Re: Our Fireplace Needs a Makeover!!!
Carole, one of the things that makes the fireplace so large and intrusive is the raised hearth. If you want to redo so it matches the other picture with the floor level hearth it will require that tear out the existing fire place and start anew. You can't tear out the fireplace with the chimney setting on top so you would have to start at the roof and work you way down. It's a big job, I know because I just went through that last year with a similar fireplace. This is not the job for the faint of heart.
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