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Fireplace with a raised hearth or not
December 29, 2012 in Design Dilemma
I'm getting a home built. I'm torn as to whether to have a raised hearth or not. I'm worried that the hearth will slightly over power the room or take away from the fireplace. Could it be too much?
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The fireplace would be on the opposite side, which would open the family room to the kitchen.
December 29, 2012 at 9:11PM   
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I vote no hearth. Seems "squatty" below the very high ceiling height. It looks more modern without the hearth as well.
December 29, 2012 at 9:16PM     
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I think it looks more modern without. But either way, don't think you have to worry about the hearth overpowering a room as grand in scale as that one.
December 29, 2012 at 9:17PM     
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Thank you both. I'm leaning toward no hearth.
December 29, 2012 at 9:22PM   
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No-not raised... Great space!
December 29, 2012 at 9:22PM   
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A furnished home with hearth, but opposite wall and not open to the kitchen.
December 29, 2012 at 9:25PM     
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rod handler
I like it raised in the furnished photo, but get rid or the cheap-looking wooden mantel, and extend the FP the full width of the wall.
Raised hearths are more welcoming, floor hearths are more formal. Also, the FP is out of scale with the room.
The windows-too many, too small, and both rows look like they're at the wrong level. It would look better with taller windows or french doors.
December 29, 2012 at 9:37PM   
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A long piece of art work maybe ?
December 29, 2012 at 10:13PM   
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The fireplace should be bigger and taller for the size of the room...in my humble opinion.
February 21, 2014 at 2:01PM     
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Britt Domke
Is it wood burning, and are you planning to actually use it?

We have two wood burning fireplaces, both with raised hearths, and more often than not when a fire is lit, someone forgoes the comfortable couch in order to sit on the hearth in front of the fire.

In the pictures you posted though, I have to say the no-hearth looks more balanced. It is a shame there isn't more fireplace up the wall though, it does make a difference.

My fireplaces are old, but one has more stature than the other: the large artwork helps to balance it out, but that would be some mighty large artwork in your case.
February 21, 2014 at 2:11PM     
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I went with the raised hearth. I will have the brick go all of the way up later. That will add s much more character to the room.
March 5, 2014 at 5:46PM     
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