Tile/granite/slate flush hearth options for fireplace - help?
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are almost done making decisions for our house... I HOPE! I'm still struggling with the fireplace treatment. We went back and forth about doing a raised hearth, and in the end we decided to go for a flush hearth instead. I think it will work better for our needs.
I LOVE the look of a black cleft slate facing with a white surround/mantel. I would rather not have grout lines of the tile. I've been told that if I go with a solid one piece stone, then the hearth on the floor will be raised above the level of our hardwood floors. I really don't want this. I want the hearth and our hardwood to be flush. I think a very slightly raised hearth will be a tripping hazard.
What are my options for getting a truly flush hearth on the floor? Do I have any besides tile?
FWIW, we're getting a gas only fireplace.