On Melmac, saying "have a nice day" is punishable by death.

Making the hearth

Yesterday Brian got the hearth in and its looking lovely, especially in real sunlight.  The stone is black natural unpolished limestone.

Although these pictures have been taken at night they give a good idea of the way the fireplace is coming together.


The night before the slabs going in showing concrete under-hearth at floor level


The new slabs in place and ready for the bricks

Finally a shot of the brick, we did order 130 but it looks like we’ll have to order more now because we’ve changed our minds on the front finish (going up to a brick and a half front face).  They are nice hand made bricks from the York Handmade Brick company www.yorkhandmade.co.uk  – delivery charge of £70 a time means we’ll probably order just a few more just in case!

Lovely handmade bricks....We are going to use a black dye for the cement just as in this photo...

And here are the hapless bricks all sitting by the kitchen wall waiting to go in…the sharp eyed among you will notice the evil pile of incandescent light bulbs which, under one of the latest soviet (sorry, EU) directives, us children are not allowed to buy.  Oooooh!

The next photo you see of these will be the fireplace 🙂


3 responses

  1. Richy

    It’s looking great. Lovely job

    January 30, 2011 at 8:53 am

  2. Thanks Rich! Things are moving forward slowly but surely. I hope you are enjoying the sailing course 🙂

    January 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm

  3. margaret

    Just saw your fireplace and hearth. Its all coming together. Looks brilliant! Really like the colour of the bricks and cement

    January 31, 2011 at 10:40 pm

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