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Keeping in theme with the fireplace discussion earlier this week, this idea has been weighing on our minds lately.

Original Inspiration

Original Inspiration

Browsing Houzz, I came across this picture and was in awe.  It’s out of the ordinary, but I love the look, opening up the room with windows.

Of course, we won’t have that same scenario with our design, nor will we have a curtain wall of windows.  But this sparked an interest in exposing the chimney stack.

Exposed Stack

Exposed Stack

This look mimics the appearance of a freestanding wood burning stove.  In addition to its unique rustic visual interest, the exposed stack radiates the heat of the fire into the room.

Less-exposed Chimney

Less-exposed Chimney

I am also very drawn to the steel-facade look.

exposed stack4

Keep in mind, ours will be a corner fireplace.  Now the big question is color/material selection.

Good, bad or indifferent?  If you like it, vote on the color/material!

From the options above – which do you prefer? (1) stainless steel pipe (2) black pipe (3) patina steel encasement (4) black steel encasement?