Our builder Ernie is working wonders with our feature wall. Following my 3d sketches he build us a fake chimney breast with a wooden frame, a few sheets of plasterboard and now tiling it up with natural slate. Natural slate is notoriously difficult to lay. Not only its extremely delicate but it requires a skilled tradesman to handle it and seal it properly.
Our decorative fireplace will be put into place tomorrow, I believe.
Its good to have contractors like Ernie that can think out of the box and work out solutions while remodelling. And trust me, this is not always the case.