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Silver Travertine Fireplace Cladding

Fireplace before remodel

Fireplace before remodel

Travertine is a marvelous material. Often called “marble,” it is a crystalline limestone and was a preferred building material even before the Romans. Possessing a textured, porous surface, travertine has been specified by more recent architects, from Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to Robert Stern.

Travertine can be used for many design elements, both inside and out—patios, foyers, fireplace cladding, etc. In fact, the Wentworth team recently used Silver Travertine in a DC home remodeling project.

Silver Travertine Fireplace Cladding

During the remodeling of one of our client’s grand great room in Cleveland Park, D.C., they requested that we conceal the old brick fireplace with Silver Travertine. They had seen a picture of Silver Travertine and it had impressed them with its silver/taupe coloring and marble veining. With a bit of research, we found a source (www.bluemoongranite.com). And the Silver Travertine’s natural beauty gets accolades from all who visit our client’s home.

And even with a luxurious material like Silver Travertine, the details matter at top, bottom and sides. At the fireplace façade, the new travertine slabs reach a height of 13 feet, a perfect proportion to the 21 foot ceiling height (utilizing golden proportions of architecture). Slabs were installed with the veining running horizontally to complement the verticality of the space and were then recessed 2 inches into a rectangular niche in the new drywall that frames the stone as an important focal point and differentiates the drywall from stone. At the base of the wall, aluminum extrusions provide a crisp recessed intersection between the drywall, stone, and floor, again, letting the travertine take center stage (learn more about aluminum extrusions at www.kscinc.com/pittcon.html).

New silver travertine fireplace cladding in remodeled room

New silver travertine fireplace
cladding in remodeled room

A gas log and a leather wing chair provide a cozy setting to sit and gaze upon the wall of travertine.

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Wentworth specializes in remodeling homes and has won awards for a variety of projects—kitchens, basements, and more—in the DC Metropolitan area. Visit our blog if you want to learn more about the DC great room remodel, and if you’re interested in seeing past projects we’ve completed, browse our extensive portfolio!

“ What appealed to the buyers…was the balance between the old and the new, the preservation of the original features of the house, set off by the new open and lighter look. A friend who showed the house to her cousin, an architect, told me that he liked the kitchen enormously and has used it to inspire his own designs. Highest form of flattery. ”

Susan, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
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