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Old 07-05-2011, 11:18 AM   #1
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fireplace brick facades removal

I have a question regarding brick facades on the fireplace. I am in the process of remodeling my family room, and just need some clarification on wheather or not i can remove the brick.
Pic 1 (the blue is what i want to remove now and just have drywall there. Later i would like to redo the fireplace take off the green area... Was wondering if you can even take off the green.

pic 2 more details from the wall there is a crack.

Pic 3 Step 2, if i can remove the brick what should i do about the green area, its a metal plate.


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Old 07-05-2011, 11:19 AM   #2
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Thanks in advance.


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Before you go further, check with your building dept on what they want to see on a fireplace wall and surround including hearth. I'm guessing drywall is not allowed within X inches of the firebox opening. This info may change your plans since your finish materials may be restrictive to your design and liking. The steel thing is a lintel holding up the bricks above it. Best make sure that the damper etc assembly isn't somehow integrated into that brick or more trouble to come. I'm sure an experienced mason person will chime in here.
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:47 AM   #4
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I would definitely check with the building department and a mason to go over your future plans.

I don't see that removing the area marked in blue is going to hurt anything if you want it gone. Think about renting one of the double blade oscillating saws out there. It will make short work of cutting into the mortar joints and getting the brick off. You will want to use something especially around the area of brick you intend, for the time being, to preserve. Don't want to damage the firebox either.

What are your plans for a new mantle and facade? Shaped and colored concrete can really make a fireplace look contemporary. You can have things made in whatever form you want and maintenance is similar to stone.
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