The stacked stone fireplace pictures shown here feature soaring floor-to-ceiling designs crafted from a
variety of stone types in a wide range
of exciting styles and configurations. Employing the dry stone method, the stones are stacked horizontally and rely on the weight of the stones and friction between each stone for strength and architectural integrity.
Technically "mortarless," the stones used to build
a stacked stone hearth -- though assembled tightly together -- sometimes allow for a very narrow mortared bed joint that is raked back deeply into the stone work so the mortar is undetectable.
Design at left by architect Paul F. Shurtleff (Photo via Architectural Digest)
As shown in the following fireplace pictures, this method of construc-
tion can be used to create a wide
and varied range of differing looks
. . . . . for both indoor rooms AND outdoor rooms (right).
A painstaking, time-intensive endeavor, there is no mistaking the end prod-
uct for what it truly is: a superbly crafted -- often veritable -- work of art! And few, if any, do it better than Lew French. One of today's foremost dry stone artisans, the carefully conceived and flawlessly executed designs created by him are only hinted at in the two remarkable stone fireplace pictures that follow.
As shown below, a stacked stone fireplace can be crafted from a variety of different stone types including river rock (left) . . . . . . . . . and roughly cut fieldstone (right) from Miller Architects . . . . . . .
. . . . . in a wide range of shapes and sizes.
From a series of "mini stones" framing the firebox opening (below left) . . . .
to massive blocks and slabs laboriously -- albeit, carefully -- stacked, i.e., arranged, from floor to ceiling (below right) . . . . .
. . . and every size, shape and color in between . . . . . the diverse array of available options is designed to satisfy virtually any personal taste and preference!
As with other masonry construction methods, dry stacking lends itself
well to creating STANDOUT fire-
places that are truly unique, in both traditional and contemporary styles. The stone fireplace pictures at right and below portray some one-of-a-
kind designs that are possible em-
ploying dry stone techniques -- in-
cluding the unusual corner fireplace pictured at bottom!
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