Fireplace. Saturday , January 20th , 2018 - 23:26:56 PM
The important thing to remember when refacing a fireplace is to understand your local code. Combustible materials such as wood mantels and paneling must be kept a certain distance from the firebox (generally 6 inches or more). The building code also limits how far these materials project from the face of the fireplace, how large the hearth extension must be, and so on. Codes vary around the country - it is important to evaluate your project relative to the codes enforced in your area.
The degree of decoration on a Victorian fireplace mantel revealed social class and the social importance of a room. In working-class houses the fireplace was plain, but the over-mantle was very ornamental and made of wood, which was stained or painted. The industrious middle classes were able to mass-produce designs that would have only been previously available to the wealthy, and thus they had impressive fireplaces in the drawing and dining rooms - fireplaces presented in other rooms too, such as bedrooms, but these were on a much smaller scale. The wealthy were lucky enough to be able to choose any decorated designs that appealed to them.
With proper measurements in hand, visit a local home improvement store where you can find a variety of materials with which to create a beautiful mantel. Be creative in your design; you can include a number of beautiful embellishments to infuse your own style into the piece. Of course, in addition to the design and hanging of fireplace mantels comes the decorating of them. Choose wisely what you plan to display on your mantel as it will further reflect your style and personality.
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