06:38AM | 10/13/03
Member Since: 07/20/03
3 lifetime posts
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.


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.



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.


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