Key things to keep in mind with tips from Tim Carter of askthebuilder.com
So you have decided to take the leap and FINALLY cover that old brick fireplace or include a natural stone fireplace in your new home. Here are three tips to help you make the perfect stone choice, some tips from Tim Carter (a licensed contractor), and some great fireplace examples to give you inspiration!
Combining Stone and Design for your Fireplace
Rustic, Colonial, Contemporary, Modern, Old World, Tuscan, and Log Cabin, are just a few of the different designs that you may choose for your home or space. Not only the type of natural stone veneer that you choose, but also the color, shape, and installation will create the final work of art.
“I’ve seen spectacular stone fireplaces that are 20 or more feet high, rustic stone fireplaces that have custom-carved stone-fireplace mantels and quaint stone fireplaces in modest homes. You can use flat stone, small rounded boulders or coarse volcanic rock. It’s just a matter of the style and the type of rock that matches the color scheme and feel of the room.” – Tim Carter, askthebuilder.com
Contemporary and Modern Fireplace Stone Examples:
Rustic and Traditional Fireplace Stone Examples:
What a Difference a Joint Can Make
One aspect of the installation that can have the biggest effect aesthetically is the chosen joint technique. There are three popular application types used with fireplace stone: dry-Laid or recessed joint, standard joint, and wide joint. The color of the mortar used in the pointing processes will also dramatically effect the overall look and design. In all installations the joints should be as uniform as possible. For more information on the various joint techniques and mortar methods, visit our mortar joints page.
Dry-Laid or Recessed Mortar Joints:
Standard Grout Joints:
Wide Grout Joints:
Customize and Combine Stone Colors & Shapes to Make your Fireplace Unique
When deciding on the perfect natural stone choice to fit your space it can be difficult to find just the right blend of colors and shapes. No matter where your fireplace is going it will be the focal point for the room and the anchor of the overall design. Sometimes a little customization is just what is needed to make the space truly your own. The best way to do this is by combining different colors and shapes of natural thin stone veneer to create your own unique work of art.
Visit our article for more about combining colors and shapes, including examples of combination projects.