Plan first - then build!

November 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

    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.   


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