Welcome to cowboy country stone fireplaces! We've rounded up some of the finest stone hearth designs available anywhere under the Big Sky. Rugged and rustic, they are as majestic as the mountains from which their stones are gathered!
Set against the backdrop of log or timber-framed walls and soaring ca-
thedral ceilings with beautifully hand-
crafted trusswork, these monumental stone hearths have a commanding presence and provide a stunning focal point that is hard to top.
The Great American West was never so luxurious!
Fireplace Design Pictured Above By Locati Architects
A product of Mother Nature, the natural stones used to craft these veri- table works of art are uniquely individual. No two stones are exactly alike. Hand-selected for their unique characteristics, they are carefully assem- bled like the pieces of an intricate puzzle to bring out their best qualities.
Achieving a cowboy country look in a stone fireplace can be achieved in a variety of ways. Ideally
ensconced in a room with plenty of wooden posts and beams in a warm stained finish, the stone used for the
round can range from large, irregular pieces of flagstone that have been fitted together in a random mosaic pattern, as shown in the example be-
low, left . . . . . to fairly large blocks of cut stone in square and rectangu-
lar shapes, as depicted in the example below, right.
The mantel shelf, as well, can be made from a variety of materials in a number of configurations and finishes to achieve the desired effect. Below left, the mantel shelf is made of a solid piece of stone with chiseled facing, and supported from below by a series of carefully arranged log corbels, or brackets. Below right, the stone mantel shelf is inset with a richly stained wood facing.
The cowboy country stone fireplace design pictured below, left, is made from stacked ledge stone and accented with a rustic mantel shelf and brackets recycled from salvaged timber. Below right, elaborate wooden ceiling trusswork frames this beautiful stone surround with a tiered stone mantel shelf.
The rugged stone fireplace surround made of cut
granite and inset with a massive natural log mantel shelf, below left, presents a dramatic counter-
point to the more refined composition on the right. Made of fieldstone arranged in a random mosaic pattern, the country stone fireplace below, right, is graced with a finely crafted and richly finished wooden mantel shelf. Hanging from the two story ceiling, a crystal chandelier adds a
touch of whimsey to the overall design scheme!
Following are two fairly large country stone fireplaces. As wide as they are tall, the overall massing is
solid and substantial. Adding to the monumental-
ity of the design in the example at right, below, are the large square and rectangular cut granite stones used to surround the firebox, as well as the hefty wooden beam serving as a mantel shelf.
The precisely cut and assembled square and rectangular stones in the fol-
lowing example present a striking contrast to the irregular mantel shelf. Crafted from a single piece of stone, the facing of the undulating mantel shelf has a rough, hand-chiseled finish.
If the flavor of the American desert southwest is more to your liking, the following designs may be closer to
what you have in mind. Though gen-
erally made of adobe, plaster or stucco, the unusual kiva fireplace pictured at right is crafted from
stone. A beehive-shaped fireplace,
the kiva echoes the ceremonial chambers of the Southwest's Native Americans. Smooth and gently round-
ed with a distinctive arched firebox opening, kivas are built with shallow, angled walls that radiate heat out-
ward. Corner placement enhances
the kiva's curves as it bows gently in-
to the room.
The fieldstone and river rock fireplace pictured below, left, was inspired by the Mission Revival Style. A popular style of architecture in the western and southwestern regions of the United States, it is derived from the early Spanish missions that originally dotted the western landscape.
The Native American-inspired design pictured below, right, uses a light col-
ored stone arranged in a random mosaic pattern. Flanked by naturally finished cabinetry of popular southwestern design, it contrasts sharply with the darker, "heavier" look and feel of the other two designs and provides an alternate method of creating an appropriate look and feel for a cowboy country stone fireplace design!
And finally, the massive -- albeit cozy -- river stone fireplaces at right and below are picture-perfect
of the ideal cowboy country stone hearth. Few settings ooze the ambi-
ance, warmth and nostalgic charm of the two designs shown here!
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