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Fireplaces that think outside the hearth
Fireplaces that think outside the hearth

When Joel Meneses, designer at Real Design LLC, was asked to renovate a Fells Point home, he knew he wanted to maintain the fireplaces. “Historically, [a fireplace] defines a room as a gathering place and not just a room with furniture in it,” he says. “It informs the space planning.” The fireplace was located in a wall next to a stairwell. Like many urban homes, this one had few windows, so getting light to penetrate the interior was a challenge. By removing the wall with the fireplace and wood mantel, Meneses created a way for light to enter the stairwell, leaving room in the air above for a fireplace that appears to float in space. Meneses liked the idea of...

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