This job took place in Penzance.
As you can see the old Art Deco fireplace was removed, a shame it had to go but there was no way we could adapt it for the stove. We opened the fireplace up to safe parameters and installed the liner, plate and cement boarded the internal recess. The reason we did this was that the client was having some bespoke tiles made for the surround and internal space. We connected the stove so that they could use the appliance whilst their tiles were being made. Hope to get a final picture one day!
Whilst we can adapt old Victorian grates to be able to connect stoves, sometimes the client just wants a new look.
We were lucky that the grate wasn't fixed or wedged in behind the surround this time. As occasionally we have to carefully remove the surround if the client wishes to keep as they requested in this case.
Once removed we were able to install liner,plate and render the recess parts of the opening. Tiles were laid this time and then the stove.
Now and again we unearth a real gem. It was really great to find some parts of the original fireplace behind the other 2 we removed!
When this happens we clean the existing granite with a needle gun, which is exactly how it sounds. Steel needles are fired back and forth from a hydraulic gun which can reach every little peak and divot of the stone, bringing it back to its former glory.
Although this doesn't happen in many instances, It is great to find a piece of the original history of the house.
Due to the extent of our knowledge and experience, we get asked to do specialist jobs. Such as thatched and listed properties.
These have very unique challenges but as long as the rules are adhered to, a stove can be installed that is both safe and aesthetically pleasing.
Please contact us if you would like to know more about this type of install.
Old and new sleek modern houses are great but once in while you get asked to do something really original!
This is the gaff ketch Angele Aline. The boat itself has a romantic history that is worthy of a Hollywood film. Just put the name into your browser and you will see why.
She was moored in Falmouth whilst I refitted her old Morso Squirrel that had been skilfully refurbished by my old friends RW Knights & Sons near Bath. After which the owner was to take her to the Mediteranean.
'Measure twice and cut once' as the saying goes whilst I sweated on cutting a whole in the antique roof of the galley for the insulated flue pipe. Which was installed so that the outside section could be removed whilst underway and completely waterproof. This was real gem of a job to do and one I won't forget.
Stovax Stockton 4.
This was a job we did for a lovely lady in Mabe.
We removed all the tiles and made the opening slightly higher and wider installing a new lintel. Then a stainless steel liner was installed, a register plate fitted and the liner backfilled with LECA insulation. A new hearth was laid and we rendered all the surfaces.
We then left the client to paint all the surfaces before returning to finish off the install by connecting the stove.