Foul Bay Rd.
Indoor & Outdoor Fireplace Project
This project in Oak Bay, Victoria, BC consisted of replacing the current indoor fireplace and designing/building an exterior stone fireplace. The majority of the stone used in this project was local to the property, and the remainder was quarried through K2 Stone in Victoria BC, and Hillside Stone & Garden in Duncan BC.
The interior stone fireplace was built using local blast-rock, most of which was native to the property, and then chiseled to suit. The stone hearth and stone mantel were quarried and cut in Port Renfrew, BC, both of which weighed hundreds of pounds.
The biggest challenge was due to the flooring already being newly finished and the sheer weight of the slabs, which made it impossible to utilize a crane or any machinery. With sufficient flooring protection, the slabs were hand-lifted into place.
The exterior fireplace was built out of a combination of stone slabs that were also quarried and cut in Port Renfrew, BC, through K2 Stone; Brownstone which is native to Utah, USA and was provided by Hillside Stone & Garden, which was used as the border to the fireplace; and a natural full-bed ledgestone that was also supplied by K2 Stone, which was used in between the slabs and the Brownstone. The shell of the fireplace was constructed out of Cinder Blocks which were then filled with concrete. In order to support the weight of the blocks and the stonework directly above the fireplace, a 1/2" thick sheet of steel was required, and then an additional 4" thick slab of concrete. Please read our blog post on the Building of a Giant Stone Fireplace for more information.