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Nice because it looks like they used a mantel shelve and then built a custom cabinet above the Fireplace. They have a hearth in front like ours.
Intersting timeline photos
An interesting fireplace surround that sits on the hearth. The hearth while somewhat level is not perfectly level.
Here is a mantel shelf installed on a stone fireplace. It was probably installed when the stone was applied, but something similar could be done in our case. We'd probably have to remove some stone to make it work.
This is interesting. They used a slate like tile on the wall. Probably a little easier to install than field stone.
This is interesting because of the wrap around the top. Could we do this with our fireplace? Note that the shelf is resting on the white wood (limiting removal of stone in our case)
I like this because they allowed space for a sound bar on the sides