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.
- 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.
So, Nick invited his friend Aaron down to help bash it up. Yes, Aaron did know what he was getting into before visiting.
The following day, it came down another 6 feet.
Nick and I followed up with the last 4 feet.
We came back the next day and the framers surprised us with taking it below the floor level.
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!