something you cannot think about changing.
So since I have several rooms with wood on the ceiling and walls, let’s panel the front wall with a little board and batten. My solution was to clad said extremities with a lighter tile, something that almost disappears with her cream colored walls. Wiring from a wall switch is run under the mantle to both sides of the fireplace for the final test fit.
This is the minimum wall space needed for your mantle shelf. Fireplace glass doors can now be customized to fit into your prefab fireplaces. Traditional house or kitchen remodeling styles usually concentrated on large pieces such as furniture. Carol Agee is the vice president of Agee Woodworks which has been building quality custom fireplace mantels for 10 years.
Another way to save time and labor cost, as well as recognizing some savings on the cost of materials, is to consider pre-made panels for the fireplace surround. Because I was installing the stone inside the house, I didn’t need to put up a vapor barrier and could put the metal lathe directly on the drywall after patching it. Metal lathe is nasty, nasty stuff and will cut you in half if you are not careful.
It is essential to plan the appearance of the fireplace before constructing it or remodeling it. For most designers, since the fireplace serves as the focal point of the house, it should appear consistent with the rest of the house. Many newer homes and condos have ones that are built directly into the wall and great remodel ideas start with adding a mantel or surround to bring more attention to the area.