Mantles and fire place surrounds
You can build an eloquent fireplace mantle using combinations of wood and moulding. All of our mantles are custom to fit your unique areas. www.tflarkin.com
Here the mantle was going to hit an existing window casing, so we designed it to miss the window altogether. Notice the crown has a return before the edge of the top box. Instead of turning the corner of the top box like so many other mantle crowns do.
When the mantle has to turn a deep corner before it ends, there is usually room to add a flat panel mold box on the side to give it the wainscot appeal.
Sometimes people like their mantles to be straight lined and simple. For a cleaner look, you can keep the mantle top plain, and free of boxes, or intricate detail. This mantle was more difficult because we had to cut the sides of the legs to go around the un-uniformed brick. We also ran out of room...
Adding crown and a simple flat panel mold box can extend the feel of the mantle all the way up to the ceiling, without taking your focus away from the mantle itself.
This mantle has three sides, and is, as we call it, a "wrap around" mantle. Notice second picture of this is a different side. Legs were hand fluted and the crown actually turned into the existing cabinet, even with the upper shelf.
This a wrap around mantle, with three sides. The top has a beveled bull nosed shelf that is all one piece. Notice other picture that has a different side.
This mantle had too much brick and skinny wall spaces around it, so we just veneered and boxed in the entire area and placed a crown supported shelf on top to tie it together. The entire brick hearth was covered with wood, except near the opening. We also did the coffered ceiling. Notice how the...
Mantle legs do not always have to go to the back wall. In this case, the gas key was hidden from the front view. Keep in mind, the further the mantle top sticks out in the front, with crown, it will also stick out on the sides. So a doorway or window can have an impact on how deep the top shelf is.
Mantles with legs that have base shoe designs, must be made to created to allow such things to fit on the hearth below them.
Mantles can have wide columned legs or skinny ones. They can be boxed or hand fluted. The options are endless.
Sometimes the mantles are stained, to match furniture or add character. Sometimes they end at a wall, or gradually taper off toward a door
Mantle tops that support large posts or columns will stick out further from the wall. But the legs should stay proportionate in size.