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Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas Photo Gallery

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 @ 10:11 AM

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Cozy Fireplace Ideas for the Fall:

Get fireplace design ideas - perfect for cozy Fall weather and cold winter evenings.

Photos of fireplaces in the living room, kitchen, master bedroom, and screen porch: 


Living Room Fireplace Ideas

Get living room fireplace design ideas, with built in shelves, two story stone surrounds, and stained wood mantels:

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

More photos of stained wood mantel fireplaces - click here. 

Kitchen Fireplace Ideas

Bring warmth to the kitchen, with a two sided fireplace: 

 

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

 

Master Bedroom Fireplaces

What's cozier than a private fireplace in the master bedroom? 

Get ideas for a three sided fireplace, or corner fireplace, in the master suite:  

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

Floor Plans with Fireplace in the master bedroom.

Screen Porch Fireplace Ideas

Outdoor fireplaces are perfect for year-round indoor-outdoor spaces. 

Best Fireplace Designs | Fall Fireplace Ideas

 

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How to Design and Build an Old World Custom Mantle | Raleigh Custom Builders

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, May 24, 2016 @ 09:05 AM

Written by Phil Travars | Builder BrothersWood Fireplace Mantel Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

 

How to Design and Build a Custom Wood Mantel:

The design for this wood mantle evolved over the course of several weeks.

The homeowner had brought several pictures to us. Each mantle photo showed a very different style - each contained different aspects from Arts and Crafts and Old World styling, representing different time periods.

We ended up choosing features from each design, and formed them into a hybrid.

 

The four windows above the fireplace did not exist in the original floor plan. We added the windows and created a dormer, which brings detail to the rear of the home where you don't typically see detail work.

What other special features were added to this home plan? Learn more with photos, below.

 

Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about how custom home pricing works, here.

 

 


Great Room Feature Wall

The fireplace is the centerpiece of the great room "feature wall," visible as you walk in the front door.  

Lines of sight are always important to keep in mind. You want to place walls in such a way to give a glimpse of special features from nearby rooms (like the right side of this fireplace), without giving away the full effect. 

Wood Fireplace Mantel Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

The stairs and overlook use square Aalto Collection contemporary balusters, complimented with square knoll posts.

Open Concept Great Room and Kitchen

We also had a lot of conversations about how to integrate the round, diner style island and raised bar, in a way that could complement the strong fireplace.

Wood Fireplace Mantel Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

 

The legs on the mantle are smooth cedar and stained to match the site finished hardwoods. The tiles form a 4x4 mini mosaic.

The mantle itself is at 54" (the most natural height when the fireplace sits on the floor according to our expert interior designer). The wood stain is called Minwax English Chestnut.

The angled legs draw your eyes up to the mantle (and help emphsize the two story height walls). That angle was then mimicked with round drywall corners that leads up to the cap that is completed with crown molding and a lid. 

Another professional home design tip is to integrate certain features and aspects in multiple areas of your home. For instance, the tapered columns on the front porch match the craftsman style of the mantle. While the mantel is stained wood, the columns are painted cedar.

Similar columns styles give eye-pleasing symmetry to the home.

 

Wood Fireplace Mantel Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

Here are some examples of other custom wood fireplace mantels:

 


Builder Brothers | Raleigh Custom Home BuilderAbout Phil: 

Phil builds uniquely crafted custom homes in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. He builds relationships with clients the same way he builds their homes - with dedicated attention to detail. Phil has been a trailblazer with Stanton Homes since 2006. In his free time, Phil enjoys running, kayaking, and anything outdoors.

About the Builder Brothers: 

Builder Brothers Phil and Andrew are just one part of the team at Stanton Homes, which surrounds you with expertise while building stunning custom homes. A little friendly competition is reflected in the details of the extraordinary homes they create. They're all-around nice guys with a lot of smarts, really great ideas, and rare integrity. You'll learn a lot about how to build beautiful homes from the Builder Brothers. 

 

 


 

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85 Fireplace Design Idea Photos | Custom Home Fireplace Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 @ 13:07 PM

Fireplace Design Ideas

Custom Home Fireplace Trends

A custom fireplace can serve as the focal point of any room - from the kitchen to the master suite - with a range of design features and functionalities crafted to suit your lifestyle.

See examples of fireplace designs, functions, styles and locations below. Or click here to view  over 80 fireplace design idea photos.

 

Fireplace designs for a cozy master bedroom

Master bedroom fireplace design #1: Three sided see through fireplace

This three-sided fireplace is located centrally in the master suite - between the bedroom and bathroom.

Fireplace in the Master Bedroom

Master bedroom fireplace design #2: Corner fireplace

Cozy up by this master bedroom fireplace, complete with flat screen TV placement above.

Master Bedroom Fireplaces

Fireplace designs to warm up a sun room in the winter

Sun room fireplace design #1: Tile surround fireplace

This sun room is designed as a year-round indoor/outdoor space, with a fireplace that will warm you up in the late fall and winter.

A sun room fireplace is a great location to draw in any outdoor design elements - such as matching the fireplace surround with the exterior stone walls.

85 Fireplace Design Idea Photos | Custom Home Fireplace Trends

Sun room fireplace design #2: See-through fireplace open to the great room

A two sided fireplace can help draw the sun room's light into the living room, creating a more open flow. 

 

85 Fireplace Design Idea Photos | Custom Home Fireplace Trends

 

Fireplace designs with built in bookcases and entertainment centers

Built in fireplace design #1: Flat screen TV with small bookcases

This living room designs offers ample built in storage, a flat screen TV set up, and wide open windows for natural light. 

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Built in fireplace design #2: Built in storage wall

Adding storage around your fireplace is simple - see an example of full walls of built in shelving with cabinets below.

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Built in fireplace design #3: Craftsman style built ins around the fireplace

If your fireplace is located on an exterior wall, you may want to combine larger built ins with windows above. Here is an example of a craftsman style fireplace set-up, with windows and a set of large bookcases.

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Two Story Fireplaces

Two story fireplace design #1: Fireplace with a stone bench

Craftsman touches punctuate this home, which boasts a full two story stone fireplace design complete with flagstone raised hearth.

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Two story fireplace design #2: Vaulted ceiling great room

If your great room or living room features a vaulted ceiling - rather than a two story ceiling - a full height fireplace can make an equally dramatic statement, especially if you increase the surround width. Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

If you love large fireplaces, but wish to build a one story home, consider adding even more width to your fireplace. Here is an example of a one story home with a full height fireplace and wrap-around raised hearth:

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Kitchens with a Fireplace

More Raleigh custom homes will consider fireplace positioning when creating the kitchen layout.

Whether you want a fireplace in your kitchen - or one in a direct line of sight from your sink - these fireplace photos will inspire you.

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

Outdoor Fireplaces

Take it outside, with a screen porch fireplace.  More new home buyers are making outdoor living spaces even more functional by adding a fireplace.

This screen porch fireplace features a custom wood herringbone design.

Fireplace Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Homes

 

80+ Photos of Fireplace Designs

 

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New home fireplace design | How to choose an entertainment style

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 @ 08:07 AM

New home fireplace design

How to choose entertainment styles

Your fireplace and entertainment centers don't need to compete - a design and build custom builder can give you a lot of great ideas for integrating placement.

Fireplaces and TV centers offer different types of entertainment, which often depends on the season (winter versus summer), time of day (early afternoon or late evening), and event (casual dinner at home versus hosting a Superbowl party).

Here are six design ideas to consider when deciding where to place your fireplace and your TV or entertainment center, as you plan the layout for your new custom home.

New home fireplace design | How to balance entertainment stylesNew home fireplace design #1: Fireplace with TV above, matching molding in the surround and mantle

When placing a TV directly above the fireplace, using the same wood molding or stone surround can create more cohesion in the room.

This fireplace design can be ideal for home buyers who plan to use these two forms of entertainment equally.

 

 

New home fireplace design | How to balance entertainment styles

New home fireplace design #2: Fireplace with TV above, carrying a stone surround to the ceiling

Even a full-height stone fireplace surround can accommodate a TV entertainment center, depending on what fits your personal interests.

Tip: Another reason to keep the TV directly above the fireplace is to keep other walls in the room open for furniture placement.

 

New home fireplace design | How to balance entertainment styles

New home fireplace design #3: Fireplace with TV above, built-in electronic plugs

Less is more in great rooms with centerpiece design features - such as these curved windows.

Adding a TV above the fireplace keeps the room feeling functional and beautiful, without adding molding or stone that may detract from the window design.

 

New home fireplace design | How to balance entertainment styles

Another way to maintain an emphasis on natural lighting is to place the fireplace and TV center on a secondary wall.

While this option may restrict furniture placement, the view it opens up is worth the trade-off.

 

 

 

New home fireplace design | How to balance entertainment styles

New home fireplace design #4: When the TV is wider than the fireplace

If you're set on an extra wide TV, consider adding off-center shelving next to your fireplace.

This will keep the room symmetrical overall, while allowing your TV to be much wider than the fireplace below.

And you'll love the benefits of built-in storage.

Tip: Adding an accent color to one wall is another way to keep your fireplace and entertainment center cohesive.

New home fireplace design #5: Placing the fireplace and TV on different walls

New home fireplace design | How to balance entertainment stylesPlacing the fireplace and TV center on different walls is the best way to create completely distinct entertainment areas (within the same room). 

While this TV wall is visible from the kitchen and breakfast nook, the fireplace is visible only from the entry and great room, giving it a more intimate feel.

Tip: Consider your options for adding built-in shelving - and decide which area could use it more, the entertainment center wall or fireplace wall.

New home fireplace design #6: Placing the fireplace and TV in different rooms

New home fireplace design | How to balance entertainment styles

Some transitional style homes can integrate an entertainment center in the kitchen or keeping room, instead of the grand room.

This two-sided fireplace is visible from the grand room (which is maintained as a formal space) as well as the kitchen.

The TV center is placed in the keeping room, visible from the opposite side of the kitchen fireplace.

 

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