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Fireplace renovation

Project by stefang posted 01-02-2013 02:53 PM 1510 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

BACKGROUND
When we bought our current house about 12 years ago it was equipped with this red brick chimney and firewall and an oven with just a small glass door.We really missed the large fireplace we had in our former house which we sold to down-size to a smaller and more manageable house more befitting our retirement years.

THE ‘NORM’
Here in Norway most fireplaces consist of a built in cast iron wood burning oven with glass doors or a free-standing cast iron oven also with glass doors. We wanted to have a proper fireplace that would give us the coziness factor and warm the house at the same time. Towards this end we chose a cast iron oven design with a big capacity and large a large glass door. It also has a side door so we don’t have to loan it from the front.

THE PROJECT

(Brickwork)
To meet code we first had to raise the firewall about about five layers of bricks. this was my first experience with brick laying, but I had laid cement blocks so I had a little experience. This was necessary due to the pipe from the oven having to be above the oven. That of course left a hole from the old oven lower down on the chimney. I was able to plug that with some thin bricks to make it look like the rest of the chimney. I had to cut these ‘veneers’’ with a grinder disk from regular bricks.Then we painted the brickwork white as the red brick stole lot of light and it didn’t go well with our furnishings.

(Mantle)
We needed some kind of mantle and I thought a shelf next to the fire wall would also give us a place to display ‘stuff’. I used an old black CD shelf I got from my son for this. Sounds a bit cheesy, but I think it looks good anyway. I’ll let you be the judge.

(Hearth work)
The last job was to install the slate on the floor. This wasn’t too easy as I wanted it flush with our hardwood floor to make vacuuming and mopping easier and also to avoid stumbling on it. I marked the opening and then cut it with a sharp chisel all around. We also had to put slate in front of the chimney to meet code. I could have used a router, but I didn’t want dust all over the living room. The slate was very heavy and since the back edges on the wall and the chimney are at right angles to each other, it was difficult to get the slate into place. My special technique of using my son’s help solved that problem.The last job was to install the 320lb. oven which we left to the ‘experts’.

RESULT
We actually did this work about 3 years ago and since then we have gotten a lot of enjoyment out of it.

-- Mike an American living in Norway



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MarkTheFiddler

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posted 01-02-2013 11:10 PM

The new oven looks great!

You shouldn’t have given away the CD shelf part. I was going to tell you how amazed I was by your skill. All is not lost, I can still say “great thinking on the CD shelf!”

About paying the “experts”. I should use that technique more often. I have already done some permanent damage to this aging body 3 times. It’s about time I learned the lesson. With the time and money I have spent on doctor’s and therapy, I could have paid installation many times over on everything I did myself.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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stefang

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posted 01-03-2013 08:18 AM

Thanks Mark. The so-called experts still needed help to lift the oven in place from yours truly, and they complained a lot about how heavy it was. Maybe they should be in some other business.

-- Mike an American living in Norway

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-03-2013 11:57 AM

love the old
love the new

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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stefang

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posted 01-03-2013 03:29 PM

Thanks Debbie. I know many like red brick and in the right setting so do I, although I prefer the used brick look best. We just felt that it didn’t go with our furniture which is all white, my wife’s choice, but I think it does lighten the rooms up for us during the long fall and winter which is quite dark here (and often the summer too in spite of the very long daylight we enjoy).

-- Mike an American living in Norway

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-03-2013 04:35 PM

I can appreciate that brightness of the white.

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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