New Hearth - Drop Off to Fireplace Floor?
Ok, I had no idea how to search for this,so if someone has a thread they want to refer me to, that would be fine, lol.
I'm going to reface my brick floor to (very high - cathederal)ceiling fireplace with little slate subway tiles 1/2 way up, then put a mantle (will be asking about that later), then finish top with stucco and paint wall color. I am going to put a slab of slate on the raised hearth. The hearth is 4 bricks high (a little more than a foot) off the floor.
Is it going to be less "professional" or less attractive to have the slab of slate not even with the firebox floor? Should I remove the top layer of brick on the hearth? Are there potential negatives to removing the top layer of brick?
Thanks for any assistance! If every step of my full house remodel is going to be this intricate and frought with questions, y'all will get to know me well, and I may never get done. Been mentally working on this for months already!