When customers approach us at Renaissance stoves, they often are unsure whether their homes are suitable for installing a wood burning or multifuel stove. They often want the advantages a stove installation will bring them (see our previous blog.) But are unsure if it is possible technically to have one installed.
Issues like 'we haven't got a fireplace' or 'our fireplace is too small' are just some of the enquiries. Sometimes homeowners are keen to create features or put character back into their homes. So often installations require some creative design and technical skill to conceive what the customers envision.
Here at Renaissance stoves we have 30 years of experience in the building and installation service and our expertise is what clients are looking for. A consultation and design package is something we offer as part of our installation service. The price of these packages can vary dependent on the complexity of the install.
The first step to a completed project is for a member of our qualified HETAS team to visit your home and complete a survey. During this survey several objectives are on the agenda-
- Whether a chimney breast exists
- Dimensions and specifications of the chimney breast if one exists
- If no chimney breast exists possible exit points are explored
- Freestanding options are investigated
- Construction of false Chimney breasts are also considered.
Once this survey has been completed, our team member will advise clients on the range of stoves we stock that are suitable for the install. There will be a technical aspect to these choices as well as aesthetics. Aspects such as modern versus traditional are often the topic of these conversations. For example the choices of hearth material can completely transform the look and composition of a focal point. Slate is often seen as a traditional material but when teamed with an ultra modern sleek stove it can often be perceived as contemporary and current.
There are a range of considerations to consider at this point. Customers are given some time to consider their options, I would suggest looking at images on the internet and creating mood boards this can help this process along. Further consultation may be required with our team, and we are always more than happy to accommodate this. Once the choices are made we will order the material necessary for the job, and taking lead times into consideration an install date is pencilled in with the client.
Before the day of installation, please consider access to the install area and the impact that building work will have on your home.
Just to get your creative taste buds flowing here is an example of an installation we have completed at Renaissance stoves.
Stage 1- The fire place is opened up. The chimney breast is stripped back to the bare brick and the slate hearth is installed. Then plaster board is added to the external sides of the chimney breast and also to the frame of the opening.
Stage 2- The plaster boarding of the chimney breast is completed. Then fire resistance boards are added to the interior of the chimney breast, These boards protect the fireplace from the heat of the stove.
Stage 3- For this install the client wanted a traditional looking focal point so an oak mantle and stone cladding was added to create this look. Here you can see our team member plastering the chimney breast.
Stage 4 – The flue is installed and the register plate is fitted. In accordance with HETAS regulations.
Stage 5 – The stove is installed into the opening and the stone cladding is added to the interior of the chimney breast. This traditional looking fireplace is now a real focal point and feature for this client’s home.
I am sure you would agree this a stunning installation.
If you are interested in collaborating with us here at Renaissance Stoves, please contact us for a free no obligation quote