So you’ve decide that your fireplace isn’t exactly what you want and you’ve taken the first step in renovating the space, you’ve decided to install something new. What is involved, where should you begin and where can you find this information?
I will try to address the questions that most people ask when taking their first step towards a new fireplace or appliance. I will also try to give some hints and tips to get exactly what you want and give yourself a lot of choice.
Maybe your fireplace surround is looking a bit unfashionable, stained and dinged up. Perhaps your appliance has given up the ghost and the hearth no longer matches the curtains. Whatever the reason, you’ve decided to get one thing or everything removed and replaced with something more suited to the home.
The first thing you are going to want to do is get ideas and examples of what you would like to put in your home to replace the current items. A great way to do this is to pop into a showroom, there you can ask questions and give your thoughts on style and design. You will also be able to see physical examples and collect some brochures on specific items and companies that are relevant to your thoughts and ideas.
You will also need to make a few decisions on your usage of the appliance itself. Is solid fuel the right choice for you or would your usage be more geared towards a gas appliance. Describing your usage to a professional will help them assist you in choosing the right fuel option for your home. For more information on different fuel types you can check out our other blogs on gas and solid fuel.
It is a good idea to take a picture of your current fireplace along with some basic measurements, such as the current width of the mantel and chimney breast along with the current opening size. With this information a competent installer will be able to give you advice and recommend products based on this information and your personal preferences.
At this stage you can inquire about having your chimney swept. The chimney will need to be swept before an installation to make sure that there aren’t any problems with the flue that will be used. Chimney sweeping can be done on the day of installation but to avoid any late stage setbacks it can be worth organising sweeping at this stage, this lets you make sure everything is in working order before ordering any items.
At this stage you have likely made a few decisions about look and style along with fuel type. After you have made some decisions it is time to start putting the choices on paper. If you’re working with an installer or project manager then it is time to give them your shopping list of items so they can begin working out a full quote for you. If you have pictures of the space then a competent installer can quote a price before surveying. If you are planning on ordering the items yourself then it is worth having a survey done before you place any orders so that any red flags are picked up on before the money has been spent.
Once a quote has been given it is time to have a survey done so that the installer has a costed plan to survey for. This allows them to check specifics on a survey as opposed to a general look, the more specific the plan the better the survey will be. After a survey has been completed, and the work is confirmed as possible, it’s time to start ordering.
The items have been ordered and the plan is under way, the next step is the exciting part. Once the items have been ordered there will be an estimated delivery date, this allows everyone to plan the installation after the delivery date so that all the items are ready to be installed.
Come installation day the fitters will arrive, hopefully to a cleared space so they have an area to work in, and begin covering everything with dust sheets. The work can then begin and your new installation is under way, most installs take between one and two days but some can stretch to four depending on the specifics of the installation.
The fitters will then test the appliance and give you a quick run down of how the appliance works along with leaving all the paper work for your night time reading. From here your new fireplace is installed and the rest is up to the skills of the decorators, if there are any issues then a company like ours is on the the end of the phone to assist in any way.