Archive for September, 2009

Sandstone Fireplace Photos

September 8, 2009

The fireplaces are almost finished, and the crew has removed the inside scaffolding. The fireplaces are looking more beautiful all the time.

Here's the fireplace, sans hearthstone.

Here's the fireplace, sans hearthstone.

The top of the chimney goes behind the timber frame's cherry braces.

The top of the chimney goes behind the timber frame's cherry braces and a principal rafter.

Center section

Lewis and crew will put the hearthstone in place after the flooring is in.

Lewis and crew will put the hearthstone in place after the flooring is in.

The large stone will be the hearthstone.

The large stone will be the hearthstone.

Lewis has laid out these stones for the chimney top. He will finish the chimney with limestone.

Lewis has readied these stones and laid them out for the chimney top.

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Building the Fireplaces

September 2, 2009
This fireplace will be on the screened porch

This fireplace will be on the screened porch

For the past few weeks, Lewis Wright and the crew have been building the stone fireplaces. The fireplaces, which share a chimney, are back-t0-back on the south side of the house. One fireplace will be in the timber frame room, and the other will be on the screened porch. Lewis is using sandstone from an old barn in Middlebrook, which he also used for the foundation of the screened porch.  There is also some limestone in the outdoor fireplace.

The large stones framing the sides of the fireplace center section came from Goshen. You can also see a large stone running horizontally near the top of the section Lewis has completed. This stone also came from Goshen.

The large stones framing the sides of the fireplace center section came from Goshen. You can also see a large stone running horizontally near the top of the section Lewis has completed. This stone also came from Goshen.

This stone is a fantastic color, which is extraordinary with the cherry and cypress of the timber frame. I love the curved lintel.

This stone is a fantastic color, which is extraordinary with the cherry and cypress of the timber frame. I love the curved lintel. And, of course, the stonework is intricate and fascinating.

Lewis and Braxton sawed an opening in the roof for the chimney, which will extend several feet above the peak. Here, Lewis is cutting and shaping the stone.

Lewis and Braxton sawed an opening in the roof for the chimney, which will extend several feet above the peak. Here, Lewis is cutting and shaping the stone. Braxton is posing, and Kenny, who is filling in for Aaron, is sending up mortar and supplies. The large, lighter stones are limestone.

This section is right above where the mantel will be.

Kelley and Lewis are planning to build a wooden mantel, which will be at the base of the section outlined on the sides and top by the large stones.

The fireplace is very beautiful. The stonework is amazing, and the colors, design, and proportions of the work are perfect with the timber frame. The chimney and fireplace will also be wonderful to look at from outside the house, so harmonious with the foundation of the screened porch. I am trying hard to avoid the over-use of superlatives.