Fireplace Design

A fireplace is an architectural component that is composed of a space made especially to contain a fire. It is an opening made in the bottom of a chimney. The opening is typically framed in an elaborate manner by a mantel, or mantelpiece. The firebox or fire pit refers to the open space found below the mantel where the fire is burned for warmth. Although this space is sometimes used for cooking, it is generally used for room-heating purposes.…

Fireplace Mantels

A mantel above the fireplace adds style and beauty to the fireplace and to the room. Mantels come in many shapes, sizes and materials. You can buy a new mantel, build your own or find an antique mantel. Getting your mantel to look its best is not hard. If you have an old mantel, you should take the time to fix it up. If you want to have a distressed country look, you may want to have the mantel look the way it does. If you want it to have a different look, you may want to spruce it up …