Porch fireplace mantel choices
Timber and wood mantels
If you’ve seen some of our fireplace photos, you know that we love to use timbers for mantels at The Porch Company. Timbers are very hearty, thick pieces of wood that have a ton of character. Over time, they develop checks which are natural cracks along the grain of the wood that give it a beautiful, rustic look.
But we don’t stop there! There are several steps we take to make the timbers not only beautiful, but functional. Sometimes we will distress the timber surface even more to gain the desired look. Then, we hollow out the inside of the timber (although you’d never be able to tell) and cut a hole on the top that we cover with a distressed metal plate. This gives you the space and necessary ventilation to hide those ugly cable boxes and cords. Because we hate to waste perfectly good wood, we use the wood from the inside of the timber to make the corbels that support the mantel. Do you think we’re as clever as we do? We love the way these timbers turn out, and they are a great compliment to the stone façade of a fireplace.
This particular timber has so much character. Because of the way we hollowed it out, you can still see the end grain which gives it the authenticity we love.
The mantel below is made of oak and is relatively new which is why you don’t see many cracks yet. They will continue to open and get bigger which will only add to the beauty.
Looking at this mantel in context you will note that the TV bracket is mounted on the wall but all of the wires, cables, and cable box are hidden in the large timber.
The fireplace below has a timber mantel and does not have a TV mounted above, which allows room for a raised hearth with stone matching the fireplace façade. Although we didn’t hollow out this timber, we still roughed it up for a more authentic and rustic feel.
The next picture below is a mantel with old barn wood. This is a hollow box for TV materials. You can vaguely see the cord that goes down to the mantel. This fireplace has a floor hearth to allow vertical space for the mounted television.
The mantel below is on a more refined, slender fireplace. The fireplace is fluted on the side and has decorative tiles on the façade.
An alternative to wood mantels is (…you guessed it!) stone. These can also be a beautiful choice for your fireplace.
The picture below has a slender stone mantel with stone corbels that serve as a center piece. We left a space for the TV to hide and covered it with wooden shutters. The hearth is flat on floor. For a hearth you have two options: flat or raised. A raised hearth has the benefit of giving you a seating area next to the fireplace. However, most of our clients want a TV above the fireplace. We have to consider the height at which the TV is mounted. In most cases, a raised hearth would place the TV a bit too high. That was the case with this fireplace, so we went with the flat hearth.
Lastly you’ll see a stone mantel on a stone fireplace in our very own porch at The Porch Company.
If you’re considering adding a porch to your Nashville-area home, give us a call for a free consultation. We invite you to come see our Nashville showroom and porch. You can reach us at 615-662-2886.
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