Fireplace Fitter Christchurch Dorset (BH23): A wonderful way to add a bit of charm to any Christchurch home is by the installation of a brand new fireplace, or the renovation of an existing one. Adding an open fire or wood burning stove for those cold winter evenings can even prove to be less expensive than some central heating systems, so long as you've got a ready source of wood or fuel. If combined with a back boiler it can provide you with a plentiful supply of steaming hot water at the same time.
There are some vital things you must think about before you commence any work, in order to establish an efficient, attractive and safe fireplace in your property. Any combustible appliance within domestic homes in Christchurch must comply with Part J of the Building Regulations, and this covers flue linings, chimney breasts, hearths and fireplaces. If you reside in a listed building you'll also need to find out if planning permission is necessary from the local authorities before any work can commence.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A simple remodel of a current fireplace can generally be accomplished by a keen DIY person, but if any construction work is required there's a possibility of encountering structural problems which need to be handled by a professional. It could be that so as to get a fire burning in your fireplace once more you will need nothing more than a quick clean of the hearth and a visit from a chimney sweep. What is more common however is a swathe of crumbling, old brickwork covering a blocked flue, and also requires some degree of structural reinforcement before it can be used safely.
A poorly installed fireplace can cause significant respiratory health problems and fire risk and, as such, should only be put in by a professional fireplace specialist in Christchurch with the knowledge and experience to do the job safely. Airflow must be satisfactory in any room in which a fireplace is to be installed; in fact it is a requirement in the Building Regulations (Part J) that this is so. Insufficient oxygen means that the fire will not burn properly, and carbon monoxide could accumulate, which can cause breathing problems or even death.
To overcome this issue a professional Christchurch fireplace fitter will analyse the situation and install vents around the room, or under the floor, to guarantee a satisfactory amount of air flow for the fire to burn safely and efficiently. Unused and blocked up chimney flues may also have to have air vents installed since they can trap moist air and cause damp to develop inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK STARTS
Having a fireplace opened up can create large amounts of soot and dust. Even with coverings for your home furnishings, the likelihood of impairment from dirt and soot is still likely and it is advised to remove your belongings and any woven materials before any fireplace restoration work and chimney cleaning starts. If you are lucky enough to be working on a full renovation then it ought to be one of the very first tasks to focus on before you re-plaster or decorate the walls. By opening up a fireplace first you'll stop any chimney soot causing damage to other parts of your project, such as paint on walls or fresh plasterwork.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Once you've opened up your old fireplace you'll have a better understanding of the work that needs to be done, and also be able to sweep the chimney and clean up any sections of hearth that may have been left in place. You now ought to get in touch with your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done so, to come and look at the old chimney and fireplace. A chimney sweep will firstly clean the flue and whilst doing so will be able to check the structural condition of the chimney and offer guidance on whether a new flue liner is required.
Following a chimney sweeps assessment it may be necessary to strengthen the chimney breast or install a new flue lining in keeping with Part J of the Building Regulations. This work needs to be done by a competent tradesperson with experience of the building regulations and good construction practices.
In older buildings you might find the existing fireplace is too large for your purposes, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be necessary to adapt the opening. Once this is complete the next phase of your Christchurch fireplace installation will be to modernise the hearth. If the current hearth is sunken into the floor you will have to raise it above floor level to comply with the latest regulations. Pre-made options from slate, marble or concrete are available on the market to accomplish this, or your fireplace builder in Christchurch might be able to offer you a bespoke, made to measure hearth to complement your room style.
STYLES AND DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
A trip to a fireplace showroom or a browse online will illustrate the choices available for the different fireplace styles and designs. It's possible that because of your current chimney, flue and airflow to the room, that some fireplaces might not be suitable, and it's a good idea to follow the the advice and recommendations of your fireplace installer in this respect.
Whether you go with a multi-fuel stove, an open fireplace or a wood burner will depend on the all round style that you are trying to create, your current decor and maybe, your home's age. For instance, a cast iron wood burner looks splendid set into an inglenook fireplace, which highlights the charm of the stove and also reflects the heat into the room to good effect.
Even if your Christchurch home hasn't got a chimney breast you still have options for a fireplace feature by putting in a multi-fuel or wood burning stove. An existing chimney is not needed as a stainless steel flue is taken straight from the rear or top of the stove and routed through an exterior wall.
MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC, OPEN, WOOD OR GAS FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a cold, dark evening creates a charm and ambience that simply cannot be beaten, however what are the other available options to install in your brand new fireplace in Christchurch?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name suggests they can be used with various fuels, such as oil, wood, smokeless coal or gas, and become a unique focal point in any kitchen or lounge in Christchurch. The AGA range for example is well known as being capable of providing heating for an entire house, a supply of hot water and a hob and oven for cooking all in one unit.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of different styles to suit all home types and their efficiency to warm a room is superior to wood burning stoves or open fireplaces. Must be professionally installed and maintained by a Gas Safe certified engineer.
Open Fireplaces - The classic fireplace which can make use of various fuels such as briquettes, coal, wood and other combustible materials. An open fire is wonderful to watch and contemporary fireplaces are no longer the inefficient, draughty and smoky objects that they were in the past.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the smallest room in Christchurch can be improved by the installment of a wood burning stove, which can be found in a variety of styles, and can even be installed as a free standing feature. If fitted with a back boiler can provide piping hot water for radiators or for other use in your home.
Electric Fireplaces - Basic installation and a diverse choice of styles make electric fireplaces the obvious choice for Christchurch houses that don't have a chimney. Even if your property has a traditional fireplace, an electric fire which looks almost like a "real" fire can be installed.
Fireplace installation is available in Christchurch and also in: Pokesdown, Tuckton, Somerford, Jumpers Common, Winkton, Mudeford, Sopley, Hurn, Bournemouth, Burton, Poole, Iford, Boscombe, Southbourne, Walkford, Purewell, Stanpit, Highcliffe, Wick, and in these postcodes BH23 1BQ, BH23 1GB, BH23 1JT, BH23 1LR, BH23 1JS, BH23 1BW, BH23 1LE, BH23 1AS, BH23 1XW, BH23 1QL. Local Christchurch fireplace specialists will most likely have the dialling code 01202 and the postcode BH23. Simply click on the "quote" banner to get details about fireplace installation in your area.
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Fireplace Installation work has recently been done in these Christchurch streets - Beech Avenue, Argyle Road, Copse Way, Thorney Hill, Apple Grove, Bargates, Bellflower Close, Chewton Lodge, Southey Road, Cranemoor Close, Blackbird Way, Burdock Close, Smugglers Lane South, Bramble Lane, The Lawns, Avon Run Road, Burton Hall Place, Court Close, Darwin Avenue, The Coppice, Canberra Road, Suffolk Avenue, Chalfont Avenue, Airfield Road, Sandy Plot, Burton Road, Bure Park, Tresillian Close, Scotts Green, as well as the following local Christchurch postcodes: BH23 1BQ, BH23 1GB, BH23 1JT, BH23 1LR, BH23 1JS, BH23 1BW, BH23 1LE, BH23 1AS, BH23 1XW, BH23 1QL.
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