This owner builder wanted the option of woodstove heating. Note the radial arch enclosure behind. The chimney above features a flush herringbone panel.
This ground floor heater features "clipped" corners, tinted mortar to match an arts center, where the owner works and a slope-backed heated bench which the owners used while cross country skiing at Notchview
The focal point of this corner unit faces the living room. We made special cuts to weave the 45 deg. angles, using a lovely used brick. We built in 2 cup shelves around the corner and the right side of the heated benches offers rustic views through a large slider.
Working with Erik Nilsen of Thermal Mass, Inc., we built this soapstone heater in January of '06, just in time to have the coldest part of the winter to follow! Behind it was a heatilator fireplace that was gutted to accommodate a chimney retro-fit for the project.
Using MHA plans we built this small contraflow heater in a timber frame addition for writer/poet owners in neighboring Windsor. The stone above the lintel was chosen for its likeness to the surrounding hills and features a large fossil imprint.
Dining Room side.
this double sided heater complex in an 19th century colonial restoration project in Southampton, MA has a re-claimed brick dining room side and a river rock living room side with an 8' heated granite bench.
This masonry heater, oven, and wood box fits nicely into an alcove by an existing chimney and is a nice balance of water struck brick, blu stone, and local field stone.
Richmond, Mass. Part 1
These customers took advantage of a "2 look" option for their central hearth. From the living room the view is primarily Southbay Quartzite stone. The interface between the brick and stone sides gave us some opportunity to be creative at the break-
Richmond, Mass. Part 2
A warm, traditional brick, oven is in the kitchen. The woodbox can be accessed for loading from either side. A shaped, heated bench provides a cozy perch for anyone wanting to visit with the cook!
This custom heater resides in an underground house and doubles as an oven and breakfast bar. You could also stretch out for a nap on the 3" thick soapstone top. There are stepped out bricks on either side of the firebox for warming soapstone slabs that can be carried to remote areas of the home as foot/bed warmers.
Hillsdale, NY Part 1
The beautiful cherry floors were already in and, on the tiled footprint an old wood stove was to be replaced. Southbay Quartzite was chosen as the facing stone because the tone of that veneer stone complemented both the floor and the kitchen floor tile. Marble cap stones keep the mass light feeling.
Hillsdale, NY Part 2
Working closely with the craftsmen owner, this custom design features see-through doors for viewing from both the living and dining rooms. One bypass damper allows for 4 season baking directly in the oven and for quick start-ups in the Fall and Spring. The second routes heat through the bench for maximum heat output. The design includes a bluestone niche, behind Dad and a woodstorage area beside him. Able help was provided by apprentice, Antoine Guerlain.
Peru, Mass. Part 1
This brick and soapstone heater has an enclosed wood waiter that brings up wood from the walk out basement. Arts and crafts style details reflect the details of this lovely Benson timber frame house. The soapstone bench back is sloped and the seat is shaped for comfort.
Peru, Mass. Part 2
The double sided firebox maximizes fire viewing and the soapstone cabinet hides the basket for the wood waiter.
This masonry heater contains a couple of beach stone panels and a granite panel with a Biblical inscription chosen by the owners. Vermont water-struck brick were used.
This re-claimed brick heater has doors and benches on both sides and some stone areas. It was retro-fitted, retaining the original carpeting.
We recently completed this re-claimed brick heater with integral woodstorage in a new home. Ice Flower soapstone was used for the benches and mantle.
Rowe Conference Center
This stone masonry heater faces a conference room