A fire in any fashionable residence capabilities not solely as a spot to collect or cozy up, but in addition as an necessary design piece that may pull an entire room collectively and make a press release. Renovating a fire, mantel or chimney could seem daunting, however with a number of pointers you’ll be able to obtain a sensible and complicated look. We requested contractor Roger Krost of Conspec Constructing Methods for ideas and tips you should use when constructing the right centerpiece in your residence.
Higher Secure Than Sorry. “Earlier than any work may be completed, decide that your fire is structurally sound and secure to make use of,” Roger says. Study the firebox, flu and chimney methods for cracks or voids. What might seem to be little imperfections can truly be extraordinarily harmful. Roger recommends utilizing a certified inspector and cleansing service earlier than any work is completed. In some areas, the fireplace division will examine your chimney freed from cost.
Discover Your Choices. “In my expertise with renovating, in case you see drywall in your fire, chances are high there’s masonry work beneath,” says Roger. Relying on when your house was constructed, there could possibly be brick or stone hidden just below the floor able to be uncovered and highlighted. On this explicit rework, Roger ripped off an entire wall of mirrored cladding to seek out this pretty concrete brick surrounding the chimney.
Be Versatile. “In lots of initiatives, I’m undoing harm,” Roger explains. This might imply spending time scrubbing and portray outdated brick. In the event you’re working with a contractor and/or designer, this flexibility will prevent money and time.
Type Follows Perform. Though traditional wood-burning fireplaces fill us with nostalgia and a sure kind of consolation, they don’t seem to be significantly purposeful. That’s why Roger recommends your new fire be retrofitted for a fuel log set. “There’s actually no want for wood-burning fireplaces anymore,” says Roger. “With a retrofitted fuel log set, there’s much less effort, cleanup and air pollution.”
To be taught extra about this undertaking and Roger Krost’s work, go to conspec.com.
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