So now here is where I planned it to go above. Its what I consider to be a main focal point as soon as you walk into the front door.
And here it is:
I had him build a hearth just as wide as the entire wall at 12" high and the entire fireplace (hearth included) is 42" high! I do not show a good detail pic of the inset ,but it has a horizontal wood plank look. I did that to add some extra look through detail since I opted out of building the fire[lace around an electrical firebox.
What I place for the inset is first paint it, black...i think, and create a candlelit fireplace vignette something like this: