FIREPLACE DESIGN FOR A RUSTIC MODERN NEW-BUILD
Recently on a cold, foggy Northern California day I made a site visit to Project Modern Oak, a new-build that has been in the works for years. Seeing the plans finally come to life is beyond exciting!
GREAT ROOM FIREPLACE
Centered between corner windows in the great room will be a majestic, modern fireplace. There are two other fireplaces in the house, one in a sitting room, another in the master bedroom. Both will have a clean and simple design without hearths or mantels.
The great room fireplace has been a concern. Should we include a hearth? A mantel? And if so, would it make the TV placement be too high for viewing comfortably when seated from the sofa?
Although these might not seem like big deal questions, they are! There is a lot of coordination and thought that goes into designing fireplaces, especially one that will include a TV.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN DESIGNING A FIREPLACE
Proportion and scale between the width of the TV and fireplace
Although it’s often not possible with the size of TV’s today, it's always looks best if the fireplace is as wide, or wider than the TV. That way the fireplace provides a visual anchor. for the TV.
Protecting the TV from the heat of the fireplace
The specifications for the fireplace insert will dictate this. It’s generally based on two things:
- The distance from the top of the fireplace to the bottom of the TV
- The height, depth and length of the mantel for heat deflection. Essentially the closer in proximity the TV is to the fireplace the higher and deeper the non-combustable mantel needs to be.
Fireplace clearances with non-combustable materials for the hearth, mantel and surround
Non combustible mantels can be used as long as the specifications are met with creating a non-combustable distance between the hearth and surround to the mantel.
TV height and viewing distance
This is a tricky one…essentially the higher the TV is from the floor, the further distance the sofa (or other seating pieces) need to be away from the fireplace. The lower the TV, the closer the furniture can be. This all has to do with viewing comfort.
FIREPLACE DESIGN OPTIONS
With all that considered I did a few plans and elevations for my client to show a variety of configurations. Here are the options...all of them based on the fireplace insert specifcations.
MODERN FIREPLACE INSPIRAITION
Check back to see which design option the client choose, plus a bunch more...and in the meantime while the construction continues at Project Modern Oak....here's a few favorite modern firplace inspiration photos.
IMAGE FROM RYAN STREET ASSOCIATES
IMAGE FROM - THE FAUX MARTHA
Until next time...cheers!
PHOTO CREDIT: JAYLENE CROSBY