Although I didn't like the idea of a corner fireplace, I figured we could update it by removing the stones and wood, and refacing it. So when we demo'd the family room, we stripped it down to the brick.
Almost 2 years later, that fireplace was still there, untouched. I was beginning to feel like I had traded in an alpine lodge for a pizza brick oven.
After doing some research on materials to reface the fireplace, I was told by some experts that our fireplace's construction was potentially a fire hazard and more than likely not to code. With a little one on the way and my already-existing dislike for the corner layout, it was a no brainer for me. Tear this puppy dowwwwwwn! I have to admit, Adam was quite disappointed (undiagnosed pyromaniac), but mama won this battle (*Cough, Cough* - Oh goodness, the smoke is killing my lungs. I can't breathe. Imagine how little Sienna will fare, with her brand new lungs. Think of the children, Adam! The poor children!)
So last weekend, Adam got going with his next project. He started off by sectioning off the fireplace with a plastic tarp, to minimize the amount of dust throughout the house:
See that big rectangular hole in the middle? That's the opening to the chimney. The fireplace was not a supporting structure; it was built as a standalone unit, with an opening to the chimney for the smoke to escape. Once we're done with the bricks cleanup, the next step will be for Adam to brick up the hole. He'll have to leave a smaller hole with a vent to ensure that no moisture forms within the chimney though. I think I can live with a vent in the wall - anything's better than that monstrosity.