September 2021

Period Property Insights: Revealing and Restoring Fireplaces

Fireplaces provide the focal point for period drawing rooms and if you are lucky enough to inherit an original chimneypiece it is something to be looked after and cherished.

Often the fire baskets or inserts themselves need to be updated and if you wish to retain a working fire, then having the suitability of the flue checked is the first important step.

A recent project on India Street provides a perfect example of how a dated fireplace was restored and uplifted, resulting in a refined and elegant feature in theme with the rest of the property.

In this drawing room the original surround had been lost but the client selected an Ancaster limestone chimneypiece, simple yet striking and paired it with a reclaimed period fire basket to create a beautiful open gas fire.

Contemporary glass fronted gas fires can also be used in period settings: the minimal look works especially well in contrast to more ornate surrounds and mantles.

It is not uncommon for our team to discover fireplace concealed behind walls. In the below example the original chimneypiece had been lost and the chamber concealed when the room was used as a bedroom. On our discovery we reinstated the fireplace with a new stone chimneypiece, stove and slate hearth. Now in full working order, it sits proudly in what is now the kitchen of this beautiful property.

We hope this week's blog has proved insightful and inspirational. If you require any assistance or further advice on your period property project please feel free to get in touch!