Just built this mantle over the weekend, I'm interested in constructive criticism. The "side jumps" are lined up with the top of the insert. This will be painted and installed as a model in a stove store.
Thank you in advance.
It looks a little top heavy with that jog on the sides. Is there a reason for them? Also, I believe you need at least 80" of vertical clearance on a stairwell, looks like you only have about 36".:laughing:
I don't really think you can tell without the insert - it'll change the visual a lot. Looks good to me so far - try clipping an insert picture from one of their brochures and see what it looks like stuck in place - or use some of that high tech photoshop wizardry.
I just left a house with that mantle. It was proportionally taller by a few inches so the rail didn't look too thin (hope rail is the proper term). They had 9' ceilings, though....so maybe taller or narrower, depending.
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