So we tried to stay warm with the fireplace.
Steven knows people who know masons. Nigh onto two months ago, Steven called Ryan who is renowned in these parts. He advised that he would be in touch. Two weeks ago he called. About to start a job in the "money is different ski resort town" near us after the first of the year, he had a window of two weeks and he could work our job in. We said OK.
Demo began the next day.
Steven pried the bead board off carefully. I removed the nails. We will use the materials for something else, somewhere. We were touched by the message left by the builders. Ev and Jollie's son built that fireplace for them shortly after they moved in thirty years ago. I am sure they loved it.
Were it more efficient, we would have loved it, too.
Before we started the project, I asked Steven why we were building a masonry (not masonary; no such word) chimney instead of just running stove pipe up through the roof.
After we got to this point in the demolition, I understood why.
Steven and I managed to get the stove off of the hearth. We even somehow managed to loosen the stove pipe. There was no way we were going to be able to move it more than that.
Luckily Ryan and his tender had to come by to receive the first load of materials.
So they helped (did it themselves using an appliance dolly) move the old fireplace on out.
Don't worry, he's a professional.
I have no photos of the headers and re-framing. He's a professional and I was not around when he finished that up.
It might not be evident from the photos, but the living room is a mess. There are tarps on the floor and plywood where there aren't tarps. There is dust everywhere. The furniture is pushed against the walls. We should be wearing hardhats, seriously. I don't mind at all, though. This will be a beautiful thing. A very beautiful thing.
That piece of insulation is covering a big hole in the ceiling. Steven cut through the sheet rock on Saturday when it was above freezing. The chimney will pass through the roof and Ryan will build a little tent on top of the house so he can work. Projected high Thursday is 9 below. I don't know how he will do it.