Fireplace Fitter Bedford Bedfordshire (MK40): Opening up an old disused fireplace to fit an open fire, a wood burner or a gas fire is a good way to add a homely feel and a bit of charm to your Bedford home. The addition of an open fire or wood burning stove for those frosty winters' evenings can even prove more cost effective than some central heating systems, so long as you have a good source of wood or fuel. If used in combination with a back boiler it can supply you with plentiful steaming hot water at the same time.
There are a few vital considerations to make before you commence any work, in order to establish an efficient, attractive and safe fireplace in your home. Any combustible appliance installed within residential homes in Bedford must follow Part J of the building regulations, and this covers fireplaces, chimney breasts, flue linings and hearths. Planning permission may also have to be sought before work begins if your home is listed or in a conservation area.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be capable of doing some of the renovation work to a blocked up fireplace if you have the skills needed, however there is always a problem in finding structural and safety issues that need to be resolved professionally. It might be the case that when you pull back the boarding surrounding a disused fireplace to discover a hidden gem that needs little more than a quick clear out and a check from a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going once again. What's more commonplace however is an area of old brickwork that hides a blocked flue, and also requires some degree of structural modification before it can be safely used.
A wrongly fitted fireplace can cause severe fire risk and respiratory health problems and should only be fitted by a specialist fireplace installer in Bedford with the knowledge and experience to do the job safely. Airflow must be satisfactory in any room that a fireplace is to be installed; in fact it's a requirement in Part J of the Building Regulations that this is the case. A deficiency of oxygen means that the fire will not burn well, and a build up of carbon monoxide fumes could occur, which can lead to injury or death.
To successfully get over any problems with air flow, vents might be installed in the room during a fireplace installation, to ensure suitable levels of oxygen reach the fire. They might also have to install vents into unused chimney flues which can trap moist air and cause damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
A substantial amount of soot and other grime can be released from a blocked up chimney upon opening it up for renovation. A thoughtful Bedford fireplace fitter will bring dust sheets for your home furnishings and supply a bit of protection, but it is wise where feasible to remove woven floor coverings and furniture from the room before any work begins. If you are performing a full restoration of a house or room, the fireplace should be opened up before any plastering or decorating is dealt with. This should help to prevent any damage by soot and dirt to any previously completed restoration work.
STRUCTURAL & CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you've revealed your old fireplace you'll have a better idea of what work needs to be done, and also be able to sweep the chimney and clear out any sections of hearth that remains. Bringing in a chimney sweep to de-soot your chimney is one of the initial items on the to-do-list. A chimney sweep will firstly clean the flue and whilst doing so will be able to check the condition of the chimney and provide you with guidance on whether a new flue liner is necessary.
After a chimney sweep assessment it may be required to strengthen the chimney breast or install a new flue liner in keeping with Part J of the UK Building Regulations. This type of work must be accomplished by a skilled tradesperson with experience of the current building regulations and decent construction practices.
In buildings that are older you might discover the existing fireplace is too big for your purposes, in which case a concrete supporting lintel will be necessary to modify the opening. When you have supported your fireplace with a lintel it is now necessary to update or renovate the hearth. If the current hearth is set into the floor you will need to raise it above floor level to conform to the latest building regs. Pre-made solutions from concrete, marble or slate are available on the market to accomplish this, or your fireplace builder in Bedford might be able to offer a bespoke, made to measure hearth to fit in with the style of your room.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a trip to a fireplace showroom will reveal the options available for the different styles and types of fireplaces. Not all fireplaces may be suitable for your existing flue and chimney and it's wise to accept any help and advice offered by your fireplace installers in relation to your particular circumstances.
Some rooms and houses will look better with an open fireplace than a wood burner or multi fuel stove and vice versa. For example, a cast iron wood burning stove looks wonderful set back in an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, which highlights the charm of the stove and also reflects the heat into the room effectively.
Even if you haven't got a pre-existing chimney breast in your Bedford home, it's still entirely possible to install a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. A chimney isn't needed since the flue is fitted to the top or rear of the stove and taken out through an outside wall.
MULTI-FUEL, OPEN, ELECTRIC, WOOD OR GAS FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a cold, dark evening creates an ambience and charm that simply cannot be matched, but what else is available to install in your new fireplace in Bedford?
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces come in an assortment of styles to suit your home and are typically more efficient (thermally) than wood burning stoves. A Gas Safe registered engineer must install and maintain any gas fire in your property.
Wood Burning Stoves - A wide range of different styles to suit any type of house in Bedford, and can even be freestanding. If fitted with a back boiler can provide hot water to heat radiators or for use around the house.
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace that can make use of various fuels such as wood, smokeless coal, briquettes and other combustive materials. In the past an open fire might have been associated with being smoky, inefficient and draughty, however a well installed modern fireplace is wonderful to watch while reclining in the warmth it provides.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - Can be used with various different fuels, including coal, oil, wood or gas, to create a unique focal point in your home in Bedford. The AGA range is well known as being capable of providing heating for an entire house, a constant supply of hot water and an oven and hob for cooking all in one unit.
Electric Fireplaces - A wide selection of electric fireplaces to complement pretty much any house in Bedford, can easily be fitted by any competent person. They can be inset into traditional fireplaces, and with the "real" looking feel of some electric fires it can often be difficult to distinguish from the genuine article.
Fireplace installations are available in Bedford and also nearby in: Stevington, Brickhill, Goldington, Fenlake, Cople, Biddenham, Wixams, Bromham, Elstow, Harrowden, Oakley, South End, Clapham, Willington, Cardington, Stagsden, Kempston, Cotton End, Shortstown, and in these postcodes MK40 1TU, MK40 1LT, MK40 1JH, MK40 1QU, MK40 1LX, MK40 1XA, MK40 1AF, MK40 1BS, MK40 1JJ, MK40 1AR. Local Bedford fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode MK40 and the dialling code 01234.
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Latest Bedfordshire fireplace installation requirements: Ilyas and Zunairah Marsh recently asked for an estimate for the installation of a multi fuel stove in Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire. Soren and Aniela Blythe recently enquired about the possibility of re-opening an old, bricked up fireplace and fitting a new multi-fuel fireplace in a terraced house in Bromham, Bedfordshire. Mr and Mrs Walsh recently asked for an estimate for re-opening an old fireplace and installing a new gas fire in a bungalow in Bromham. Mr and Mrs Mcbain recently enquired about the possibility of re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and installing a new wood burner in a detached house in Heath and Reach, Bedfordshire. Malaika and Jakob Mistry recently requested a quote for installing a wood burning stove in a semi-detached house in Maulden, Bedfordshire. Mariya and Vivaan Macaulay recently requested a quotation for fitting a wood burner in a cottage in Northill, Bedfordshire. Ernest Laycock and Carys Laycock recently enquired about opening up and restoring an old fireplace in a terraced house in Biddenham. Huey Slade and Cara Slade recently enquired about the possibility of installing an open fireplace in a detached house in Heath and Reach.
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Bedford Bedfordshire England: The town of Bedford can be found in the county of Bedfordshire in the Eastern area of Great Britain. Bedford is approximately 22 miles from Northampton and 19 miles from Luton, neighbouring places include Cople, Wixams, Biddenham, Stevington, Elstow, Goldington, Cotton End and Fenlake. Bedford has the telephone dial code 01234, has the postcode MK40 to MK45 and has a population of about 87,000. Bedford is the county town of Bedfordshire, it was founded at a ford over the River Great Ouse, its castle was built by Henry I. (Tags: Bedford Bedfordshire, Bedford England, Bedford Beds, Bedford United Kingdom)
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