The client recently acquired a charming 1936 bungalow which was in dire need of a facelift. The focal point of the sitting room was an oversized, out-of-proportion fireplace. We talked with the client about his needs for the room, which included television viewing, space for a baby grand piano and a conversation area for up to 8 people sitting comfortably.

We removed the outdated, inefficient fireplace insert, the big box store cabinets and a small stone “backsplash” tile which flanked the enormous brick fireplace surround and mantel. We then designed and built a beautiful surround incorporating base cabinetry, shelving for books and accessories, a place for the television and a beautiful mantel with a showcase area for a major piece of art. The glass mosaic surrounding the fireplace opening was the perfect frame for a new gas log set.

The end result? You be the judge. Call me if your fireplace or your family room needs a face-lift.