- Jul 7, 2021
We are purchasing a house with some unusual (at least to me) fireplaces. I really want to update them (and the tile) and I need some input. After researching, I found out, I believe, they are old style heatilators since they have two vents above them. I don’t like how they stick out without anything built around them. I also don’t like the off white rounded tile on the one, nor the green tile. Looking at the condition on the inside, do they need to be replaced? Do new ones still use the two vents on the wall?
I was thinking about just trying to leave them and making a mantel frame around it. But I realized the rounded white one has an HVAC vent beside it and the black one has a wall right beside it too so that limits building around it for a built in look. I really would like to have a mantel for decorations. I was thinking of a wood shelf above and new updated tile around it but can you buy new frames to get rid of the rounded offwhite faceplate?
We have never used a wood burning fireplace since my son has lung conditions so it probably wouldn’t be used if we didn’t replace it. Even replacing it with a new wood burning, we wouldn’t use it. But It needs some updating no matter what. Any ideas would be appreciated.