||01-17-2012 08:32 PM
Here is how we usually get that job done ...
1. Gas or electric ?
If you will go with gas which is much more economic then you need to have a gas line at the place of the future fireplace.
If electric then a proper electric installation ready to hook up the unit.
Also a fireplace exhaust line is needed.
2. Shop for a fireplace insert, unit that is a inset only to be used with custom built surroundings and mantels
3. Framing will be needed to support the insert and whatever comes upon it later
4. Sheetrock or plywood on the framing depends on desired finish i.e stone, woodwork, tile, painted sheetrock etc
5. Finishing work, building a mantel with its all elements
Since the picture mean more than 1000 words please take a look at the project that we've done in one of the NJ homes.
Good luck !