We absolutely love to have the same clients come back to us time and time again for multiple home renovation projects. Not only does it validate that we do good work, but also that we have established a strong foundation of trust. It means so much knowing that our team is trusted, valued, and seen as the top choice among remodeling professionals! We are blessed to be able to call the majority of our long-term clients both our customers and our friends. Such is the story behind our recent fireplace remodel in Arlington, Texas.
Our sweet clients originally came to us back in 2017 for a kitchen remodel. That project was extensive, and evolved to include removing walls, opening up the dining room, and also remodeling the bar area along with the entire kitchen. The clients were delightful throughout the duration of the project and grew very close to our designers and project manager. Since then, they have referred us to many of their friends, neighbors, and family members (the greatest compliment we could ask for!) They’ve also contacted us various times to complete smaller projects in their home as well as in some of their rental properties. With all of this history behind us, it was no surprise when they came to us earlier this year hoping to complete a carport addition and a fireplace remodel.
The fireplace was something they had mentioned to us years ago, when we first met with them to discuss the kitchen project. Although it wasn’t a top priority, they knew they would get to it eventually. Once the kitchen, bar and dining area were complete, they were ready to approach the fireplace renovation, which they expected to be a doozy!
Their existing fireplace was a pretty good size, and they knew they wanted the remodeled one to be even bigger. Our designers got to work drawing the new fireplace based on their discussion and inspiration photos provided by the clients. Just as with their previous projects, it was extremely helpful for the clients to be able to see the plans and 3D renderings so they knew just how the finished space would look.
While the clients were open to suggestions from our team, they had been wanting a new fireplace for years and had a pretty good idea of what they wanted. The concept was to have a massive, show-stopping, stacked-stone wall as the focal point of the living room, complete with a chunky wooden mantel stretching across it.
The stone they chose was Eldorado European Ledge Stone in color ‘Linen,’ a close replica of an inspiration photo they provided. A perfect balance of rustic and luxury!
The clients also ran across something very unusual and unique; something that would really give their fireplace that ‘wow’ factor – FireBalls!
Rasmussen FireBalls are made from the same high-heat resistant ceramic-bonded refractory material used in the making of their gas logs. They are available in uniform sets or mixed sizes, and also come in a variety of colors. Our clients chose the mixed-sized set in a tan/natural color. This feature creates a visually interesting, modern alternative to regular gas logs.
The 3D renderings show what the finished project would look like compared to the original fireplace. Our clients love that the stone was extended all the way to the ceiling, making the room look larger. The large stained mantel ties in beautifully with the flooring and exposed beam of the cathedral ceiling.
The completed fireplace is stunning! It truly is the jaw-dropping focal point the clients had envisioned.
Here is the video walk-through showcasing the dining room, kitchen, laundry room, bar area, and fireplace that have all been completely remodeled by the Medford team:
We’d like to recognize everyone that helped with the fireplace specifically:
Structural Design: Mike Medford, Sr.
Aesthetic Design: Stephanie Milford
Drafting and Renderings: Brandy Anderson
Production Management: Michael Medford, Jr.
Project Management: Dave Broadfield
Trim Carpentry: Dave Broadfield, Greg Haws, Scott Vernon
Plumbing: Express Plumbing
Electrical: Marc Miller Electric
Drywall: Alex Green Drywall
Paint: Phillip Painting Company
Masonry: James Slayton
Final Photography & Video: Impressia– Todd Ramsey
If you’re interested in remodeling your fireplace, or another part of your home, our designers would love to discuss it with you and get the ball rolling! Contact us today for more information!
The Medford Design-Build Team