A statement fireplace can give a room the ‘wow’ factor. Here’s a little bit of a side view so you can get a better view of the crown molding on the mantel. I had also installed a bit of ductwork in the chimney to take cold air from the downstairs pantry, heat it with the new thermal mass stove, and send it upstairs to heat the bedrooms.

I love this – it is a good idea for our red brick fireplace, which I loathe! Your living room now looks like something from a magazine, it is so gorgeous. I really wanted the trim overlap far enough to meet that inside piece of the mantel. We made an insulative mix using expanded clay to slow down the rate of heat loss in the firebox, white oven and heat riser, and a denser mix was used to direct the conduction of heat towards the face of the stove and into the room.

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.

My interests beyond natural building are in community development, which I incorporate in my work by leading natural building workshops and seminars for non-professionals. Instead of using the adhesive meant for this type of carpeting, I used a staple gun. Your new fireplace and room makeover is gorgeous!fireplace remodelfireplace remodelfireplace remodel

Cool Outdoor Fireplace for your Garden by Hagen and Zohar DigsDigs. Love not only the fireplace but the rest of the room as well. My fireplace obviously has no mantel – not because I made a conscious decision not to have one but because I hadn’t thought to make plans for one before the time of the stone installation.