At DIY’s Blog Cabin, we love upcycling and recycling. Part of the challenge of renovating such old homes is that you inevitably have to rebuild parts due to water and insect damage or simply because the original construction techniques are so far below current constructions requirements. This often gives us the ability to recraft old studs, floor, roofing, and furniture into a respin of new projects.
In previous years, we’ve not been able to save the fireplaces. Last year’s fireplace had been built in the mid 1800′s with beach sand and the salt in the sand slowly degraded the mortar over the years. However, this year our chimney appeared to be in fairly good condition. Never backing down from a challenge, we decided to move the house with the fireplace. It made it! OK, well, it was a precarious path getting it there. After sitting for weeks during the renovation, cracks began to form from the way the original base had been built. We did our best to resupport it but it began to be a lost cause. So — we rebuilt it.
Because the interior of the fireplace had to be rebuilt as well, I took it as an opportunity to match the interior cladding with the style of the new family room. Thankfully, my friend Tal Shuford had recently teamed up with Julie Rizzo of RecycledGranite.com. Tal and Julie take remnant granite pieces and break them into 1-inch pieces. This creates a stacked stone type look while being entirely recycled. The installation is very easy and imperfections only add to the look.
If you’re DIYing, follow these 7 steps below to get the look at home, or share the idea with your contractor.
And in case you haven’t heard, you can enter for the chance to win Blog Cabin 2014. If you win, you’ll get the very same fireplace shown here!