house post alert: fireplace destruction

It’s been way too long of a hiatus. Since the holidays have come and gone, I’ve found that a little time has been opened up to update everyone.

In reality, I shouldn’t blame the holidays. They were busy, but mostly because I make them so. In addition, I started a new job with the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), Nick was promoted (yay!) and my favorite youngest sister, Kelly, moved in with us. So, the fall held a lot of changes.

It also held a lot of changes for our house. We decided that the fireplace was not worth keeping. Some of you may think we’re crazy, but consider this
  • Every little bit of square footage is necessary in a 1200 sf house. The fireplace took up a solid 20 sf. That’s a closet!
  • We’re in the south. How often does it get that cold?
  • It was uuuuugly. And I don’t like ugly.
  • It wasn’t structurally connected to the rest of the house, making it easy to remove.
see? uuuugly.
see? uuuugly.
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it wasn’t a short chimney…

So, Nick invited his friend Aaron down to help bash it up. Yes, Aaron did know what he was getting into before visiting.

 The men did a fantastic job of bashing. In the first day, they took down the chimney to the roofline. 
progress!
progress!
end of day 1
end of day 1!

The following day, it came down another 6 feet.

a beer well deserved.
a beer well deserved.

Nick and I followed up with the last 4 feet.

an evening of hard work brought us to here...
an evening of hard work brought us to here…

We came back the next day and the framers surprised us with taking it below the floor level.

looks like there wasn't even a chimney there!
looks like there wasn’t even a chimney there!
So what tools did we use? Nothing sophisticated. Just the guys guns, really. No, just kidding. We also had a chisel, several sledgehammers and pry bars. Some parts came off much easier than I thought they should. Others… Not so much.

So, if you ever decide to take down a chimney or destroy your fireplace, talk to us! We can definitely fill you in on what the true effort is. As far as if it’s worth it, you’ll just have to visit and see for yourself!

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