Raised Hearth, No Hearth, or Flush Hearth ???
December 28, 2012
Our fireplace used to have a brick surround and mirrors glued on the wall above and was (still is) dividing up the living room in two awkward proportions - the right side towards the entrance is seen in the pic and there is just a typical 5' window on the left. Leaving the walls and openings in the room layout the way they are, we decided to make the right side the focal point with a wall-mounted TV at the center and a long horizontal fireplace surround all the way to the corner as marked in blue tape in the pic. We are also changing the floor from carpet to wood-look vinyl. But we can't seem to make a decision as to if we should have a hearth (the entire length of the surround) extending out towards the room. If so, should the hearth be raised up to the fireplace opening or be flush with the new vinyl floor?