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Craftsman Bungalow Restoration #4: Brick by Brick

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 06-17-2007 01:05 AM 4476 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Summer 03 Continued

The bath was under restoration. Meanwhile the monstrosity of a fireplace had sat uncovered for 6 months.

“Paint it white,” my dad said. “Put curtains around it,” (Like the elephant man?) We just smiled and said, “We’ll just wait.”

A lot of the houses with redone fireplaces end up with tile. We knew we wanted to try to remain true to the house but had little clue what was there. The brick pointed to brick, but the hearth to tile.

And what mantle to install. We spoke with contractors and carpenters and finally settled upon a brick mason named John Marsh.

The inside of the chimney was relined.

We picked out a pallate of recycled brick and John went to work, using scars on the wall as a guide.


Frisbee poses wiith new fireplace.

We hired a local woodworker to build a mantle and provided the doug fir.

I love the detail of the standing brick.


The plastered fireplace. We have since replaced the mantle. But you will have to read on to see the new one.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne



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miles125

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#1 posted 06-17-2007 01:16 AM

Heyyyy you sealed up the BEAST chimney! Great job.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Bob Babcock

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#2 posted 06-17-2007 03:16 AM

Much better…I thought that thing was going to eat you..

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#3 posted 06-17-2007 06:10 AM

That is a BIG cat Giz…

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#4 posted 06-17-2007 06:17 AM

Hide that thing Giz, it was “bugley”. Nice finish

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#5 posted 06-17-2007 07:23 AM

He’s “big boned.”

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#6 posted 06-17-2007 04:30 PM

Well done. It looks original.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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gizmodyne

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#7 posted 06-17-2007 05:03 PM

Thanks Wayne. Most people think that as well. Closer examination would lead someone to realize that the brick would not be as worn from just being on a fireplace. But we like it overall.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#8 posted 06-18-2007 08:26 PM

and have you since hung a piece of modern art on that “blank” space above the fireplace??
I’m sure you miss the original find!!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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