Is the fireplace in your living room making a statement? Or is the lack of style making you crazy? There are easy ways to enhance your current warming spot by hiring a professional to customize it exactly how you would like it. A professional contractor will be able to consult with you at your home to evaluate the space you have and how you’d like to use it. They will measure the area around the fireplace and discuss what style you have envisioned for your room. One of the first choice’s they’ll help you make it what material to use.
- Wood: A large variety of types of woods gives you a whole world of options when choosing a style. You could choose a distressed wood for a rustic lodge setting or a dark mahogany to compliment an elegant study.
- Stone: A very sturdy choice, stone lasts a long amount of time, is very resilient and is easy to clean.
- Marble: Although expensive, it is a step above the rest. Smooth and timeless, it can fit into your modern or traditional style home.
After selecting what will be framing your fireplace, there are some other essentials that a skilled builder needs to complete this task. There are many things to keep in line while building out a fireplace and the professionals can take the worry off your hands by completing this for you. Although a confident and experienced do-it-yourselfer could manage installing a fireplace, there are is a long list of items you’d need to purchase to complete the project. And while some of the higher priced items can be rented, you also need to know how to use them skillfully. Here is a general shopping list of items needed for a fireplace installation:
- Mortar Mix
- Masonry Trowel
- Grout Float
- Saw with Diamond tipped blade
- Mortar Pan
- Masonry Nails
- Masonry Hammer
Using the measurements that were taken to purchase the correct amount of material, the contractor will make a frame out of two by fours. For do-it-yourselfers, the frame doesn't have to be very sophisticated if you are using stone or tile. But building out a wooden fireplace takes more care and skill. They will use plywood and two by fours to make a hearth, the floor of the fireplace, to make a place for your stone to be laid.
Then they will mix the mortar to a cake batter consistency and apply it to the backs of the stone and let it dry. Next, they apply mortar to the hearth and begin to lay the stone. Most often, they will lay the stone in a pattern to create an appealing visual effect. Sometimes, they will lay stone randomly. This is mostly in cases of stones that aren’t cut precisely and fit together more like puzzle pieces. The approach they take will be based on your design concept and the materials you choose.
To set the stones, they apply grout to the spaces in between each stone. They will use a damp sponge to clean off any excess grout to give your fireplace a clean and professional appearance. Finally, they will use sealer between the pieces after everything has had a chance to dry.
You may also choose to add a mantel if one doesn't already exist. This is a lovely option to offer a place to feature family pictures, decorative objects and crafts the kids bring home from school. A professional knows there are many good uses for a mantel and are very experienced in providing homes with a resting place for celebrations and memories. If this is something you want to do, you can build it into your hearth or build it as a stand alone.
In just a short time, that drab fireplace that once just existed in your home will become a showcase piece to show off to guests. Get in touch with a professional today to get the fireplace of your dreams and make your home as warm and inviting as you’ve always hoped it would be.