1800’s Cottage Remodel


This 1800’s cottage had a small fireplace with a 70’s brick surround. As this cottage was built in the 1800’s we were confident the original fireplace would be quite large. The original fireplace had been made smaller over the years which is typical of most period properties when central heating in homes became popular.

We excavated the fireplace to reveal the original fireplace and original oak beam. A pamment hearth was laid and a Stovax Stockton 8 wood burner installed.

Large Traditional Remodel

This fireplace had a small gas fire and wood surround , the initial site survey and investigation predicted that the fireplace behind would be very big. To confirm this the installation team removed the gas fire and surround to knock through the wall and reveal the original builders opening.

We added the extra brickwork to the sides and a pamment hearth was laid and given 24 hours to set. The next stage was the installation of the Consort 9 Slim-line Wood Burner and large reclaimed oak beam.

Traditional brickwork and beam project

With this remodel we removed the old stove, surround and hearth. We then opened up the fireplace to the original builders opening. This was as big as we could go without major structural work. The recess was fire boarded and the Natural Stone hearth was laid.

Once the hearth had set we could then proceed with the brick piers and brick slips. The brick slips where used to create an inner layer around the opening.

The Avalon 4 wood burning stove fitted well and would provide ample heat for the space.

To finish the remodel the Light Oak beam was fitted across the top of the piers.


Freestanding Stove

FB-Garrod-Heta 45 on stand-ns copy

Freestanding Heta Inspire 45 on stand with a 20mm Honed Granite Hearth and Professional XQ chimney system.

Farmhouse Design, Brick slips and Pamment Hearth

Shallow brick fire place removed
Shallow brick fire place removed
Brick slips and pamments in place ready to be pointed up.
Brick slips and pamments in place ready to be pointed up.
Hunter Herald 8 Slim-line Installed
Hunter Herald 8 Slim-line Installed

The old surround, fire back and hearth was removed. Block work was used to even out the recess. We then used brick slips inside the recess as they are thin to provide more space around the stove and a traditional pamment hearth was laid.

The wall was then plastered and a geo-cast beam was fitted above.

Contemporary Remodel

Opening up a fireplace
Opening up a fireplace
Burley Hollywell, wood burner
Burley Hollywell, wood burner

The old surround and fireplace was removed and taken back to the original builders opening. We then lined the recess with fire board, laid a polished granite hearth and installed a Burley Hollywell.


Inset Stove with Surround and Hearth

This installation involved moving the chimney chamber across. The stove fitted is a Stovax Riva 50 Muti-fuel, with a stone surround, slate tiles and a Norfolk Flag hearth.

Complete Remodel


This Installation was completed in four stages:

  • 2 days preparation, removing the existing chimney pillars and building new. This widened the recess for the Heta Inspire 55.
  • 2 hours to lay the hearth.
  • 1 Day for the plasterer to plaster front and sides.
  • 1 Day for installation of stove and components.