A stone or rock fireplace . . . . . few architectural elements are as inviting and comforting as a rugged stone hearth with a crackling fire. Idealized images of long ago, when life seemed so much simpler, dance through our minds.
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From massive granite slabs surround-
ing a great room open fire . . to small pieces of fieldstone embracing a cozy cottage hearth, nothing beats the look and feel of a traditional design made from man's first -- and oldest -- building material. The wide range of stone types and individual variations within each stone make the stone or
rock hearth a unique expression of
the stone mason's art form.
Granite, the hardest and most durable of all natural stone types used in fireplace construction, can be cut
and assembled in a variety of ways to surround the firebox opening, as shown in the outstanding examples below.
The natural variations in color are due to differences in the geographic lo-
cations from which the stones are gathered.
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River rock or river stone, among the most popular choices for casual or rustic fireplace surrounds, have smooth rounded surfaces due to centuries of water running over them. Glacial river rock has a wider color range than the more common river rock, which tends to be more brown in color. Stone sizes generally range from 3/8 of an inch up to 24 inches.
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Whichever type of stone you choose for your stone or rock fireplace sur-
round, you can be sure you'll be making a rock solid investment in your home. One that adds real and immediate value while simultaneously providing years of enjoyment for you and your family!
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