COMMUNITY FORUM

ajlaurid

06:38AM | 10/13/03
Member Since: 07/20/03
3 lifetime posts
Bvmisc
I have a brick fireplace with a raised brick hearth at the base. I'd like to frame the brick on the wall and drywall or panel it in to create a more traditional look.

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.

Andy

Glenn Good

05:52PM | 10/13/03
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
Without inspecting the existing conditions first hand it is impossible to tell if you are dealing with structural issues. Only a professional should answer that question after he/she has looked at the existing conditions for themselves.

You should also take care to maintain the proper distance from the fire box with any wood framing you plan to install.

Check your local building code before you start.

Glenn www.consultationdirect.com

Piffin

03:50PM | 11/02/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
Another problem I see here is that when the hearth is lowered, the size of the firebox openning is increased which will change the draft formula such that a larger flue would be needed. One rarely changes one compnent of a fireplace without affecting performance of the whole system.
IMO, this would be an expensive cosmetic change.
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

As pretty as it is simple to arrange, this window decoration features miniature wreaths hung from red ribbon of varying le... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon