Home Improvement, Fireplace Edition: Grand Finale

Today, four months to the day after starting our fireplace project, we had the final inspection. It was a different inspector, not Mr. Personality, and – amazingly – he was quite nice! I opened the door and offered him fresh homemade cookies; he did the inspection, saw the gas shutoff and exterior vent, asked about … Continue reading “Home Improvement, Fireplace Edition: Grand Finale”

Home Improvement: Fireplace Edition, Part 10

Here we are, at the two-month anniversary of the start of our fireplace project, three days into spring, and we are basically done with our little project. Pat has spent a couple days finishing up details, and one set of bookshelf doors had to go back to be refinished, but it’s essentially complete! Thanks to … Continue reading “Home Improvement: Fireplace Edition, Part 10”

Home Improvement: Fireplace Edition, Part 8

Happy (belated) St. Patrick’s Day! We had a happy day – the tile got finished on our fireplace! Also finished are the final repairs to the wall, adding texture and paint. Here’s where we were on Monday: And here’s where Pat left it last night: It’s hard to capture the colors accurately, but you can … Continue reading “Home Improvement: Fireplace Edition, Part 8”

Home Improvement: Fireplace Edition, Part 7

Tile work has started! Actually, Pat started cutting time last week, an exercise in the most complicated puzzle imaginable, where you have to make the pieces to fit this precise space and shape. I didn’t get a picture of it, but he started by laying out all the tile and figuring out how to match … Continue reading “Home Improvement: Fireplace Edition, Part 7”

Home Improvement: Fireplace Edition, Part 6

After discovering the box o’ ductwork, I spent some time scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. Jim and I met a couple times to try to figure out a solution, but no clear solution proved forthcoming until I met with Pat, the guy we hired to tile the fireplace. I explained the … Continue reading “Home Improvement: Fireplace Edition, Part 6”

Home Improvement: Fireplace Edition, Part 5

The subtitle for this post should be “What you’d call good news, bad news.” Good news: Our rough-in inspection passed! Ian was here for the inspector, who took about two minutes to review his notes, look at the work we’d done, and sign off on the changes. Huge sigh of relief! Maybe I’ll sleep tonight … Continue reading “Home Improvement: Fireplace Edition, Part 5”