Introduction: What is the Best Way to Update a Stone Fireplace?
Stone fireplaces can be updated in many different ways. The old and the more deteriorated look will require more attention, and a completely new fireplace is recommended. In contrast, a fireplace that is not as worn or damaged can be updated with a variety of materials to match current remodeling trends and styles. Below are some popular updates for stone fireplaces.
In the 1960’s and early 1970’s, stone fireplaces were “deconstructed” and a new fireplace was constructed upon the old stone. The old fireplace was removed and a new smaller fireplace was constructed upon the original stone. This is more common in rural areas where fireplaces are rarely used. Although most of these conversions have been successfully completed, there have been numerous complaints regarding the difficulty of maintaining such a large chimney. Ideally, a new liner should be constructed to replace the old one with a smaller chimney. However, this is often not an option and the entire fireplace is replaced.
What are the Different Options Available When Updating a Stone Fireplace?
Stone fireplaces can be updated in many different ways. The old and the more deteriorated look will require the replacement of the current chimney, and the fire cannot be attended without a new opening to allow smoke out of the room. The different options for openings include doors, windows or simply using an existing space.
The fire can also be updated with a gas fire or even heated by adding in radiant heat from above. If you want your fireplace to look like it did when it was first built without compromising on functionality then consider one of these options.
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The First Step When Updating a Stone Fireplace
First of all, take a good look at your stone fireplace to see if it is in a bad state of repair or not. If you find that the fireplace needs a lot of work, then you will have to consider remaking it completely using different materials and designs. However, if the fireplace looks pretty good on the outside but the inside of it has some major problems then you will have to evaluate what part of it is worth saving and work on that only.
You can decide to create a new fireplace or to cover the present one with a veneer. Sometimes, you will not have enough money to do everything and therefore you will have to pick and choose which parts of the fireplace are going to be repaired.
If you decide to renovate the present fireplace, then you will have to address the problems of its inner walls first starting from how bad they are structurally and being able to repair them. It is better to use a type of stone that is similar in appearance to the one already there.
Which Upgrade Project Should You Apply When Updating Your Kitchen?
If you are looking for an option that will give your hearth a fresh new look and at the same time protect it from the elements, then you may want to consider coating your hearth with some stone or concrete coating. However, it is important to know that this kind of material is not resistant to fire so make sure that you always have a fire screen lying nearby.
Quartz or granite are just some of the materials that can be used for coating your fireplace. While concrete and natural stone look good with most types of flooring, you still need to be careful in choosing your materials and design to make sure that they will match well. It is important to do some research first before starting the project by asking around especially if you are just making a replacement hearthstone.
You could also ask the current owner of your home if he or she has any experience with a particular project for instance, if you are looking to update hearthstone and chimney. You could also check online for some custom designed hearthstones and chimney accessories, etc.
Step 1: Coordinate with the contractor [for construction services] .