Want a fireplace refresh with a big wow factor? Looking for an inexpensive way to create a focal point in your home? Whether you have dated tile, ugly brickwork, or just blank walls around your fireplace, cultured stone could be the perfect solution for your design goals. Here are some tips for cultured stone fireplace refacing, courtesy of Mortar City Masonry.
You could simply wrap the small border around your fireplace, but you may find the results a little lackluster. Consider instead running the stone all the way up to the ceiling. This will draw your eye upward and create a substantial focal point for the room. Cutting the stone off at the mantle height may make the room feel short or unfinished, but floor to ceiling stone will create a desirable flow to the space.
The beauty of cultured stone is that it comes in an array of colors, sizes, shapes, styles and textures. You can choose the material that best suits your interior. Anything from stark white to warm earth tones to cool tone grey – you have a myriad of choices at your fingertips!
Why stop at your fireplace when you could upgrade your entire home? You could add cultured stone inside and outside for a cohesive home design. Wrap the base of your porch columns in cultured stone, or add accent stone around a unique feature on the façade. You could even use cultured stone for a backsplash or island wrap in your kitchen, as long as it didn’t become overkill. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
When you resurface a fireplace with cultured stone, your old mantle may not fit the design. Many homeowners opt for a chunky piece of reclaimed wood or a similarly rustic mantle design. Choose a mantle that can match the visual weight of the cultured stone to create the proper balance and contrast.
You have the option of using natural stone veneer or manufactured stone veneer on your fireplace. Both options have a high return on investment, but cultured stone is typically less expensive than natural stone. Cultured stone is also much lighter than natural stone, making it easier and less costly to apply. Nevertheless, some homeowners prefer the look of natural stone because no two stones are identical.
Compare the cost, appearance and installation times for both options so you can make an informed decision about fireplace refacing.
Cultured stone fireplace refacing is a job best left to the professionals. When it’s time to select your cultured stone installers, look for a company that is experienced, licensed, and insured. Look at some of their previous work, and get a detailed quote for the job. If the quote sounds way too low, you’re not going to like the results. Trust your gut, and you’re sure to find a reputable masonry company.
Mortar City Masonry offers cultured stone installation, as well as brick paving, brick repair, brick restoration and more. Our masons work directly for us, and the whole crew is fully licensed and insured. To schedule your quote for cultured stone fireplace refinishing, please call (586) 533-1305.