Stone Fireplace Hearth Ideas...
Outstanding Custom Designs!

Custom stone fireplace hearth ideas come from a long and rich legacy  of stone fireplace design.  As man's first building material, natural stone has been used to erect fireplaces for hundreds of years.  Despite that fact --
or perhaps, because of it -- there appears to be no shortage of fresh and innovative ideas for new hearth designs!



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Whether  made  from massive slabs
of  stone  carefully  set  into place,
such  as  shown  in  the example at
right by Walker/Warner Architects . .



. . . . . . . . . or a series of randomly shaped  and  sized  stones  skillfully assembled like the pieces of a large  and intricate puzzle (below) . . . . .   the designs are as timeless and en-
during  as  the  stone,  itself,  from
which it is made!




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The river stones in the rugged stone fireplace designs pictured below were also skillfully arranged to fit together like the pieces of a puzzle.   Note the lack  of  any visible mortar between the stones . . . a clear sign that these impressive  stone  hearths  are the work of an experienced and highly com-
petent stone mason.

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fireplace hearth ideas

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Similarly,  the  fieldstone hearth pictured below, left . . . . . as well as the fieldstone and river rock fireplace pictured below, right, were painstakingly assembled without any mortar joints.     Also note the pieces of driftwood that have been skillfully worked into the rounded design in the example on the right.

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Another way to lend a distinctive touch -- and contrast -- to a stone fire-
place is with a mantel shelf.    In the following examples,  three of the fire-
places use large wooden timbers as mantel shelves.    The fourth fireplace (top row, right) incorporates a smooth, cantilevered stone mantel shelf.

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Custom Wood Fireplace Mantel Shelves


The large and imposing Craftsman Style fireplace below,  left, is fitted with a beautifully crafted wooden mantel shelf supported by large stone corbels. The  much  simpler  mantel  shelf  in  the  example below, right, is made of stone.

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Once  again,  timbers  are used for mantel shelves in the two examples on the right, below (top and bottom rows).  The steel "mantel shelf" pictured below,  left (top row),  is also a lintel,  or supporting member, that carries the weight of the structure above it.  The fireplace pictured below that is fitted with a highly profiled dimensional stone mantel shelf.

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In the following two examples, no mantel shelf is used.   Instead, contrast-
ing shapes, sizes, patterns and textures of stone are incorporated to frame the opening and lend a very distinctive custom look.

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And finally, the two soaring, floor to ceiling stone fireplace hearths pictured below utilize relatively simple mantel shelves that have been "accessorized" to add the finishing touch.  On the left, the squared-off timber mantel shelf is supported by large wooden corbels. In the example below, right, a gently curved wooden facing member is carefully tucked beneath the simple stone mantel  shelf  to  emphasize the elegant curve of the stonework above the firebox opening.

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If you're looking for the best there is in a present day custom stone fireplace hearth, you need look no further than the highly skilled designers and artisans behind the incredible examples shown here.     For  more information about any of these talented individuals and their work, or for more custom stone fireplace hearth ideas, please contact us.

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