Monumental Stone Fireplace Images.....Super-Size It!

Massive stone fireplace images are no longer the exclusive domain of rus-
tic lodges and Adirondack Great Camps, but are becoming more and more common in private homes.     If the look you're after in hearth design is "bigger is better," the many examples pictured here will not just inspire you, but will demonstrate that when it comes to monumental fireplace design, only the sky is the limit . . . or is it?

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stone fireplace images

Over  the  course  of  the  past two or three decades,  the prevailing attitude in  new  home  construction  has often been  that  "bigger is better."     Large open  floor  plans  with soaring ceilings and  volumes  of  open space that can be  measured  in cubic feet have been the  norm,  rather  than the exception. Anchoring  these  soaring  spaces  are huge stone fireplaces such as the sky-
ward bound,  multi-storied extravagan-
za pictured at right!

Architects,   designers,   builders  and stone  masons  have conceived a host of  creative  stone fireplace images to not   only  match  the  large  size  and scale of these homes, but to meet the needs,   wishes   and   dreams  of  the homeowners  for  whom they are built. Monumental  fireplaces can be created in  virtually  any  style  and tailored for any  setting.     The casual design pic-
tured  below,  left,  is accented with a striking  copper hood inspired by those
often  seen  on   Craftsman Style  fire-
places.

Below right, the symmetrical arrangement of the fireplace and double stair-
case lends a much more formal air to this stylish transitional/contemporary setting.

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stone fireplace images

More Fireplaces With Striking Copper Hoods

Craftsman Style Fireplaces

As you will see in the images below,  a  monumental  look  and  feel can be achieved in a variety of ways!   Most commonly,  the stone type, size and texture  used  to  surround  the  firebox  opening is simply extended to the ceiling -- typically one and a half  to two stories -- as shown in the follow-
ing six examples.    Note how the use of boulders for the hearth, as well as the inclusion of several large  granite  stones in the fireplace surround, en-
hance  the  monumentality  of  the design shown in the bottom row on the left.

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stone fireplace images




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More Monumental Granite Fireplaces

The following two designs, both of which extend to the ceiling, are crafted from river stone, or, as it's more commonly called, river rock.  Available in a rainbow of colors,  the  river rock used in the vivid example pictured below, left, virtually showcases the entire spectrum! The more subdued coloration of  the  river  rock  in the example on the right is enhanced with a stunning carved wooden mantel shelf highlighted with the head of a bison.

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stone fireplace images

More Colorful Stone Fireplaces

More River Stone Fireplaces

More Stunning Wood Fireplace Mantel Shelves


The  two  soaring  stone fireplace images  that  follow differ from most of  those  shown,  thus  far,  in  that  they have been "sculpted" to break up the  massing.    A  large and prominent arch frames a recessed  area  be- neath it and echoes the smaller arch above the firebox opening in  the  ex-
ample on the left.  While that, in conjunction with the "stepped" configura-
tion above the uppermost arch lends a great deal of architectural  interest, it somewhat diminishes the monumentality of the design and works exceed-
ingly well in cases where the homeowner wants a large fireplace,  but does not want it to overpower the room.  Similarly, the recessed area above the mantel  shelf  in  the  example on the right helps to keep the fireplace from overpowering the room.   In this case,  the size,  shape and texture of the stones  in  the  recessed  area  present  a pleasing contrast to the smaller, rounder stones that frame it.

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stone fireplace images





More Monumental Stone Fireplace Images

Most of the stone fireplaces we have looked at up to this point have been soaring multi-story designs, or,  at a minimum,  more than a single story in height. However, even with just a single story to work with, a monumental fireplace design can be created . . . . . . . one that is solid and substantial, with plenty of massing.    The following two designs are great examples of massive one story designs.   By stacking predominately large slabs of gran-
ite around the firebox opening, and extending the stones from floor to ceil-
ing,  a monumental look and feel can be achieved.     In  addition,  the  in-
creased depth of a see-through design that is open on both sides   (below left) adds to the overall scale and massing, and enhances the monumental-
ity of the design.

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stone fireplace images




Continuing with single story fireplace designs . . . . . another way to make a powerful design statement  --  as well as a monumental design  --  is to "super-size" the firebox opening.    Framed with massive granite slabs, few stone hearth designs are as dramatic as the two pictured below!

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stone fireplace images



And finally, for the ultimate in monumental "rock your world" stone fireplace images,  a  soaring floor to ceiling confection crafted entirely of boulders is hard to beat.     In the example below,  the huge boulder above the firebox opening  almost  appears  to  be suspended in air while simultaneously sup-
porting more than a dozen massive stones above it!   Extraordinary designs such  as  this are a lasting tribute to both the stone workers' incredible art form  and  the  extremely  talented  individuals  with  the ability to execute these magnificent works of architectural art!

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