Gilda Napolitano. Fireplace. February 09th , 2018.
The Victorian architect William Burges reveled in the middle ages and he had the privilege of designing the amazing fireplace in the medieval great hall at Cardiff Castle. The stone over-mantle represents the Cardiff Castle itself and the Earl of Gloucester is shown riding out to war through the castle gates, to a fanfare of trumpets from the battlements above. The scene was colourfully painted in natural colours.
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.
Take it outside: Nowadays, many homeowners express the desire to have an outdoor living area. Sometimes this comes in the form of a screened in patio, but other times it‘s a completely open design with outdoor tables, chairs, and so on. For those who like the great outdoors enough to want to experience it like this, it should go without saying that a campfire is something that they can enjoy.
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.
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