The overall width and facing of your fireplace should first be measured, then you will need to verify if there is a minimum required distance to an overhead mantel shelf or adjacent mantel legs. Once those clearances are established, a surround that meets or exceeds those clearances can be selected. The actual amount of space between the fireplace and the surround is largely personal preference. Some customers prefer a surround that is very close fitting, while others prefer more space for a tile, stone, or marble veneer.
on July 16, 2014