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  1. nautiquer95

    nautiquer95 New Member

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    Hi all. My wife and I have been lurking here for the past few months and found much of the information very helpful. We are in Western Washington and noticed a few members posting from this area as well. We purchased our first stove last month and have been working on a hearth to place it on. Much of the design was inspired by photos and instructions found on this site. The rest of the inspiration was derived from my conscience - I couldn't bring myself to pay $455 for a prefabricated that didn't fit just right and with tile colors we didn't like.

    We narrowed our choices down to two - the Harman XXV or free-standing Accentra. We finally decided on the XXV. There weren't any issues with having to wait for the stove. In fact, the dealer wanted to install two weeks after the purchase, but we held off for a month so we could prepare the hearth. We originally had a propane fireplace in this spot, so it had to removed. I have never tiled anything before so I learned quite a bit - I'm ready to tackle the bathrooms next!

    Installation day is Friday. I'll post pic.'s then (When I figure out how). Many thanks to all.

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  2. jwl230

    jwl230 Member

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    that looks awesome..
  3. rap69ri

    rap69ri New Member

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    Beautiful job, want to come do mine now?
  4. sydney1963

    sydney1963 New Member

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    Awesome looking. Beautiful job. I may do something like that next summer, only had time enough this season to make something simple.
  5. itworks

    itworks New Member

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    Great job- I love it.
  6. Shortstuff

    Shortstuff Feeling the Heat

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    For someone who has never tiled before, you surely did a fantastic and professional looking job! I especially like all the trim detail around and at the top - very nice!

    Be sure to post pictures after your install (with the stove running of course) so we can see just how super that is going to look.

    Excellent work!

    Happy heating!

    Steve
  7. tinkabranc

    tinkabranc Minister of Fire

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    Very nice work!
    Can't wait to see more pics with the stove in place.
  8. nautiquer95

    nautiquer95 New Member

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    Thank you so much for all of the compliments - you guys are quick too! We wanted a traditional style mantle but didn't want to pay for a mantle kit. Those things are around $300 for a six foot section and we needed two. We faked it with crown moulding and hemlock boards. You have to look closely to tell its not solid.
  9. imacman

    imacman Guest

    Great Job!!!! The stove will look awesome there.....can't wait to see it all installed & running.
  10. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    Nice! Nothing like DIY jobs. Save money while
    making it just the way you want it. [​IMG]
  11. Jester

    Jester New Member

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    Thats beautiful. I love the mantle and trimwork. Cant wait to see how it looks with a stove sitting on it chugging away.
  12. bungalobob

    bungalobob Feeling the Heat

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    I was wondering how to add a mantle of sorts as well, without it looking like a cheesey shelf. You nailed it. Looks like I'll follow your idea, it looks perfect. Real nice job!
  13. oc4man

    oc4man New Member

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    That XXV is going to look fantastic sitting on that hearth !!
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