Framing a masonry fireplace
Does anyone know how to frame around a fireplace? I'm finishing my basement and I need to frame the wall with a fireplace built into it as shown in the picture. The wall will be 2x4 with 1/2" drywall.
I already know I'm not supposed to have any combustible material within 12 inches. So how do I fill in those 12 inches? Can I go closer? I've seen other fireplace pictures with wood closer than 12 inches. How do they get away with it?
Also trying to figure out what I could do to build up around the fireplace including the surround. I've looked at tons of pictures and can't seem to find anything similar.
Any ideas appreciated. Thanks.