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Stone fireplace with window seat? pics? (x-posted)

Posted by fiveunderfive (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 12, 11 at 11:16

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.

Gast Architects: Projects traditional living room

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.

Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly Kitchen 1 traditional kitchen

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?

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RE: Stone fireplace with window seat? pics? (x-posted)

Boy, one thing I have noticed anywhere I have been that has a hearth is that people end up sitting on it in front of the fire and not only can others not enjoy it but the heat is blocked from going into the room. On the other hand, it does give a way to provide additional seating.

I do think that if higher end stone is used there is no way it would look too rustic. I like your ideas.

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