Fireplace Construction

Fireplace Construction
A fireplace adds atmosphere, warmth, and utility to a room. Installing a fireplace is a top priority o­n many homeowners' do-it-yourself lists. Deciding what material to use is a big choice. Most people choose either bricks or stone. Stone fireplaces can be constructed to project a country vibe that adds warmth to any home. Although constructing a fireplace may not sound easy, it is something that most people can do if they allocate enough time and attention to the task.

The first step in building a stone fireplace is to determine where o­ne can tap into the existing chimney and design the fireplace with plywood and two-by-fours. Then, use lag bolts to connect the frame to the existing wall. Use the trowel to spread the mortar o­n the backs of the stones and place them o­n top of the plywood framework. Some tips to follow while doing this are to work o­ne's way up from the bottom and to chose stones that look like they fit together. The placement of the stones is a little like putting together a puzzle. The stones will say in this placement for a long time, so it is nice to take the time to fit them together in a way that is aesthetically-pleasing to the eye. Allow about a day for the mortar to dry.

A mantel is easily constructed from a o­ne-by-eight cut to six inches longer than the width of the hearth. Doing this is as simple as centering the piece of wood and hanging it with lag bolts. A nice wood stain will add to the appearance of the mantel, into which o­ne might also want to drill hooks for hanging Christmas stockings.

Building a fireplace is an easy way to improve the look of any living room or bedroom warmth.