Jeff Walls Fireplace Upgrade
There were a lot of ideas, around what Jeff's fireplace would become. And when we arrived we found an interesting wood frame around the fireplace. As well as the typical dirty mess from burning logs.
After some discussion though it was decided that it wasn't the best direction to go. And the frame had to come off - especially if the custom surround was to be installed properly.
So once we cleared out the fireplace, we went to getting the area prepared for the custom fireplace surround, a fresh coat of fireplace paint, a new indoor fireplace burner, fireglass and a few fireballs.
With the fireplace painted, a bed of playground sand in place and the new fireplace burner installed we are ready for the finishing touches.
Were still waiting for Jeff to send us his evening photos of the the fireplace completed. But here you can see how beautiful everything works together.
We will be posting pictures of our newest product, Fireplace Surrounds in the next few days. These have been long time in the making and now we will offer them to the public. All of our surrounds are hand made from Aluminum or Stainless Steel. There are imperfections because they are hand made. These are not machine manufactured. The brushing is hand brushed using several different techniques. We try to make each and everyone look as nice as possible for each application.
This was the first surround of many to come.
Fireplace on Red Hill, Andre Silva, just a nice fire, no pan.
This is the same fireplace as above, but we changed it to Starfire and
added an aluminum frame with a special glass.
Again the same fireplace by evening.
By late evening with the glow of the new glass.
The fireplace above is a nice fireplace with Starfire and below we added a new frame
The pictures below are of 3 condos in Long Beach California. This is how they started and now how they look today. More captions to follow.
The fireplace below has Starfire and then Black was added after the fireplace surround was installed.
The fireplace below has an aluminum surround and Starfire in Palm Springs.
The pictures below we will be showing how to do a 3" install (all glass), a surround painted black and a triple burner with ice and Starfire.
Above and below are a typical of what most fireplaces look like (yuk)1
Above and below with a triple burner, some cleaning and a little bit of paint.
Above and below we installed an aluminum surround painted black. Only Starfire is installed for now.
It's hard to see but we did install Ice on top of the Starfire. If you noticed we had to pile a small mound in the front to cover the massive pipe connection. Did you even notice it in the first few pictures?
With the surround it make the room. We are proud of our inventions and ideas because our customers are always pleased.
This is a new home with logs and a screen, average at best. Has anyone ever come over to your house and said" Nice Logs"? No and we are going to show you how to create a masterpiece!
The pictures below are of a typical direct vent burner.
This is a picture of the automatic starter and thermo coupler
After you have closed off the bottom of the fireplace and attached the adapter, your ready for glass!
Here we are testing the burn pattern of the double burners. Our burners have 2 rows of holes in each pipe to give you 4 rows of flames.
After pouring the glass make sure the automatic starter is just above the glass so it can work properly. You can hide it with glass all around the element and it helps if it is in a hole.
Here we installed an aluminum surround that has been painted black.
We have several more pictures of this fireplace with Ice and a few colors of toppers installed and we will have these pictures up in a few days.
We will also be posting several direct vent fireplaces to show you how easy it really is.
This is in Yorba Linda California with a stainless steel surround and Clear Base glass.
The fireplace below has a Starfire base and several Toppers for color:
Pink, Cobalt Blue, Fuchsia, Hyacinth, Amethyst, Pale Cobalt Blue, Aquamarine, Lilac, Steel Blue and Purple.
Now we added a surround to finish it off. If you look on the lower right there is a remote control which is hidden by the surround.
The fireplace below has a 3" layer of crushed lava, 1/4" Clear base, 1/2" Starfire, 3/4" Starfire for the chunky look and a flush surround to finish it off. A very impressive and modern house and fireplace. From beginning to end, here we go.
We also floated the walls to level the fireplace and get it ready for the surround.
A little bit of granite on the floor
If you notice to the right there is no valve to turn it on? The plumber from a few years ago has it to the right about 5 feet, DUMMY! Lets fill the fireplace with gas before we get there and see what happens! Don't hire that plumber.
We are now going to do an extended 3/4" glass radius counter in the kitchen in front of the stove for a glass counter top.
We also bent all of the kitchen handles to contour the cabinets.
Now you can see the fireplace valve to the right.
We flush fit a surround to the wall for a final finish. This was a satin black aluminum frame with 2" of glass installed
We are capable of any size project from design to a full installation (depending on our current work load). There is nothing we can't do as we are the the first and foremost authority in our field. We never say NO! We do only what the other companies can only dream about!
The surround below is a 3 sided surround with a 2" frame and 2" of glass and we will post the completed pictures in a few days. We installed this in Palm Springs California.
The pictures above are of the surround before installation. The fireplace pictures below are of the completed fireplace surround installed with Clear base glass
Speaking of Palm Springs, here are a few pictures of the Village Fest we go to every Thursday evening from 6:00pm to 10:00pm year round!
There are several thousand visitors every Thursday and plenty to do with over 250 vendors displaying their arts and crafts in a 12 block street fair
This is where we show our display trailer with over 500 products!
Stop by and visit us. Click on the pictures above to see our trailer pictures.
The fireplace below is a before and after with Starfire installed behind the corner surround. There will be more pictures when the back of the fireplace gets it's finishing touches.
As you can see it really needs a face lift
Now with the doors gone and the back cleaned and painted
There was about 2" of crushed lava under the Starfire
After the surround was installed we finished topping the Starfire off up to the top of the metal of the surround. This is another reason we use fillers, to keep the costs down.
We will post pictures of the fireplace when it is completely finished with the granite back.
The fireplace below was finished with a standoff surround. We build brackets to support the surround 5 inches away from the fireplace. This was installed by Bruce Rubenstein in a Hollywood night club. If they ever send us pictures we will post them along with these.
In the bottom of the pictures you can see our brackets which supported the bottom and sides. The surrounds are brushed for a modern contemporary look.
The fireplace below is in Glendale Hills California. We installed Starfire as a base with about 1 lb of Ice Ice Ice on top. Then to finish it off we installed a brass surround with bronze frosted glass. The customer loved it! She is the CEO of Fredrick's of Hollywood! Awesome house by the way.
The fireplace below is in Palm Springs California. We installed Starfire as a base glass of Starfire, painted the interior ivory white and installed brushed surround with clear glass edging.
Now it starts to come to life!
It just looked sooo good, we had to post all of the pictures!
Amazing flame work by night and below simple and nice to see by day.
This surround has 4" sides and 3" top and bottom. Every fireplace is a little bit different as we recommend a cardboard template so you can get a preview of what it will look like before hand.
The fireplace below has a stainless steel pan installed with a ribbon burner. The front legs of the pan are 4" round brushed legs with our standard legs in the back. Here you can see the different flame patterns of our ribbon burner. We then installed a brushed aluminum surround.
The first 3 pictures are of the fireplace before we started on it. The wall was built out 8" for the flat screen above the fireplace.
The next 4 pictures are of our ribbon burner after fabrication.
Now we pour on Starfire to help conceal the burner.
Our ribbon burners can actually raise the flames quite a bit!
This is one of our smaller 18" ribbon burners.
The pan is now installed in the fireplace.
Add a little fire
Now we install the surround to finish this fireplace off!
What we do is very simple, we listen to the customers needs and build from their imagination.
The fireplace below in in Lakeland, Florida and was installed by John Addison for his customer. The fireplace has one of our propane pan burners with a remote control. We built a brushed aluminum surround with out the inner glass per the customer request. The glass that was used was a Gray base glass with Black and Copper Ruby Red Toppers on top.
As you can see the fireplace was not much to look at until we added our touch.
You be the judge, We think it turned out wonderful!
The surround below was built for Stacey in Laguna Niguel, California. She requested distressed copper which she got. From the edges on the interior being welded and polished to the antique distress. The surround looked great against the faux painted walls. The glass that was used was Bronze Rust Copper.
We typically start with a card board template to replicate the size and shape of the fireplace surround. This is a preview of your surround as this eliminates any surprises!
The fireplace below is in Pasadena, California. This fireplace is a two sided fireplace with a remote control, two stainless steel surrounds, quad "H" burner, custom 2" stand off quick release brackets on the surrounds, 2" install with crushed lava rock filler, Black Reflective and it looks awesome!
These 2 pictures show the bracket system being installed.
As you can see these have been hinged.
The base connection and remote control are being installed.
After the burner is connected we always test burn. Make sure there are no LEAKS!
For those of you who want remote controls, you can see there are a few items to hide. Once you get the glass in over the pipes and connections, it's not too bad. For this type of remote control there has to be a safety pilot light and thermo coupler with the valving system.
The flames are low at this point because the meter has to be turned up by the gas company as there is not enough pressure for this type of burner.
The crushed lava goes in now and the burners are pulled to the surface before we pour the glass over the lava and glass. Do not pour the lava up to the edges but keep it back about 3" to 4" from the edges.
If you look at the front lower right of the fireplace you can see the electronic eye of the remote control.
This surround had a front base plate with 2 pins standing up to receive the surround which had 2 holes in the same place. Then the 2 brackets lifted up to attach and hold the surrounds in place. The customer wanted this child proof, so we invented a way to do this and it turned out great.
If you will notice this surround was 2" away from the fireplace as this is the design the customer wanted. Pretty cool idea! The bracket system we created is child proof and easy to remove the surrounds as well.
The fireplace below is a direct vent fireplace in Arroyo Grande (Pismo Beach, California). We mounted the back and then attached the face. This surround was with out a perimeter of interior glass. We usually border a 2" band of glass all around the inside edge. We use aluminum for this project.
This is the standard black frame for the fireplace.
Below you can see the back of the surround attached to the fireplace.
Then we just slip the front cover over and done!
The surround below was a one piece construction face and a 4 piece construction on the rear. We use twin can laser on most if not all of our metal projects as this eliminates warp and keep the projects looking better. This was installed by Silver State Fireplaces in Las Vegas. We have given you several angles to show how nice the stainless steel still looks.
Below you can see the .030 (1/16") edge is still perfect and straight for that clean installation.
This surround below was installed in Shreveport Louisiana By Martha Heatherwick.. We first sold the Clear base glass to her contractor and then she contacted us for her surround. Step one is to make a template to replicate how it will look when its finished. How much of the opening do you want to still show? Do you want the frosted glass interior edge or no glass at all. How large or small do you want the frame? Each surround is made to fit your requirements.
We will start with the pictures:
Here is the cardboard template.
One issue came up, Martha noticed the glass had discolored in a few places. So when we got the pictures we enlarged the pictures only to find splash marks on the back wall. Which her children and grand children don't know how that may of happened! The little beggars were throwing some sort of flammable and or liquids in the fireplace to see what would happen.
Below you can see the splash marks.
The fireplace looked very nice but as you can see the surround added the finishing touch.
This surround has 3" of aluminum and 2" of non frosted glass on the interior border.
The fireplace below belongs to Robert and Rena in Palm Desert California. They choose a warm brown high heat paint too match their furniture. Here is the just finished surround:
Originally we installed two metal shields to cover and hide the nasty looking side vents. On many fireplaces to keep it minimal we do just the side covers which actually looks fine and finished.
Here is the surround installed. Looks great!
We made 3" sides and top with a 6" bottom with 2" of frosted glass installed on the interior.
The surround below was installed in Riverside California By Ruben. Ruben made a template to fit his fireplace. A bit over the top but Ruben is good for that! By making a preview template you can get a preview of what it will actually look like before we manufacture it for your fireplace. We will explain as we move on:
The wood and card board template. The blue tape will be frosted glass.
On the back side you can see the cover fins Ruben wanted to have installed. This was to cover what he did not want to see in the fireplace after the surround was installed. In our designs we ask what do you want to see and what don't you want to see.
Above and below you can see the surround front finished.
Above and below you can see the back side with the fins attached for installation. We will post pictures as soon as Ruben sends them to us.
The next fireplace surround is a brushed aluminum surround. The fireplace it is covering is a direct vent fireplace. It made it look spectacular!
The frame was 4" on the top and bottom and 5" on the sides.
The next fireplace is a self installation/ remodel.
They installed an:
1/8" Gray Base glass under
1/4" Gray Reflective base glass.
Very nice but dated and out with the old.
Steel surrounds manufactured and installed.
Jim Cogan Created this next fireplace using a Bronze Rust Copper base. He installed a Ribbon Burner opposed to a regular double burner. He had us make a 1/2" piece of Starfire as a front shield to contain the glass and it served as a "draft offset" to keep the Ribbon Burner traveling straight up. Here are the before and after pictures: