Masonry fireplace designs can incorporate bricks, naturally shaped flagstones, cinder-blocks, open hearth and enclosed plans. Masonry fireplace designs are available for large, open fireplace layouts and smaller designs ideal for tight spaces or small rooms. Fireplaces with masonry construction are typically wood-burning hearths and enclosures.
Homeowners can incorporate masonry into the entire layout of the fireplace, including the chimney and hearth, or use it as a selective accent. For gas insert fireplaces, they can build masonry around the insert in the hearth or lodestone to create a more natural look. Masonry fireplaces can be designed to meet energy efficiency standards for heating.