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,
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!
Custom design pictured above is by master stone artisan,
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!
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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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
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.
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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