Building the Chimney Breast (Fitting the Fire Part 2)

This is the second part of Monday’s post, so if you haven’t already read that, click here. (If you don’t you’ll be confused as to why a log burner suddenly appears half way through these photos).

After spending most of the last 6 months on projects to allow us to pull the chimney breast down, it was fun getting to build it up again. Essentially we needed to move the whole thing over by around 1m so that the chimney breast wasn’t in the middle of a new wall, but it’s been a lot of work just to move the whole thing over by a tiny amount.

What it has done, has let us build this chimney breast using reclaimed bricks (the last one was brick but covered in plasterboard and not exactly finished to a standard that we’d be able to expose.

This has meant we’ve been able to get a brick feature, something we’re hoping to continue through out the house, with the porch dwarf wall, the workshop, now this chimney breast and eventually the orangery to try and make the house feel a bit more in keeping with other properties in our local area.

The first job we had was fitting the wall ties, before handing over to our brickie Chris who built the chimney breast up to half height.

At this point we fitted the hearth, drilled through it and installed the fire* and then fitted the flue (again see part one of this post).

At this point Chris fitted the lintel before building the whole chimney breast up around our newly installed fire.

I’ll share some proper reveal photos soon from the ‘good’ side (the living room!) but for the time being this is how our new chimney breast looks:

We have (of course) already had multiple fires, and having lived without one for over three years it’s been so nice to get that familiar smell again.

*I’ll go into more detail about this fire in another post, but it’s worth mentioning that we were provided with the fire at a discounted rate in exchange for featuring it on this site.