I live in a two up two down terraced property, and would like to install what would have been the original open fireplaces. The house was built in 1862 and had a fireplace in the lounge and a second in the front bedroom. Any help in finding the original types of fires and surround and some help on how to go about installing these would be a great help. At the moment the lounge has a gas fire, the bedroom has had the fireplace blocked up. Would the chimney stack need to be built up to its original height? obviously the chimneypots would need to be reinstated, help on type & style would be great. Is there any issues with planning or building regs departments. As I can't see behind the fire places at the moment what should I be looking for when I open them up? Any books or information of any kind would be welcome. thanks Paul.
You need to carry out some local research yourself, see if any any of your neighbours have still got the original fireplaces/chimney pots. With a property so old you will almost certainly have to line the flues and you will need to get BR approval and planning approval if you are going to increase the height of the chimney especially if you are in a conservation area or have a listed building.
Yes they do, look for a cast iron surround and mantel, probably old crazed tile panels both sides with tiled hearth to match, cast iron hood and grate which fits into the surround.
Go to a local reclaim yard and see if they can help but it won't be cheap.
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