Over the past fifteen years I have put in around the same number of fireplace surrounds. Sometimes I am covering an old brick wood fireplace, other times I am framing up a structure and cladding it in cement board and stone veneer pieces or tile. It normally involves finding a slab of solid wood for a mantel, then figuring out the best way to firmly attach it to the wall. Often times I am dealing with issues that arise whenever you install new custom work inside an older home: the floor and ceiling are not level or parallel to each other, the framing behind the sheetrock needs to be fortified, the power supply is less than ideal for your tools, etc.
It tends to be a rather long process, but it’s worth it to make something beautiful that strengthens and focalizes your living space. I really enjoy the work and the way that the stones that I find tend to guide the direction of the overall design. Though I often use the same stone veneer (Ocean Pearl), no two surrounds are the same, there are so many variables that set each apart. While it’s not the only kind of work we do (check out our hardscaping: www.shepherdstoneworks.com), fireplaces continue to be a big part of the Shepherd Stoneworks repertoire.
by Mark Shepherd www.ShepherdStoneworks.com
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