I`m working from memory on this one so i`ll apologise for any vagueness !
In my front bedroom I have a chimney breast with a small air vent in
there. In the past I would assume (perhaps wrongly) that it would have
been an open fire. The proximity of the fire and hearth would have been
worryingly close to an adjacent wall I would have thought though - about
2' to the centre
Dodgy ascii follows :-}
| chimney breast
In front of where the fire "was" there`s what I seem to remember being a
concreted area about 2' * 1' which is slightly high ("lumpy") in relation
to the rest of the floor, but has had carpet put over it in the past. The
rest of the floor is of normal construction with joists and floorboards.
Without measuring it up, i`m not sure where this concreted area lies in
relation to the chimney breast on the ground floor, but... i`m wondering
whether it would be possible to replace the un-level concrete (would it
need to be concrete ?) to at least level the floor out a little :-}
It`s a constant reminder walking around that side of the bed every day
and standing on a wonky floor :-}
Just to confuse me even more, there`s another air vent to the right of
the crap ascii picture in the back room "chimney breast" which doesn`t
seem to have a concrete "hearth" and is only about 30" wide in total, so
any heat source would have been within about 12" of the wall shown above.
I`m starting to hate this house - its only taken me 15 years and every
DIY attempt a failure to get to this stage :-}
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