But, I have some questions about removing the raised brick hearth. The hearth rises about 10 inches off of the floor. I've looked at it from the basement, and there is no subfloor below it, but rather some metal band supports and a support pole supporting the hearth in place. I'd like to break the hearth down, put a subfloor in place, and tile the area in front of the fireplace. Is this possible? Am I running into any structural issues with the fireplace if I do this?
Any direction, links, or experience would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help.