Adding a marble fireplace to your home can not only enhance the ambiance and décor, but will increase the value. A properly designed and installed fireplace will add function to your room and class to your lifestyle. Here are some instructions to follow when putting together your own marble fireplace.
Step 1 – Identify Your Needs
Are you looking for simply an aesthetic architectural accent? Do you want something strictly functional – or both? Decorative fireplaces usually do not require a flue and chimney; functional fireplaces do, however.
Step 2 – Know Your Chimney
There are several types of chimneys that hook up to a fireplace:
•Class One Flue – is characterized by either a stone or brick chimney that is seven inches or more across. This chimney will work with all heat sources
•Class Two Flue – is found in homes built after 1960 having a slightly smaller liner made from steel in place of the traditional brick chimney. Although it works well with electric fires, gas and LPG it does not work well for wood burning.
•Pre-cast Flue – is found in most new homes identified as a tiny, rectangular box found on the rooftop. Like Class 2 flues, it also does not work with wood fires.
Step 3 – Choose
Without a chimney, you are limited to an electric fireplace or one that has its own power flue or a balanced flue system. Choose which fireplace you'll need to fit your chimney.
Step 4 – Balance
Make sure when locating the fireplace, you size it in accordance with the room shape and size. Don’t plan on installing a very large fireplace in a small room so it becomes a dominant and overwhelming feature. Make sure to keep an adequate amount of wall space available after installation to help balance the room.
Step 5 – Create a Budget
Shop around for the best deals you can find on marble blocks for building your fireplace. Keep in mind that imported Italian marble will be expensive, but the beauty it possesses is well worth the investment.
Step 6 – Assess Your Skills and Tools
If attempting this project on your own, make sure your masonry skills match the task at hand or get a professional to handle the job. You will also need first rate tools to complete the job successfully. Consider renting tools and other construction aids like scaffolding to ensure a safe working environment. Assemble the necessary tools and supplies to build your fireplace. Make sure you obtain the correct mortar epoxy to ensure correct bonding. If the need for cutting marble arises, specifically when using tiles, make sure you use a cutting saw with appropriate blades used for the task at hand. Keep in mind while cutting marble, a cooling liquid, usually water, is needed to keep the blade from running hot.