What a Mess!!!!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Renovating a 50 year old mid-century fireplace is proving to be an adventure. Originally, it was ten feet wide and covered with flagstone. We have decided to get rid of the firebox on the left side, move it to the center, install a gas fireplace insert and cover it with a concrete stacked stone.

My husband started chiseling away on Tuesday. The deeper he went, the bigger the mess and the weirder the construction. So far he has found six different kind of brick in various stages of with mortar up to two inches thick everywhere. Now he is at a point where the interior construction is very puzzling and we have a phone call in to a fireplace expert for some advice.

I am attempting to upload some photos, but it won't let me right now. I always have to make them smaller first and it proves to be difficult each time. I will edit this blog later to add the photos.
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    the fire place sounds like it is going to be beautiful with the stacked stone when it's finished. it will be well worth the hard work you put into it. i can't wait to see the photos as it progresses. good luck with it.
    3930 days ago
  • AMAS92568
    This sounds like a neat project. Hopefully it goes more smoothly from here on.
    3931 days ago
  • FITKAT2010
    What a mess! LOL And an adventure!
    3931 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/7/2010 7:42:42 AM
    I'm glad that's your project and not mine! LOL. The gas insert will be nice when you finally get it in. Good luck and have fun!
    3932 days ago
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    I am impressed! We are all thumbs and don't do that well on home improvement projects. I think it would be great fun to have your skills! Enjoy the challenge. I am sure the end results will be worth the mess.
    3932 days ago
  • RENA1965
    Good luck with the fire place, perhaps those photos are too large? Try finding a free resizing service on the internet and make them smaller..
    Sparks is a little iffy when photos have large dimensions..
    3932 days ago
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