Craftsman fireplaces are standard fixtures in many middle-class homes built in America during the first quarter of the last century . . . . . . .
A quality constructed and richly fin-
ished wood mantel framing a classic Batchelder tile surround, such as that depicted in the example at right -- as well as the tile detail above -- pre-
sents a perfect picture of domestic bliss.
Similarly, the fireplace pictured below provides a comforting retreat for its owners. Flanked by matching
cases, it exemplifies the Craftsman ideal of simple but elegant interior architectural elements that are both practical and aesthetically pleasing.
Craftsman Style exteriors also incor-
porate architectural elements which exemplify that ideal. The porch posts pictured at right . . . . . . .
. . . . . as well as the brackets sup-
porting the entry overhang pictured below, are both functional and beau-
The following Craftsman hearth designs show the simple and clean lines that typify the style. Once again, a richly stained and finished wood mantel frames a tiled surround -- most of which are in the Arts and Crafts Style.
Conversely, the following designs do not use a stain and, with the excep-
tion of the example pictured below, right, are not faced with tile. The mantel pictured below, left, is finished naturally, while the two remaining examples have a painted finish.
The two Craftsman mantels pictured below frame natural slate stone tiles. The brilliantly hued slate tile surround in the example at right provides a striking backdrop for the Craftsman Style facing on the gas fireplace insert.
And finally, for the woodworking artisan or do-it-yourselfer, an informative online article is available for
building a fireplace mantel like the Craftsman design pictured below. Please
click here for a hands-on guide to making this mantel.
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