When we added on to Brambly thirteen years ago we did some "temporary" things because we didn't have the budget to do everything we wanted at once. Since then I have learned that "temporary" easily becomes "semi-permanent" as life gets busy and time passes by. The living room fireplace is an example of temporary becoming semi-permanent. We originally put in a gas fireplace because we already had a wood fireplace in the adjoining library. The gas fireplace put out a lot of heat, but we quickly realized that the propane was costing us a small fortune. We began to avoid using it and relied on our central heat to keep us mildly warm.
About a year ago I began to obsess on finally finishing the fireplace. We knew we needed to find another fuel source so we could be comfortable in the room. Although I was leaning toward wood, we decided to go with a pellet stove on a thermostat so the room would be warm in the morning and when we got home in the evening.
|A look at the new fireplace.|
|An old photo of the way the fireplace used to look. Our archaic television was in the red cabinet.|
|The old fireplace and mantel were removed and we had it cutout for the new flat screen.|
|We flanked the new fireplace with built- in bookcases.|
|My husband did the herringbone brick work. I've had the rattan chair since I was eighteen and I cannot part with it.|
|I was determined to hide the new flat screen behind doors.|
|I wanted to have pictures above the fireplace. We affixed them to the cabinet doors with ultra strong construction glue.|
|It was important that the doors looked like they were part of the box panelling.|
|The silhouettes of our family were above the old fireplace and I wanted to have them over the new fireplace as well.|
|The new "permanent" fireplace makes the living room look and feel so much warmer.|