I had an old gas fire disconnected a while ago, and set to work with a
hammer to see what was revealed. Underneath a raised concrete hearth
were some nice but damaged tiles, and inside the fireplace the tiles
continued but are not level by any stretch of the imagination. So
I've blocked it up with it's aluminium cover. What I would like to do
now is make it look presentable with minimum work and minimum cost.
I have a problem with the hearth though. One outside corner is
crumbling badly. I've been looking at the hearths in B&Q and have
thought about putting one of these down, (a decostone one?) and
hopefully this would sit on the floorboards surrounding the original
hearth and solve the problem. The hearth is currently 1/2 inch lower
than the floorboards. How does this sound?
I've also thought about buying a surround and one of these laminate
back panels which come ready for you to cut a hole in. I considered
leaving it complete so it'll cover up the hole completely. (Don't all
say yuck at once!) Or I could get a fireback and slot it in.
I could get an inset gas fire installed but I'm really concerned with
the cost of getting everything checked out, i.e. chimney sweeping,
etc. I would love a real fuel fire but does this involve more effort?
Any help please?