Case Study: Fireplace Surround - Natural Stone
Before and After
Restructure the wall, extending it to the ceiling.
Remove the brick surround, adapt the firebox opening.
Install the real stone surround.
Remove the hearth tiles, replace with granite.
The floor is protected with a plastic/foam underlay and a canvas drop sheet.
Plastic is draped over furniture, and doorways and vents sealed with plastic.
Opening the wall
Two layers of wallboard are found: drywall, and plaster and lath.
A wet-dry vac with a HEPA filter is used to clean up.
Removing the brick surround
We pulled the brick and some non-firebrick in the hearth.
Firebrick and high-temperature cement was used to restructure the hearth opening.