Seeking fireplace specialist - SE London

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RushupEdge
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Seeking fireplace specialist - SE London

Post by RushupEdge » Wed 16th Sep, 2020 12:00 am

Hi,

Just wondering if anyone knows of anyone/could recommend a bit of a fireplace specialist or builder who deals with fireplaces and hearths in SE London?

The top course of bricks in the fender wall below our hearth seems to be gone - we need to get this fixed and then a new sub-hearth installed and the hearth tiled.

We’re based in SE London and struggling to find someone who can take this kind of work on with an eye to period properties. Most of the people we’ve found so far seem to just deal with wood burning stoves rather than traditional open fires, or are builders that primarily deal with modern properties (or just want to put cement everywhere!!!)

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Re: Seeking fireplace specialist - SE London

Post by plasticpigeon » Wed 16th Sep, 2020 10:13 am

Can you not do it yourself? It is only the top course. Also I have found that fireplace specialists generally want to put in a superimposed raised hearth which I don't think look good in period properties. I did my own, dug down the 6" or whatever was needed, put in a concrete base and tiled on cement screed using pure cement slurry for grout. It sounds wrong but according to an Edwardian construction book I have this is how it was done, and the pure cement as grout was needed because the tiles were laid edge to edge so no aggregate is fine enough to fill the tiny gaps between the tiles. The same method was used on geometric tiled floors apparently.

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Re: Seeking fireplace specialist - SE London

Post by plasticpigeon » Wed 16th Sep, 2020 10:14 am

If you re putting in a slate or marble surround there is a way of installing these with metal loops and plaster of Paris that not many modern fitters seem to know about which means that the fixings are not visible.

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