The center of any living room should be the fireplace. This is a special place in the house because it brings people together. The information provided below is to help you achieve your vision of building and making your own shaker fireplace surround and built-ins. In addition I hope that it is able to answer any questions you may have on your DIY do it yourself home improvement journey.
When my wife and I decided to build our house I knew I wanted our fireplace to be a special place. I wanted something that was going to draw everyone’s eye, something we could all gather around and tell stories and create memories. I first thought I wanted a traditional Craftsman styled fireplace because the outside of our house follows the Craftsman look and feel. After some research and deep thought I discovered that I really didn’t like the Craftsman look on the inside of our home. I gravitated to the Shaker style and my wife leaned toward the Farmhouse. Our style is what I call modern farmhouse. I did a lot of sketches and illustrations to come up with the design of the fireplace mantel and surround.
My goal was to follow the Shaker’s guiding principles. If you don’t know much about the Shaker style here is a brief history.
Shaker furniture is a distinctive style of furniture developed by the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, a religious sect that had guiding principles of simplicity, utility and honesty. Their beliefs were reflected in the well-made furniture of minimalist designs.
Their furniture was made thoughtfully, with functional form and proportion. Rather than using ornamentation — such as inlays, carvings, metal pulls, or veneers — which was seen as prideful or deceitful, they developed “creative solutions such as asymmetrical drawer arrangements and multipurpose forms to add visual interest.” Furniture was made of cherry, maple or pine lumber, which was generally stained or painted with one of the colors which were dictated by the sect, typically blue, red, yellow or green. Drawer pulls for dressers or other furniture were made of wood.
I personally believe this style is timeless because of its simplicity and can change with you as your home changes throughout the decades.
I have created a downloadable PDF blueprint with all the information, measurements and details you need to make this amazing Shaker inspired fireplace.