Cold nights spent by the fire. The sweet scent of wood smoke perfuming the air. You love your fireplace and use it often. But, it’s old and you realize that it is time for an update. Fireplace renovations range from easy to complicated. Here are some tips to help you with your fireplace renovation.
Fireplace renovations begin with choosing your new fireplace. You can find designs of different sizes and models. Do you want to update your look from a standard fireplace to something more modern? How about something that is a little more traditional? Your fireplace renovation should fit your personal style. Fortunately, there are so many designs, you are sure to find something you like.
The next step in completing your fireplace renovation is to remove the existing fireplace. If you decide to install your newly renovated fireplace yourself, you may need extra help removing the old fireplace. Hire a crew to help remove it or enlist the help of friends and family. Before you remove it, make sure you take detailed and accurate measurements of the existing fireplace so you can find a new one that will fit accurately. Also make sure you measure the space after you remove the fireplace to make sure the new one will definitely fit.
After all the preparations are made, the next step to your fireplace renovation is to install the new one. You may choose to hire a company to perform every step of the renovation or you may choose to do it yourself. If you decide to install the new fireplace yourself, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for a safe and successful install. In general, you’ll want to start with the hearth and work on installing all the different components.
You don’t need to completely replace all aspects of your fireplace in order to renovate. Steps as simple as installing a glass enclosure or renovating the existing fireplace by adding an insert are less invasive ways of updating the look. Your choice will all depend on your personal preference and budget.
Renovating your fireplace is a great way to update your look and increase the value of your home. Decide if you want to remove the old fireplace and install a new one or renovate aspects of the existing fireplace. Make sure you do plenty of research before you make the choice, especially if you plan on making the fireplace renovations yourself.