So yes, this really just happened. The back wall of our house has been a dilemma for us since we moved in. The large space between the sliding door and window is a huge area, and with such high ceilings we were puzzled on how to decorate the large space. What made things even more complicated is that it’s also the only logical place for the TV with how our furniture fit into the room. There was really no getting around the unfortunate fact that the centerpiece of the room would be a large black television…not exactly what I want people to hone in on when they walk into our home. We’ve wondered back and forth to one another on numerous occasions why the people who built this home neglected to put a fireplace in, as that would have been a very logical place for one. And who doesn’t like a fireplace?
Initially when we moved in we purchased a gel fireplace online to put against the wall. It worked alright for making the space more homey, but honestly it was a weak attempt and a temporary solution for giving us the look and feel we truly desired. I planned on eventually painting the ivory “fireplace” to match the white trim in our house, but right before I got around to it Zack came home with a plan. While flipping through a Menards catalog the way I flip through Vogue, he came across a sale for kurastone. Neither of us were familiar with this panelized stone veneer, but he instantly envisioned in his mind the fireplace he could build. We’d talked about eventually doing a floor to ceiling fireplace, but it didn’t seem like it would be in our budget anytime soon. Not only that, it seemed like it would be a massive project. Zack is extremely handy, but even to him the notion of building a stone fireplace on his own with no experience seemed a little far fetched. However, when he started calculating the cost of the kurastone, wood, and a fireplace insert he quickly realized what an affordable project this could be. We went into menards together and inquired about how this kurastone worked, and he decided it was a project he could easily and inexpensively do on his own. I’m not going to lie: I was skeptical. Not of his ability, but of whether or not I would actually like the finished product. Despite my fears, we went ahead with picking out the kurastone in a light grey color, and finding a fireplace insert.
I definitely headed the design aspect, but as far as creating the thing goes I can’t take credit for anything other than painting the mantel, hearth, and helping hold up some wood. The whole thing only took him two full days of work to complete, which is pretty impressive I think. He simply built the frame out of wood, placed some paneling on top to secure the stone to, and then the stone panels locked in together very simply. As for the hearth, we opted to build it out of wood. We contemplated a piece of stone, but that would have been much more expensive, and I’m satisfied with the look of the wooden hearth. The mantel we crafted out of crown molding and wood as well. Both were painted Sherwin William extra white to match our trim.
The number one question people have asked us: what if you want to get a bigger TV?! Obviously, that was also the first thing on Zack’s mind too when he built this. We decided a 60inch would be the largest you’d want to have for this room given the size of it and how far a couch can sit back from the wall. Therefore, the opening for TV is large enough to fit that size. I am so happy with how this project turned out, it’s exactly how we envisioned it, and it truly completes the room.