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I want to add a mantle to my unadorned brick fireplace to provide a focal point for the room and to distract potential homebuyers from the long, steep, treacherous driveway! I want it to be oak with a fairly deep mantle (10 -12 inches) and side supports. I am planning on living in this house only 1-2 more years so don't want to spend a fortune and get the ultimate mantle that I would want in my next house where I plan to live forever!
About a year ago, I priced it with a local woodworker and it was $1500 with a 9-month lead time. Things came up in that time and I found other, more pressing uses for my money. I have since decided that I don't want to spend that much and want a simpler, Arts / Crafts design. Any suggestions on where/how to get something more affordable or even websites with mantle / fireplace designs that I could bring to my woodworker (or send to my brother in MI who said he might make it and ship to me)?