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I got a call while in CT last year to take a look at this fireplace because the HO wanted the hearth fixed. When I came back a few months later, this is what I saw...


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This was installed over nice antique brick with lath and ( I'm guessing ) spec-mix. No stone was thicker than 1.5"....the biggest mortar joint was close to 3.5" wide!
The son-in-law thought this mess looked great...the HO's were not around during the install...the home was being remodeled before they moved down from the northwest corner of SC. They told me they were sick about how this came out.
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The before pics didn't show up.

But more importantly.....how much did they have to pay for that thing?

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I told them there was nothing I could do to the hearth that would make a difference...they needed to leave it or rebuild. We are not in stone country around here and the few places that have building stone have extremely limited stock. What this yard had is fieldstone from Tennessee which was split in two and it only had one flat face...though I was able to split certain ones in two myself. Sizes were limited too...I had mostly small stone to work with so I had to make due with what they had.

They let me lay it up how I wanted after I discussed a couple different options with them. I took inspiration from Machu Picchu and for those that get Stonexus, the Japanese dry stone walls in the magazine. Both places have notching and it's something I haven't done before. I blended that style with something I do often...scribing stone to each other and letting the lines flow. I didn't want the look to be linear but more free form. The concrete hearth is the same one from the pressed concrete thread.
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The before pics didn't show up.
No? I can see them.
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I recycled the old mantle..it is 3" solid cedar. I had a paint store scan a piece of the concrete hearth and painted the mantle. The lighter color was intentional.
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There we go. Yes it is improved by 1000%.
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Man, that is a lot of cutting. Did you scribe and cut or scribe and let someone else cut?
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Man, that is a lot of cutting. Did you scribe and cut or scribe and let someone else cut?
No..I did everything myself. Believe it or not I did more chiseling than cutting...but it was still tons of cutting.

I forgot to mention..this veneer is 3"-6" and I used a 3:1 mortar type S.......yes, I used ties.
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That looks Fabulous! What did you do to the fire box, paint it also?....it went from brick to black.

Again, a spectacular job!
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What did you do to the fire box, paint it also?....it went from brick to black.
Yes I did.It was something my first boss did often and I used high heat spray paint.

They don't plan to use the fireplace believe it or not.
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That's real nice, I like the color of the stones. Are they just fieldstone?
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Btw I love the thin stone on the other pics.someone must have had a real good idea that day, and to put wire on the bricks too, priceless....
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That's real nice, I like the color of the stones. Are they just fieldstone?
Yes. I have worked with this stone a couple times now and it's got a wide variety of color...mostly buff tones, some rose, orange, brown, etc. The hardness varies too..some stones were soft like certain types of limestone or sandstone and others were hard like basalt.
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Every stone installed with TLC


Looks Great...really great!!!
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That job is worth more to the trained eye than that of it's counterpart...particulary being 3"/6 veneer with that fancy hearth.

Owner must be very pleased as I would expect
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Btw I love the thin stone on the other pics.someone must have had a real good idea that day, and to put wire on the bricks too, priceless....
Here are some demo shots just for you then. I was told they did this wonderful job in two days.

They let me have the brick and I saved all but a few....they may get new life in my next WFO ( not in the dome ). The mortar was lime/sand.
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What a mess.
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54 pails of rubble to be exact..that doesn't count the thin stone ( which they wanted ) and all the brick.

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