Fireplace 2

The outside of the fireplace is complete….not without a few problems. They got twelve feet up and we really didn’t like it at all. We tried to. But after thinking about it for a few hours we made the decision to knock it down and start all over. I felt terrible, but ultimately we are going to be the ones looking at it.

The rock guys were really great about it, and I spent the next morning watching every rock get placed and telling them how I wanted it. Honestly I felt like a jerk. But that was the way to get it how I wanted it. I wanted it to look like it had been there forever. Our builders advised us not to dry stack the outside of the fireplace because it allows more rain to sit on the rock and potentially get into the house. But we wanted the actual lay of the rock to look like what the dry stacked will look like in the house. And on the pillars. After about three feet the guys had it! And I love how it ended up. There were a few cases of Mexican beer bought to keep everyone happy. And the guys really worked with us to give us what we wanted. I do think they thought I was a bit crazy and were questioning my “style” but I think it worked. The one man spoke English well, and when I decided I didn’t want the mortar swept he explained it to the other man and this man just squeaked and said something fast in Spanish….. I am quite sure it was “this lady is nutty”.

It looks a bit brownish in the picture because of the color of the siding. When the siding is painted white, it will pull more of the gray out.

The rock is mostly Tennessee stone, with some Smokey mountain and Silvermist rock. (I don’t know where the Silvermist comes from). I didn’t think to ask. The Tennesse is my favorite. And of course the most expensive… we did save some money by mixing it with the lesser expensive rock. Which was important as this part of the fireplace is about 36 feet tall.

Now the painters are hard at work as well as the roofers. The outside of the house is very close to being finished.

Thanks for reading, have a great day H.


Watching the work

The brick layers came today and started the inside if the fireplace. I must have told little C a hundred times to stand back and not get in the way of the workers.

I came around the corner and he was right in with the guys watching them work 😀.

His everyday life is an adventure right now.

No lack of entertainment here.



We met with the rock guy this week. To talk about the fireplace. The firebox is going to be 42 inches deep by 60 inches wide. So the fireplace hearth itself will be eight feet eight inches across. And 28 feet tall. It was a bit of a shocker to look up and realize it was going that high.

I was a bit worried about the fireplace. I love stone, but I wanted to find something that fit my vision of this house. I came across this picture in Country Living magazine and my worry was gone. I didn’t know what it was called. Now I know….it’s dry stacked rock. I love how it has an old look to it. Our rock that we have picked out has a bit more brown in it. The all gray and charcoal color was much more expensive, and I thought the bit of brown would go well with the beams. We have a beam very much like the one in the photo to use as a mantle. I really like the arch below the mantle, ours calls for no arch…..I am pretty linear, so is our Architect. But that arch is pretty and might be an interesting change to all the straightness???? The farmhouse I grew up in has beautiful arched entryways made out of reclaimed brick….it is stunning. I still remember sitting and watching our family friend build them. ( I was probably 8, and it was so interesting to watch) Hmmmmm, I am going to have to revisit this arch thing. 🙂

We were going to have the same rock under the two wood stoves we are going to have. ( one across from the kitchen, and in the screened in porch. ) But being in the house now I think I have decided we are just going to put them on the concrete. I think it will be a cleaner look. And I was planning on storing/displaying my cast iron and enameled cook wear by the wood stove in the kitchen area. I love using cast iron and I love the look of it. My hubs has dutchovens for cooking on an open fire and I will bring those in and have them there too I think? This is still not for sure. Just a feeling that the rock on the fireplace will be enough.

H 🙂