Fireplaces / October 13, 2018 / Azaria Lind.
A fireplace surround is an entire portion surrounding the opening to the firebox, as visible from the front of the fireplace. A fireplace surround generally replaces a fireplace mantel as well as the side jambs. A fireplace surround is typically an entire piece that takes the place of individual fireplace components, such as jambs, hearth, and mantelpiece.
Fireplace surrounds a made from all kinds of materials, from wood to plaster and all types of natural stones. Some of the most beautiful fireplaces surround I’ve seen fashioned out of natural stone blocks by skilled masons.
Whether you want an ornately carved fireplace surround, something colonial and straightforward in style, a rustic stone or a highly polished natural stone surround, I think the most beautiful fireplace surround a made from natural wood or stone.
Limestone surrounds are one of a kind. Traditionally, the highly carved surrounds depicting angels, scrolls and all sorts of embellishments a made of limestone. Limestone surrounds are exquisitely beautiful pieces of art that will add elegance to any fireplace setting.
For a more stylish and contemporary looking fireplace surround, you may wish to incorporate some polished marble. Polished marble is a beautiful addition to any living or sitting room fireplace with modern or classic décor.
One of the more unique fireplace surrounds I’ve seen fashioned out of slate. This naturally dark stone had a very striking effect and meshed quite well with the vibrant colors of the great hall in which it a situated.
Many people think that natural stone fireplace surrounds are not within their reach, financially, but there are many innovations in the stone cutting and fireplace manufacturing industry that have made natural stone fireplace surrounds much more affordable than they had been previously.
Today, many natural stone companies offer various pre-cut stone pieces that will fit together to make beautiful natural stone surrounds. By combining pre-cut fragments with some custom stonework, it is possible to spend little more than a regular brick fireplace would cost and have a beautiful limestone fireplace surround to show for your troubles.
Another advantage to using natural stone veneer pieces is that the overall space from the wall will be less than when carving a surround out of one massive piece of stone. Also, the total weight will be much much lower than that of a solid natural stone fireplace.
You can go online and download specific patterns for each of the pre-cut or stone veneer pieces that are available. Once you have decided on the layout that you like, order the pieces online or by phone.
When the limestone veneer pieces arrive, they can be put together using various techniques, all of which are quite simple for anyone handy with construction work. The joints between the parts can a filled with mortar or caulking. It a recommended that mortar is used. However, the caulking option is perfect for earthquake zones.