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Before and After: From Awkward Bulkhead to Awesome Fireplace
In this basement, the clients envisioned a cozy, transitional space with a contemporary fireplace on a stone or brick wall. Like many basements, this room featured an awkward bulkhead that terminated in the wall at the bottom of the stairs.
By placing the fireplace on this wall, they could create a welcoming focal point for guests coming down the stairs. By centering the fireplace feature under the bulkhead, we could take advantage of a detrimental architectural feature to define the stone’s boundaries.
We placed a 58″ wide black granite electric fireplace on the surface of the wall, backed by Erthcoverings’ Silver Fox stone strips. Note how the black granite surround wraps around to partially cover the sides of the fireplace. The electrical outlet was placed just to one side of the fireplace, hidden behind the granite face, so there are no visible cords. Rather than cutting the stone pieces to create a defined straight edge on either side of the fireplace, they were left as-is in a random arrangement, for more interest.
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