Best Fireplace Refacing Ideas
Fireplace Refacing – If you have a larger budget and you want to radically change the style of your fireplace, you may choose to reface your fireplace. There are a range of companies today that provide materials, from tile to stone surfaces that can be installed on your fireplace. Fireplace refacing can transform the design of a room, and today there is a wide range of refacing options that fit contemporary and traditional décor.
With fireplace refacing you can create a high-end elegant look with marble slabs, a modern look with concrete slabs, or a Craftsman look with small tiles in different shades and complementary woodwork. You can either add a mantel or remove one. You can change the shape or the size of the mantel to provide different proportions to your fireplace. Another option is to sheetrock or plaster parts of the fireplace. If the mass of the fireplace is too much for the room, you can reduce it by adding sheetrock or paneling to the exterior. There are even veneer stone and brick materials that are fairly easy to apply that can give your fireplace a very traditional look.
The important thing to remember when fireplace refacing is to understand your local code. Combustible materials such as wood mantels and paneling must be kept a certain distance from the firebox (generally 6 inches or more). The building code also limits how far these materials project from the face of the fireplace, how large the hearth extension must be, and so on. Codes vary around the country – it is important to evaluate your project relative to the codes enforced in your area. This project can cost you anywhere from a few hundred dollars (to do yourself) up to $10,000 depending upon the materials you use and the extent of the work required.