Who: Joshua B.
Where: Kalamazoo, MI
I removed the tile surround and drywall. Since it was open, I insulated the chimney chase and then used cement board in place of drywall. I applied metal lath and a scratch coat of mortar. Then my wife and I laid out and cut cinnamon-bark ledge stone using a dry-stack joint. I also replaced the floor tiles in front of the hearth with a slate-like ceramic tile. Lastly, I built a mantel out of red oak, adding details of wood inlay banding and inset tiles from an artisan tileworks shop in Detroit (Pewabic Pottery).