• Photo #1


    An 8” block masonry wall is erected from the basement to bottom of the 1st floor. Sheets of Durock cement board are laid across the floor cavity to support the concrete that will be poured. Durock cement boards are used because the material is non-combustible.

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  • Photo #2


    First floor firebox is prepared for pouring a 6” concrete slab which will act as a foundation for the firebox. #5 rebar have been laid vertically and horizontally in an 8” grid pattern. The rebar reinforces the concrete slab.

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  • Photo #3


    Photo depicting poured concrete slab. The clay flue pipe seen penetrating through the concrete slab is for venting the furnace located in the basement.

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  • Photo #4


    The firebox begins to be built starting with the firebox floor. This specific fireplace will have a raised hearth. The fire brick are being laid in what is known as a herringbone pattern. The brick are laid using a special type of mortar known as refractory cement.

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  • Photo #5


    Side and rear walls of the fire box nearing completion. The steel lintel at the top of the firebox will be used to support the cast iron damper for the fireplace.

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  • Photo #6


    Photo shows finishing touches done to the firebox.

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  • Photo #7


    Photo of completed firebox with cast iron damper installed. The 8” block masonry seen on the sides of the firebox will continue up through the first and second floors. Once the roof line has been reached, 4” block and a masonry veneer (in this case a stone veneer) will be used for the exterior portion of the fireplace chimney.

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