We have a vaulted ceiling living room, with a fireplace at one end.
Currently the fireplace just has a stone border going around it, with the
chimney that goes to the ceiling just standard plaster wall (like the rest
of the room). We're hoping to put flagstone or some other stone face all
around it up to the top (like at those ski lodges and cabins). We're not
sure about whether we'll use real stone or cultured, but one thing I'm
concerned about is the weight. In the basement, you can look up and see
that there's some type of additional wood between the joists, like a second
little subfloor under the first, that one of my handyman buddies thinks is
just for the brick floor of the fireplace, because of the weight.
How can we know if the floor will support the stone of what we plan to do?
Or, what could we do to just make sure it'll support anything, and not worry
about exact specs?
Any ideas, advice, etc. are appreciated, and thanks for reading.