Chimneys & Fireplaces Question

How do i make a decorative hole in the wall fireplace?

I have recently had a combi boiler and all new pipe work put throughout my house, in the downstairs living room we have a chimney breast and have had the pipework put in should we want a gas fire. At the moment there is a large square hole in the wall where the fire can be connected, currently this is hidden by a fake electric fireplace.

Since having the central heating installed, our house is too warm for a fire so I'd like to plaster the current square hole in the wall, and just make it a decorative feature with a surround, where I could maybe put flowers etc.

How do I go about doing this?

I realise I've probably not explained that very well so please see the link below for what I'd ulitimately like to do!

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Thanks

1 Answer

Best Answer

If the hole is required to be made bigger, the chimney breast should have a course of bricks approx. 900mm in the centre off the floor which are a semi arch, if the fire place has not been altered at all from being built when new, you should be able to see this from inside the opening looking up the fire flue, also the sides of the chimney breast front will have 225mm solid walls which hold the arch brick work, the opening can be as big as the arch top brick work opening and up to the 225mm side walls, if the opening is required to be smaller from the arch or side a concrete lintel is required so you can then build up the brick work above, also a steel or wooden plate will be required to be inserted into the opening of the flue whilst building up the new opening to stop any debris falling into the house, and then replaster the wall.

Answered 31st May 2012

MD Construction

Member since 16 Apr 2009

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