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Old 10-06-2010, 11:02 PM   #1
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My wife and I are in the middle of redoing a 1968 house that was basically all original, so I may have a lot of questions in the coming days. In the house, we have a lovely 1960s wall to wall brick fireplace at the end of the living room and I am curious if this is a possibility:

What I would like to do is put up a stud wall, possibly some insulation, make a new fireplace surround with mantle that is normal size and then drywall the rest of the wall.

Additionally, I would then hang a flatscreen above the fireplace / mantle.

I am curious if this is feasible, because in my estimation I will need to bring the fireplace opening out 2 to 4 inches depending on the stud wall. Would I lay new bricks to extend the opening? Is there another option?

Thank you.

(I want to do the stud wall so that I have something to hang the flat screen from, and also a convenient way to hide multimedia and electrical lines.)

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Hi, so you want to cover the brick is that right? If you do the stud wall, the fire place might become to recessed. An option is installing strapping on the brick, then drywall or cement board overtop. The thickness of strapping should be good enough for hdmi, speaker and power cables. You can always notch out the brick if you need more room for your cables. With proper anchors, you can safely mount your tv to the brick or in the mortar.

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Got a picture?
Are you sure this is a real brick wall that's there now or is it just a veneer?
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