I think this fireplace turned out exceptionally beautifully. Because of the age of the house as well as the design concept, a ‘patina of age’ was necessary for all of the outdoor elements.
How to achieve this with new construction? There are various ways to distress or ‘weather’ new blocks or bricks, such as tumbling or acid washing, but nothing can match the sublime beauty of genuine antique bricks. For this project, we found lovely one hundred plus year old bricks from a small supplier in Maryland. Using salvaged bricks adds to construction costs but for something like this it’s completely worth it.