Fireplace remodeling used to be thought of as a laborious, quite often expensive process that took a long time to complete. Many a time a professional would have to be called in to complete the tasks, and then more money need to be spent. Adding to this thought is the fact that most fireplaces are encased with brick and surrounded with brick, and it takes more than simply a change of paint or wallpaper to create a new look for a room. Fortunately, with the advent of new and easy to use products, many a handy do-it-yourself homeowner is now able to undertake some of these projects without having to pay the professionals, and the fireplace remodeling nonetheless has a professional feel to it.
Retiling A Fireplace
One of the most commonly undertaken tasks during fireplace remodeling is the retiling of the existing layout. Older homes quite often still have the brick look which was in vogue a few decades back, but the more progressive homeowners of today prefer the sleek and elegant look of marble. Some do-it-yourselfers are afraid to tackle this project because they fear that they will be required to rip out all the bricks and then sand the mortar to level it. The reality is actually quite simply a re-facing technique that allows for the installation of marble tiles over existing brick. Not only does this cut down on the labor, but it also creates far less of a mess! Be certain to measure from all angles, and run your material calculations at least twice to ensure that you have enough tiles from the same stock number, otherwise you may end up with different shades in tile which is another remodeling project waiting to happen.
Repainting The Fireplace
Another fireplace remodeling project that some homeowners undertake is the actual repainting of the metal casing of a gas fireplace. While this may not be a remodeling in the strictest sense of the term, it does require some finesse and also some up front information not many a homeowner considers. For example, special heat resistant paints must be used to ensure that the casing does not blister after the first use. Similarly, the fumes that will occur when the pain undergoes the first few firings may cause allergic reactions in a few individuals, and thus special caution needs to be exercised. Quite possibly the most ambitious undertaking, and one that will require the blessing of the building inspector upon completion, is the adding of another room with a fireplace. The most commonly made error is an insufficient size of the chimney that is added toward the end of the building project. Sometimes this will cause health hazards, such as inadequate ventilation, while at other times is will give just an odd look to a house with a too long or too short chimney.
All in all, a fireplace remodeling project is not as difficult as it may appear, yet great care must be taken at the onset to guarantee that all safety precautions are taken.