This week I was in a beautiful old building that is on the historic register of Spokane. The owner had decided a fireplace would be nice in the lobby. A few weeks later I noticed a zero clearance unit being installed – not terribly realistic for a 100-year-old building but I am guessing, with budget a concern, some things can be overlooked. After a few more weeks, a raised hearth was built and tile put around the unit. As you look at the unit, your first reaction is ugg – (and not Tom Brady’s shoes) clearly something is wrong here.
Besides just being ugly, the proportions are all wrong here. The hearth is at 18” off the floor when 10”-12” would look much better.
The hearth is to long. The tile overwhelms the unit. There is a 4-inch gap between the hearth and wall on the right. Planning is essential folks - even if you are on a budget. A drawing to scale would have solved many of these issues.
Plan first - then build - or be ready to start over and spend twice as much.