Masonry fireplace designs are solid and substantial, often
with a commanding presence. Though the foundation,
firebox and chimney liner are construct-
ed of masonry materials, the fireplace and chimney exterior can be clad with any finishing material the homeowner desires.
Historically, a masonry fireplace, such as a
design, was built entirely on site -- generally by a
skilled mason. Utilizing a combination of stone or
concrete, brick and firebrick to construct the foun-
dation and firebox, and clay tiles to line the chim-
ney flue . . . . . the fireplace -- often weighing in at
6 to 7 tons or more -- was extremely durable and
designed to last a very long time. Though this time-
honored method of masonry fireplace construction
continues to be employed today, particularly in cus-
tom designs, it is also the costliest method . . . .due
to the amount of time and labor, as well as addition-
al structural support and materials required. Howev-
er, as a result of advances in technology in recent
years, it is now possible to get a factory-built ma-
sonry firebox and chimney system delivered to your
site and set on a concrete foundation, effectively
reducing the overall construction costs.
Regardless of whether you choose a traditional masonry fireplace built en-
tirely on site or a partially site-built design using modular masonry units, you will have a solid and substantial hearth that will enhance the value of your home today while providing enjoyment for you and your family for years to come!
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