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News — Mantel

3 Reasons Why Custom Mantels by White River are a Smarter Choice

Posted by Alex Swan on

By Coreena Harbison, Senior Designer White River Hardwoods White River Hardwoods has been building custom mantels for 40 years. What does that mean for you or your client? In a word, convenience. Here are 3 reasons why custom mantels make sense: You save time. Instead of spending hours trying to find a stock mantel on a website that fits the dimensions you need and the style you want, you can make one phone call and tell us what you’re looking for. Time is money, so when you’re not wasting time searching online, or ordering a mantel that ends up not...

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Custom Mantel on a Grand Scale

Posted by Duane Coleman on

The finished mantel installed at its final destination, richly stained and glazed. By Coreena Harbison A homeowner gave us an inspiration photo for a beautiful mantel, but she needed a larger version to fit their Dining Room space. Using stock and custom products, White River’s Custom Shop created exactly what she wanted. The mantel opening size had to work with the existing firebox, and the width had to fit between two windows. In order to keep the proportions accurate and beautiful, White River Design Services reworked the measurements for the mantel components. Custom legs were made, while the breastplate design...

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Mantels and Wall Panels for a Chicago Showroom

Posted by Richard Enriquez on

Besides designing for clients’ homes, White River’s Design Services team also creates beautiful pieces for our dealers’ showrooms. Stan Rousonelos, owner of Highland Park Millwork in Chicago, was updating his showroom and had a vision of something unique and eye-catching. He wanted an ornamented focal point, that when lit at night, would continue to be a silent salesman on his busy avenue. The space he allocated was perfect for a petite traditional mantel with an overmantel and panelled walls to finish it. Coming from a background in trim carpentry, he was fearless about building it himself. • The highlight of...

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A Customized Stock Mantel with a Big Personality

Posted by Richard Enriquez on

In this project, the customer liked our stock MAN9021mantel, but it was too short for his fireplace opening. This is not an unusual problem with our stock mantels, but there is an easy solution. Along with the stock mantel, we provided the customer with custom plynth blocks to raise the overall mantel height to the appropriate dimension. With no existing hearth (and a desire to continue not having a hearth), something else had to fill the space where a hearth is usually expected. So our FR8965 Rinceau scrolls frieze was used, in an atypical fashion, creating detail where the hearth would in a...

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When is Bigger Better? Enlarging a Mantel the White River Way

Posted by Richard Enriquez on

At first glance, the above mantel looks like our MAN9012. There is the same beautiful center carving and those hefty corbels. But then look at the mantel relative to the objects around it. That’s when it clicks: this mantel is big. Significantly bigger than our stock piece. Not that our stock MAN9012 is small. At 7’-3” wide and 4’-10 ¾” tall, it’s a pretty impressive carving. But this custom piece is over a foot taller and a foot wider. The custom mantel covers a wall area nearly 50% larger than the stock piece. This took some careful planning and fabrication.  ...

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