Updating outdated fireplace

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Old 11-03-13, 01:58 PM
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Updating outdated fireplace

Hello everyone. I'm looking for some advice on updating our fireplace surround with veneer or an interlocking stacked stone etc. My question is in regards to the hearth. To add a new stone to it do I HAVE to take out the top layer of brick or is there a way i can simply add a new hearth stone over the brick? If so would I then have to add concrete to the firebox to bring that up to level with the new hearth? Or is my only option removal then building up new stone slab to height? I wanna paint or replace the brass as well and think the stacked stone would look great but am wondering how deep I'd be getting into this project. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
 
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Old 11-03-13, 03:45 PM
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You could just put the hearth stone over the brick. That will make your opening smaller and my only other concern is that stone will be exposed to the heat of the fire. Not sure if that will be an issue but it might.

You could also add some thin firebrick to the bottom of the fireplace box to even it up to the new hearth stone.

Another thought might be to look into a wood/gas fireplace insert which could work with your new opening. Your fireplace is very inefficient as it appears to use room air for combustion. Upgrading to an insert will greatly improve the fireplace. Bad side is it will likely add a few thousand dollars to the project.
 
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It maybe outdated but it looks good. What's that sign that says Be Happy, Dream Big?
 
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Thank you both. Glad to hear I can add stone to the existing hearth and add firebricks in the firebox. My concern is whether the current brass surround will still fit the space if I add stone to existing hearth. I also think an insert would be great bc this one doesn't hardly put off any heat so it's rarely used. Prob why still looks decent except for 70s style. I've been looking for an excuse to add veneer either interior or exteriorally.
 
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Old 11-04-13, 11:24 PM
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Leave the brass as it is, and add your stone hearth in front of it. No need for adding any firebrick on the inside that way, and the net vertical opening (of the brass) remains unchanged, unless the chosen hearth stone is thicker than the bottom brass piece's width.
 
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