It’s glorious, right? Intricate, calculated, and grand. This rustic style fireplace creates an unexpected focal point in a beautifully designed Spanish-style home. Not only does a rustic style fireplace add the function of warmth to its home, but it’s also a great way to punch up the style of choice. In this home, rustic and Spanish-style flavor comes to life as a result of schemed forethought.
Allow me to unpack how the various trades of construction and design came together to create this masterpiece for intentional Spanish-style home décor.
Numbers don’t lie. It took 4 Men, 3 Weeks, 4 Tons of Stone, 4,500 Pieces of Stone, and 3 Tear Downs to get to the perfect finished piece.
As with any rustic decor construction project, it starts with the foundation. For a wall to hold the weight of four tons of stone, the concrete foundation of this Spanish-style home must be solid. More than solid – unyielding.
Next, the framer tips his hat to the project. The framer must meet the challenge of erecting a structure from floor to ceiling that will bear the weight of this rustic style fireplace vertically and horizontally. His team sets in heat barriers appropriate to the foundation wall and fire code.
The design (completed months before construction begins) will finally be actualized. Embedded into this stone fireplace are four tons of sandstone native to the Hill Country of Central Texas. Then, upon delivery of the sandstone, each block is cut, chipped, and chopped into smaller individual pieces which eventually take residents in the wall. That’s right. 4,500 stones become embedded together piece by piece. These stones are mortared from behind, top, and bottom.
Progress continues and several pieces are placed over a period of time. A step is taken back to evaluate. More pieces fasten in securely. There were three tear-downs involved in this 3-week process bore by four skilled masons.
Have I ever mentioned how much I adore the craft of a good mason? These people are real artisans who forge something beautiful out of raw earth materials. And it’s back-breaking, challenging work. Go hug a mason.
Decorative Spanish terracotta tiles accent around the firebox while a reclaimed antique Spanish wooden mantle anchors into place. The sandstone hearth completes the structure. Top it off with the jewelry of accent lighting. The rustic style light not only illuminates the entire wall, but also adds an inviting ambiance for those who will gather in the presence of this fireplace’s giving warmth.
You can create the same look for your Spanish-style home decor. For other Spanish-style fireplace ideas, check out our Cantera Stone fireplace designs.
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