Category Archives: Fireplaces

Another living room fireplace with Cultured Stone

Good morning!

I hope you all enjoy this photo of a cultured-stone fireplace I did featuring a wooden mantle and a beautiful raised hearth. Like all of my fireplaces, this one was custom-designed by myself and the homeowners. The final product really provides a focal point for the entire room.

The homeowners have also enjoyed decorating and adding the finishing touches to their new cultured-stone fireplace.

 

Taps Toronto – Custom Showroom Fireplace

Anyone who’s ever considered designing, renovating, or upgrading a kitchen, washroom or powder room – and lives in the Toronto (Ontario) area – has surely visited Taps on Lawrence Avenue West for their design decisions and purchases. This stunning two-sided feature wall in their main showroom and window adds a high-end warmth and sophistication, making it easier for designers and homeowners to visualize transforming their own unique spaces. Rick worked with the owners to design and erect this cultured stone showstopper. Take a look at the following photos, and prepare to be inspired! Better yet, head to Taps to have your own in person ‘look and feel’ of the wall – I’ll be happy to help you customize a similar look in your home!

Taps, Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, ON

Added Elegance with a Double Sided Fireplace

Do you have a large open concept room in your home? Consider adding a double sided fireplace. Not only will it effectively heat a large room, these fireplaces can add definition to the space. One side can be the living area and the other side could be for dining or even an office space. Double sided fireplaces can also be installed in existing walls. Contact me for a quote!

Here is an example of a double sided fireplace I did in Muskoka.

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Another fireplace feature in Our Homes magazine

The above fireplace I did in Midhurst was featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Our Homes (Barrie Orillia). Click here to download the full issue for free.

I blogged this fireplace back in January. You can see that since then the fireplace has become the central focus of this beautifully designed living room. All of my fireplaces are custom designed to go with the decor of the room and the tastes of the homeowners – cultured stone comes in many different colours and shapes allowing for complete customization. Also, this cultured stone fireplace adds a lot of warmth to the large room – which I’m sure my clients will appreciate in the winter months!

Contact me for a free estimate. A fireplace can be added to any room, all that is needed is an outlet! It is a quick and inexpensive way to boost the value and “livability” of your home.

Our own project – Built in flat screen tv and cultured stone fireplace

We love our home, especially the main floor – but, we found that we weren’t spending as much time as we liked in our living room. The reason? Our television and fireplace were in the family room on the lower level (basement). We decided that we wanted to bring our tv and fireplace upstairs, and chose to transform an interior wall in our living room. No tearing down of walls! No costly chimney’s required! No venting! No damage or changes needed to our existing hardwood floors! Read on to find out how we did it…and how you can add luxury to any wall or room in your home too!

What you will notice from this picture is that we decided to add the feature wall to an interior wall in our house. This is possible because the fireplace we chose is an electric model – complete with 3 heat settings, 3 flame settings, a fan to throw the heat into the room, and (always a bonus) remote control! This unit simply plugs into a regular outlet. Plug in. Instant ambiance! The new technology out there makes it hard to distinguish between a gas fireplace and an electric fireplace.

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During construction photo:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final product:

Refacing brick fireplaces with CULTURED STONE

BEFORE and AFTER

Many fireplaces in homes that were built in the past decades are brick. Getting rid of your dated brick fireplace (and I don’t mean painting it!)  is not a difficult upgrade – regardless of whether your fireplace is wood-burning, gas, or electric….refresh your room and add comfort and value to your home with CULTURED STONE.

For this project, the main priorities of the homeowner was to cover up a large brick wall in a main floor family room – that is open to the kitchen – with a similar stone that they loved in their previous home in Quebec.

I met with the homeowner and explained how we could achieve her vision. I accompanied her on visits to a number of stone manufacturers, where she could see first-hand – on full size display panels – over 30+ cultured stone styles and colours available.

There was no ‘tear down’ involved – the old brick fireplace is still behind the stone – which keeps the price much lower!

Feature Fireplace in Our Homes Magazine

These are some images from a fireplace that I did which was featured in the Spring 2009 issue of Our Homes magazine. To see a full online version of the issue click here (starts on page 37).

This fireplace is approximately 18 feet high and 8 feet wide. It provides a nice focal point for the great room, and is visible from the entry point and the kitchen. The homeowner also decided on a small cultured-stone wall which provided a nice transition between rooms.

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