This steel fireplace surround is asymmetrical, yet balanced, reflecting the horizontal lines and contemporary style of the house. A stained cedar beam above serves as the mantle and both softens and compliments the steel.
Metal sheet was cut to size around the existing firebox, then metal strap was welded on to give the surround some depth. As is my preference, I let the weld pools be and didn’t grind them away. They provide texture to this piece.
The steel retains its naturally dark color and was lacquered to preserve this look.
A hole was cut for the on/off switch for the gas, and the surround was lag bolted to the wall.
The fireplace area looks modern, yet still feels cozy and inviting, fulfilling the requirements for this project.
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