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 make each mantel out of thick planks of furniture grade hardwoods (Alder, White Oak or Walnut) and bevel cut ALL edges to look like a solid beam. I offer different levels of distressed finishes for the rustic, barn beam look or even a smooth, modern/traditional finish.
I also provide installation for all my mantels. Most have to be scribed to the wall for a good fit - I try to keep most gaps under 1/4" on rough surfaces and pretty flush on smooth surfaces. 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 $800-$1200, for standard sizes (72" or less) while mantels made from other wood species, unique sizes and shapes, or corbels run $1000-$1600. I provide an in-home consultation for measuring, sample viewing, color selection and a quote. No deposit or payment is needed until you see the final product - if you don't love it, you don't have to buy it!
Custom Beams I also make a limited number of ceiling beams wraps (faux beams) in knotty or clear alder - costs will vary but larger single beams start at $2500.