Also, I did tilework and metal work, which involved welding and pounding the copper hood into shape. Where: Carson City, NV We have a 1970s tract home but are in love with the Craftsman era and are slowly remodeling our home one room at a time as we can afford it. Where: Pittsburgh, PA The hardest part of the remodel from the building perspective was etching out the brick so that the doors would fit.
I do all of my own work and keep everything on a low budget. Cost: 0-0 See all the images from this entry. For sourcing, the most difficult part was finding marble that matched in color to the original that we found at the architectural salvage warehouse. Where: Pittsburgh, PA The entire remodel of the fireplace only took two weeks.
Many marble yards no longer carried the color or had pieces long enough. I had been looking over a year and a half for all the pieces to start this project.
The stove is so efficient we had to move the thermostat upstairs in order for it to come on and heat the rest of the house. We added new insulation, drywall, radiant-heated floor, ceramic tile, electrical and fireplace insert.
We found a 100-year-old barn door in the bargain corner for $40, and we put it on the walls around the fireplace opening. The stone fireplace with recovered barn-beam mantel is the focal point of room. Where: Mount Airy, MD We consulted with a fireplace expert and had the fireplace insert and flue liner installed by professionals.
By accumulating the parts of the project over time, the cost overrun is minimal.
This year's Reader Remodel Contest brought in a bunch of amazing fireplace renovations, ranging from rustic stone hearths in kitchens to more-traditional living room fireplaces surrounded by elegant woodwork and space for entertainment gear. Then we removed the fireplace insert and gas logs, and we took out the walls, including the outside wall, so we could properly insulate it.
Where: Belmont, MI We sledged the bricks out, one by one.