12:33PM | 04/11/14
Member Since: 04/11/14
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I could use some advice here, as this is my first time working with stone on a vertical. I have installed a new direct vent gas fireplace and am in the process of putting up a stone veneer surround. My question is about the place where the stone meets the drywall. The stone corner pieces will meet the drywall at a right angle. Should I run the stone up to the drywall, or run it past the drywall? Pictures below, if I can get it to work.

If I run the stone up to the drywall, then the gap to fill will be smaller (since the cut edge of the stone will meet the relatively flat drywall). If I run the stone past the drywall, or think of it as the drywall butting against the face of the stone, the gap will be larger due to the uneven stone surface.

Generally it seems a smaller gap is better. However, if the stone goes past the drywall it is more likely to look like the stone is part of an actual chimney which extends outside, past the wall, and not just a veneer. I am concerned that the situation with the smaller gap will "telegraph" that the stone is just a veneer.

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

David, Moderator

08:36AM | 04/12/14
Member Since: 11/15/13
230 lifetime posts
Hey, Thanks for the question.
We (you) as the builder of any project will notice these types of variations more than any other person who looks at it.
Keep in mind that if you run the stone past the drywall you will have gaps to fill in.
You could fit the drywall around the stone (this will be time consuming)but not impossible.Or you could install a straight piece and fill in the gaps with compound.
If you do the latter, use a dry mix compound for the first coat(durabond)because it dries much harder.
If you butt the stone into the drywall and you think you will regret it every time you look at it, I would run the stone past. You will be looking at more than anybody.
Hope this helps


09:22AM | 04/26/14
Member Since: 04/26/14
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Not sure if you've started your stone project. Here is what I would do because I have installed stone like yours a fee times. I would drywall and paint. Then I would install the stone. If the short end of the corner piece is long enough to be able to be cut, then I would cut the piece flush up against the finished drywall. Use a grinder to cut the stone. To me it looks better to have the stone look like its running past the drywall. Hope this is helpful.


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