Funk Whitall Residence

The clients requested a fireplace element to be created for the blank wall in the middle of the view side of their A frame home, to act as more than any ordinary focal point. Originally discouraged by the cost of custom fire elements creators to charge $45,000 for three areas of “balls of fire”, I designed and fabricated this 23 foot tall fire element out of blackened steel and an off-the-shelf fireplace from the hardware store for under $10,000. While it only has one fire element, the clients report that the heat created is more than adequate to heat the entire living space if they choose. I also designed and fabricated the bases for two custom tables, for formal and informal dining. The concrete tops were provided by Vince Cathcart of VC Studio, Inc.