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c2Baz 03-04-2010 12:02 PM

Filling existing storage cubby in Fireplace
 
Hi, I recently purchased a house, with a floor to ceiling wood burning fireplace on a lower level. I like the fire place, but there is an extra storage space above where the wood is stored, and I think I'd like to have it filled. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how this could be accomplished without having to redo the entire fireplace?

Here is a photo

http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos..._4840597_n.jpg

Cork-Guy 03-04-2010 05:15 PM

Wow, I'd hate to imagine the damage that heat would do to a true LCD or LED TV! You'll need some masonry work alright. I don't believe they would have to tear out the entire fireplace, however a good portion would need to be removed to properly lay the brick; and that's assuming it would look symmetrical after complete.

oldognewtrick 03-04-2010 07:38 PM

I think you will have a hard time matching the mortar and brick if you decide to fill in the cubby. Why not just put some shelves in there and use it for nick-knacks. Sometimes you are better leaving well enough alone. But... it's your house...

itsreallyconc 03-05-2010 04:42 AM

foam in a can ? ? ? :rofl:

inspectorD 03-05-2010 05:55 AM

mhh
 
Find another big picture??

The bricks will never match the old, and the mortar will also be a different shade in time no matter how good the mason is... Other than total refacing, I would live with it.:2cents:

itsreallyconc 03-05-2010 06:19 AM

guys, we all miss'd this,,, what a great place for the home safe,,, failing that, howzabout a picture of a safe or a great aunt/uncle ? ? ?

c2Baz 03-05-2010 08:27 AM

Would it be possible to removed the bricks between the upper and lower holes and say place a bookshelf into the open space?

TxBuilder 03-05-2010 01:49 PM

That would be a good idea if it's possible.


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