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Remodel a Kiva fireplace

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by jchri66, Jan 14, 2006.

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    jchri66 New Member

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    Sorry if my terminology is off a little but I just bought a home with a Kiva fireplace and would like some suggestions on how to remodel it. The fireplace sits in the corner of the room with the firebox facing diagonally across to the other side of the room and is not flush against the wall so it is exterior to the wall. It appears that it was originally constructed with slump block around the firebox and then stuccoed over and painted at a later date. I'm assuming that the slump block does not connect to the firebox. What I want to do is tear down the kiva structure and then frame in a hex shaped structure. Any information on what materials would be used to build up the overmantel and if demolition of the slump structure is a wise thing to do would be helpful. I'm assuming that masonry work will be needed around the firebox but I have no idea what materials would be used for this i.e. cement blocks, bricks. Right now it seems the logical thing to do would be to use masonry to build up the size around the firebox and up the wall covering the chute. Then level out the construction to ready it for some faux stone. If I'm way off let me know thanks.

    J.Christoff

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