Before and After Fireplace Photos - Add space and value to your home - Remodeled Brick Fireplace

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selling or staying in your home, remodeling a brick fireplace can be very rewarding. Below are photos and descriptions of a fireplace makeover. Remodeling an older fireplace can add a lot of space and value to your home.

Brick Fireplace Makeover

Above, is a photo of a brick fireplace from floor to ceiling, common in 1970's build homes. Bookshelves were removed from both sides of the fireplace. A woodburning stove was also removed, leaving discolored brick with an unsightly appearance. After removing the bookshelves and stove, the room already feels more open.

Installing Drywall over a Fireplace

The above photo shows the removal of the bottom of the brick fireplace and the beginning installation of drywall overlaying the brick.

Fireplace Makeover Photos

The fireplace is now covered with drywall exposing the existing brick which can be either can be cleaned and left exposed, tiled over or dressed with a multitude of coverings including granite or marble.

Fireplace Makeover Photos

A decision was made to lay slate tile over the exposed brick. This particular tile will match a myriad of furniture styles and colors and have a modern elegant look.

Fireplace Makeover Photos

Installation of the new hardwood fireplace mantel.

Fireplace Makeover Photos

Installation of the slate tile and base trim to the fireplace surround.

Fireplace Makeover Photos

Before paint.

Fireplace Makeover Photos

A photo after fresh paint and carpet removal.

Fireplace Makeover Photos

 

The finish.

Remodeling an older fireplace can add a lot of space and value to your home. If you're thinking of buying or selling a home in Columbus, Oh please contact Sam Cooper for all of your real estate needs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Dianne Deming
RE/MAX Realty Group - Rehoboth Beach, DE

Sam, what a beautiful transformation!  We have a fireplace that looks exactly like your "before" photo in our livingroom.  I'd love to change it up.  Your post is very encouraging...thanks!

Nov 14, 2009 02:11 PM #1
Rainer
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Sylvia Young
Options Realty Group - Emeryville, CA
Broker

Looks great!  Updated & contemporary.  Gives the entire room a facelift!

Nov 14, 2009 02:12 PM #2
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Edward Bachman
EXIT REALTY SOLUTIONS - Kingwood, TX
Your Kingwood TX Realtor

BIG difference....Great job!!!

Nov 14, 2009 02:14 PM #3
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I'm so glad you didn't paint the brick.  Covering it is a far better idea.  Looks great!

Nov 14, 2009 02:14 PM #4
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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
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Wow!    So worth doing, though...adds huge value to a property.

Nov 14, 2009 02:16 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Lina Robertson Jones
Ozark, Nixa, Republic & Willard Real Estate - Springfield, MO
REALTOR, Springfield MO Area Homes for Sale

Sam - what a transformation!  I love the step-by-step photos you took.  Thanks for the idea!

Nov 14, 2009 02:51 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Betty & John Knowles
Coldwell Banker Vanguard - www.teamknowles.com - Springfield, MO
REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate

Sam, it looks great! I assume you could do the same thing with synthetic stone?

Nov 14, 2009 02:55 PM #7
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Sam -- this is a great idea.  Those old brick fireplaces are just so "yesterday" aren't they?  Thanks for the step-by-step easy to follow guidelines.

Nov 16, 2009 12:25 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Michelle Finnamore
in Vaughan and Toronto GTA - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Sam, great transformation. It really puts off buyers seeing these fireplaces made with brick that was used for the exterior of the home. Your before and after photos showed just how easy it is to transform. I did my own fireplace 4 years ago myself. I even made a stainless steel look surround for it from aluminum flatstock. It looks just like a real stainless steel surround except it cost zero dollars instead of $1500. Cleaning the black smoke off the brick is worth the effort as well. It is always off putting in the online photos to see this. Kudos to you for a job well done.

Nov 16, 2009 07:12 AM #9
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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

LOVE this transformation....it totally updates a room and the heart of the home!

Jan 15, 2010 12:40 AM #10
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Stefanie

It looks great. This is what I have been trying to find for over a year. How did you attach the sheetrock to the brick?

Jan 22, 2010 10:39 PM #11
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Sam Cooper
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Sam Cooper HER Realtors

Hi Stefanie, I had actually seen this refabrication done by a local drywall company after selling a remodeled home for an investor who hired them to do the work. I wanted to take photos of the process on this job because I thought it was a pretty impressive transformation. The person laying the drywall over the brick had applied some type of adhesive from a caulking gun onto the brick. I'll do some research and respond in a later post what type of adhesive this was.

Jan 23, 2010 07:59 AM #12
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carolecat

It looks like you had to extend the height of your fireplace since the actual box wasn't near the floor, is that what you did? I have the same problem where the contractor stuck the fireplace a bit too high off the floor. Can you tell me how high off the floor the bottom of the fireplace is?

Mar 24, 2010 03:33 PM #13
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Sam Cooper
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Sam Cooper HER Realtors

Hey there,

Yes, the fireplace was raised to meet code. I think it is 12". Hope this helps!

Mar 27, 2010 07:20 PM #14
Anonymous
Julia

What is the aproximate cost to do something like this?

Jan 12, 2012 07:18 PM #15
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Sam Cooper
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Sam Cooper HER Realtors

Hi Julia, the cost of this remodel was approximately $1,800 which included contractors fees.

Jan 13, 2012 03:26 PM #16
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mary
Did you ever find out what the glue was?
Jan 22, 2014 10:16 PM #17
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Inna Ivchenko
Mannis Real Estate Group - Calabasas, CA
Los Angeles / Valley Homes

Nothing beats a fire for sheer indulgence on a cold, windy weekend or even during summer cooler days. I love wood burning fireplaces, even it is much more work.

Nov 21, 2014 01:16 AM #18
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