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auroraborelis wrote:May 22, 2013
tracykarin wrote:May 9, 2014
  • jan1
    Thank you for answering my questions!
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    Bravehart Interiors
    welcome. let houzz readers know how your project goes!!!!
dianneangelo wrote:Feb 9, 2013
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    Lots of people put their TVs over a gas FP but we try to design solutions where the TV is at ergonomic height. That is why we like to design a FP and TV at approx. 30-34" above the floor, depending on homeowner height.

    It's much more comfortable to watch a TV at eyelevel, when sitting, we find.

  • N P

    Hi - i'm going for a similar look but using the fireplace wall as a room divider between the sitting room and master bedroom. The wall will be about 4 feet wide with a 36 inch fireplace. the ceiling is 8 feet - how hight off the ground should we put the fireplace? We want a tv above it. thanks for your advice!

nlo613 wrote:Apr 23, 2016
  • Lori OBrien

    Is this actually limestone or travertine or a porcelain tile. When i google it, comes up as a porcelein tile. I love it and need to order asap. Where did you purchase from? thx.

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    These are 12 x 24 Mare Bianco Travertine from Stone Tile International, Toronto. Remember that tile styles do come and go - so if you love the look, some designers select a slab from the quarry and have the individual tiles cut, for a 'smaller tile useage' such as a fireplace wall. Hope this helps.

youre_right 74 wrote:Sep 24, 2014
  • toniacon
    Home stalking is totally acceptable :). It is walnut veneer made by my kitchen people Olympic Kitchens in Toronto. The Rift-cut walnut was then stained with a few light coats to get the colour I wanted. You can call Olympic and ask them where they sourced the wood for the Constantinou kitchen. Andrea was the designer I worked with there. Hope this helps
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    While materials are very important to the final look, the behind the 'scenes' work is mission critical.
    Make sure you have a tight plan of the wall proportions and the 'blocking' of elements; meaning the ratio of 'the cabinetry side stands' in proportion to the 'central feature - the fireplace wall'.
    Planning the size of tiles on the fireplace wall to fit without having to be cut (full sized tiles not being cut look more clean cut!) is most important.

    Tonia made sure all of these details happened. Our firm was the space planner who insured the room sizes on her new Main Floor connected to each other, window sizes were designed brought in proper amount of light, traffic patterns and storage worked for client's family. The detailed Floor Plan View accomplishes this part of Planning.

    But then, you need to go into further detail with an Elevation View drawing of each specific Site Line, such as the Feature Wall in the Living/Family Room.
    So, the next step is to make sure you have an Elevation view to scale
    Document the length of the Feature Wall, the height of the wall, the size of the functional items to be installed on the wall (size of TV, size of Fireplace, and in this case, also size of Bar Fridge) before you focus on which materials to use to build the actual Feature wall.

    This approach of drawings to plan every inch of space is the step to take first and can happen with pencil on paper, using an Architect's Scale, working at 3/16" = 1" scale.
    You don't need a fancy software program to do this thinking/planning.

    In fact, some software programs out there do not allow you to work to a plan which shows 12" x 24" tiles on a Fireplace Wall!

    Sometimes old technology ensures you are able to capture every detail in the Planning Stage!
olliedigital wrote:Jan 11, 2014
  • beverlyrayfield

    What is the color grout??

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    I'm not sure as only the homeowner and / or tiler would know. The issue is- it's most important to pick the tile first as natural tiles can vary in colour so it's wise to have the actual tiles on site and installed before you pick the grout colour.

    If you can't match exactly, get the blended look by going lighter than the tile base colour - If you want tiles to stand out, use a darker colour than the tile.

Lisee Lee wrote:Jul 18, 2017
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    You should have a scaled elevation of the wall

    If you do the cabinets 'on order' (versus doing the cabinets after measuring the installed fireplace wall), then the cabinetry company provides 'fillers' on either side of the cabinetry wall (each side) off approx. 1" or so, each side.

    This allows for 'variation' of tiles, measurements, etc.

    It's very important to allow for 'variances' as even the floor can be off-level by 1/4" or less and affect the cabinetry line.

    If you work with a designer to deliver the entire wall, completed, they should make sure the dimensions and details all fit together.

    Hope this helps. All the best with your project.

  • Lorraine Blanton

    Every time this photo shows up in my Houzz feed, my eyes immediately go to the recycling bins and overturned trash can across the street..

stelfire wrote:Jan 22, 2014
  • Sam Osborne
    Town & Country offers a brand new linear wood fireplace. I have seen the unit burn large beautiful active flames in box
  • Tiffany Sharp

    I have looking for the same thing. Thank you for this question post and answers!

musicmom wrote:Dec 10, 2013
  • maryboyette
    thanks so much
  • toniacon
    I am the home owner and yes, the fireplace provides wonderful heat and is on from October until April as we live in Canada. The nice thing about this model is that you can adjust the flame size for more or less heat. You need to be careful not to get a fireplace that has so much output heat that you cannot keep it on for too long before the room overheats.
Beth Knispel wrote:Aug 9, 2018
  • HU-640539609

    Yes Itls lovely but please make sure you have an appetite for variation as travertine is especially inconsistent The photo makes it look more harmonious in nature

  • abbeyj

    what kind of tile is on the fireplace? Is it ceramic or quartz?

kimberlymkraus wrote:Feb 22, 2017
jayant_d wrote:Feb 15, 2017
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    Thanks Andrea. It's good to be recognized for trying to be helpful to people who read houzz and are trying to resolve their design requirements.

    Houzz is a great resource and we should all share our 'planning' approaches - as having an effective, accurate, workable plan is 80% of the work, as I like to say!

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crasolu wrote:Jan 9, 2016
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    As far as I know, the tiles are mitered where they meet on the corners. However, as our tiler did not do this specific task, I am going from memory and the photo.

    It's important to be aware of type of tile (material) you are using, if planning to mitre. For instance, a cararra with a strong vein through it, may chip or crack when mitered, along the veining.

    Sometimes, it's best to purchase an entire slab of stone and have it cut into tiles, using a thickness for the tile that will stand up to mitering.

    This is only natural as the material has different densities at different points in its 'body'.

    Please check with your tiler to ensure he/she will guarantee minimal wastage (and cutting time which equals labour cost) when you plan to use mitering on corners.

    Also, your tiler must be very, very skilled.

  • John F

    Hi, I changed from wanting just a painted accent wall to ledger stone BUT I have a TV recessed area above what will be an electric fireplace above another recessed shelf area.

    My problem is that with recessed area for ledger stone...from the sides you will see the backer board...any ideas???

Beverly Aams wrote:May 21, 2015
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    Thanks for the question. This is a gas unit and has to be vented to the exterior of the house by Building Code. So, if it's being vented into a mutual driveway, Code requires the exhaust vent be a specific height above grade.

    There are many requirements which can affect price; cost of unit by each individual supplier who installs, cost of venting depending on placement on interior and relationship to exterior, etc.

    I suggest you contact retailers who also install in your area and request a quote for supply and installation of this unit. At this time, the retailer can also comment on the size of this unit and the heat (BTUs) it produces, and whether it is appropriate for your space. The worst event is to have an oversized gas unit cooking you out of the room!!!!

    Contacting a retailer and getting and on-site, written estimate for unit installation is the safest way to ensure you are covered for all eventualities as each project differs greatly.

    Hope this was helpful.

  • Ola D

    Thanks very much for your swift reply. I will contact nearby suppliers

Morgan Home Solutions wrote:Aug 16, 2014
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    Great. Let us know how it all turns out!!!!
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    Bravehart Interiors
    It's gas - from the manufacturer Valor. Valor is available through many dealers. This project is in Toronto.
bbretz wrote:Apr 8, 2014
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    Bravehart Interiors
    My pleasure. All the best with your project. Post pictures when completed!
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    Country Floors
    Yes, you can use it. Make sure it is filled and polished or filled and honed. If the holes are not filled, it may be difficult to clean.
docmartinj wrote:Jul 7, 2013
  • shevisa
    The tile is the Mare Bianco travertine from Stone Tile International in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal.
  • whipper_wolfe
    AMAZING space! Keep up the great work
gysmo wrote:Apr 8, 2013
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  • lorsi
    the simplicity and the notability of the fire is remarkable!
j2muller wrote:Aug 5, 2014
  • Barry L
    Love the look! Can you tell me what kind of tile it is and what the name/manufacturer is? Would love to find something similar here in Texas.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Bravehart Interiors
    It's a 12 x 24 Mare Bianco Travertine, this one is from Stone Tile International in Toronto, but believe Travertines can be found in most markets..... all the best.
amar_a wrote:Jun 15, 2014
  • marshakunz
    Can you share with me what stone you used?
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    Bravehart Interiors
    It's a 12 x 24 Mare Bianco Travertine, this one is from Stone Tile International in Toronto, but Travertine tiles can be found in all markets.
karen3boys wrote:Jan 6, 2014
  • karen3boys
    I will let you know -- we've kind of resigned to the idea we will have to do some maintenance to the floor if we ever sell the house (we plan on living here many, many years and are doing our boys' bedrooms with this in mind -- large enough for queen beds and own bathrooms, for example, and we are on 4+ acres) or probably every +/- 10 years!
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    Understand. So then perhaps a 3/4" solid sawn hardwood floor is the answer as you will be able to sand, stain and seal it before selling - many years down the road - or maybe a few times in a number of years.
mommabird4 wrote:Jun 11, 2013
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    Oakwood Veneer
  • toniacon
    If you are from Toronto, all built-ins and kitchen cabinets in these photos were done by Olympic Kitchens.
Ash Caskey wrote:Oct 8, 2016
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    Bravehart Interiors

    Walnut veneer cabinets. Bianco Mare Travertine (limestone) tiles 12 x 24", Valour L1 gas fireplace (direct vent).

    Remember to measure the wall first and do a layout, showing how the fireplace you select fits with the cabinetry you want for functionality - and display - and how wide the tiled area will be.

    Note that if you are putting heavy items on display on open shelves, you will want to ensure shelf width is not more (and likely less, depending on weight of items) than 36" wide.

    Remember to not fall in love with 1 tile but to ensure the tile(s) you do like will fit the tiled area, ideally without any cuts on the tiles.

    This way, the wall will look more balanced and clean.

    You may notice that this tiled area is 6' wide - 3 x 24" tile width, plus minimal grout line (so slightly more width than 6' exactly, taking grout lines into consideration.)

    Hope this helps in your planning.

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    Bravehart Interiors

    Hi Emily,

    This is a direct vent gas fireplace. You should speak to your contractor or gas device installer about your specific project. In our area of Canada, the Ontario Building Code has many regulations regarding installation of direct vent gas fireplaces, as the vent is on the exterior of the house, normally at main floor level.

    So if a mutual driveway is shared with a neighbour, the gas fireplace must vent higher than standard height, which means the purchase of additional ducting to do so.

    At any rate, there are many types of tile and fireplaces.

    Generally we only use electric fireplaces when conditions require it - i.e. difficult to run a gas line to a certain destination in a house, or, a room that is too small - even for the smallest BTUs on a gas unit, etc.

    Additionally, clients like the gas fireplace as it is a way to heat their house in winter if there is a power outage!!!!

    There is much to consider. Often wise to bounce ideas off of your Designer or General Contractor to get to the correct solution.

    Don't forget to draw a detailed elevation, with dimensions of all items which will be required on the fireplace wall. This is the only way you can be sure that the wall will look balanced, when completed.

    We would have provided a pencil sketch, including all dimensions for each element to the client for approval, before this colour rendering is presented to show the client how everything fits together on the wall.......

    Slightly more 'photographic' renderings can also be created, if wished.

    Hope this helps.

BRENDA HOWARD wrote:Mar 20, 2016
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    Thanks for your question. We have never installed 12 x 24's in a herringbone pattern and would therefore not have an image to share with you.

    However, you could google this question.

    We have seen subway tiles installed in herringbone pattern and of course, wood flooring, however, we have not installed herringbone in one project to show you!!!

    thank you for replying back to me. Have an awesome day.
comas wrote:Jul 23, 2014
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    Bravehart Interiors
    This is the Valor L1 Series, approx. 40" wide. Given the unit is a few years old, I would check with Valor distributors as models change frequently.
  • comas
    Thank you kindly for answering my question so promptly. I shall explore the possibility of having this model or a similar one for my living room.
tahitianpearl wrote:Jun 27, 2014
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    Thanks for asking but I am unsure as the client purchased these drapes. They are likely custom which means the fabric could have come from one store and fabrication from another.
    I can email her and ask but likely she is enjoying her summer up north....
    We often provide clients sun block automated blinds from Night and Day Window Decor in Toronto. They provide great service and also do draperies.... but maybe this is not helpful to someone outside of Toronto.
    Restoration Hardware used to carry beautiful off-the-shelf draperies but I went to their site and didn't find a category for drapes.
    Any one have a great recommendation for high-end off the shelf drapery? Please pitch in to this discussion!
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    Just noticed that has a drapery sale and they have dark grey silk drapes!!! (and other colours). Feast your eyes!!!
chri22y wrote:Oct 27, 2013
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    Bravehart Interiors
    It depends on the tile.
    Stacked pattern is less forgiving than brick pattern when you have cuts involved.
    I try to design width of fire box to width of tile when doing modern.
    In this project, we looked at pencil elevations to scale and took 24" wide tiles into consideration, with no cuts.
    Hope this helps.
    Upload your tile photo and fireplace photo if you wish, for comment. But the only way I know to be sure of final effect is to do an elevation with all elements to scale (including TV and firebox and cabinetry, etc)
    We also put furniture to scale on floor plan view to ensure traffic, conversation and viewing (TV or FP) works in the room, before proceeding to place elements or purchase furnishings.
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    Bravehart Interiors
    I am unsure the exact specs of that specific unit. It is by Valor. As you know, models change from year to year, so best to check with supplier for rough-in and finished specs.
Diana Omolade wrote:Oct 21, 2013
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    Hopefully the owner will comment. I cannot remember if she went with the Oak or not.
    As you know, oak is usually more affordable than maple.
    Maple is my preference for modern though as there is less variagation or character in the boards, so looks more uniform when laid.
  • toniacon
    Oak, 4 1/2 inch, rift-cut walnut
machele wrote:Jul 2, 2013
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    There is a bar fridge on base, far left side. You can see it just jutting out. So, I believe we designed all other door faces to match 24" wide increments.
  • toniacon
    All of the cabinet doors are 22 inches wide and 36 inches tall. There is a two inch spacer, also made of rift-cut walnut around all doors. The height of the lower cabinets were dictated by the bar fridge.
Pamela J Design wrote:Aug 8, 2019
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    This was a renovation, not a new build. I believe the ceiling height is just over 8'.

Sarah Bell wrote:Aug 2, 2019
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    The bookshelves were custom built to dimensions provided for the wall - which included a gas fireplace and a TV area and also a small bar area with hidden bar fridge.

    The client decided on the size of the items above which defined how the wall was divided up- into 'sections' for cabinetry construction.

    It's always a good idea to firstly understand the purpose of the feature wall and the elements which will be incorporated. Then, after determining the needs for the space and the products to involved, the total wall width can be 'carved up' in a dimensioned drawing showing the balance of cabinetry (and fireplace tile).

    In this case, I believe at least 2 elevation ideas were provided to the client in order to decide the best layout for the elements.

bardzil wrote:May 10, 2019
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    It is based on size of Gas Fireplace unit selected (it's the Valor L1) and the width of tiling required beside fireplace unit to make space look balanced- approx. 12" each side.

    The elevation plan was produced to scale, showing different configurations of fireplace and cabinetry design. The client selected one elevation for production.

morrisoc wrote:Mar 15, 2019
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    I cannot remember exactly, however, the photo angle/lens is making the wall look longer than it is - I believe the room was approx. 18' long. Areas were divided into 3's - with FP in middle.

    Hope this helps.

masih_shojaie wrote:Mar 4, 2017
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    The cabinets are made of a walnut veneer. You would need to visit your kitchen or cabinetry company to look at their veneer samples carefully before you purchase as quality can vary, depending on the supplier.

    The 'grade' of veneer is important to see in person as grades run from AA, A, B and lower grades like C,D,E.

    If you are not buying finished cabinets from a cabinet company and are instead hiring your own millworker or carpenter, you should know you can buy veneer in sheets of 4' x 6' or 4' 8' and in many different wood species.

    The 'finish' or 'stain' that is applied to the sheeting can also affect the final look of the cabinetry. Hope this helps.

    Note that you can also purchase solid wood vs veneer built cabinetry but it would be very expensive. Almost no one uses solid wood cabinet components in this day and age!

Nicole Lepoutre-Baldocchi wrote:Jun 15, 2016
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    Bravehart Interiors

    The wood is walnut. There is a stain. Most cabinetry companies have different stains for walnut cabinetry, so it's best to look at a live sample before you select.

    Also, it's a very good idea to have live samples of other items in the room, ie- tile, drapery, flooring, etc., and look at them all together - either on a Style Guide board - or in one area where they are all together and can look at them in 'different light' - different times of day.

    This is why we use a 'tray' to hold our samples to show to clients and the client can view the samples in morning light, mid day and evening, etc., before selecting.

    This tray was prepared for a client who has a Craft Style home.

Amy Powell wrote:Mar 17, 2016
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    It is Bianco Mare Travertine from Stone Tile Canada, which is in Toronto.

    Note that it's important to make a scale drawing of the wall and ensure the tiles can be used to best express the modern look - by not cutting tiles into smaller units at the sides or front.

    In this case we designed the entire wall, including cabinetry and fireplace model.

    The client had selected a Valor L1 gas fireplace, so we took the specs from that and the length of the wall and ensured the fireplace face worked out to equal the length of the tile, plus thin grout line.

    Please note, as this tile product is natural, from a quarry, you may want more 'overs' than standard so that you can ensure the tiles on the face are 'clear'

mycandace wrote:Mar 12, 2016
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    Bravehart Interiors

    It is a Valor L1 gas fireplace. There was no fireplace on this wall, so it is a direct vent unit. You can check the Valor website as they have a few models.

    We always take into consideration the size of the wall, the cabinetry, the firebox (glass size) when we design the wall. Perhaps this is the best unit for your space or perhaps another gas or electric fireplace would work best.

    We often use electric fireplaces in small areas as even the smaller gas units can throw too much heat over time. We specifiy the electric fireplaces that have heat on and heat off functions so you can either have heat with flames or just flames (when it's a bit warm outside but you want a fire anyway!)

    Do your research and don't forget to make an Elevation of your fireplace wall to scale, in order to determine sizes of all items in advance of buying the unit.

mycandace wrote:Mar 12, 2016
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    Bravehart Interiors

    Not sure which model of TV this is but pls see my comments to you regarding planning the wall.

    Having a to-scale elevation of a fireplace/tv feature wall before you start buying items like TVs and gas or electric fireplaces is a very important first step.

    Hope this is helpful.

jnelllaikin wrote:Oct 6, 2015
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    Thanks for your question. I can't remember exactly right now but believe it is approx. 16' more or less.

    The photography angle is making it look long in this photo. Every wall, regardless of length, should be designed based on the focal point and wall requirements. So, in this project, the client spec'd a Valor L1 gas firebox, which has a specific glass area, and, the client knew they wanted a bar fridge area disguised in the built-ins.

    The tiles and how they fit the wall- making the central focal point, was also a consideration in how this wall was laid out.

    No matter what the length of the wall, within reason, the design components either make it look great and work functionally or not. This is why we always begin with a few dimensioned pencil sketches showing actual sizes of elements, before we try to fabricate the materials which come together to make the wall look great.

    Hope this advise helps with your project.

marysia11 wrote:Jul 28, 2015
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    They are custom cabinets so I could be off by a few inches...... If the firebox (finished with tile) is approx. 21- 22" deep, then the cabinets are approx. 16-18" deep.

    Note that it's very important to select your gas firebox first, for appropriate BTUs for the room, then design your cabinetry accordingly as there are many gas fireplace models with shallower and deeper framing depths.

ndrg01 wrote:May 10, 2015
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    I believe this was site finished quarter sawn oak flooring, not factory finished. Am unsure of the manufacturer of the stain or the final colour selected, but remember that photographs always distort true colour (as does viewing them through the internet). May I suggest you select your floor colour, along with your wall colour and cabinetry, stone for fireplace.
    Gather live samples of all and look at them together at different times of day - in different 'light'.
    This will help you ensure you select the right colour for the room, not just for the flooring.
    Hope this helps.

mrskoby wrote:Apr 12, 2015
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    Normally you would work with an Interior Designer to design the wall, for the function and the aesthetic you require - and most importantly, to suit the room size/style and flow to other rooms.

    There is much detailing involved which is not evident from a final photo.

    For instance, a good Designer will determine the wall length, the room size, interconnecting room sizes/locations off the fireplace wall room, and your requirements for use (this has a hidden bar area as there was not room for that function at the end of the kitchen....

    Even the tile size, shelf length and depth is considered at the design stage.

    The Designer will do a dimensioned sketch, to scale, to show you how everything fits, before proceeding.

    On this project, we did 3 sketches and then a colour sketch of final wall configuration choice, before client proceeded with building this with her contractor.

    Hope this helps!

electricmike wrote:Mar 26, 2015
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    It was designed to be 1 full tile height (either 12", 13" or up to 18" high tile)
    However, I see when the photo is enlarged, that there is a 2" approx. filler piece at the very bottom of tile run.
    Note - height of sofa when sitting (height of human body) was also taken into consideration.
    Size and scale of tiles (with relationship to the FP opening) should also be taken into consideration.
    Notice TV is set to the side at proper viewing height for the owners (who are tall).
    Hope this answers your question, and more!

2534a wrote:Aug 31, 2014
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    Hi, Sorry for delay. Just found this question....hopefully not too late:
    Tiles surrounding fireplace are - 12 x 24" Mare Bianco Travertine from Stone Tile International, Toronto
    Fireplace is from Valor and is a Gas Linear Unit (Valor has 2 sizes)
    Cabinetry is walnut veneer from Olympic Kitchens in Toronto
    Hope that is helpful.
    Note- This is a new fireplace unit on an exterior wall of an existing house; where a front Addition was added to the existing Living Room.
    Working with an existing brick fireplace might be challenging and you might consider removing all existing back to the bare exterior walls, reframing, insulating, etc. depending on the area of the country (North America) in which you live!
sathork wrote:Jul 25, 2014
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    These are 12 x 24. The wall is designed to accommodate a tile size without cutting. And, to allow for functional, attractive cabinets and shelving sizes. The wall was designed, to-scale, 3 different ways, using the 40" firebox in each situation, before selecting this layout.
Anjali Nadkarni wrote:Apr 19, 2014
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    I do not recall precisely, but suspect it's around 2". Note how countertop and shelves are same thickness.
    This is the detail that is important.
nsieren wrote:Mar 16, 2014
bigman1976 wrote:Feb 16, 2014
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    Bravehart Interiors
    It is walnut veneer, running horizontally. Made by kitchen cabinet supplier.
Nardone Home & Garden wrote:Jan 14, 2014
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    12 x 24" Mare Bianco Travertine from Stone Tile International, Toronto
Zahida Nasreen wrote:Sep 2, 2019
    bardzil wrote:May 10, 2019

      What Houzz contributors are saying:

      Laura Gaskill added this to How to Convert Your Wood-Burning FireplaceApr 18, 2014

      Custom options. If you do not like the shape or style of your old wood-burning fireplace, or it is seriously damaged (many fireplaces and chimneys in California are damaged in earthquakes, for instance), consider removing the old fireplace entirely and putting in a new one. The cost will be much higher than using an insert (two to four times as much, with mason work and specialty materials fetching the highest prices), but you can choose exactly the style and materials you want.Find a fireplace professional to convert yoursTell us: Do you have a wood-burning fireplace? Would you consider converting it to gas or electric?More:Hot Ideas for Fireplace FacingSee more photos of fireplaces and inserts

      Monogram Decor added this to Fireplaces That Catch the EyeFeb 4, 2014

      This sleek transitional fireplace is the perfect foil to break up a wall of built-in shelving. The rectilinear tile echoes the cabinetry on either side — a little designer move that creates visual harmony.

      Laura Gaskill added this to 8 Reasons to Nix Your Fireplace (Yes, for Real)Dec 9, 2013

      5. You need more storage. In a small space, storage trumps “extra” features every time — even considering resale value. Proper storage space means a home looks and feels better, which is a major boon to daily life (and you can bet potential buyers are looking for it too). If you are thinking of nixing a fireplace in a home with a small footprint, think about putting floor-to-ceiling built-in cabinets or shelving in its place.

      What Houzzers are commenting on:

      p1st0lp3t3 added this to Fireplace Living Room2 days ago

      Floor to ceiling would create a grander look, but maybe too much

      Linda K. added this to linda_knapp34's ideas2 days ago

      like wood detail on lower cabinet

      Sage Opalka added this to Principles of Design6 days ago

      Scale:I love the fireplace on the built on the wall, it gives the room a feeling of warmth and comfort.

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