This picture and the next are the AutoCAD renderings I did in the design stage of this heater.  Giving a prospective client realistic pictures of what their heater will be like raises their comfort level – and gives them something 'concrete' to look forward to. Both sides of the heater are quite unique and modern.  The clients want a low-profile heater so that the cook can see over the heater into the living room.  Guests in the living room will be able to readily communicate with someone in the kitchen while still enjoying the masonry heater. Whenever I work in an existing home, I completely curtain off the work area from the client's living area.  In this case the construction takes place just a few feet from the owner's food-preparations.  I need to keep it as clean as possible. The huge footprint of the heater – eleven feet long and more than six feet wide at the largest parts – is here defined by slabs of fireproof insulation board which keeps heat from wicking into the massive concrete slab that support the heater. The perimeter walls of the heater defined by dry-set refractory blocks. And the heater grows. Add some soapstone here. . . And a little soapstone there. . . Make sure those soapstone seat backs have flues running right behind them so they get toasty warm! Now it starts to look like furniture! There's even a chaise lounge just outside the kitchen – made out of soapstone. A view of the heater with its first coat of stucco applied.  The heater needs to be fired a bit before stucco is finished. With the project now nearly complete, we can see the generous seating area – all heated – along with two sets of shelves readily accessible to the kitchen.  The shelves are a great place to keep food warm, to let bread rise, or to set you wet mittens to dry. First fire!  This living room side of the heater boasts comfortably warm seating for three or four and generous wood storage to the far right and left.  The metal flue is wrapped in soapstone.