A fireplace we built using full-thickness stone (ie. not a pre-sawn thin veneer but pieces that are around 4″ in thickness). The benefit, in this case, was that the corners were able to be done in some fairly big chunks by comparison. There are limitations in using a full-thickness stone façade in a remodel; the floor framing must be strong enough to support the weight which for a structure this size is well over a ton.
The mantle is clear redwood cut to a radius and done in a natural oil finish. It is supported by two stone corbels jutting out from the face of the veneer. (As a side note: people often associate the word “veneer” with things like cultured stone and other thin surface treatments. The term simply refers to a decorative layer of material over a structural framework.)
The hearth stone is Pennsylvania Bluestone 2″ slab with textured surfaces.
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