Our fireplace had a greenish marble facing and no stoup, just the marble flat on the floor. We pulled the marble off and built a stoup out of 2x4's. We choose a tumbled stone tile and a glass mosaic inlay and put a diamond tile pattern in the stoup for a little detail. This project took a lot more planning because the tile had to be started in the middle of the top of the fireplace to insure it was centered and the worked down on the sides and taping the tiles to each other instead of building from the bottom and stacking up.We purchased everything for this project from one tile store.
*Options I considered for this project:
No other options, tile was our first choice
*Questions and unexpected events that arose during the project:
Figuring out how to start in the middle of the top and then work down, instead of stacking the tile from bottom.
* Cost Comments: