Make your own fire surround?

Discussion in 'UK DIY' started by Another Dave, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. Another Dave

    Another Dave Guest

    I'm replacing a wall-mounted gas fire with a more modern version. I'm
    told that I need a surround to bring it away from the wall (between the
    living room and dining room) to give some depth to mount the fire. I'm
    told I need a hearth also because of building regs. I have no problem
    with any of this.
    However, I've been quoted £375 to supply a hearth (36" x 13") and back
    panel (36" x 36") made of marble-effect resinated stone. I don't see why
    it costs so much - why can't I make my own?

    TIA
    Another Dave
     
    Another Dave, Jul 21, 2006
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  2. Who told you this and who's supplying the backing and earth? ;-)
     
    The3rd Earl Of Derby, Jul 21, 2006
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  3. Another Dave

    sm_jamieson Guest

    If it's an enclosed wall fire, don't think a hearth is required.
    If its a flame effect gas fire, you might.
    If needed, you can make your own. Just needs to be the correct
    dimensions and of a non-combustable material. You could use concrete.
    Simon.
     
    sm_jamieson, Jul 21, 2006
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  4. Another Dave

    Another Dave Guest

    Sorry. On re-reading my original post I see I've misled you. The
    replacement is a flame effect gas fire, not wall-mounted as before. I
    trust the engineer who told me that it needed padding out, particularly
    as the dividing wall is very thin and he's always been very trustworthy
    and reasonably-priced in the past.
    The quote is from a local one-man showroom about whom I'm a little dubious.
     
    Another Dave, Jul 21, 2006
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    Andy Guest

    If it's an enclosed wall fire, don't think a hearth is required.
    If its a flame effect gas fire, you might.
    If needed, you can make your own. Just needs to be the correct
    dimensions and of a non-combustable material. You could use concrete.
    Simon.

    I made my own superimposed hearth ( the bit at ground level you can see )
    from travertine marble and cement. It required a diamond-type flat bed tile
    cutter to cut the marble, well, the vertical bits supporting the three main
    horizontal slabs which make up the bulk of the hearth. Will add a fire
    surround of more travertine marble later this year.
    I'm with Simon, as long as it's non-combsutible you can make your
    own. BTW I paid £650 for a hearth and fire surround in Italian oolitic
    limestone ( cheap stuff ) and tulip wood for my other fireplace.

    Andy
     
    Andy, Jul 21, 2006
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    meow2222 Guest

    must have needed a lot of tulips. (semismiley here) And for those that
    like but cant afford marble, terrazzo is cheap and pretty, and diyable.


    NT
     
    meow2222, Jul 22, 2006
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