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Old 07-29-2017, 07:11 AM   #1
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Lakeside Contemporary


A lakeside gem we finished up last week.

This project began a bit over a year ago and we've been bouncing in and out as time and weather allowed. This project was going on at the same time as the massive project on display in the 'Photo Overload' thread... as you might imagine, we were stretched a little thin trying to keep everyone happy.

A couple of 'firsts' for us on this project; All the fireplace fireboxes were built using Soapstone firebrick; all the fireplaces had cast in place concrete hearths and mantels, a couple with generous cantilevers.

The two main fireplaces were stacked over one another... the lower fireplace was in an outdoor 'room' below the glassed in 'Sunroom' and in fact played a substantial role in supporting the partially cantilevered room above.

Once the concrete support wall was poured and the steel structure above was erected, we formed and cast the hearth for the lower fireplace. After partially stripping the forms, the soapstone firebox was constructed;
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Old 07-29-2017, 07:17 AM   #2
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The completed rough-in with cast concrete mantel and hearth. The final photo gives an idea of the 'space' the fireplace occupies... the large staircase in the background will ultimately be clad with granite slabs.
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The rough-in continues upwards into the Sunroom above. The upper fireplace is a similar design to the one below but with more generous cantilevers on the hearth and mantel.
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Sunroom rough-in complete;
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We then returned to the lower level and began to install stone. 'Full' bed granite ledge-rock in 3,4 and 7" heights. The stone was laid to match the board-formed concrete foundation... the arris lines jogged in and out somewhat. Laid with a tinted thin-set mortar and backed up with type 's' as needed. A poured concrete chimney cap and metal rain hood topped things off.
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Beautiful work!
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The finished outdoor fireplace... the granite ledge-rock forms two columns flanking the fireplace, a flamed slab of black granite was installed over the mantel and below the hearth, an oiled slab of soapstone was installed beside the firebox which is also built with soapstone. It's always nice to be able to see these places after the furniture has been placed... really helps to put things in perspective...
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...and the finished Sun Room fireplace... similar details as the outdoor fireplace; flamed granite slab above mantel and below hearth; soapstone slab beside firebox; concrete hearth and mantel
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That looks amazing!
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Bravo...spectacular!

Love the soapstone.
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Simply gorgeous!
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Re: Lakeside Contemporary


On other projects I remember that you treated outdoor masonry a little differently than you did indoor...namely "jointless"work inside became "tight joints but still joints" outside. This one looks like it's "jointless" outdoors as well. Because of the thinset or???
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On other projects I remember that you treated outdoor masonry a little differently than you did indoor...namely "jointless"work inside became "tight joints but still joints" outside. This one looks like it's "jointless" outdoors as well. Because of the thinset or???
There is actually a very small (1/8") joint, the thinset is tinted almost black so the joints look like shadow lines. Because it was hard to 'tool' such a small joint, we went a little heavy on the sealer application.
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We also installed an Isokern unit in the Living Room at this project. Similar to the other fireplaces, there are cast concrete mantel and hearth. No granite on this one though... slate to left of firebox, soapstone to the right.
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An exterior shot to lend a little perspective to the building...
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What is your take on Isokerns?

I've never been real impressed.
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What is your take on Isokerns?

I've never been real impressed.
This is the first one we've ever installed. The only redeeming quality in my opinion, is the speed of installation. The unit was incredibly expensive, and I know I can hand-build a better performing firebox for the equivalent (or less) money.

The Architects had their way on this one.
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A few nice photos of this project which appeared in a magazine article;
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Do those soapstone bricks float around much? Looks great!

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