Fireplace Renovations: Endless Possibilities for Any Budget The pandemic has brought on some “predictable” changes in our everyday lives, like people spending more time in their homes. However, we’re also seeing some less expected changes that have included the migration of people from bustling Manhattan to the quieter suburbs of Fairfield County, Connecticut. If you’ve recently bought a home here, you may be looking for ways to make it your own. One option to consider is to update and renovate your home’s fireplace, creating a truly unique and beautiful focal point that you can enjoy for years to come. How Does the Process Work? Fireplace renovations are just one of many projects our team can tackle here at Connecticut Stone. Typically, when we’re approached for a fireplace renovation, our clients will have a general idea of what they’d like their fireplace to look like based on inspiration photos they’ve gotten from Pinterest, Houzz, or similar resources. From there, our team will gather some information about the fireplace itself, including the overall size of the fireplace, firebox, and what size mantel is needed. We will also take the time to speak with you about what type of budget you’re working with, as this helps us recommend certain materials that suit your style and budget. Once the budget and materials are set, a template is built with a detailed plan and instructions before shop drawings are created. From there, fabrication can begin. Depending on the job’s complexity and the materials used, we generally have a 4-6-week turnaround time for custom fireplace renovations. Fireplace Renovation Options Not sure what type of fireplace renovation project is right for you? The most cost-effective way that typically results in a faster turnaround time (2-3 weeks on average) is to add or replace a standard four-piece fireplace slip. This includes a new hearthstone and three pieces that frame the firebox – a header and two legs. In a minimalistic application, some people may opt to leave the simple fireplace slip whereas others may prefer to add a wood mantel around it. Mantel Renovations Designing a new fireplace mantel is a relatively simple way to update an older fireplace and achieve its desired design. The pricing on this type of project typically ranges from $2,500 to $10,000, though this can vary widely depending on the materials used and the overall complexity of the mantel. Some of the more popular mantel materials we work with regularly include (but are not limited to): Limestone Soapstone Quartzite Granite Marble Floor-to-Ceiling Renovations Looking to make an even larger impact with your fireplace renovation? Consider a floor-to-ceiling facelift instead! This goes beyond updating your mantel to create an entirely new look. If you’re looking for something more modern, a fireplace wall with a porcelain slab or sintered stone are the perfect statement-making element. For a more cost-effective option, consider cladding the entire wall with natural stone or porcelain tile. For a traditional look, we recommend our very own ThinStone™ Keep in mind, if you select this option, you will likely need to hire a mason to help set the stone. Natural Stone Slab Fireplaces If you’re looking for a fireplace that will really stand out, consider a floor-to-ceiling natural stone slab, such as marble or pure quartz. This type of renovation tends to be the most expensive depending on the material selected. However, once you see a floor-to-ceiling natural stone slab fireplace for yourself, you’ll quickly understand why this choice is such a special investment for high-end renovations. Looking for more inspiration for your fireplace renovation project? Tyra from Connecticut Stone has some tips and other information to help as you brainstorm your renovation. Check out her Trade Talk for yourself to learn more about what goes into renovating a fireplace with our team! Solid Stone Fireplace Renovations Homeowners also have the option of integrating solid blocks of stone into the design of their remodeling projects. This type of design can be used to achieve a wide range of looks, from rustic to modern. As you can see in the photo below, blocks of solid Hampton Blend Granite are used to create the fireplace surround. The blocks themselves are natural and provide an organic look, while the use of soapstone laid in a chevron pattern inside the firebox makes things a bit more modern and polished. Interested in a solid block of stone in your fireplace design? This option is available in a variety of colors and styles, ranging from our popular Liberty Hill and Hampton Blend to Connecticut Split Fieldstone, Ponderosa Variegated, Old Spruce, and Connecticut Black Mica. Connecticut Stone is Here to Help If you’ve recently moved into the area and are looking to spruce up your home’s dated fireplace, our knowledgeable team is here to help! With more than 40 years of experience, we can assist in every step of the redesign and renovation process. Contact us today to schedule your free fireplace renovation consultation!