What would you do about this hearth?
Katie Elizabeth
September 27, 2012 in Design Dilemma
We just had our fireplace finished yesterday. However I noticed that the hearth just looks too short in general. One side it is flush, and the other its short. The fireplace owner said he'll replace the stack stone that is directly below, but I still don't think it will correct the issue.

What should we do? We paid a lot for this fireplace....
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
I would ask for another ledge stone to be cut and brought in. As a GC I would not be happy with that for one of my clients.
2 Likes   September 27, 2012 at 10:37AM
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bamamom
New ledger stone!
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Katie Elizabeth
Thank you. This is our first experience with a fireplace, so we really didn't know what to expect, but it wasn't this! I wish I had time to get a picture of the other corner too.
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Katie Elizabeth
Is there a general rule of thumb for the amount of overhang for a ledger stone? Seems like anywhere from 1/4" to 1/2" would look best, but just curious.
0 Likes   September 27, 2012 at 10:45AM
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lefty47
HI -- No general rule of thumb --- You have to get him back to replace the top hearth stone - they cut it too short . It's not the stone under but the the top slab and they have to fix it because it will allways look wrong. It could overhang by a bit . Looking a little closer, I also think the stone on the left side is not right and it's yellow - the one yellow stone sticks out and is too big and it's not balanced looking . So they need to fix both for it to be right. Like you said it cost a lot and is going to be there for a long time so it has to be right for you . Stand your ground Katie !
3 Likes   September 27, 2012 at 11:46AM
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Katie Elizabeth
Thank you so much Lefty. I should have clarified earlier. The yellow stone you are talking about is the one he said he needs to replace, but he feels right now that is the only issue. I do think it is too big and unbalanced, but I don't think the problem will be fixed with just placing a flatter corner stack stone underneath. I am going to really push to have the whole slab be replaced because it seems to be cut crooked on both sides. If you look closely on the right side on the back that meets the slab stone, it is too short there too. I appreciate your advice and we'll get it done right! :)
1 Like   September 27, 2012 at 1:10PM
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lefty47
HI -- Good for you Katie ... I do think the way the hearth area is done looks a bit sloppy and hurried.
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charleee
Someone was either not trained properly or in a big hurry. You paid a lot for this, you need to like it. Insist they fix it to your satisfaction.
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Aja Mazin
I think your contractor should replace the stack stone and the ledge stone!

However, the fireplace does not appear to be level.

The left side is higher than the right side.

Additionally, the bottom front line on the floor does not even present as straight.

To be brutally honest, the contractor did a poor job of maintaining color uniformity in
his randomization of the stone.

Example: I count nine bricks in the red/orange family in the upper face and none below
the ledge.

You paid a lot for this fireplace and you should be completely satisfied.

Frankly, I work hard for my money and I would be livid because of the poor workmanship!!
1 Like   September 27, 2012 at 3:38PM
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Katie Elizabeth
The owner sent his son out to personally fix the stone. They replaced the ledge stone and some stack stones under it. It looks much better now. Once I have time I'll post a new photo. Whoever used the stone in the first place got their butt chewed bc it wasn't supposed to be used at all.
4 Likes   November 2, 2012 at 1:09PM
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Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design
While reading this 2 minutes ago you must have posted the outcome! Hooray for you and yes - it was a must fix situation - you would never have been happy - it would have been a discussion to out last discussions! Whoop! Now relax and enjoy -
1 Like   November 2, 2012 at 1:16PM
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mollythecollie
So glad they fixed it!
0 Likes   November 2, 2012 at 1:24PM
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Centaur Interiors
Wow. That is incredible that someone would take such little pride in their work that they would do that kind of job in someone else's home.
0 Likes   November 2, 2012 at 1:28PM
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
i'm glad you were able to get a good resolution. Enjoy the fireplace now that cold weather is coming.
0 Likes   November 2, 2012 at 1:30PM
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charleee
Excellent! I hope it was a GOOD butt-chewing!
1 Like   November 2, 2012 at 4:02PM
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Katie Elizabeth
New fireplace picture: Thats our dog, Gunner- he is very fond of the fireplace.
4 Likes   December 21, 2012 at 1:24PM
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14thstreet
Looks nice, thanks for posting the "after" pic.
0 Likes   December 21, 2012 at 1:28PM
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Ramona
Good for Gunner. He is a beauty. I just watched a wonderful Nova about dogs, their evolution and their smarts. Myself, I have the other kind of furry thing we love. Dogs require more maintenance than I can give, but I'd love to have a guy like that. My kitty doesn't seem to understand that in front of the fireplace is a coveted spot. She'd rather be on me while I'm in front the fireplace.

I am glad you got your expensive upgrade fixed.
1 Like   December 21, 2012 at 1:31PM
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Aja Mazin
Incredible the difference!!
1 Like   December 21, 2012 at 1:35PM
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
Glad it was fixed to your satisfaction and you can all enjoy it.
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