At Richard Ellis Design, we work closely with clients and designers throughout the process of choosing a fireplace and provide carefully tailored advice on design styles, materials, sizing & dimensions, heating units, and installation, based on over 40 years of expertise in the field.
When considering the addition of a fireplace to a property, it is essential to discuss these intentions with a professional (usually an architect or builder) who is familiar with the local council and safety regulations, along with any necessary permits required.
Once you have determined the feasibility of a fireplace, discussions about the style, design and accompanying heating unit can begin. Interior designers, architects and builders will also be best placed to provide you with recommendations regarding the positioning of the fireplace (if there is no existing chimney at the property already).
Richard Ellis Design has the largest range of fireplace surrounds in available in Australia. In each collection, clients can choose their preferred design which can then be adjusted to fit the space required. Alternatively, we can custom make a new fireplace design.
In our initial consultation, we will establish the type of project (new build or renovation) the fireplace/s are for, style of the property, budget, and the proposed heating unit.
Then we will then create a shortlist of recommended or bespoke designs for review and refine the selected fireplace/s during the design development stage.
Once more information about the project has been gathered, we will determine the preferred styles, fireplace designs, and materials, before drafting a scaled working drawing according to any specific requirements and/or size restrictions discussed. A final technical drawing of the selected fireplace/s will then be drawn up by our team or the architect, interior designer or builder involved.
The scaled drawings include material specifications and dimensions as agreed upon and are then added to the building schedule. Ideally, a site visit is preferable and would be arranged to inspect the proposed location of the fireplace.
CREATING YOUR FIREPLACE
We monitor every step involved in creating our fireplaces to ensure the best result for clients; from cutting the original block of stone to carving the final details. We have a trusted network of suppliers and personally source the highest quality stone from specialist quarries around the world.
When the design and materials have been finalised and approved, the technical drawings and specifications are sent to our stonemasons and manufacturing team, where production begins.
We are dedicated to delivering exceptional products.
To this end, we are constantly surveying the progress of each fireplace. Our quality assurance emphasises attention to detail and commitment to excellence.
Once the stone has been cut, carved and finished, the fireplace surround, which comprises of a mantel, jambs (legs), plinths (feet), and shelf, is delivered unassembled to the site where installation can proceed. In consultation with the client, architect/interior designer and builder, the installation team is organised for install.
A great amount of experience and care is required during the installation process to ensure the fireplace does not sustain any significant marks or damage. When nominating a contractor, we strongly recommend a highly skilled and experienced team to carry out this step.
After installation by a professional, styling the mantel and surrounding area can begin. Use the following links to browse our range of fireplace accessories and mirrors to accompany your fireplace, view completed projects for inspiration, or read our mantel styling guide.