I have an ugly distressed brick floor to ceiling woodburning fireplace, about six feet wide, eight feet to the ceiling. Classic 1980s. The fireplace is really a firebox with glass doors and a blower, so I'm pretty sure it's self-contained in the chimney (the manual I have for it seems to support this). The foundation repair I had a few years ago cracked the brick facade just above the lintel. and I would like to have the whole top part taken off and reclaim the wall space. A little chunk of mortar came loose by the wall, and peeking behind it with a flashlight it looks like the brick is all installed on a metal mesh backing. It looks like it would only need some kind of heat resistant barrier ahead of drywall once you demo out the brick. The rest of the brick I would like to reface with glass tile. Does anyone have any experience with this? I want to hear from a few experienced people about the level of difficulty before I have people come in and give estimates. Don't want to be taken advantage of. Thanks!