A cozy stone fireplace is one of life's simple, albeit wonderful, pleasures at the end of a long hard day . . . . . or when you need to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life for awhile. Nothing comes close to relaxing near a crackling fire with a good book in hand to forget -- at least momentarily -- the cares of the world . . . as well as those of your own.
To do so in the comfort and quietude of a remote hideaway -- whether a wilderness lodge or your own private
retreat -- makes it so much sweeter! For example, the beautiful Adirondack Mountain Range of upstate New York
provides a wonderful backdrop for the cozy field stone fireplace pictured at right and below. It is difficult
ine a more perfect escape in a more comforting setting than that shown here!
The stone hearth designs pictured below present a study in contrasts. At left, the larger, darker colored
stones and mantel shelf with muted lighting casts a warm, soft glow -- perfect for a romantic rendezvous with
that special someone in your life! By contrast, the smaller, light colored stones and mantel shelf pictured
on the right provide an ideal backdrop for a fes-
tive occasion with family and friends!
The two corner fireplaces that follow also present a study in contrasts and provide a sampling of the diverse range of looks that are possible with a stone corner hearth. On the left, the soaring hearth extends from floor to ceiling and is clad with a randomly shaped and sized assortment of buff-colored stones. In stark contrast, the corner design at right is crafted from uniformly cut stone blocks that are dark grey in color. Limited in height by the steep pitch of the ceiling, the corner hearth, nevertheless, "extends upward" with the use of massive peeled logs stained a dark, rich brown color.
The two stone surround designs that follow -- though very different from one another -- rely on size and
massing for dramatic effect. The design at left is crafted from fairly uniformly cut stones that are roughly
square and roughly rectangular in shape. A stone arch frames the
firebox opening for a more refined look, while a log mantel shelf and corbels, i.e., brackets, soft-
en the all masonry facing and lend an aura of warmth to the overall com-
position. Conversely, the design at right is crafted from cut granite blocks in random shapes and sizes. A roughly cut granite mantel shelf rests on stone corbels and adds to the rugged -- almost primitive -- look and feel of the overall design.
Once again, the two fireplaces pictured below have both similarities and differences that distinguish them
from one another. In each case, the de-
signs extend from floor to ceiling, and each is capped with a rustic wooden mantel shelf. However, the design on the left is crafted from randomly sized ledge stone, while the design on the right is composed of fairly uni-
formly sized cut stones that are carefully assembled and fit tightly togeth-
Whether a precisely cut and careful-
ly assembled stone fireplace surround such as that pictured at right, or a random assemblage of stones in vary-
ing sizes and shapes (shown below),
a cozy stone hearth provides a per-
fect escape from the trials and tribu-
lations of everyday life. A cozy re-
treat for comfort and solace, as well as a festive gathering area for enter-
taining family and friends!
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