Installing our Ledger Stone "Fire Place" Wall



hey guys it's amy from colorado mountain living cozying up next to our gas stove here in our fireplace area our fireplace is brought to you by ledger stem wall our weekend project that Brian and I got done with the weekend so if you don't have a fireplace in your house this is the way that you might be able to get one because we don't have the whole chimney set up and you know inset and all of that but what we do what we did do is create a focal point in our home to create a fireplace like atmosphere so we've got LED your stone wall behind soapstone be soaked stones on the bottom and then all of that you can radiate into all that stone really produce a lot of warmth for the for the house upstairs of course a little bit pot right now because it's 76 in here and I've just got stolen for looks in fact we haven't had to run it very much since we've been upstairs because the Sun has been really really warm and the temperatures have been in the 50s even when it's in the 30s it stays pretty warm so you know we don't have to really use up a whole lot but it looks wonderful especially with a nice stone facade behind it and so this video we're going to show you all the steps group that went into putting it together so hopefully you'll enjoy the video and see what how biz have we been over the weekend right guys I'm gonna try to see if I can hang up some of that Hardy blacker board on the back of the stove area I cut all the pieces earlier and there's a few more little cutouts I have to do for the bottom ones because of where the gas line runs so I got to do some of those cuts but I think I can paint some of these with some of Brian's tips to throw some nails in there to kind of rest the board on so that way Don hold the board and try to screw it into place at the same time I'm going to skip this step above the beam because it's a little bit high up even with the 8 foot ladder I can't really reach that high so maybe Brian's more comfortable doing those but I didn't think that these lower ones done it might motivate him to finish the upper ones that we can get to the ledger stone on it well I got on the lower part done letting Brian do above the beam there and he thought I did a pretty good job he just had to trim off a little bit on the corner here because of the way it was overlapping so he did a little bit of trimming right along those seams right there yeah that's a nice day Brian too outside cutting tile anything trickier about doing this wall compared to the bathroom vanity area 45 degree 90 degree angle here so I can cut 45 zone to pieces yeah do the wrap around you yeah and they're all paired so 45 was cut off of one piece so this peaceful the other piece wraps directly around so it's a match set right that is a lot of stone cut stone gemstone boxed stone that's the sixth time you've moved them some more and more manageable parcels though it's still the same amount of weight so getting all prepared Brian's got his bucket of adhesive I think he's using a thin set there it's taped off and sort of mudded his cracks and then kind of working on the corner first looking at how those 45s are going together looks pretty good but it doesn't take long you know you start getting one piece at a time and they all sudden you got half your wad built there's something really cool going on on our ledger stone these are garnets embedded in the stone and then they're cut from the from the side you can see them you can see them mm-hmm little books are all little pink light pink bumps pretty cool man so a problem unique to putting red your stone up for timber-frame homes you discovered or you're finding out one of the I'm trying to get as close as I can to some gaps and the beams twisted right there so it's question answer where I've been I don't the tape measure out just a little bit so I either have to not be so picky or and it's just you know the way the nature of the way the stone is you don't get a perfect line with every slab everything is uneven so I think it adds to the character of it you know you can always fill in gaps and cracks with a little bit of girl or whatever so you just had to shave off a little bit on that side he does listen to suggestions it's not such a hard head after all it's a thick thick trowel with some thick grooves there hey how're you gonna cut around the know how you're gonna cut around that pipe trying to cut the tile right what are you're using for adhesive there that's for heavy right none of that mastic crap no sometimes you get a piece that's got a bow and then you sometimes you get a piece that's got the reverse rainbow so you get your level that's the way to hope hope for be optimistic about these weird shaped pieces you think they'd have a bulb to bake them I don't know but you've had to trim them all along so if you do it without cutting the tiles you just get longer screws to go through the tile or yeah right right yeah yeah seems like the least pain to do it that way but also how would you get and sure a perfect cut anyway it's you know with a curly tail yeah well time it's either you time or any money so getting towards the final few strips of stone here Brian's actually working on the very very top he's it gonna have to trim about one inch to fill him a gap there along the top of the beam so he's got one more big piece one full slab of stone to put into place and then trim it out with one inch to three quarter inch pieces along the edge of the beam up there so this last piece goes in pretty easy and no trimming needed on this particular piece even though some of them had to be trimmed as they were butting up against the beam he'd have to trim off you know a hair just here and there so he's got like a couple little triangle pieces left and then about a three-quarter inch piece up along the beam there and so after cutting all these little tiny strips you think it doesn't really make a difference but it does when you're trying to go flush against the beam up there but got them all into place and finishing out the look just a lot of precision measuring he's gotta get down and trim off those one-inch pieces and I think this is the last one going the last little final piece that's going in in the corner there that's a wrap huh a little corner no cutting uh I look good forty-fives and then didn't get rid of that I mean oh so instead of a wood trim piece just yeah just grout it mm-hmm mm-hmm yeah no look like it's like a brick person down two boxes though but two boxes not quite enough to do the upper square today don't get some more yeah looks good from this angle the got stuff out of the way it's your to strategy with these corner pieces is to match it up with the thickness of the kind of arbitrary mm-hmm looks more like a natural live edge sure yeah yeah exactly so I'll just throw some the grout on there mm-hmm but once the grout sin there by that stone that stone right so what'd you guys think definitely a lot of steps right a lot of work a lot of messy work especially with that cement board I mean that is totally dusty and then the messiness of adhesive and all of that cutting stones chips being a lot of that is definitely dusty messy work but it produces a really beautiful result and it's um you know definitely adds to the value and the appearance of the home because you've kind of got this nice level I think I said a focal point for your beautiful fireplace or your Vermont castings gas stove or whatever stove that you like but for us you know this was the perfect thing because our home heats up really really quickly with the super foam insulation so wood stove probably would have been overkill we just would have been so hot in here so we can turn the stove on for 30 minutes and it can take the chill out of the air in the morning or when the Sun Goes Down at night and it's getting a little bit cool we can run it for 30 minutes to an hour and then that's all we need so we may be using a little bit more in there really really cold months but right now being April we don't have to use a whole lot but at least it looks nice and it sure adds to that aesthetic value so guys love to hear your thoughts on how the wall turned out I know we're not all the way done we've got a little bit of grabbing to do on the corner of the where it turns around over and then of course the upper part once we get a little bit more stone and then we also have to do the mortaring of the soapstone on the bottom as well so I mean it's not totally done but you know a few more projects to do on that but not only one big task done with getting that whole section of the wall done and all of those box of the stone put to use so I think we returned the square face off because it's definitely heating up right now and we might need it a few days because I think there's some snow in the forecast guys I don't know it's gonna put that spoiling out there I saw some snowflakes if you can believe it april showers bring snow showers here in the mountains so we're gonna keep you keeping our eyes out so we might be getting a snow video in a few days so take care of guys you are glad that you're with us and following our journey and hopefully learning a thing or two or just appreciating our work that we're putting into our home we'll see you next time bye you

32 Comments

  • Adam Ton

    April 15, 2019

    How do you like the stove which model is it? Thanks

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  • bray56mj

    April 15, 2019

    Nice work, looks good.

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  • Eddie B

    April 15, 2019

    That sealer really darkened the stone and made it pop against the red stove! #CML

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  • PR Nicely

    April 15, 2019

    Didn't look like much until you applied that sealant….WOW….berry noice

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  • Spirit Forest

    April 15, 2019

    looking good

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  • Hewett Homestead

    April 15, 2019

    Your stone looks great! That sealant really made it pop! Good work you guys!

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  • Sundancer

    April 15, 2019

    Great vid ! What brand was that stone sealant ? Is it for real stone as well?

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  • Stephen Boots

    April 15, 2019

    The wall looks great

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  • George Rydberg

    April 15, 2019

    Nice corners.

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  • Geoff Sutton

    April 15, 2019

    Ace! Looking awesome.

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  • Jedidiah

    April 15, 2019

    I never cared for ledger stone….but I think it works well with the height and the color of the Vermont stove….and a job well done.

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  • Sickmann Duane

    April 15, 2019

    Very interesting all the processes to get to something quite spectacular good job.
    Don’t know if you are aware of the natural qualities of crystals it’s a curiosity of mine, so I looked up garnet in a book titled “Crystal Therapy” by Doreen Virtue, PhD & Judith Lukomski and found the description interesting FYI, you should check it out.
    For greater in depth look of garnet check out “The Crystal Bible” by Judy Hall where it breaks out all ten varieties of garnet ( I only read the generalization).
    Looking forward to the next phases of your project … good job on all the progress to date!
    Thank You for being an inspiration and for bring us all along.

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  • Colin Blankenship

    April 15, 2019

    very nice. Thanks for sharing

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  • Richard Bricker

    April 15, 2019

    I like how you cut the corners at 45 degrees. They used a pre made corner on ours that looks so so, but I think the 45's would look more natural. Great Job !!

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  • Mike Hors

    April 15, 2019

    I think at the end of the house build, it will be a house of love and hart that you two put into it.
    great work keep up the great vids.

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  • Richard Rybarczyk

    April 15, 2019

    Excellent job on the tile especially those 45 degree corners, Bob Villa has nothing on you guys (lol). Looking forward to some of those outside projects this spring. God bless.

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  • Screamin Demon

    April 15, 2019

    Looks great… like the stone 45's idea that will look way nicer than putting some trim there…sometimes the little touches can make such a difference….nice work Brian!

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  • k payne

    April 15, 2019

    beautiful

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  • T K

    April 15, 2019

    Use sanded color matched caulk instead of grout along the wood.

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  • Carol Kirkley

    April 15, 2019

    Looks great. What is the black vent up above the stone area?

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  • Captain Diggler

    April 15, 2019

    Nice project!

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  • Val Clothis

    April 15, 2019

    Beautiful wall and nice job, as usual 🙂

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  • michael adams

    April 15, 2019

    looking good. love these little mini build items, although not so mini to you.

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  • donnie brown

    April 15, 2019

    New subscriber. Also retired tile mechanic. Just wondering who sold you on Hardi board? The best I can remember it's not UL listed for heat resistance. No big deal just wondering. Also when installing a backer board start at the bottom. Love the look!!

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  • Ed Over50

    April 15, 2019

    Nice job guys! Brian, do you ever get irritated with Amy filming everything you two do together? Or do you have to remind her that her mom watches this channel too…..Amy!!

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  • suziq brown

    April 15, 2019

    my husband was a mason and he always ordered corner pieces when he was doing this type of stonework.

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  • Dragonflygrandma

    April 15, 2019

    It is looking beautiful. You guys are doing a great job! Hugs and Prayers ya'll

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  • Franknank

    April 15, 2019

    What is the second or upper vent for? The stone looks great.

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  • super123steve

    April 15, 2019

    I thought it looked great then you put the sealer on and WOW!! looks fantastic.

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  • Allen Stoica

    April 15, 2019

    u guys are almost done. very fast. i told you

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  • Jacques Noel

    April 15, 2019

    beautiful very nice looking

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  • TxCowPoke

    April 15, 2019

    Fantastic setup Amy. I love the way your home is decorated…looking forward to the totally finished product! I wish they had that type of stone when I was doing my lake cabin. We had to use Guadalupe river rock and it was a pain! Beautifully planned and done. Question: How often to you have to apply the stone sealer? Does the heat from the stove affect it?

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