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Faux Fireplace Built Anywhere

Faux fireplace? So what images do you conjure up with a title like that? How can a fireplace be faux anyway? Faked out fire? Answer…creativity! Once in a while I purchase a home which needs a strong architectural element  either  inside or out. If the home lacks such an element, what do you do…if you’re me, you build it. Building a faux fireplace really is a simple DIY project if you follow what I did. First off a real fireplace has to be built to code and should accompany a permit before you start. They require proper venting and event some kind of chimney. I built my first faux fireplace in a mobile home because the corner of the living room was screaming for a warm and cozy focal point.

I was on a very limited budget but actually had a few materials on the site calling out to me every time I passed them. The actual fireplace element, which was a flat panel wall heater with fire element and a glass screen,  but was not nearly as important as the overall focal element I needed built. The wow factor was created by all the surrounding components, the mantle, the hearth and the surrounding surface areas.

fp alone [HDTV (720)]   I started with 4’x8’ sheet of ¾’ plywood and cut out a hole for the heater insert. I cut out a vent on the outer exterior wall for extra ventilation. I also made sure I picked a spot which had electrical power and I had my electrician run a cable line for a wall mounted TV. I mounted the 4’x8’ sheet to the corner and then mounted my mantle which was made out of an extra piece of crown molding we had laying around.


Then I was able to use the best element in the whole project, a product from Lowes called Air Stone. This stuff was terrific. It looked like heavy outdoor concrete ledge stone, only made of light material for indoor use and easy cutting. I surrounded the opening from floor to mantel with the Air Stone creating a natural texture which cast plenty of shadows in the evening light.     The final design element I used was inspired by the decorative weathered lap siding used on the exterior of the house.

IMG_0964 [HDTV (720)] Seen here, I also used the siding on other focal walls throughout the property to carry the theme. Once completed, I put down a couple extra tiles left over from the entry and I had a perfect focal point in the room to house a flat panel TV and a few candles… I like comments, let me know your thoughts or questions.     2013-03-22 13.52.41 [HDTV (720)]


This post is written by (me) Don Gilmartin in order to inspire the DIY, design & flipping community. As CEO and founder of Fliptechs I have over 20 years of design, construction, and real estate, experience to share.


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  1. Don Gilmartin -  February 3, 2014 - 1:51 am

    Thank you Edythe!
    I will keep as many posts coming as I can. In the mean time please check out my YouTube channel for all the posts on the mobile home flips I’ve done…They been a smashing success with many new subscribers following the posts related to that material. Please keep your comments coming.

  2. Anita Garmon -  February 11, 2014 - 12:55 pm

    You have really inspired me and my husband to do a DIY on our mobile home kitchen. Really love the mobile homes that you flipped.

    • Don Gilmartin -  February 11, 2014 - 2:10 pm

      Terrific Anita! Please let me know if there is anything more I can help you with. I am currently doing a few more in Palm Springs California and will be posting soon.

    • Don Gilmartin -  December 1, 2014 - 4:31 am

      Thanks Anita! anything I can do to help, let me know


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