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16'raised hearth

Posted by mary999 (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 9, 11 at 0:18

home remodel steps down to hearth area. The stove is gas 31.5' high. the contractor and subs advised me to raise the stove as it didn't look right, advised to raise it 16" high and have a raised hearth. Now I am faced with a 65"-69" mantle height the lowest I can make it with clearances is 62" which is taking away from the breast height making it only 5.5" and the granite surround reducing it to 5". 62" still seems high for an eight' ceiling, Any suggestions


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RE: 16'raised hearth

Sounds like bad advice; but I would have to look at it. We have a 16" raised hearth on our large fireplace in our living room. However, it has 10' ceilings. I just redid the hearth and surround-- it looks great. On the other hand, we are doing an addition and we decided that a floor level hearth is a much better idea for that use. In fact, If I were doing it over, I would not have put the raised hearth in the living room either. Its biggest advantage is in acting as a bench when we have a lot of company in warmer months and as a place to sit for a few minutes and get warm very quickly on cold nights in the winter. It takes a big room for it to look right, I think.

Will


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