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Help framing around fireplace

13 years ago

I'm finishing my basement and I can't figure out how to frame around the fireplace.

As you can see, it's a floating fireplace. I'm building a 2x4 framed wall. I don't know how close I can go to the opening of the fireplace. The code is confusing. I'm also having a hard time figuring out how I would build out the fireplace itself including the hearth and surround.

I haven't settled on brick or stone yet for the surround. I think I'm kind of open depending on the design.

Any ideas are much appreciated.

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