This Chapel Hill residence was remodeled with the intent of
creating a Master Suite reminiscent of an Italian inn. Prescott
Stone was consulted and then hired to replicate a rustic Italian
travertine fireplace. The design required thick noce travertine
with a profiled design milled into the stone.
Crate from Italy
Five months later the big day arrived! The crate containing
the fireplace was delivered to our shop. We choose to receive
delivery here (rather than the jobsite) to give us more control
over the job and a better outcome for our customers.
Checked The crate was immediately opened and the
contents checked for accurate size and dimension as well as
any damage. Thankfully, all was in order and the installation
Fit & Finish
Checked Individual pieces were assembled in our
shop to assess the fit and finish before transport to the
jobsite. Often, we “fine tune” and, if necessary,
modify the pieces to meet Prescott Stone’s standards.
Creation of a
Form After several preliminary site visits where
substrate conditions and measurements were checked and double
checked, we constructed a wood form that replicated jobsite
A lengthy installation meeting was held at the shop to formulate
the installation plan and troubleshoot, in advance, potential
problems. This proved pivotal in achieving a flawless installation
that came in on schedule.
the Hearth Substrate Preparation of the hearth
was the first step in the installation process.
Stone Hearth Installed
The travertine hearth was then installed. Wide grout lines
were specified to reflect the style of the fireplace being
replicated and to integrate with other stone in the immediate
After installing the hearth, the wood form was placed so the
legs and header could be installed. This can be a tricky task
given the fragile nature of travertine and the weight of each
piece (up to 200 pounds)!
The completed project!
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