Posted By Craig on April 14, 2011
Mantels are one of the best ways to customize your home and add value to it. Most homes have the same look and feel to their family room. A fireplace is the focal point of most rooms and offers you a great opportunity to create a room that is unique and fits your own style. The mantel makes the most of your fireplace and adds to the warmth and feel to the fireplace. A fireplace is incomplete without a mantel.
Mantels can be be built in many styles and designed to fit the size of any fireplace. They can be built with the finest in hardwoods for a rich and warm feel or with paint grade materials for a lower cost option. Mantels can be incorporated into shelving or cabinets on the sides of the fireplace for a custom look. Even if you already have a mantel it can
be updated to create a new look and make your home look new. This is a easy and effective way to enhance your home.
Fireplace mantels start will a basic shelf above the fireplace. It can be built over the brick or stone above the fireplace or on the wall. It can be a modern style, with clean lines, a traditional style with custom moldings or a rustic look with a simple wood beam or log. Legs can be added to the mantel to surround the fireplace and increase the size and looks of the mantel. This is a great way to put a border around the stone or tile around the fireplace. The lintel above the fireplace can be arched or have a raised panel look. The mantel can wrap around the sides of the fireplace. Mantels can be designed to work with a TV screen above the fireplace or your artwork of decorations. One mantel I recently built had a cabinet on the side of the fireplace that housed a television and electronics in it. The doors open and slide into the cabinet giving the homeowner a good view of the TV or the ability to hide it when not in use.
An experienced carpenter can help you design a mantel that sets your home apart from others and increase its value. They can build a mantel that will fit any budget and shape and style of your fireplace. A well designed and built mantel will make a big impact to your home and will be the focal point of the room it’s in. It will give you a great way to decorate a room personalize your home.