A centerpiece of the great room is the fireplace and chimney. The fireplace is a gas fireplace with an exhaust vent that is above the porch roof. Virginia Ledgestone was selected as the stone veneer since the colors were a good match for the kitchen countertops. A metal mesh frames the chimney with each stone piece placed individually to the mortar base. A spare beam was used for the mantle with the decorative corbels below the mantle coming from Amazon. For the hearth we used the same granite as used for the kitchen countertops except in a stone-cut finish instead of a polished finish. See the Fireplace Gallery for pictures of the entire process.
After completion of the fireplace we moved into our new home on October 30. We had met our goal of moving in for the holiday season.