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Brick Fireplaces

Brick fireplaces come in all shapes and sizes. So even if you don't want a "traditional" looking fireplace, you may find that the look and feel of brick is right for you. One of the great things about brick is that it can get old and beat up looking without losing its charm. Many fireplace owners feel that the aged look is part of that charm rather than something that detracts from it. If you've ever seen a brand new brick fireplace, you may understand what they're talking about. The brick is all shiny and new. It gleams. It looks nice in a way, but it doesn't look "natural." You feel as though you want to take it through a season of fires to break it in. Then it will look the way a brick fireplace ought to look. Then it will have that patina that adds warmth to the home even when there isn't a fire going.

Stone Fireplaces

Keep in mind that the stone used in a stone veneer fireplace needs to be durable and not susceptible to heat damage. Limestone, granite and dense metamorphic rocks can stand up to heat with no issues. Avoid soft rocks, slate or any other rock that crumbles fairly easily. The inside of the firebox should absolutely be built with hard firebrick set in fireclay, not mortar. Mortar used in between firebrick almost always crumbles when subjected to the repeated heat of fires. Fireclay is the preferred material as the joints between the brick are small, and the fireclay tends to vitrify with each fire.

If you are planning a renovation, remodeling or refacing of your old interior stone brick fireplace or construction of a new one, you've come to the right place.

Fireplace Installation

The homeowner wished to have a wood burning 'Zero Clearance' fireplace installed on this wall of their livingroom. The trick here was to build it in such a way so that the finished face of the fireplace would be flush with the existing wall.

Here we see the exterior of the same wall depicted above.

After opening up the wall at the desired location, we framed a rough opening, complete with a header to support the exterior wall where the old studs were removed. Note that the new framing members are kept a safe distance off of the fireplace box.

The bricks have been cut away and new walls were framed up to enclose the fireplace box. Further, a 'chase' was built to cover the insulated steel chimney.

Once the framing was complete, we proceeded to patch up the drywall.

The drywall repairs were completed with a coat of primer. The homeowner elected to finish off the fireplace mantel and paint at a later date.

The exterior alterations were completed with vinyl siding.
Here's a picture of the completed fireplace mantel.

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