A beautiful stone surround, slate chinza hearth with plinth to match and stove with easy access soot door for sweeping. All perfectly sized for the slightly smaller chimney breast.
This was a very busy day, we had to remove a cast iron insert and rubble from a fireplace while leaving the stone surround in place. Then clean and repoint the brick work in the recess, lay a new hearth and connect a gas stove on a balanced flue out through the wall. Quite the transformation.
Every now and again we get a job which has almost endless rubble, as the transformation starts off being something very dated and impractical to something more fitting for the room and the customer. This job was certainly one of those jobs.
Dave was very happy to start removing the stone fireplace from the inglenook, designing and re-laying a new flagstone hearth and rendering the back wall. After one of our clean ups, this fireplace now looks more in keeping with the cottage that it resides.
How about this for a transformation?! We removed a very heavy, old cast iron insert. Created a rendered chamber, fitted a new hearth and slips in polished slate and installed a new stove and lining, complete with chimwrap insulation. Really great job by David, Peter and Darren. The before picture is not very good but you get the idea.
We work with a large number of Estate management companies, making sure that there tenanted properties fireplaces are safe to use and well maintained.
Here we were asked to inspect a fireplace in Kingwestern and discovered some alarming issues, namely that most of the materials used were combustible in one way or another. So to solve the problem, all of the unsafe materials were removed and the fireplace refitted with a new hearth and inner surround in slate. Then the open fire was replaced with a more manageable Jetmaster inset. All very effective and most importantly, safe to use.