The big decision this week was whether or not we make the fireplace in our den flush with the hardwoods or have a raised hearth.
I LOVE the look below...we will have bookshelves on either side of our mantel as well.
This raised hearth is absolutely stunning with the marble.
But we ultimately decided to go flush with the hardwoods and not have a raised hearth. The deciding factor was that our bookshelves on either side are only 4'1" wide and for the size room we have, we'll need a bigger TV than that so the TV will have to go above the mantel. If you add the raised hearth, there is a certain distance above that the mantel/fireplace have to be per code so it raises your TV too high if that makes sense. Therefore, flush hearth and tv over the fireplace it is. Not sure what material we will use surrounding the fireplace but granite is in our budget.
As far as the fireplace on the outside covered porch - we think we will go with a raised hearth here. We are working on figuring out what we want the porch to look like in general.
I LOVE LOVE this look below. We are definitely having a bead board ceiling and Kevin wants it to be stained wood not white. We will have the white brick on the house side of the porch. We need to decide material for the floor (bluestone or travertine) and we need to figure out if we are doing a brick or stone fireplace.
And for good measure, here are some pictures from Tuesday.
Framing wrapped up yesterday. It's really coming together. Next are shingles and windows!