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Old 02-04-2008, 08:29 PM   #16
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Refacing a HUGE Brick Fireplace


I am looking into potential options for refacing a brick fireplace. The fireplace I am working on has a 1 brick thickness facade. It does not seem to be an integral part of the fireplace structure, it seems to be superficial. I want to know whether I can tear down the brick facade, and downsize to a hardibacker & tile face or box it in with sheetrock? In your research of this topic, did you come across what is allowable?

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Old 02-05-2008, 07:45 AM   #17
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Sounds like you need a mason to determine if you can tear that facade down. Although, me may not be able to tell by just looking at it - it may be difficult to know what's behind the facade. Sorry if this doesn't help.
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Old 02-05-2008, 05:55 PM   #18
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It is only one brick thick & there is about a half inch gap between the back of the brick and the wall which appears to be sheetrock. My thought was that if there is sheetrock behind the brick then the brick couldn't possibly be doing much functionally for the fireplace.
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The chances are that it is only a brick veneer. Is it a zero-clearance fireplace or a masonry one?
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Hi! Saw your post and I am currently in the middle of the same sort of project. Our late 1970ish brick fireplace goes from floor to ceiling, as well with a raised hearth (it's not quite as wide as yours though!).

I am going to try my hand at the stucco treatment. From pictures I've seen, I like the clean, modern look it provides. The research I've done says it is a "moderately hard" DIY project.

I had previously painted the brick which helped and certainly looked better than the original brick but I still was not completely satisfied with just the painted look. I don't want to tile over it although the idea that someone else had posted about refacing with new stone treatment/finish would provide a completely new look that would be desirable. I want to do the work myself and that seems like something I'd have to hire someone to do in order to be happy with it.

Looking forward to seeing what you decide on! Good luck!
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Unfortunately we still haven't done a thing with this fireplace. Money's been tight. We will be working with the walls around it soon though & then *hopefully* we will do something with it. I would LOVE to stucco it. I've even read something about using thin set to smooth it out before painting it. Our home reno is slow going.....VERY slow going, but it's getting there.

And thank you ALL for your wonderful ideas!

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