So Many Options for Fireplace Surrounds… Where to Begin?
As a custom home builder, at Woodridge Custom Builders LLC, our custom home buyers have many choices to make during the design and construction process. Options include everything from flooring, cabinets, doors, door hardware, and light fixtures among other features and amenities. One such selection a custom home buyer may need to make is the type of fireplace surround to choose. There are so many styles from traditional wood mantels to stone. Many times it depends on the style of the home, a very traditional style home in the Midwest may be very different from the custom homes we build in Arizona.
Becoming very popular in Arizona custom homes are those fireplace surrounds that have the Old-World look. This look can be achieved with stone fireplace surrounds, precast concrete, or crushed marble fabricated surrounds. Precast concrete is a masonry product that simulates natural stone and is more cost effective than natural stone. Precast concrete mantels are cast molds of concrete, or made with reinforced high-density industrial grade fibers. The finishes resemble natural stone finishes in a variety of earthy colors. These fireplace surrounds are beautiful and can be very economical. Other fireplace manufacturers cast their surrounds from crushed marble and bonded with white Portland cement. These fireplaces are faux finished to give the custom homebuyer the exact look they desire. Continue reading