Designing a Limestone Fireplace

by SVW on March 16, 2012

If your fireplace is bare and uninviting, adding stone detailing could turn that eye sore into your family’s new favorite gathering place. With a beautiful limestone finish you’ll actually want to use your fireplace, which will do more than lower your heating bill. Upgrading your fireplace is an investment that will add value to your home.

You can upgrade your fireplace in just one weekend. If you’ve got an eye for design and know how to use a hammer and grinder, this project is a cinch. If you don’t have the time for a do it yourself project, call a professional, but stay involved in the design process. Being involved in the design process allows you to have control over the end product and create a custom look.

The first aspect you will need to consider is where you will get your limestone. A fireplace is often the focal point of a room so you’ll want to invest in real limestone for this project. Find a wall stone provider near you to supply your project with quality limestone cuts. Most places will deliver your stone directly to you, cut to size. Going through a trusted wall stone provider will guarantee you have quality stone cuts for your project.

Before applying the stones to the wall, arrange them on the floor. You want to make sure you have the perfect layout before you start gluing them onto the wall. Once you’ve applied them to your fireplace with veneer motor, it will be much harder to change your mind. If this does happen to you, the quicker you act the better. Hopefully the veneer motor is tacky enough that it can still be altered. If not, you may need manpower to chip the veneer and stone away. You don’t want this to happen. By arranging your stones beforehand, you’ll be able to easily move pieces around and decide if you like the finished look. Easily move pieces around and change your mind.

Leave about a fingers width between each stone while designing. The shape of your wall stone will greatly affect the way you lay them. If your stones are a variety of shapes and sizes, don’t try to lay them in a perfectly even fashion. You’ll want to create horizontal lines, but within each horizontal line, stagger the stones to be in a different place from the previous line. Only if you are using stones that are all the same length and width will you want to apply them evenly across your plane. However, even with congruent stones, some people choose to evenly stagger their design. You can do this by having every other horizontal line match.

After you complete this primary step you can begin applying stones to your fireplace. Do it yourself home improvement projects are rewarding and something you will always remember. You have complete control over the end result and can customize your home to your liking. Your home should be a reflection of who you are so set it apart with a custom limestone fireplace.

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