Fireplace

Take out an Install New Fireplace


Most DIY enthusiasts have the skill to take out and fix a new a fireplace – the hard part is having the muscle to clear away the debris! Unless the existing concrete hearth can be broken up and bagged indoors, this is a job for two people. These figures exclude the cost of removing the debris to a tip and the scrap value of the old fireplace (if any).

Removing the Original Fireplace

Size
(mm x mm)
Unit   ? Time
(hrs:mins)   ?
Material Cost
(£)   ?
Skill Level
(1-10)    ?
Builders
Charges (£)   ?
Take out timber fireplace 1050 x 900mm 1 no 1:00 - 3 16.00
1200 x 1050mm 1 no 1:10 - 3 18.00
1500 x 1200mm 1 no 1:20 - 3 20.00
Take out tiled concrete fireplace 1050 x 900mm 1 no 2:20 - 3 24.00
1200 x 1050mm 1 no 2:30 - 3 26.00
1500 x 1200mm 1 no 3:00 - 3 28.00
Take out tiled concrete or stone hearth size 1050 x 900mm 1 no 1:20 - 3 36.00
1200 x 1050mm 1 no 1:30 - 3 38.00
1500 x 1200mm 1 no 1:40 - 3 40.00
Brick up opening after removal of fireplace, patch plaster walls, fix new softwood skirting150mm high, for opening size 450 x 600mm 1 no 8:00 15.00 6 105.00
600 x 600mm 1 no 8:30 20.00 6 115.00
750 x 600mm 1 no 9:00 25.00 6 125.00

Cost of Installing a New Fireplace

The following figures represent hours and costs involved in fixing new fireplaces. There is a wide variation in the basic costs of fireplaces so the figures shown cover a range of costs.

Fireplace Installation

Description Unit   ? Time
(hrs:mins)   ?
Material Cost
(£)   ?
Skill Level
(1-10)    ?
Builders
Charges (£)   ?
Supply and fix new fireplace after removal of existing (see above) including patch plastering around edges Low Quality Fireplace 1 no 6:00 160.00 4 300.00
Basic Quality Fireplace 1 no 6:00 185.00 4 350.00
Average Fireplace 1 no 6:00 210.00 4 400.00
High Quality Fireplace 1 no 7:00 260.00 4 450.00
Luxury Quality Fireplace 1 no 8:00 510.00 4 750.00

Remember that if your existing chimney is used to extract smoke from an open fire and you intend to place a gas fire in the new fireplace, you should take expert advice on lining the flue. Although this can be done without the need for structural work, it is not a job for most DIYers.

Next - Chimney Pots and Walls



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