After watching our front entry transform with the addition of Versetta Stone, I became even more excited to use it on the chimney wall. The great room/living room has 18' ceilings, and we wanted the wood stove area to stand out. It's pretty much the first thing you see when you walk into our home, so it needed to be WOW.
I am BEYOND thrilled with how this turned out. It's hard to capture just how stunning it is in a photo. I guess that means y'all will have to come and visit! We used the same as around the front door which is Tight-Cut in Mission Point. If you're curious about where to purchase, there is a section of the Versetta Stone site that will show you all of the locations that carry it. Let us know if you do and send us pics!
We are team wood stove because it's more efficient in the way that it heats, usually less expensive overall, and would serve as a cooktop if circumstances required. It's not easy finding a wood stove rated to heat a house of our size, but we found one! You can read about the Regency Wood Stove we picked and why HERE.
The concrete once sealed will be our flooring on the main level, and technically we didn't need to create a hearth. However, I think the separation adds to the design and serves as a good boundary for the kids. We picked simple hearthstone to create this area in a color that would tie the floors and the Versetta Stone together. We found it at Fireplace Stone and Patio which is local to Iowa and Nebraska. We chose the color Fogg and Paul lightly sanded some of the surfaces to get it the perfect shade.
Installation is definitely something you can take on as a DIY project. It will likely require cutting and you need to pay attention to detail, but it's much easier than a product that requires mortar. The chimney wall felt a little more technical because of the height and the additional cuts needed for the outlet, top row, and where we plan to mount the mantle. We'll be showcasing the mantle and the rest of the stove setup soon!
Let us know what you think in the comments, and take a look at the videos on this project below.