The cost will be much higher than using an insert (two to four times as much, with mason work and specialty materials fetching the highest prices), but you can choose exactly the style and materials you want. But because it instantly transformed the fireplace into the contemporary, industrial style we wanted, the time and work was well worth it. The addition of the solid-wood mantel with a natural edge and DIY fireplace screen infuses interest and texture into the room.
This modest-size living room had plenty of potential in the beginning, except for one major problem: The focal point in the room was a giant, lackluster fireplace When the room underwent a makeover , giving the fireplace a much-needed facelift was task No. 1.
This entire living room was in shambles and at the top of the to-do list was to renovate the fireplace The wood on the fireplace was in bad shape and the homeowners had to come up with a creative solution to turn something worn into something beautiful.
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We actually built cabinets all the way to the floor flanking the hearth which house the electronics and the hearth was also brought to the floor with a slab of stone sunk into the hardwood to lower it. We did this so we could build the mantel low enough to place the flat screen above it. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures that show that detail, wish I did!