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fireplace remodel - design idea when removing raised hearth

Posted by pocahantas (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 26, 11 at 11:09

I need help, advice and ideas please. I got stuck on a remodel. Does anyone have any ideas on how to visually anchor a fireplace when a raised hearth is removed?

I am remodeling my kitchen by removing a load bearing wall. The remodel has moved into my living room since I needed to put a floor where the wall was. I'm removing paneling and will texture and paint instead. Now the contractor is asking about the fireplace. My home was built in the 70s and has a floor to ceiling brick surround fireplace with a raised hearth. The hearth protrudes to the area where the wall was, so it must be modified.

I'd like to drywall above the mantle, pul a synthetic stacked stone surround and demolishing the hearth. The goal is to put down flagstone in front of the hearth so it's level with the floor and doesn't obstruct traffic.

I don't know how to address a "floating" fireplace that's a foot off the floor. I don't want to go to the expense of moving the firebox. Does anyone have any ideas on how address this issue?

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RE: fireplace remodel - design idea when removing raised hearth

Mostly I've seen raised fireplaces used in rooms with stone or tile floors. If you have wood flooring, I suspect adding a fire-resistant area just in front of fireplace would look odd. Perhaps instead, the fire-resistant area could be part of an overall border or pattern that encompasses the whole space.

RE: fireplace remodel - design idea when removing raised hearth

My fireplace is raised 1 foot, has tile hearth flush with floor in same tile as the surround. I think it looks fine. It was this way when we bought the house. I'll see if I can take a picture for you later.

RE: fireplace remodel - design idea when removing raised hearth

Whatever you use around the sides and top of the fireplace, you can use on the riser. I took out the raised hearth for my fireplace and used a tile surround. I also tiled the area in front of the fireplace with the same tile as the surround. I believe that you need at least 16" of non-combustible material in front of the firebox.

Here is a link that might be useful: some examples of fireplaces with risers

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