Thursday, January 2, 2014

We Do More than Kitchens and Baths: A Refreshed Fireplace and Cabinetry Updates this Family Room

Before picture of a standard brick fireplace and raised hearth.  Project by Kitchen + Bath Design + Construction, West Hartford, CT
BEFORE: Brick fireplace and
raised hearth.
"Oh, Weather Outside is Frightful..."  With winter weather breathing down our necks here in New England, what better time of year to post some cozy pictures of a fireplace unit and built-ins we recently completed.

 The couple came to us wanting built-in storage and a new fireplace surround for their family room.  The existing fireplace was your standard brick with a raised hearth and was centered in the room between two windows.  Off to one side was the entertainment unit which housed the television, cable box, and other electronics which caused the room to seem somewhat off balance.  

Glass and stone mosaic tile add a more contemporary feel to this living room.  Project by Kitchen + Bath Design + Construction, West Hartford, CT
AFTER: Beautiful glass and stone mosaic tile adds texture
and changes the feel of the family room.
The newly designed fireplace wall features warm wood cabinetry with a chocolate stain.  This central focal point in the living room houses the family television and new gas fireplace insert.  Floor to ceiling glass and stone mosaic tile surround a spot for the television and fireplace. Removing the raised hearth adds space to the room and gives it a more contemporary feel.  On either side are low cabinets for storage, display and extra seating. More cabinetry and shelving on either side help balance out the family room.   These taller cabinets are topped by Chroma Quartz in Crystal White. The final result is a cozy and inviting space to
hang out and with friends on game day
or family on movie night.
Added cabinetry on either side of the new fireplace surround provides needed storage in this family room.  Project by Kitchen + Bath Design + Construction, West Hartford, CT
AFTER: low cabinets provide storage and seating while
other cabinetry and shelving can house games, movies
and display family memorabilia.


  1. How did you remove the raised hearth? Was it solid concrete inside? We have a fireplace very similar to this with a raised hearth on 3 sides and have been told it cannot be removed.... FYI: I live in St. Louis, MO

    1. Thanks for your question. The hearth was concrete inside…it was not easy to demo the concrete and brick to accommodate the new gas insert. We had to hammer it down to the wood floor- might not work in all situations if the concrete is structurally sound. (We pulled everything forward into the room so it could rest on the floor and vent out the existing chimney). Good luck on your project.


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