• Barb Rinaldi

    Thanks so much for these images and information. I am renovating a home in Northern Virginia that was built by a US Senator in 1964. It was chopped up into many small rooms and each owner since has taken down walls, moved rooms, and I am no exception. I am currently renovating the kitchen that has a wood-burning fireplace (used to be the family room) and am trying to use native stone with as modern a design as possible and cannot decide whether to have a mantle or not. There is another fireplace (gas) within sight of the one I am renovating that has stone up the wall and no mantle. I don’t think I want twin fireplaces so am leaning towards using the same stone up the wall with a mantle. Your images helped me think this through – so grateful – thank you!

    July 27, 2013
    • kdz designs

      I’m so pleased that you found my blog helpful – in my own 1960s ranch house in Massachusetts, there is no mantel above my living room fireplace, just brick, which I have painted recently to match a nearby hall color. How interesting for you to have two fireplaces in sight of one another! Your house sounds so interesting – are you posting pictures of it anywhere? Best of luck in your renovation work! -Karen

      July 30, 2013
  • June

    I have an original 1930’s house which has two redbrick fireplaces. I have no idea if they should have wooden surrounds and mantles or not. Something is not right with one if them, it looks as if someone has added a brick top. You have a very similar one in one of the old pictures above with the shelf, but what to do?? leave well alone or research and restore.

    June ,( Devon, South West England.)

    September 26, 2015
    • kdz designs

      My apologies for not responding much earlier! If you send me images of your fireplaces, I would be happy to offer my opinion.


      October 22, 2015

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