Just because your home did not have a fireplace in it when it was built, does not mean it can't have one now. The warm glow of the fireplace is relaxing and it will produce enough heat to offset the heating system in you home on those cool days or nights when you just warm up a little. But where do you start when you are ready to put a fireplace in your house?
Deciding On The Placement
The first thing you need to do is decide where in your home the fireplace is going to be placed. Do you want in in the living area, the family room, or maybe in the master suite? The choice is yours but keep in mind there can be reasons to place it in one location over another. Once you have picked a spot it is time to get a specialist on the job and look at the area you pick to determine if it is workable or not.
Once the placement of the fireplace has been settled, the contractor will open up the wall where the fireplace is going. The wall may need to have the structure rebuilt so that it is still supporting the roof properly but has room for the fireplace to be built. The mason that is building your fireplace will start by laying out the base and building on it from there. There are a lot of things that the mason needs to work into the design. The firebox needs to be laid out properly, the flu needs to be put in during construction of the fireplace, and the liner placed inside the chimney as it goes up.
Up and Out
Once the chimney reaches the roof, you will need to cut a hole in the roof. A boxed framework needs to be built around the chimney to support the roof and seal it after the chimney passes through it. The frame will have insulation in it and a metal and rubber seal that closes the hole and keeps the weather out. The chimney should also have a cap on it with a screen to keep birds and small critters from using it as a home. Once the fireplace is complete, the mason will give you a time frame to wait until it is okay to fire up the fire for the first time. If you put a fire in it too early, it could affect the cure time of the mortar and may result in a crack in the fireplace if you try to use it too soon. Once the mortar is cured and the go-ahead has been given, it is time to sit back and relax with your brand new fireplace.
For more information, contact a business like Southwest Brick & Fireplace.Share
20 March 2018
Welcome to my website. I'm Albert Frost. Besides my dad, one of my biggest role models was my uncle Rick. He was a construction contractor who would let me come on his construction sites and also taught me everything he knew about building homes, including how to install hardwood flooring and add insulation. I always wanted to grow up to build houses like my uncle. I used to help my uncle with a lot of the grunt work needed to make a home a reality. But then I hurt my back playing football. Until I heal completely, I'm going to devote as much of my time as possible to teaching others about various construction topics I'm interested in.