We have fitted two very smart hand carved stone surrounds, both made by our in house stone mason Ken. The Bolection with shelf is for an open fire and the Burns with inner moulding has the Stove with canopy fitted. All that's left to do is plaster up and test the flues when the floors and vents have been fitted.
Plenty of prep work done to this fireplace. Originally there was a jetmaster here but the clay liners were in poor repair. Scaffolding was erected and our specialist liner removing equipment was used to break out the clays. The opening was adjusted as the new liner requires a gather unit to be fitted and then both this and the lounge chimney were insulated with vermiculite. Dusty work but furniture and floors were well protected. All ready for next week and the fireplace rebuild.
As we were asked to rebuild all of the chimneys at his amazing house, the customer asked if we could provide and fit a replacement set of caps for the gable end. It turned out that all three gable ends needed refitting and here are the end pictures. Work well done we think and thank you to ken our stone mason for doing an amazing job of remaking two of the original slabs that were beyond repair.
A fantastic few days at this lovely little cottage in Dorset. This chimney breast was originally built with a very small opening for a clay fire back. In order to create a raised plinth and good size opening to fit the customers stove which we had reconditioned and renewed. We had to completely dismantle the lower section of the chimney breast. Ready for us to rebuild the new opening size and support the existing chimney. The original fireplace was made of some very nice looking ham Stone blocks with a very large one piece ham stone hearth. The hearth was taken up and cleaned and relayed. We were able to use the ham facing stones to create a very smart country cottage looking fireplace recess with a new ham stone back hearth and plinth. Plastered walls and ready for decoration. Very very happy customer and a great job.
A brilliant transformation which took many hours and hard work, great vision from Ray to create this magnificent inglenook fireplace. A big excavation allowed us to create a very large opening and use the existing stone walls and hearth to finish off the recess. A beautiful wooden beam found by the customer at a reclamation yard was also instated to finish off this spectacular fireplace.
One of the first big jobs for 2017 for the Robert Neave family, this one required all hands on deck with removal of a stone surround, lifting up of a flagstone hearth, excavating and building a chamber for a inset stove further up the wall with a new stone cantilevered hearth. There is also an extension of the hearth to the left side of the breast which will be used as a log store with a retaining wall which will be shown once completed in the next phase.
The other major task was to dig out the old pointing in on both chimney stacks as the existing wasn't sufficient and non existent in some areas. This was the plan until we deemed that one of the stacks wasn't up to the task as it stood. Ray rebuilt the stack with the bricks we saved whilst removing it, finished it off with the existing pot and a new bird guard. We lined the chimney with a flexible liner and fully insulated with a vermiculite and cement mix.
We can do it all. Here we have completely lime rendered the end of this customers living room for them because they didn't like the look of the existing stone work. Then lined the chimney and fitted a new gas stove for them. Supplied by Mendip Fireplaces. Scaffolding was used for safety to access the chimney, all supplied by the very professional Somerset scaffolding. Unbelievably happy and satisfied customers. We even cut and fitted there oak shelf for them.