Finishing Your Fireplace

A fireplace adds a certain warmth to a home, and we’re not just talking about the heat. Its cozy glow is an ideal spot to curl up with friends and family, or to unwind after a long day.

The mantel and hearth are the finishing touches that make your fireplace even more visually appealing. From classic to contemporary designs, the selection of fireplace mantels and hearths can provide something to complement any décor.

Sawlor Custom Home 28 Living Room Fire Place MantelA mantel sits on top of your fireplace, acting as a decorative piece for you to display photos, art, or whatever you’d like to show off. Mantels can be natural wood or painted, and their design options are nearly endless. They can include legs (pilasters) or they can incorporate a bookcase or other storage on each side. Some mantels extend all the way to the ceiling and have alcoves for more display room.

fireplacesNo matter which type of mantel you choose, there are a few important factors to consider. It should be sturdy and deep enough to accommodate the items you’d like to display. It should also be proportionate to the rest of the room. If the room is large and has high ceilings, it’s a good idea to go with a larger mantel. Intimate spaces, on the other hand, should not be overpowered by a bulky mantel.

The part of your fireplace that extends to the floor and the wall 
around or above your fireplace is called the hearth.
Made of non-combustible material such as tile, stone, brick or marble, the hearth serves as both a decorative and a safety feature.

Sawlor Living Room Fireplace Mantel

It creates clearance in your room so you know where it’s safe to stand or arrange your furniture, and prevents damage to the surrounding area. 

 Your builder can show you the mantel and hearth options available to you, and help you make the best choice for your  new home. 

Keith Sawlor Sawlor Built Homes Custom Home Builder in Nova Scotia

Keith Sawlor

Keith Sawlor is the second generation Owner of Sawlor Built Homes. With more than 35 years experience building custom homes in Nova Scotia, Keith has built a team that mirrors his professional knowledge and values.

Keith is a Certified Residential Builder who is also certified with many leading industry organizations. He is a Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Certified Builder, a Net Zero Energy (NZE) Certified Builder, a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) R-2000 Certified Builder, and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).

Keith is a Board Member of the Atlantic Home Warranty Program as well as the Canadian Home Builders' Association Nova Scotia. He is involved in many other industry programs and associations, such as the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National, Safety Services Nova Scotia and Better Business Bureau.

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