Fireplace Fitter Horndean Hampshire (PO8): Re-opening an old disused fireplace to install a wood burner, multi fuel or open fire is a good way to add charm and a homely feel to any Horndean home. Adding a multi-fuel stove or open fire for those chilly winters' evenings can even prove less expensive than some central heating systems, as long as you've got a good source of wood or fuel. If used in combination with a back boiler it can supply you with plentiful steaming hot water in the process.
Before you begin chipping away at a bricked-up chimney there are a few things you will need to do to ensure you can install your new fireplace in a safe and efficient way. All work carried out must adhere to Part J of the Building Regulations, which covers the construction and installation of fireplaces, chimney breasts, flue linings and hearths of any combustible appliance. If you are living in a listed building or are in a designated conservation area you have to check with the local council to see if planning permission is needed for a fireplace installation in your property.
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A basic restoration of an existing fireplace can be achieved by a skilled do-it-yourselfer, however if any construction work is needed there is a chance of running into structural problems which need to be addressed by a professional. You may be fortunate when uncovering your old fireplace and find that you need nothing more than a good clean out of the hearth and a chimney sweep to get a fire roaring once more. What is more commonplace however is a patch of old brickwork that conceals a stopped up flue, and needs some degree of structural reinforcement before it can be used safely.
Owing to the severe health and fire risk issues that can be caused by a poorly fitted or restored fireplace, it is best to avail yourself of the experience and knowledge of a skilled fireplace fitter in Horndean. Airflow must be satisfactory in any room which has a fireplace; in fact it's a requirement in the Building Regulations that this is so. If there's not enough airflow then it's possible that a fire will not burn efficiently and cause a build-up of carbon monoxide fumes, which can be deadly.
It may be necessary to install airflow vents in floors and walls to allow the fireplace to get ample oxygen to burn safely and efficiently all the time. Blocked off and unused chimney flues may also need to have air vents installed since they can often trap moist air causing damp to develop inside the chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
A substantial amount of soot and other dust can be released from a bricked up fireplace when reopening it for renovation. It is sensible to remove any rugs, carpets and furniture from an area where you are planning to uncover an old fireplace, to avoid them from being affected by dust, dirt and soot that will be whipped up during the fireplace installation work. If your fireplace is being fitted as part of an overall renovation then it should be one of the initial things to be completed once you've taken the room back to its bare walls and floors. By opening a fireplace first you will prevent any chimney soot causing damage to other parts of your project, such as paint on walls or fresh plaster.
STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
Now that you are able to see the fireplace opening it's time to clean and sweep the chimney and hearth and figure out what can be repaired. The very first thing on your to-do list should be to call in a professional chimney sweep. They'll be willing to offer you professional guidance on the chimney and flue after sweeping, as to the state of the chimney and if you need to swap the existing liner.
If it is necessary to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all UK Building Regulations must be followed. This kind of work needs to be tackled by a competent tradesman who is acquainted with the current building regulations and decent working practices.
If it is necessary to change the width of opening of your exposed fireplace to something more suitable for your design, a supporting concrete lintel will have to be installed. Once this has been completed the next phase of your Horndean fireplace installation will be to update the hearth. If the current hearth is sunken into the floor you'll have to raise it above floor level to comply with the latest regulations. There are bespoke options to fit any size and design of fireplace, or you can select from a range of common size and shape hearths to fit in with your decor.
DESIGNS AND STYLES OF FIREPLACE
A quick browse online or a visit to a fireplace showroom will demonstrate the alternatives available for the different fireplace styles and designs. The suggestions and advice from your installation team, which will be specific to your requirements, will help you to choose a fireplace that is both perfect for your chimney and flue, and suited to your home's decor.
You property's age, and the style you're trying to develop for your room, will all help you to determine the type and design of fireplace which is most suitable. If you've got an inglenook fireplace, a wood burner can look magnificent set within it, and has the added benefit of effectively reflecting heat back into the room from the stone or brick walls that surround the stove.
If your Horndean home hasn't got a chimney you still have options for a fireplace feature through the installation of a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. A pre-existing chimney is not needed as a stainless steel flue is fitted to the top or rear of the stove and taken out through an outside wall.
MULTI-FUEL, ELECTRIC, GAS, WOOD OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
A flickering fire on a dark evening creates a charm and ambience that can't be matched, but what other options are available to install in your brand new fireplace in Horndean?
Open Fireplaces - Provides a unique focal point for your room and can utilise a variety of solid fuels. In past times an open fire might have had the associations with being inefficient, smoky and draughty, however a skillfully fitted contemporary fireplace is wonderful to watch while basking in the warm glow it provides.
Gas Fireplaces - There are a range of designs to suit all home types and their efficiency to warm a room is better than open fireplaces or wood burning stoves. Must be professionally maintained and fitted by Gas Safe registered (replaced CORGI register in 2009) technician.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name implies multi-fuel stoves can be used with various fuels, such as oil, gas, wood or smokeless coal, and become a unique focal point in any kitchen or lounge in Horndean. The AGA range is well known as being able to provide heating for the whole home, a supply of hot water and a cooker all in one unit.
Electric Fireplaces - Can be fitted safely and easily by anybody who is reasonable competent and there are styles which are suitable for just about any room and property in Horndean. Even if your home has a conventional fireplace, an electric fire can be fitted that looks almost like a genuine fire with multi-coloured flames.
Wood Burning Stoves - These have become very popular in a lot of households in Horndean, and can have modern or classic design to match your decor. A model with an integrated back boiler will provide supplementary heating capabilities by transferring the hot water to a radiator in a cold room of your property.
Fireplace installations are available in Horndean and also nearby in: Hambledon, Soberton, Buriton, Waterlooville, Leigh Park, Catherington, Droxford, Clanfield, East Meon, Southwick, Cowplain, Compton, Denmead, Rowlands Castle, North Boarhunt, Petersfield, Purbrook, and in these postcodes PO8 0SQ, PO8 0TX, PO8 0SR, PO8 0TE, PO8 9TR, PO8 9WU, PO8 0TD, PO8 0SH, PO8 9SG, PO8 0RZ. Locally based Horndean fireplace specialists will probably have the postcode PO8 and the telephone code 023. Simply click the "quote" form or banner to get information on fireplace installation in your area.
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The latest Hampshire fireplace posts: Roscoe Blackmore and Arisha Blackmore recently asked for a price quote for re-opening an old, boarded up fireplace and installing a new electric fire in a bungalow in West End. Winnie and Haydn Corrigan recently enquired about the possibility of the installation of a gas fire in Grayshott, Hampshire. Mr and Mrs Dougal recently requested a quote for re-opening and repairing an old, boarded up fireplace in a bungalow in Purbrook. Mr and Mrs Elder recently enquired about the installation of an open fireplace in East Meon, Hampshire. Axl Fitzgerald and Kathleen Fitzgerald recently enquired about fitting an electric fireplace in a detached house in Crookham Village. Dennis and Georgie Good recently asked for a quote for installing a multi-fuel fireplace in Widley. Conan and Inaya Blackburn recently asked for an estimate for the installation of a wood burner in a bungalow in Crookham Village, Hampshire. Mr and Mrs Cartwright recently asked for an estimate for opening up and restoring an old brick fireplace in Liphook.
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