A stone surround fireplace with built ins provides a host of options for tai-
loring your living area to better suit your personal lifestyle and turn your fire space into a great center of activity and entertainment . . . . .
. . . . . Whether a romantic stone hearth and tub surround with a waterfall from High Camp Home (above right), or a country
style overmantel enclo-
sure with sliding doors to conceal a plasma TV (below left), you can turn your fire space into a multipurpose zone. A place to go not only to cozy up to a warm, crackling fire, but to relax in a soothing bath at the same time . . . or enjoy a great movie . . . or listen to your favorite music. The possibil-
ities are truly endless!
Perfect for a country style interior, the white enameled overmantel enclosure pictured at left contrasts beautifully
with the stone fireplace surround be-
neath it. The enclosure is clad with bead-board and features "barn like" doors that slide on rails to conceal a modern day plasma TV when not in use . . . an ideal solution for preserving the cozy country look and charm of the room!
The striking stone surround fireplace with built ins, pictured below, is the focal point of the living room in a New England cottage-inspired residence. Designed by Shane Inman of Traverse City, Michigan, the custom made fireplace surround is 20 feet long and includes a built-in alcove for a TV and other electronic equipment to the right of the firebox opening. Note the extended raised hearth and mantel shelf.
The soaring multi-story stone surround that follows features a firebox opening designed to appear as if it is arched.
Mimicking the look is a slight-
ly recessed niche with an actual arched top above the mantel shelf. Wood bookcases with arched openings flank the forward projecting stone fire-
place surround and are painted to match the millwork in the room.
The field stone surround fireplace with built ins, pictured below, is tucked into a large alcove or inglenook. Recessed into the stone work on each side of the fireplace is a bookcase with bead-board backing. A door at the base of each bookcase features a bead-board panel inset. Oak Hill Architects, based in Weston Center, Massachusetts, designed this beautiful Shingle Style home.
The Craftsman Style fireplace surround and inglenook that follows derives its inspiration from a design in Pasadena, California's legendary Gamble House. Flanking the stone surround fireplace are raised bookcases with glass-fronted doors. Built-in seating anchors each end of the inglenook.
The beautifully crafted stone fireplace surround that follows was created by master stone artisan, Lew French.
Built-ins flanking the surround incor-
porate panels with similar stone work. Above the stone panels, open shelving is used to display a collection of art objects, as well as books. The recessed area or alcove to the right of the fireplace surround also includes a built-in bench.
The imposing stone fireplace pictured below was created by Freshwater Stone, based in Orland, Maine. Crafted primarily
from large slabs of granite, its heavy, bold and robust appearance presents a striking contrast to the simple, lightly
finished built-in cabinetry -- and glass shelves used to dis-
play a collection of delicate glassware -- that flank it. Adding to the stark contrast, as well as its commanding presence, is the way the stone sur-
round projects into the room.
The fieldstone and river rock fireplace surround that follows is flanked by enough built-in cabinetry to rival that of many kitchens! And with so many doors and drawers, you can conceal nearly everything but the kitchen sink. Overhead, a built-in soffit conceals recessed lighting fixtures to illuminate the area below. Four small spot lights mounted on top of the soffit light the area above.
And finally, the stone surround fireplace with built ins pictured below fea-
tures an expansive raised hearth with space for firewood storage be-
neath it. More contemporary in style than those pictured above, it includes a cozy sleeping alcove on one side with built-in cabinetry above.
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