We decided to change the look of the great room, and part of that was the addition of built-in bookcases, and a new fireplace; something that looked much more like a traditional wood burning fireplace, without the glass doors, brass louvers, and woodstove visual queues. What a job. Early in the fall this meant investigating our chimney, having it re-topped, and finding that our existing unit was constructed with one of the smallest chimney pipes on the market, cemented in place, and the company was no longer in business. That meant our choices of all these newer wood burning fireplaces was severely limited. There are great units out there, but they vent through bigger chimneys.We could have knocked down the chimney, constructed a new masonry firebox and new chimney, but that seemed excessive (!). So after hours of web-surfing,we found a new, clean face fireplace that matched our chimney specs, sitting in the back of a shop in Tennessee. Another adventure to ship it to Canada. ANOTHER adventure to find someone who would install it. And yet more adventures to select a mantle, surround, and hearth stone. If you ever come over, be sure to say how much you like the new fireplace.
Demolition started on the Thursday, and the Floor was out by Friday. Friday the ceiling in the Front Hall was ripped out and re-drywalled (old water damage). New solid wood doors went in on Monday. Floor prepped for tile on Tuesday and the floor was laid out, installed, grouted and dry by Friday.
Things are moving along. The floor was finished by the middle of the second week. The old pot lights were removed, and smaller halogen lights were installed throughout the space. The painting of the new solid doors, all the trim, and the entire room took 2 days only. The new posts were installed and painted under the kitchen island. Last week, nothing much happened for Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday. On Thursday, the bookcases were installed on the fireplace wall, as was the fireplace mantel. The remaining electricals were completed (pendant lights over the kitchen island) while we were away on March Break. The furniture should start arriving in a few weeks, as will the drapery. We still need to get a few tables, and the area rug. But the place looks much more light, and comfortable. Major victory in setting up the HDTV, Apple TV, and stereo, without blown fuses, or even much swearing. I was able to fish the speaker cable from left to right speakers in the bookcases through the gap behind the crown molding. More to come.