Our kitchens get so messed up within a few years that it is very difficult to keep up with the kitchen remodeling costs. The easiest way to remodel your old fireplace is to paint it. Most old fireplaces are built with brick around them and a coat of white paint can be an inexpensive option to make it look elegant. Removed the fireplace hearth, boxed in the top of the fireplace with drywall, tiled over brick with travertine tiles and added travertine to the floor in front of the fireplace.
With a freestanding fireplace you will have the warmth and beauty of a regular fireplace without all the hassles that go with it. These units look just like the real thing and can even be moved around. We are in the process of redoing our old brick fireplace and, like you, have sort of framed our existing brick with wood to create a flush surface for the stone veneer. There must be a least 6 inches between the sides and top of the firebox opening and any wood that projects up to 1.5 inches from the face of the fireplace.
Below we’ll explore these options to help you decide how to make your fireplace the most commanding feature in the room. The owner opted not to redesign the woodwork and not to use the fireplace due to the expense to remove and re-design the carpentry work. My fireplace obviously has no mantel – not because I made a conscious decision not to have one but because I hadn’t thought to make plans for one before the time of the stone installation.
And be very, very gentle on the first stone – the firebox and chimney are probably made of brick, too, so a heavy hand will damage the brick structure of the firebox – and that could make the fireplace unusable and unsafe. It’s a really easy way to change the look of the fireplace and you can use and find any colors or patterns of porcelain tiles for the job. A high quality Fireplace Remodeling project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% – 91% of its initial cost.
Also, real stacked stone is extremely heavy and must be installed piece by piece which means the cost of installation is much higher than a faux fireplace remodel. If your fireplace problems are more cosmetic than structural, or if you are looking for a more economical alternative to a complete rebuild, you should consider a remodel option you can do yourself—not only will you save money (a lot of money) you will also get a great home improvement project to throw yourself into. Unfortunately, the carpenter covered up vents on a heat-circulating fireplace with wood. I’m a big fan of deep color, so I love how he painted the dry wall to showcase the fireplace.