Scope of Work: Mantel Surround Design with Granite Hearth
Town: Randolph, NJ
Timing: 3 days
This Randolph, NJ living room featured a floor to ceiling brick fireplace surround. The hearth was a cement slab and the mantel was a basic wooden shelf. The homeowners wanted a different look for their living room’s focal point. Firstly, Monk’s drew up a design that they loved. Then the homeowner selected a beautiful piece of granite to be used for the hearth.
Anatomy of a Fireplace
Hearth: A fireplace hearth is the floor of the fireplace which extends out into the room. A hearth is made of brick, stone, cement, or any non-combustible material. A hearth is critical for wood-burning fireplaces as it helps prevent any embers or rolling logs from damaging the floor or causing a fire. Granite hearths can also be used decoratively in order to give electric or gas fireplaces a more traditional look.
Mantel: Also know as a mantelpiece or chimneypiece. A mantel is a shelf above the fire. Originally, mantels extended out further like a hood. They were used to prevent smoke from escaping. Now, they are purely decorative.
Fireplace surround: Technically, the fireplace surround is the area that immediately “surrounds” the firebox. However, this term’s more general meaning can include all decorative elements around a firebox, including the mantel and even up to the ceiling.
Fireplace Mantel Design with Granite Hearth
Granite Hearth and Fireplace Surrounds
Monk’s carpenters can remodel your fireplace mantel surround, or provide other upgrades like wainscoting, crown molding or built-in shelving units. If you are considering an interior carpentry project, call our office at 973-635-7900 to schedule an estimate today.