Help framing around fireplace

cyphrusMarch 18, 2009

I'm finishing my basement and I can't figure out how to frame around the fireplace.

As you can see, it's a floating fireplace. I'm building a 2x4 framed wall. I don't know how close I can go to the opening of the fireplace. The code is confusing. I'm also having a hard time figuring out how I would build out the fireplace itself including the hearth and surround.

I haven't settled on brick or stone yet for the surround. I think I'm kind of open depending on the design.

Any ideas are much appreciated.

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Typically you need to keep any combustible material 12" away from the opening on the sides and 12 - 18" on the top. Some codes allow combustibles to be closer depending upon how much they stick out from the face. If you want to frame in closer, you can use metal studs and cement board (not drywall). With regard to the hearth, there is a requirement for a certain thickness of non-combustible material over any combustible material (usually 2"). The safest and easiest way to build the raised hearth is to use steel studs and cement board and then cover it with whatever kind of stone or tile you pick. Hope this helps.

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