At this home in Concord, MA the owners would like to update their existing brick fireplace with a new granite stone surround. They are also interested in removing the raised hearth and setting the new hearth flush with the floor to open up more space in the room.

Fireplace Before
Fireplace Before

This job is fairly straightforward in that the new stone can be built right over the existing brick. The granite we use is only 1″ thick so fits inside the existing wood frame without needing to re-do any of the carpentry. The existing hearth will need to be removed in order to lower the new hearth to the floor.

First we remove the brick hearth and install the new granite hearth in the old footprint. We are able to remove enough brick to get the new hearth perfectly even with the floor as desired.

Granite Hearth
Granite Hearth

Next we install the granite facing for the fireplace. The granite we use is a ~1″ thick stone sold as paving stones, but makes for good veneer as well. We are able to use standard sized stones from the stoneyard which we cut to fit on-site. A high bond mortar adheres it to the wall, and we set the stones very tightly as to hide the joints.

Stone Surround Installation
Stone Surround Installation
Stone Surround Installation
Stone Surround Installation

The last few pieces go in and the new stone surround fireplace is complete. The new fireplace has a much cleaner and contemporary look and is a quick and relatively easy way to make a big improvement.

Stone Surround Fireplace
Stone Surround Fireplace
Stone Surround Fireplace
Stone Surround Fireplace