My custom fireplace mantels give the appearance of a heavy, solid beam but are finely crafted, hollow boxes. This allows for installation on just about any type of wall - even if you do not have existing supports for a mantel. It can even be cut to fit over a tiered stone or brick mantel.
I personally hand craft each mantel out of thick planks of furniture grade hardwoods (Alder, White Oak, Cherry or Walnut) and bevel cut ALL edges to look like a solid beam. All dimensions can be customized and I offer several levels of finishes from a silky smooth finish, to subtle textures and of course the aged, rustic style, full of character.
I also provide installation for my mantels. Most have to be scribed to the wall for a good fit (sometimes even drywall). I try to keep transitions around 1/16"-1/8" for most surfaces, but stone will have a little more variation. Once installed, my mantels are extremely sturdy and will easily support 100+ pounds of weight. If you are doing a remodel, my mantels are typically installed at the end but I may need stud measurements if it is going over tile or a thin stone veneer.
Custom Mantel Pricing Knotty Alder mantels range $600-$1000, for standard sizes (72" or less) while mantels made from other wood species, unique sizes and shapes, or corbels can run $800-$1500. Installations generally range $250-$450. I provide an in-home consultation for measuring, sample viewing, color selection and a quote. You will also have the opportunity to select the face board of the mantel, if you prefer. No deposit is required on mantel only projects.
Custom Beams I occasionally will take on a ceiling beam project. Since I work alone, I do have to assess each project to see what is possible.