15
Nov
2018

Fireplaces Bring Warmth to the Center of Your Log Home

Fireplaces are a central feature of most log homes. The size, shape and materials used may vary a lot, but there is something about a fireplace that just seems like an essential part of the warmth and beauty of a log home. You might even say that a fireplace or wood-burning stove is the literal heart of most of the homes that Pine Harbor builds.

Fireplaces are a central feature of most log homes. The size, shape and materials used may vary a lot, but there is something about a fireplace that just seems like an essential part of the warmth and beauty of a log home. You might even say that a fireplace or wood-burning stove is the literal heart of most of the homes that Pine Harbor builds.

But just because fireplaces are a common element doesn’t mean that all fireplaces we build are the same. Not by any means. The hearth, mantle and chimney of a fireplace can each contribute to the unique expression of your custom-designed log home, and there is no reason you can’t choose materials and a design that are perfect for you and your family. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Local Stone

Wisconsin Custom Built Log HomeSince we build log homes all over the United States and Canada, we have worked with all kinds of materials to build fireplaces. One of our most popular choices of materials is local stone. There is actually a lot of variation in color, texture and shape of stones that are found in the regions where we’ve built homes.

In some areas rounded stones that have been naturally shaped by water or glaciers are common. These “fieldstones” can be fitted and filled with mortar to give the rustic feel of an old mountain lodge.

In other areas, limestone or other sedimentary rocks can be cut into blocks or strips with uneven edges and stacked. Sometimes called Ledgestone, this material can produce very attractive contemporary results.

Marble, Slate or Granite Slabs

Whether polished to a mirrored surface, or left in a rough state, slabs of stone can offer texture and enduring beauty to a fireplace. Available in a wide range of textures and colors, we can help you find exactly the type of stone you want.

Log Home interiorConcrete and Steel

Most fireboxes are made of steel to isolate and contain the flames. However, if you want a contemporary feel, you can use steel for the hearth and chimney as well. Or if you want an even more edgy, industrial look, concrete might be your material of choice.

Bricks, Clay, Tile, Plaster or Adobe

Like stone, the most traditional fireplace materials come right out of the ground. In fact, a traditional European or early American fireplace is often built of brick or tile that is finished with a wooden mantel.

But if you prefer a more “earthy” feel, or if you are building in the Southwest where designs are often influenced by the way that Native Americans or Mexicans use materials, you may want to investigate using clay tiles or adobe bricks.


Your Home…Your Fireplace

Pine Harbor Log Homes has a reputation for giving our customers unique home designs and that includes the fireplace. We are happy to show you options and work with you to create both the perfect hearth and home.

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