As the heading implies, the stone fireplaces pictures featured here truly ARE STANDOUTS! Far from the typical stone surround, each design has
a "personality" and "mood" all its own!
Design above by Miller Architects
For example, the charm and ambiance permeating the stone fireplace at right reflect a look and feel that
is skillfully and carefully coordinated -- despite the rustic and casual nature of the overall design.
Similarly, the stone hearth pictured below, left, reflects a design that is well-planned and care-
fully executed to achieve the warmth and cozy comfort it exudes. A "con-
temporary twist" on the Craftsman fireplace pictured below, right, lends a unique and innovative flair to this ex-
quisitely crafted, one of a kind design.
The two stone fireplaces pictures that follow are crafted primarily from riv-
er stones and beach pebbles. Note how the widely varying sizes and shapes, as well as the random placement of the stones in the example pic-
tured below, left, lend a relaxed and casual -- albeit distinctive -- look to this fireplace design. The example pictured below, right, is crafted from similarly sized stones arranged in a more symmetrical pattern. For added visual interest, the longer wedge-shaped stones forming the curved parts of the firebox arch, called voussoirs, give it a bit more of a formal look than the example at left. Each of the designs is capped with a wood mantel shelf for added contrast.
The striking stone fireplace and close-up pictured below incorporates over-
size voussoirs to make a dramatic design statement. Note the contrasting textures of the stone surround and the elongated voussoirs framing the top of the firebox opening.
Less refined, but equally dramatic, is the rubble stone fireplace pictured below. Note the random sizes of the voussoirs framing the firebox arch and how they fit together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Echoing the detailing of the firebox opening and surround is a similar stone arch above the timber mantel shelf. Bark-covered walls complement the rustic look and feel of this distinctive design.
In stark contrast to the above design, the rugged, monumental stone fireplace pictured in the two images below is crafted from randomly stacked boulders extending from floor to ceiling. Supporting the weight above the firebox opening is a massive, irregularly shaped stone lintel.
The dramatic but refined design pic-
tured at right and below is beautiful-
ly crafted from ledge stone. A large built-in recess in the overmantel is lined and framed with finely finished wood to match the room's overall design and decor.
The two stone fireplaces pictured below are very unique -- albeit each in its own way. The bedroom fireplace
below, left, is comprised of a series of pillars made from roughly cut rectangular stones stacked from floor to
ing. Two wooden mantel shelves are supported by the stone pillars at varying heights.
Below, right, is another unusual but distinctive design. Set within a living room alcove, warm wood-paneled
walls angle back toward the hearth.
Clad with large, randomly cut thin stone slabs, the fireplace surround con-
trasts sharply with the formality of the fine wood paneling flanking it.
Similarly, the fieldstone fireplace pictured below is recessed in the center of an alcove. The flanking bookshelves and other wood detailing framing the alcove hint at the Craftsman or Arts and Crafts designs of yesteryear.
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