Archive for 'Fireplace and Firepit'

Barber before and after

Stone Fireplace Remodel – A Before and After

This gives you an idea of how different a fireplace can look after a surround make-over.  The original was a cheap slate tile/ wood trim arrangement, and the new surround is done in natural thin stone veneer with wrap-around corners and solid oak shelving.  The material is called Ocean Mist by K2 Stone in Nanaimo, [...]

Shepherd Stoneworks – Modern Ocean Pearl Fireplace

Modern Fireplace Design – An Asymmetrical Surround

I just finished this fireplace surround tonight in Woodinville, WA.  It was a challenging one, with a 9′ wide solid oak mantel plus two more semi-floating shelves.  The owner had the idea for the offset ledges, wanting it to have an asymmetrical shape and a modern feel.  Big sigh of relief finishing this one! by [...]

Fireplace Surround – Montana Rustic Stone Veneer with an Oak Mantel

Fireplace Surround – Montana Rustic Stone Veneer with an Oak Mantel

This is a newly-minted stone surround I did in Bellevue, WA last month.  They were tired of the bland, painted bricks and white-with-trim mantel, and wanted to re-use and accentuate their vintage L-shaped brass and glass enclosure. The owners took a look at the veneer material at Marenakos and chose Autumn Gold Ledgestone (also known [...]

Ocean Pearl Fireplace Remodel

Ocean Pearl Fireplace Remodel

I finally went back out to Vashon Island to get an updated photo of this fireplace, now that the owners have finished remodeling.  I also wanted a shot during daylight hours for better lighting. It was a brick fireplace which they had me cover with a thin veneer of Ocean Pearl Ledgestone from K2 Quarries [...]

Montlake Bluestone Gas Firepit

Outdoor Room in Seattle – Bluestone and Lynch Creek Basalt

We just completed this patio project in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle, working for some very kind customers.  It consists of a regrade (we removed about 10 yards of soil to make more level space), a relatively tight-fit rubble wall with plenty of seating area, a bluestone patio, steps and gas firepit console. I am [...]

Chief Cliff Stone Fireplace Surround – Shepherd Stoneworks

Stone Fireplace Surround – Chief Cliff Montana Slate

This was actually a full-thickness veneer (3-5″thick) built over sturdy wood framing and a zero-clearance firebox.  The mantle is solid redwood, and the hearth extension is Pennsylvania Bluestone. by Mark Shepherd (206) 618-0558 Bringing the finest in Stone Masonry to the Greater Seattle Area. Natural stone walls, patios, steps and rockery of all sizes. [...]

Maris Fireplace Afters rotate

Fireplace Designs Installed in Seattle

Now that Summer has begun, it’s a good time to start planning for a remodel of your fireplace surround.  This time of year, for me, is filled with laying patios and building other landscape-related stonework that comes along like a tidal wave each Spring.  But when the Fall begins to filter in after September, the [...]

Travertine Fireplace 2 – Shepherd Stoneworks

Before and After – Travertine Fireplace Remodel

This project was an unusual challenge.  The client had a two-story brick fireplace with another hearth in the upstairs bedroom, and he was interested in going over the brick with stone.  The house had a very Italian Villa look to it, and the brick just wasn’t doing it for them style-wise. In the interest of [...]

Seattle Fire Code – Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits

Seattle Fire Code – Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits

Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are gaining in popularity these days as people are choosing to expand their living space and make better use of their yards.  I have noticed that many are confused about the regulations surrounding these structures.  How do state and municipal laws deal with this issue? Being that an outdoor masonry [...]

Marbella Ledgestone Fireplace w TV – Shepherd Stoneworks

New Design: Stone Fireplace Surround with a Flatscreen TV

This was completed in Spring 2011.  There is a bronze firescreen that will be added at a later time over the firebox.  The Texas Limestone mantel and hearth were fabricated at Marenakos Rock Center as a custom order.  I like the Marbella Ledgestone which I had not used before.  It has very fine horizontal layers [...]

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