Case Study: Fireplace Surround - Wood Burning Insert Installed
Before and After
Take off old fireplace veneer, remove drywall.
Change insulation, install better vapour barrier.
Build up firebox to hold new wood-burning insert.
Build wall-to wall bench.
Cover with cement board, set heavy wood mantle.
Build stone surround, wall to wall, ceiling high.
Minimize dust, protect wood floors.
Pass City of Ottawa Building Inspection.
Before starting demolition, the floor is protected with impermeable nylon tarps,
heavy canvas drop sheets, and thick moving blankets are laid on top.
The room is sealed with plastic, and a wet/dry vac is used frequently.
Tools are set up in the garage, and the stone is delivered and put in the garage.
We begin to remove the drywall, two layers thick.
Old and inefficient insulation, poorly sealed, is exposed.
Old Surround Removal
The drywall is down, now we remove the old fireplace structure.
We need to raise the bottom of the hearth, and remove the damper blade.
Surround and Damper Blade Removed
We remove the damper blade, leaving the damper structure in place.