Alter Eagle
Master Carpenter
SEBASTOPOL CALIFORNIA
San Francisco North Bay
License #769640 Bonded & Insured

Custom Fireplace Mantels

Mantel Surrounds • Overmantels • Mantel Shelves • Mantel Cabinets

Every mantel we build is custom designed to your homes architectural style, 
proportion and scaled for your fireplace and installed by a master craftsman.

Service Area - Northern Marin to West Sonoma County
Bodega Bay, Cotati, Forestville, Fountaingrove, Glen Ellen, Graton, Guerneville, Healdsburg, Kenwood, Larkfield, Novato, Oakmont, Occidental, Penngrove, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Windsor. Mantels & Trim: Cloverdale to San Rafael.

mantel surround with an arch Proportioned mantel surround
with an arched architrave

Mantel Proportion & Scale

You can find the Golden Ratio in all corners of ancient architecture, literature, artwork and through out nature. Not all mantels can be designed to use the golden ratio but I personally find it a perfect place to start.
The fireplace insert or existing firebox determines a lot of the design. Then the mantel is scaled to how it fits in with the room, the type of mantel being used and if it will include side cabinets or overmantel with a panel or TV.

History: Use of the Golden Ratio
paneled mantel surround Fireplace
surround
overmantel with a panel Overmantel
with panel
overmantel with TV Overmantel
with TV
mantel wrapping a column Four sided
surround
mantel with lower side cabinets Lower
cabinets
mantel with tv and wall cabinets Full height
cabinets
mantel surround with stone tile A surround with stone face tile
that is applied after install

Fireplace Mantel Surrounds

A mantel surround includes the top section (entablature) and two columns (pilasters) framing the entire fireplace. They usually sit on the hearth which is the base of the firebox. The final color is applied once they installed and can be pre-primed in the shop.

Estimating & Installation: A paint grade custom surround can be estimated during a site visit. They are typically measured after a tile or face update and installed over the existing brick or new tile. The side clearance is 6 to 8 inches at the pilasters and the top 10 to 12 inches to where the entablature starts.

Mantel: Combustable Clearances
mantel surround columns Full height
columns
mantel column detail Column and
capital detail
mantel with arch Arch to match
gas insert
mantel with arched architrave Column and
arch detail
mantel fit between windows Between two
windows
mantel between two windows Column detail
at casing
mantel surround return Mantel return
to wall
mantel return detail Return to wall
column detail
cherry mantel surround Cherry mantel
surround
cherry mantel detail Column and
carving detail
mantel on brick Mantel on
tall brick
mantel column return detail Mantel detail
at return
mantel applied panels Mantel with
applied panels
oak mantel with 3 columns Oak 3 column 
off-set mantel 
inset panel mantel Mantel with
inset panels
mantel inset panel detail Inset panels
fascia detail
mantel with inset TV Mantel with TV
inset in wall
mantel with mission style fascia Mission style
mantel fascia
overmantel with panel Overmantel with a panel
and stone on the surround

Fireplace Overmantels

A fireplace surround can have an overmantel typically of similar design. Traditional overmantels in Victorians and Craftsmans used a panel or mirror but are popular once again for framing a television. They also strike a good balance with higher ceilings or side cabinets.

Estimating & Installation: A paint grade custom surround with an overmantel can be estimated during a site visit. They are typically measured after a tile or face update and installed over the existing brick or new tile. The side clearance is 6 to 8 inches at the columns and the top 10 to 12 inches to where the mantel starts.

History: Decorative Mantels
overmantel panel detail Overmantel
panel detail
overmantel side detail Overmantel
side detail
overmantel with TV Overmantel
with TV
tv overmantel detail Overmantel
column detail
overmantel electric insert Overmantel
electric insert 
lower electric surround Lower
surround
overmantel with lower cabinets Overmantel with walnut tops
and lower side cabinets

Fireplace Cabinets & Trims

Fireplace surrounds and overmantels with custom cabinets. Lower side cabinets and overmantels with upper cabinets. We also build fireplace mantels for those special design situations with additional trim elements or to interior designer specifications.

Estimating & Installation: Paint grade custom fireplace mantels with cabinets are measured during a site visit and estimated within a day or two with an onsite "ballpark" cost. They are typically measured after a tile or face update and installed over the existing brick or new tile. The side clearance is 6 to 8 inches at the columns and the top 10 to 12 inches to where the mantel starts.

overmantel with cabinets Overmantel
lower cabs
column at cabinet detail Column at
cabinet detail
surround with lower wall cabinets Surround with
lower cabinets
surround with wall to wall cabinets Surround wall
to wall cabinet
mantel wall cabinets Mantel TV &
wall cabinets 
mantel wall cabinets Wall mantel
side view
overmantel with wall cabinets Overmantel
TV & cabinets
mantel cabinet detail Remote cubby
& components
four sided mantel Four sided
mantel
Four sided mantel rear view Four sided
rear view
designers mantel Designers
mantel 
mantel floating shelf Floating
shelf
mantel shelf Mantel shelf with a 3/4 top cap
and 5 1/2 inch crown

Fireplace Mantel Shelf

Custom fireplace mantel shelves are the top section (entablature) of a fireplace surround without the columns. They typically have a top cap and a crown molding to give them depth. They can also be built up with architectural elements or have corbels (brackets) which are usually supplied by the customer.

Estimating & Installation: Paint grade custom fireplace mantels shelves are measured during a site visit and estimated onsite. They are typically measured after a tile or face update and installed over the existing brick or new tile. The clearance to the top 10 to 12 inches to where the mantel starts.

mantel shelf side detail Mantel shelf
side detail
mahogany mantel shelf Mahogany
mantel shelf
mahogany mantel detail Mahogany
mantel detail
10 ft oak mantel shelf before stain Oak mantel
before stain
oak mantel shelf detail Oak mantel
shelf detail
oak box style mantel Oak box
style mantel
mantel shelf Mantel shelf
on brick
mantel shelf Mantel shelf
painted brick
mantel shelf with corbels Mantel shelf
with corbels
mantel shelf on stone Mantel shelf
on stone
mantel shelf on stone with corbels Mantel on stone
with corbels
mantel shelf corner detail Mantel shelf
corner detail