It’s a gas, gas, gas. Or maybe it’s propane, bioethanol, or Mother Nature’s own wood. Autumn has fallen and it’s time to burn the midnight oil (or logs). Consider these three ways to keep it hot this season.
No one likes a teardown. But Thomboy Properties had to demo the original 1966 freestanding fireplace in this renovation (bottom photo). Stripped of its original stone and standing bare in its cinder block skivvies, its gas lines ran externally. An awkward placement sliced the room and pool views in half.
“During construction, an interested buyer with a large family asked us not to put a fireplace back in. They wanted open space and didn’t think the desert gets cold. Ha! Fortunately, we disagreed,” says co-owner Jackie Thomas.
As fans of the Parker Palm Springs, Thomboy borrowed the resort’s round indoor fireplace design. The firm fabricated a new, custom piece and situated it for a more functional flow. “It turned out to be the feature of the living/dining room. So said our new buyers who purchased it during the photo shoot, before we could list it for sale.”
Designed by Ric A. Harrison and built in 1967, the Cooper Residence at Seven Lakes Country Club (right) received a complete renovation by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ART GRAY FOR MOORE RUBLE YUDELL ARCHITECTS & PLANNERS
The firm book-matched Calcutta marble so the new linear fire pit in the outdoor courtyard would imitate the mountain views. “The view and the fireplace sit directly opposite each other,” explains Associate Principal and Director of Interior Design Stanley Anderson. “In between, sliding doors at both ends of the great room slide open to join the views and their terraces.”
The double-sided fireplace (top photo) in this custom home at The Reserve Club in Indian Wells fits like a puzzle piece into the cut-out ceiling. Angela Wells Interior Design highlighted the grand fireplace as a focal point with warm Venetian plaster. The neutral work blends with existing flooring and other elements in the massive open space.
PHOTO BY PATRICK KETCHUM PHOTOGRAPHY FOR THOMBOY PROPERTIES