Updating a Fireplace . . .

So you bought a house with all that beautiful old character and extra architectural gems and came to the realization that some of your gems aren’t really shining anymore and are in need of updating. We understand! The craftsmanship and care is remarkable in some older homes, who can’t help but fall in love with them. But we are in the 21st century now and our tastes have evolved a bit and there is no reason you can’t have the best of both worlds.

Here is a great example of how to merge the beauty and charm of yesterday with the sophistication and character of today. Under the direction of our design staff and at the hand of our talented contractor, Jed Durand, of Elk Mountain Associates, this fireplace was completely transformed. Designed to maintain the integrity and mimic the style of the original woodwork throughout this Craftsman-style home while presenting a fresh, updated look, the old tile was replaced with black slate and the brick was encased in custom woodwork. The simple lines in conjunction with the use of black slate and crisp white paint lend to the fresh, updated look.

The clean looking nature of these materials enabled us to have the slate tiles cut to a smaller size more traditionally found in “Craftsman-style” fireplace and hearth designs without sacrificing the updated, sophisticated look our clients were hoping for.


Note in this before photo, the painted brick and mantel detail were less than inspiring. More importantly, they were not cohesive with the style of the home and adjacent woodwork.

A Work in Progress









The Final Result


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