Thermal Mass Stove Design/Build Workshop: La Caseta de Milmanda. I’ve worked with local governments and NGO’s on low-income housing construction; non-profits in housing and sustainable agriculture development; and with private companies in renovation and construction. I did this outside of the workshop because they were optional extras, and they also required modifying the existing structure – something I had promised during the workshop that we wouldn’t be doing.fireplace remodel

I removed them, took them outside, and spray painted them with red paint we already had. I like the clean look of not having a mantel, but I definitely have some jealousy over the pretty mantel displays that you gals have for the holidays! Just use the old curtains as your pattern for sewing.

Another option to consider is using natural stone for the hearth even if you used manufactured stone veneer for the rest of the fireplace. Notice behind the stove is just plain boring wallpaper. Once I pulled them off I used the same red paint. I haven’t shared photos of the new flooring in our kitchen and dining room here on my blog yet.fireplace remodel

I believe natural building is an important step towards a happier, healthier, more sustainable future for all of us. It provides organic, seasonal produce to local families and businesses, and also holds classes and workshops on sustainable agriculture and natural building techniques.fireplace remodel

I thought it would be as simple as walking into the showroom of the fireplace/stone veneer dealer, picking my stone, and scheduling the installation – silly girl, when has any project ever been that easy?! I’m a Craft-Doing, Coffee-Drinking, Lover of Animals, Decorating, Travel, Organizing, Painting, and Remodeling.