Stone fireplace with window seat? pics? (x-posted)
We have decided to go with a stone fireplace and wood mantle similar to this style, and some sort of solid stone (soapstone?) cap to make a bench/hearth in front.
The living room wall is approx 19 feet. The stone surround will also house the TV (kind of like this pic) though the TV and firebox will be approx the same size and at the same height for continuity, with the wood mantle across the top of both.
There is room on either side for a 5ft window seat. Hubby would like to extend the stone base all the way across the room, and make the solid cap the base for the window seats, with the windows being set in dry wall. The "seats" would be topped with pillows or cushions of some sort, most likely, so you would not be sitting directly in the stone base. Has anyone done or seen something similar? While I like the idea of it, I am afraid it could end up looking too rustic, which the rest of our house is certainly not. The entire downstairs is an open floor plan so the living room will be seen all over. Any pics or comments?