Fireplace Fitter Hedge End Hampshire (SO30): Opening up a disused fireplace to install an open fire, a wood burner or a gas fire is an effective way to add a bit of character and a homely feel to your Hedge End property. Adding an open fire or multi-fuel stove for those frosty winter evenings can even prove more cost effective than some central heating systems, as long as you have a good source of wood. If combined with a back boiler it can provide you with a plentiful supply of steaming hot water at the same time.
Before you go bashing away at a blocked up chimney there are a few things you will need to do to make sure you can install your new fireplace in a safe and efficient way. Any combustible appliance installed within the home must conform to Part J of the building regs, and this applies to flue linings, hearths, chimney breasts and fireplaces. If you live in a designated conservation area or a listed building you have to check with the local council to find out if planning permission is needed for installing a fireplace in your house.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
You might be able to do some of the work in renovating a bricked-up fireplace if you have the ability to do so, but safety and structural problems are often discovered which need to be resolved by a professional. You may be fortunate when you uncover the old fireplace and find out that you need nothing more than a thorough clean up of the hearth and a chimney sweep in order to get your fire roaring. What you'll most likely find is a patch of old bricks that conceals problems such as a lintel that needs replacing or a blocked up chimney.
If fireplaces are installed incorrectly there's not only a risk of fire to your home, but there can also be health hazards, which is why it is best to bring in a certified Hedge End installation company for fireplaces. Airflow has to be sufficient in any room in which a fireplace is to be installed; in fact it is a requirement in the Building Regulations that this is so. Lethal carbon monoxide fumes can soon accumulate from an inefficiently burning fire in a poorly ventilated room.
It may be necessary to install airflow vents in walls and floors to enable the fire to get ample oxygen to burn safely and effectively all the time. They may also have to fit air vents into unused chimney flues which can trap moist air and result in damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
A huge amount of soot and dirt can be discharged from an old fireplace upon opening it up for renovation. It is wise to remove any furniture, rugs and carpets from a room where you are going to expose an old fireplace, to prevent them being affected by dust, muck and soot that will be disturbed during the fireplace installation work. If you are conducting a full renovation of a property or room, the fireplace ought to be opened up before any decoration or plastering works are undertaken. This will help to prevent any damage by dirt and chimney soot to any previously completed renovation work.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Once you have opened up your old fireplace you'll have a better idea of what work needs to be done, and also be in a position to thoroughly sweep the chimney and clear out any sections of hearth that remains. Bringing in a chimney sweep to clean your chimney is one of the first things on your checklist. They will not only ensure your chimney and flue are completely clean, but they can additionally determine the state of the chimney and flue liner and offer guidance if you need to upgrade any area of the chimney and flu, such as the flue liner.
Following a chimney sweeps assessment it may be required to strengthen the chimney breast or install a new flue liner in accordance with Part J of the Building Regulations. This type of work should be accomplished by a skilled person with experience of the appropriate building regulations and good working practices.
In buildings that are older you might find that the revealed fireplace is too wide for your needs, in which case a concrete supporting lintel will be necessary to modify the opening. When you have supported your fireplace with a lintel it will then be possible to renovate or upgrade the hearth. In past times the hearth was sunken into a hole in the floor, but the current building regulations demand that it is raised above floor level. Pre-made solutions from marble, concrete or slate are available on the market to achieve this, or your fireplace fitter in Hedge End might be able to offer a bespoke, tailor-made hearth to complement the style of your room.
STYLES OF FIREPLACE
If you check out a fireplace showroom you are spoilt for choice with a wide array of different choices available to you. It's quite possible that owing to your existing flue, chimney and airflow to the room, that some fireplace designs may not be appropriate, therefore it's a good idea to follow the advice of your fireplace installation company with respect to this.
The age of your home, and the theme that you are trying to establish for your room, will all help you decide upon the design and type of fireplace that is most suitable for you. As an example, an attractive inglenook fireplace can be an ideal backdrop for a traditional cast iron wood burning stove, highlighting its charm and reflecting heat back into the room.
If your Hedge End property hasn't got a chimney breast you still have options for a feature fireplace through the installation of a wood burning or multi fuel stove. A pre-existing chimney isn't required as the flue is taken directly from the rear or top of the stove and taken out through an outside wall.
GAS, ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, OPEN OR WOOD FIREPLACE?
A crackling fire on a cold evening creates an ambience and charm that simply can't be matched, however what are the other options available to put into in your new fireplace in Hedge End?
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name suggests multi-fuel stoves can be fired up with with a range of fuels, such as smokeless coal, oil, wood or gas, and become an attractive focal point in any kitchen or living room in Hedge End. The AGA range for example is well known as being able to provide heating for the entire home, a constant supply of hot water and a hob and oven all in one useful appliance.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a variety of styles to suit all types of house and their effectiveness in warming a room is superior to open fireplaces or wood burning stoves. Have to be professionally fitted and maintained by a Gas Safe registered tradesperson.
Open Fireplaces - A roaring fire is a stunning focal point for any room and it has the capability to burn almost any solid fuel that you can buy. A professionally installed modern open fire is far from the smoky old fireplace that was perhaps blocked up by past owners, and its glowing elegance is a welcome addition to any room in Hedge End.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted easily and safely by any competent person and there are varieties and styles which are suitable for any room and home in Hedge End. Even if your room has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire that appears almost like a "real" fire can be installed.
Wood Burning Stoves - A whole host of different styles to suit any type of home in Hedge End, and can even be freestanding. An integrated back boiler is an extra benefit and can provide steaming hot water for use around the home, or for heating in another area via a radiator.
Fireplace installation is available in Hedge End and also in nearby places like: Bitterne, Horton Heath, Moorgreen, Hightown, Swanwick, Crowdhill, Lower Swanwick, Bursledon, Durley, West End, Thornhill, Boorley Green, Botley, Curdridge, Burridge, Fair Oak, and in these postcodes SO30 2SY, SO30 0GE, SO30 0PX, SO30 0FU, SO30 2RJ, SO30 2NX, SO30 0BW, SO30 0JT, SO30 0PD, SO30 0JE. Local Hedge End fireplace specialists will most likely have the postcode SO30 and the telephone dialling code 01489. Click the "quote" banner or form to get specifics of fireplace installation in your area.
Hampshire Fireplace Enquiries
Recently posted Hampshire fireplace posts: Caoimhe and Amir Drury recently enquired about the possibility of fitting an electric fire in a detached house in Nursling, Hampshire. Lowri and Tiago Farmer recently enquired about the possibility of opening up and restoring an old, boarded up fireplace in a semi-detached house in Boldre. Gabrielius and Tallulah Woodhead recently enquired about the possibility of the installation of a gas fire in a terraced house in Gosport, Hampshire. Byron and Aimee Withers recently requested a quotation for installing a wood burning stove in a detached house in Hambledon, Hampshire. Mr and Mrs Sherry recently asked for an estimate for re-opening and restoring an old marble fireplace in Milford on Sea. Andrea Dickinson and Alec Dickinson recently asked for an estimate for re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and installing a new gas fireplace in a detached house in Bransgore. Anayah Algar and Wilfred Algar recently asked for an estimate for opening up an old, boarded up fireplace and fitting a new multi-fuel fireplace in a bungalow in Ashford Hill. Mr and Mrs Lawler recently requested a quote for re-opening an old fireplace and fitting a new electric fire in Botley.
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Around Hedge End
Households in Giles Close, Leatherhead Gardens, Netley Firs Road, Damen Close, Marlborough Gardens, Birch Road, The Hedge Rows, Whites Way, Charles Watts Way, Kanes Hill, Pardoe Close, Ratcliffe Road, The Close, Walker Gardens, Longridge Road, Saxon Gardens, Wildern Court, Watkin Road, Upper Northam Road, Old Shamblehurst Lane, Upper St Helens Road, Brunel Close, Jasmine Road, Stirling Crescent, Taplin Drive, Forsythia Close, Budds Close, have needed fireplace installation recently. Fireplace refurbishment was also completed in the following local Hedge End postcodes: SO30 2SY, SO30 0GE, SO30 0PX, SO30 0FU, SO30 2RJ, SO30 2NX, SO30 0BW, SO30 0JT, SO30 0PD, SO30 0JE.
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