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Options For Your Mantel Surround

Incorporating a new fireplace into your family space, giving a refresh to an existing fireplace, or choosing a mantel surround for your new construction, are all scenarios where you’ll be faced with lots of different products, materials, and options. It’s wise to find a reputable dealer who will patiently show you all the possibilities. If you’re lucky enough to find that professional, here are just a few options they might show you for your consideration. 

Finding a mantle surround dealer 

How to Choose a Gas Fireplace Insert

As fall and winter approach, and the mercury begins dropping, nothing beats having a fireplace in your living space. Gone are the days of smelly, messy wood burning designs. These days clean-burning gas is king and installing a gas fireplace insert in your space couldn’t be easier. Here’s what to know about choosing an insert. 

What is a gas fireplace insert

If you have an old fireplace in your home, the great news is that you can breathe new life

Four Types of Stone for Fireplace Mantels

Historically, fireplaces were the heart of the home, providing warmth on a cold night and the ability to conveniently cook indoors. Fireplaces have become less important in a functional way, but almost more important when it comes to creating a cozy atmosphere for your family. If you’re building new, or considering adding a fireplace to your existing home, consider these types of stone for fireplace mantels Littleton

Marble stone for fireplace mantels

Humans have used marble in their construction

How to Choose an Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor fireplaces have grown in popularity. Homeowners love maximizing their living space and extending it to the outdoors. One easy way to do that, especially if you live in an area with brisk weather throughout the year, is by adding an outdoor fireplace to your backyard. 

Do you really need an outdoor fireplace?

The short answer is a resounding “Yes.” An outdoor fireplace will create a cozy space where you can spend time with family or curled up reading a

How to Choose a Gas Fireplace Insert

More than 7 million homes in the U.S. include a gas fireplace installed either inside or in an outdoor living space. These are versatile products that come in a wide range of styles from sleek and modern, to rustic and cozy. If you’re considering adding one to your home, read this guide for choosing a gas fireplace insert that’s perfect for your space. 

What kind?

One of the first decisions you’ll want to make is what kind of fuel will

Choosing a Napoleon Gas Fireplace Highlands Ranch

Fireplaces have served many purposes in history. They’ve served as the means to cook food indoors. They’ve warmed a space and kept it’s inhabitants cozy. They’ve communicated wealth to visitors and even served as the centerpiece of a room. No longer do we depend on them for cooking, but we still depend on them for pulling a room together and keeping us cozy inside. If you’re shopping for a new fireplace, here’s a few reasons to consider a Napoleon

Distinct Fireplace Styles for Rocky Mountain Living

Way back in American history class you probably learned about founding father Benjamin Franklin. When he wasn’t helping to write the most important documents in this nation’s history, he invented many things that you still use today like bifocals, an early version of swimming fins, the lighting rod, and the urinary catheter. Did you also know that without Franklin’s inventive mind, you probably wouldn’t have the fireplace as you know it. History aside, if you’re considering distinct styles for Rocky

Outdoor Fireplace Denver : Why Have One in the Rockies

Winter in Denver isn’t for the faint of heart or the ill-prepared. It can get blisteringly cold and feet of snow can blanket the ground. Summer evenings are pretty cool too, and there is snow on record in the Mile High City from September to April most years. Weather is just one reason why an outdoor fireplace Denver is a great idea. Here are a few more reasons why it should be your next weekend project. 

Your outdoor fireplace Denver

Fireplace Mantel Designs that you Should Check Out Today

The fireplace mantle was first adopted for use in medieval times. Use back then was far more functional than it was decorated as the mantle served as a hood to contain the fire and smoke. Fireplace mantle designs have changed tremendously over the centuries and these household items now serve more as a decorative focal point in a room. Here are four popular designs that you should check out today if you’re looking for a bit of mantle inspiration

Outdoor Fireplace Safety

On brisk fall nights, there’s almost nothing better than cozying up to a beautiful outdoor fireplace for warmth and relaxation. If you’re considering, or have recently had an outdoor fireplace installed in Denver, you’ll be able to enjoy this unique feature on your property for years to come. You will also be able to relax worry-free as long as you keep in mind just a few tips from the pros. 

What not to burn in your outdoor fireplace


The Best Way to Transform Your Old Home

With nearly half of all homes in Cherry Creek built before 1939-and the average year of construction being 1958 – it can be easy to get stuck in a design rut. Dated homes often need extra love and care in the form of maintenance that you can’t see. From plumbing to foundation, to electrical issues; older homes can eat up your budget when it comes to interior design and renovation. It is no wonder that style and form are

How to Choose an Outdoor Fireplace

Are you thinking about installing an outdoor fireplace in Denver? In the Rocky Mountains, it is important to take advantage of any time we get to spend outdoors, which makes an outdoor fireplace in Denver a wonderful addition to your home. Want to make the best choice? There are several elements to consider in your selection of this unique, fun feature. 


Wood-burning, Propane, or Natural Gas?

Should you install a wood-burning, propane, or natural gas outdoor fireplace in

Chicago Fireplace Mantel

The Perfect Fireplace Mantel for Chicago

On our travel to Chicago to pick out the perfect mantel design, I find that the name Chicago is derived from one of my favorite toppings on my Chicago Pizza or even Polish Sausage – Onion (wild onion).  Chicago is the third largest metro economy, was one of the fastest grown cities ever, built the Worlds first Skyscraper, and next to one of the largest fresh water lakes in the World.  Chicago has a …

A Mantel for Maine

As we continue our tour around North America associating Mantel Designs with different natural and architectural elements of a place, today we land in Maine.  My Google image tour of Maine helps me define Maine with a rugged coast line, prehistoric rock formations, cottage architectural style with a touch of colonial flavor.  Difficult to nail down for someone who has not been to Maine to say the least.  Being that the area is a coastal town and a northern latitude, …

Increase My Home Value

Increase your Home Value with a new Fireplace Mantel

Whether you want to sell your home or live in it for years to come, adding a small element of architectural elegance can totally transform your home.  Separate your home from the others in the neighborhood by changing that dated fireplace wall and adding a stone mantel.  For less than $2500 you can bring positive attention to your home when home buyers are shopping.   It is easy and not expensive.    And …

A Mantel for San Francisco

Fireplace Mantels by Location

At Distinctive Mantels, we strive to develop Mantel Designs that reflect attitudes, natural surroundings, and historical design.  In this light we are beginning a series on Mantel Designs relating our custom designs to popular cities known for their culture and unique design perspective.  We are starting with San Francisco, CA and will provide some background and then our best suited Mantel recommendations.  We would be please for you to vote on which Mantel reflects the culture …

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