Thelen removed the original chunky hearth ledge and replaced it with one that matches the firebox surround. He also added a dramatic niche for firewood. This adds the texture of wood to the wall. He lined the niche with the fireplace’s original dark stone as a nod to the home’s history. Although the niche is filled high with wood for this photo, the homeowners maintain a lower stack of wood for ease of use and to reveal the stone.
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