Full Mantel Overhaul With Tile Front: Before

Who: Dean A.
Where: Saratoga, CA

This project involved the design and fabrication of a new mantel for the fireplace during a complete home remodel. The home changed from a typical 1950s California ranch style to a 1900s American Craftsman style. The mantel incorporates a dentil molding decoration that follows the one used in the new front door and other details throughout the house. The wood used is cut from large timbers of redwood salvaged from a redwood forest in the Santa Cruz mountains, about 20 miles from the house. The 2-by-8-inch 6-foot-long shelf was purposely cut to expose the unfinished bark edge, including a knothole, in the center of the front edge.
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