Fireplace Fitter Bletchley Buckinghamshire (MK3): Opening up a disused fireplace to install an open fire, a gas fire or a wood burner is an effective way to add a homely feel and some character to your Bletchley property. Nippy winter evenings can become a joy as you sit back beside your fireplace listening to the crackling of a burning fire, and if your fire is combined with a back boiler you can also enjoy plentiful hot water too.
There are a few vital considerations you must think of before you begin any work, in order to create an attractive, safe and efficient fireplace in your property. Any combustible appliance within the home must adhere to Part J of the UK's Building Regs, and this applies to flue linings, hearths, chimney breasts and fireplaces. Planning permission may also be needed before work commences if your property is in a conservation area or is a listed building.
PROFESSIONAL OR DIY FIREPLACE INSTALLATION?
A basic remodel of a pre-existing fireplace can perhaps be completed by a competent DIY enthusiast, but if any building work is required there's the chance of running into structural problems that will need to be dealt with by a professional. It may be the case that when you remove the boarding surrounding an old fireplace to uncover a hidden treasure that needs little more than a good clean up and a check from a chimney sweep to get a roaring fire going once again. What you will likely discover is an area of crumbling bricks that conceals issues such as a blocked chimney or a lintel that requires replacement.
If fireplaces are installed improperly there's not only a fire risk to your property, but there can also be associated respiratory health hazards, which is why it is best to hire a certified Bletchley installation company for a fireplace. Airflow has to be satisfactory in any room which has a fireplace; and it is a requirement in the Building Regulations that this is so. Insufficient oxygen means the fire will not burn well, and a build up of carbon monoxide fumes could occur, which can cause breathing problems or even death.
It could be necessary to install airflow vents in floors and walls to enable the fire to get sufficient oxygen to burn properly and safely at all times. They may have to fit air vents in unused chimney flues which sometimes trap moist air and cause damp spots and staining to your chimney breast.
BEFORE WORK BEGINS
It is astonishing how much soot and dust can build up inside an old chimney and you'll not know precisely what is there until you proceed to open it up. Even with covers and other dust protection for your home furnishings, the risk of impairment from soot and dust is still possible and it is advised to remove your carpets and furniture before any fireplace renovation work and chimney cleaning commences. If you're engaging in a complete restoration of a room or house, the fireplace ought to be opened up before any decoration or plastering works are undertaken. This should help to avoid any damage by dirt and chimney soot to any completed renovation work.
CONSTRUCTION & STRUCTURAL WORK
Now that you're able to see the opening of your fireplace it is time to clean and sweep the hearth and chimney and work out what is fit for restoring. You now ought to get in touch with your chimney sweep, if you haven't already done this, to come and clean the old fireplace and chimney. A chimney sweep will first clean the flue and whilst doing this will check the structural condition of the chimney and provide guidance on whether you need a new flue lining.
If you need to strengthen the chimney or install a flue lining all relevant Building Regulations must be followed to the letter. A competent fireplace installer in Bletchley will be needed to undertake this work, and should have the skills and knowledge of construction to closely follow all building regulations.
In buildings that are older you might discover the original fireplace is too big for your needs, in which case a supporting concrete lintel will be required to adapt the opening. When you have successfully supported the fireplace with your lintel it will then be possible to update or repair the hearth. If the existing hearth is set into the floor you'll have to raise it to comply with the latest building regs. There are tailor-made solutions to fit pretty much any design and size of fireplace, or you can choose from a range of common size and shape hearths to match your decor.
DESIGNS OF FIREPLACE
If you go to a fireplace showroom you'll find that you have plenty of choice with the array of different options available to you. The recommendations and advice from your sales and installation team, which will be specific to your requirements, will help you to pick a fireplace that's both suited to your existing flue and chimney, as well as for your decor.
The age of your home, and the theme that you are trying to create for your room, should all help you determine the type and design of fireplace that's most suitable. For example, a cast iron wood burning stove looks fantastic set back in an old-fashioned inglenook fireplace, highlighting the charm and character of the stove and deflecting the heat back into the room to good effect.
Even if your Bletchley home doesn't have a chimney breast you still have options for a feature fireplace by installing a multi-fuel stove or a wood burner. This style of fireplace can be installed with a flue that's routed through an outside wall and does not require a chimney, to be safely installed.
ELECTRIC, MULTI-FUEL, GAS, WOOD OR OPEN FIREPLACE?
The charm and look of a "real" fire cannot be beaten, however what alternatives are out there if this type of fireplace isn't possible in your Bletchley property?
Gas Fireplaces - Gas fireplaces come in an array of designs to suit your property and are usually more thermally efficient than wood burners. Have to be professionally installed and maintained by a Gas Safe registered tradesperson.
Multi-Fuel Stoves - As the name indicates they can be fired up with with different fuels, such as wood, oil, gas or coal, and become an attractive focal point in any lounge or kitchen in Bletchley. Some types, like the AGA range, can also be used for cooking, providing hot water and heating your whole property.
Open Fireplaces - Provides an eye-catching focal point for any room and can use a number of different solid fuels. A professionally installed open fire will be no comparison to the old style smoky fireplace that was perhaps bricked up by earlier owners, and its warm charm is a welcome addition to any property in Bletchley.
Electric Fireplaces - Straightforward installation and a wide choice of styles make electric fireplaces the obvious choice for Bletchley properties without a chimney breast. Contemporary electric fires can provide "real" looking flame effects and and sometimes even the sound of crackling wood to imitate a real open fire when set into into a conventional fireplace.
Wood Burning Stoves - Even the tiniest room in Bletchley can benefit from the fitting of a wood burner, which come in an array of styles, and can even be fitted free standing. An integrated back boiler is an added benefit and could provide hot water for use around the home, or to provide heating in another area via a radiator.
Fireplace installations are available in Bletchley and also in nearby places like: Little Brickhill, Tattenhoe, Furzton, Water Eaton, Whaddon, Fenny Stratford, Beanhill, Emerson Valley, Newton Longville, Mursley, Milton Keynes, Stoke Hammond, and in these postcodes MK1 9DL, MK1 1QT, MK2 2AT, MK1 9FJ, MK1 9FQ, MK1 9FS, MK1 1DT, MK1 1BA, MK1 9DT, MK1 1WY. Local Bletchley fireplace specialists will probably have the phone code 01908 and the postcode MK3. Click on the "quote" form or banner to get details about fireplace installation in your location.
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Bletchley Buckinghamshire (Bucks): The town of Bletchley is found in the county of Buckinghamshire in the South Eastern area of the United Kingdom. Bletchley is about 3 miles from Milton Keynes and 11 miles from Buckingham, neighbouring villages include Emerson Valley, Newton Longville, Fenny Stratford, Furzton, Stoke Hammond, Milton Keynes, Whaddon and Beanhill. Bletchley has a population of around 37,000, has the postcode MK1 - MK 3 and has the telephone dial code 01908. Bletchley has now been largely swallowed up by Milton Keynes. (Tags: Bletchley England, Bletchley Bucks, Bletchley United Kingdom, Bletchley Buckinghamshire)
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