Custom stone fireplaces, with their naturally striking variations in stone size, shape, color and texture, never cease to amaze us with their notably individualized looks. Combine a designer's keen eye with a stone artisan's skilled hands . . . . . and the possibilities for creating a uniquely personal-
ized hearth are virtually endless!
Photo above via Joshua Rowland Interiors
The stunning designs at right and di-
rectly below provide a sampling of what can be achieved with a custom stone fireplace surround. Master
stone artisan Lew French is the ex-
traordinary talent behind each of these.
Created by Mother Earth and rear-
ranged by human hands, a custom stone fireplace is truly a joint artis-
tic effort between man and nature. Solid and substantial, a stone
hearth reflects stability and securi-
ty . . . . . just as the great stone fortifications around a medieval
town or village provided a sense of comfort and security for its inhabi-
tants many centuries ago.
Stone, as an artistic medium, has been used for at least as long as it has been employed as a building material . . . . . often simultaneously . . . as shown in the picturesque designs that follow -- also created by Lew French.
In the hands of a master stone artisan, there appear to be few limitations to its use as a decorative element. The stone mosaic designs pictured below were created by Robert Pierson of Pierson Masonry, located in California's Sierra Nevada Mountain region. Meticulously detailed, each handcrafted design employs a variety of stone types, including ledger stone, quartz, limestone and granite.
The juxtaposition of varying sizes, shapes and colors of rock is what makes a custom stone hearth so interesting . . . . . and striking. Though carefully arranged, the best examples look as if they were effortlessly "thrown to-
gether," such as the outstanding custom hearths that follow.
The four designs pictured above are by Lew French.
Whether made of granite, slate,
sandstone . . . . . or any one or more of a wide variety
of stone types . . . a custom stone hearth provides a stun-
ning focal point that adds real value to your home. More importantly, it offers a lifetime of enjoyment for you and your family!
Design above by Locati Architects, based in Bozeman, Montana
If you're looking for the best there is in present day custom stone hearths, you won't go wrong with any of the skilled stone artisans behind the striking examples featured here. To find MORE remarkable stone or rock fireplaces, please see our Stone Fireplace Designs Guide. Created to help you quickly navigate our website's stone-related pages, the convenient "Guide" covers everything from ruggedly rustic . . . to classically formal . . . to sleek contemporary fireplace designs -- for both indoors and out!
Great Room above by Peace Design, based in Atlanta & Bozeman
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