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Fireplace demolished!

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I thought you might like to share the chaos we have experienced at our house just lately. This is the main reason that I have not been on GoY recently…….I think you will understand why!

We had a brick fireplace in our lounge but always knew there was an inglenook behind it.

I didn’t want the work done to find out, because I thought it would make a mess. I was right, it did!!!

But the mess got worse and the pile of rubble grew and grew! Luckily, a friend wanted it for her farm lane which was very uneven and full of pot-holes!

Unfortunately in the midst of all this dust and grit we had a short holiday booked so had to leave the workmen on their own to get on with it! Another good friend acted as chief coffee maker and general supervisor!

When the inglenook was revealed, it had a bread oven to the right of it still with its original door. However the rest of it was in poor condition because only small pieces of stone and brick had been used to build it. The men checked with us before they decided to plaster over most of it and just leave stone and brick at the front.

When we returned home we were pleased with the fireplace but there was a lot of work to be done to tidy up and make the room look cosy again.

It is a work in progress as you can see.

Since these photos were taken, the gap in the carpet has been fixed but we now have to wait until the plaster has dried before it can be painted.

Was it worth it?
To be honest with you all, I didn’t really mind how it used to be and I have yet to be convinced!
Hopefully when it is painted and the logs are burning, I will be glad that it has been done, but at the moment, this jury is still out! My husband likes it though!

Latest photo, taken just now.

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Worth all the hard work and mess.
I have to say.....t's so much better.What a fantastic feature!

27 Sep, 2016

 

I agree with paul but do feel for you about all the mess. I'm going to be starting on my diner room this winter. No hope of finding a lovely inglenook like yours but to get rid of a naff electric fire with a disused back boiler behind it and hairy wall paper previous owner had put up. It looks lovely and homely now.

28 Sep, 2016

 

Nice work on the fireplace. Now what's an inglenook? Maybe there's one in my house! :)

28 Sep, 2016

 

Wow thats a great feature.

28 Sep, 2016

 

Oh I so feel your pain but come on....thats a fantastic fireplace now! What a huge difference. If you dont mind me saying..the old one looked a bit 'unfriendly' where as this looks welcoming and warm. You will really feel the difference in the heat given off too, honestly. Congratulations...and a bread oven too...what a find! We didnt find one in ours sadly. I think ours would originally have had an iron stove as there was no lintel really, just two massive stones across the top. Marvellous...well done! :) i so remember the messs....:(

28 Sep, 2016

 

Wow,Chris..I think it looks wonderful,but I know how you were so unsure about having it done.even though John was all for it..I must say,I agree with him,as it really was worth all the mess to get it to it's original design,as much as possible..love the little flat Iron on the top of the log burner,which is lovely..also the tealights and flowers..are all the Potholes filled in now at Sam's farm lane? let's hope so with all that rubble ! :o)xx

28 Sep, 2016

 

Definitely an improvement, Chris, and worth all the dust and mess! As Karen says, it looks more welcoming.

Bathgate - an inglenook is a big open fireplace, sometimes also called a 'chimney corner'. In some old farmhouses there was enough room to sit inside (at the side of the fire), and it would often be the only source of heat.

28 Sep, 2016

 

Wow that looks lovely!!,
We have one similar but ours was built when we built the house not as deep as yours , imagine those winter evenings sitting round that :-)

28 Sep, 2016

 

Might have been a lot of work and mess but Oh Boy!! it was worth it...

28 Sep, 2016

 

Wow it looks fab, I agree with Paul worth all the hard work.

28 Sep, 2016

 

Having done the very same......I can still remember the mess and the smell!! Oh and I took it out by ourselves, wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow....then did it all again many years later in another property!! the dust takes forever to settle.....BUT......so rewarding I love what you have achieved when you light the stove..you will forget about all the mess...... ENJOY!!

28 Sep, 2016

 

I think it looks brilliant. To me it is Cosy, Cosy, Cosy. x

28 Sep, 2016

 

Are you convinced yet? I
It has real character now and looks so warm and friendly.. You might end up replacing the furniture with period stuff to match lol.. (sorry!) Did you know you can get little fans that are driven by the heat rising from the fire and they spread the warm air out into the room? Our local country restaurant has one - great!

28 Sep, 2016

 

I think it's well worth it, even though the mess must have been horrible. It's beautiful!

28 Sep, 2016

 

I love the rustic beam! And I'm sure it will be a superb focal point in the room too...! ;o)

28 Sep, 2016

 

Thank you Sheila and everybody who sent me a pm. Very interestjng

28 Sep, 2016

 

that's a brilliant job well done. at least you managed to escape for a short while :o)
I am really envious of the character it has. I love open fires. next project is surely to rest and relax and toast your tootsies in front of the fire :o)

28 Sep, 2016

 

Your positive comments are working, so thanks to all of you! I am beginning to appreciate it after reading what you all had to say.

Those of you who have had similar work done have come through it and so will I!! I agree about the smell that accompanies all the dust and rubble......as I said to Sandra a few days ago it was like being down Poldark's mine but without him to brighten things up!!

You have all been very kind, thank you very much.

28 Sep, 2016

 

Very apt regarding the smell...that is the one thing that I can still conjure up..... isn't that odd? Poldark wasn't around when we did ours lol mores the pity???

28 Sep, 2016

 

The slippers will always be warm now you have done it.
Hope the Bread Oven works for you too.

28 Sep, 2016

 

Imagine if Poldark came to remove your lum! Lol!

28 Sep, 2016

 

Definitely worth all the upheaval Chris ... it looks so inviting now!

28 Sep, 2016

 

Lol,Karen..don't give Chris ideas,or she will be going to look for him at one of those tin mines ! He comes into our little conversations quite often ,after an episode on Sunday evenings..:o)

28 Sep, 2016

 

Oh Poldark now your talking.

29 Sep, 2016

 

It is obviously not just me that has succumbed to the charms of Ross on a Sunday evening !!
Thanks for all comments, they made me smile.

29 Sep, 2016

 

It's lovely - much better than that boring fire place, and it must have been built the same time as the house :) You've got a piece of history :)

29 Sep, 2016

 

Hywel, you are so right. Thank you :-)

I can almost picture the people building it. The cottage is about 250 years old now but I have no idea exactly
when this old fireplace was originally made.

29 Sep, 2016

 

Fascinating isn't it :)

29 Sep, 2016

 

Looks great. Did the workmen find anything behind the fireplace? Often objects were hidden there to ward away bad luck.

1 Oct, 2016

 

Absolutely nothing, more's the pity!
A treasure chest of gold, silver and sparkling jewels would NEARLY have made up for all the mess and upheaval!!

1 Oct, 2016

 

Looks much better, glad the mess wasn't here though:-)

2 Oct, 2016

 

It looks wonderful & much more in keeping with the cottage. You are so lucky to have found the original bread oven door, did you insert it in the wall anywhere?
We did ours in the last place & had even more mess as it was 12th century hall house, we found an old bible up in the chimney & could see the toe holds for the boys to go up to clean. You will love that stove in the winter time.

4 Oct, 2016

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