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New faces for old fireplaces.

New faces for old fireplaces Facelifts for fireplaces played the central role in these three living room remodels. The new facades add an immediate contemporary look with no reworking of the firebox. Uncluttered lines, natural materials, and monumental form make each fireplace more prominent. Two use the natural color and texture of stone to enrich their forms, while the third blends with plaster-covered cabinet shells that span the living room wall.

As required by code, all the remodels used noncombustible material near the firebox opening. To build the plaster facade (below right), designer-builder Darrell Bidstrup removed the old fireplace surround, built out with metal studs, then dovered the studs with cement backer board. He addded an outer layer of expanded-metal lath before applying the final coast of plaster, which also cover the flanking cabinets.
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Date:Mar 1, 1991
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