Written by Phil Travars | Builder Brothers
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Here are some examples of other custom wood fireplace mantels:
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.
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