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victorian covered fireplaces. You’ve decided it’s finally time to remodel your brick fireplace. You want a look that’s new, yet classic; fun, yet traditional.

Or perhaps you’ve come to a determination that a stone fireplace remodel job is long overdue. You’ve seen a fireplace picture remodel shot that seems to be just what you’re looking for. Now, what do you do?

Expert Advice
When you’re considering any kind of remodeling project, it’s best if you first consult with experts in the field. Even if you’re handy with a hammer, you can benefit from the advice of a seasoned carpenter. That professional may also be able to articulate to you why it is so important that your mantelpiece is carefully crafted.

It’s critical that your mantel enhance your fireplace. It should be like a frame bordering a beautiful painting. If you have a bare-brick fireplace, you can easily transform it into a showpiece by using slate tiles and a wood mantel. By installing a prefabricated mantel, you should be able to finish the entire project in only three days. That means that one long weekend’s worth of work can bring you years of enjoyment.

Critical Steps
remodel brick fireplace.Woodworking experts say that it takes two days to apply natural slate tiles to the brick around a fireplace opening and another day to install the mantel. However, you should be aware of the fact that the mantel installation should only take a couple of hours.

You might consider choosing a mantel that is made of paint-grade poplar and that comes fully assembled. You can find mantels in a variety of styles in such colors as red oak, mahogany, and cherry. Also, you should be aware of the fact that mantels can vary greatly in terms of price. For instance, you can find a mantle for as little as $350 or for as much as $2,500. You should carefully consider how much you can realistically invest in a new mantelpiece before you begin the project.

Your Project Could Reap Dividends
You may not be aware of this, but your remodeling project could reap significant dividends in the end. That’s because a good fireplace remodeling job can enhance the look of your house, raising its overall value.
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