The owners selected a gas insert instead of burning wood because of its lower maintenance. In cool months, they set beach stones that have been warmed by the fire around the room to act as heaters.
Tip: The fireplace hearth is composed of bricks that match the house foundation. Raising the firebox enables it to be seen from around the room.
Wall stain: semitransparent custom color blend, alkyd-oil; cabotstain.com.