Function, Form and Fire

We love fireplaces – for the obvious that they warm up a room – and for the not so obvious that they enhance the look of a room and they are a design element in their own right.

Fireplaces are essential for a mountain home, whether in a large living room or a smaller condo. With the flip of a switch, a fireplace creates cozy and a warm ambiance. We’ve created so many stunning and interesting takes on fireplaces. Here are just a few of our favorites – and why we love them.

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Knowing where to place the TV is often a dilemma. Using built-ins for the TV in this Palm Springs home, allows the fireplace to stand on its own as a strong architectural element. The lighting was also key to help further highlight the sleek stone fireplace.


Not all projects have to be major to make a significant impact. We simply added reclaimed wood to the drywall above the fireplace and put in a new mantel with metal strapping. The look was instantly updated!


Double-sided fireplaces add visual interest, act as a natural room divider and provide double the heat. This contemporary fireplace welcomes the guest upon entry and is a statuesque, yet neutral, backdrop to the living room. The stone naturally draws the eye upward to the vaulted ceiling, while the black hearth grounds the fireplace.


Why should the indoors have all the fun? We absolutely adore outdoor fireplaces. They can be used all year round and encourage us to spend more time outside with friends and family. A sleek rectangular fireplace creates a natural seating area but doesn’t overwhelm the patio. Guaranteed to be the favorite seat outside the house.

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Come summer, no one wants to spend time inside. This quintessential mountain outdoor fireplace makes the patio feel like a living room. The hearth and mantel are sandstone, melding seamlessly with the retaining behind.

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We love the traditional limestone surround against the cut-stone wall, it’s lighter in color and feeling, making the room glow. The firebox is on the floor, elongating the fireplace, with a beautiful Theodore Waddell painting completing the calm living space.


A wood-burning fireplace is a real treat and this one truly brings the family together in their breakfast room – the three-sided fireplace creates a gathering area inside and extends to the outdoors so the family can enjoy summer evenings together outside.

A new fireplace transforms a home, creating a special place to gather. One client went from white-marble tile to gorgeous slate. The transition didn’t take long but brought the room out of the 1990s and into today. Other surrounds include linear wood, interesting tile, stone slab – the fireplace can set the tone for the room. Let us help you update your fireplace, creating a living space that is cozy, warm and a reflection of who you are.





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