wsherrick wrote:Your sunroom used to be the front porch. They just closed it in later. This was often done.
I actually do have a photo of that. They didn't just close it in . They torn down the front wall and opened the living room to the sunroom and they didn't do that great of a job either which is why I'm taking out that aluminium and vinyl crap!
michaelanthony wrote:What type of stone pillars are you planning on using? I recall your concern for clearances to combustibles, could you then have a mantel of the same stone. God knows that hearth can support it.
Reclaimed Richmond cobble stones or field stones of some sort . I have until spring to pick all that out . I also have to make a trip to the Virginia Lime Works to get all my like mortar. I am making the stone columns 12"x12" with a tolerance of an 1" give or take .
I keep goin back and forth on what I should do with the original brick on the chimney. On one hand it looks very interesting , on the other like crap. It depends on what mood I'm in I guess. I could grind out all the old mortar and repoint but that is not needed structurally . I could also add a bit of thin stone or brick to the face as well. When the company installed the liner I had them leave the thimble out enough for me to cover the face of needed. Now keep in mind I am taking down the sheet rock on the ceiling and exposing the beams like the rest of the house so it will have a very rustic, cabin like feel. And I don't really want to keep it period correct except for the sash windows which I have been restoring 1 by 1.
The clearances for the bookcase and mantel will work to meet code all I need to do is make a small decorative heat shield an inch above the stove pipe and I can put the mantel 24" above it.
I need to make some phone calls tomorrow as to the availability on the glenwood 6 or 8 . William and Keith and a few others have made up my mind
I plan on adding to this house in the near future as well so it will grow in size .
I am excited about picking out stone and starting the rest of the hearth build but I need to get the stove burning again and a few months will give me time to really get all the materials . I am also going to make a trip to a few stream beds in the mountains to get some stone . Who knows maybe that will be the stuff.
By all means all of this work is new to me so any suggestions that wil help me or save me from disaster , keep them coming!