Remodeling Stories: Updating a 1970s Fireplace

This 1970s era wood burning fireplace was woefully out of date and not very energy efficient. In fact, the entire space was in need of an update and this provided the perfect opportunity to make some drastic changes.

Before image of the original, woodburning fireplace in need of a remodel.

To maximize the space and take advantage of the lake views, this fireplace went on the move and ended up trading locations with the kitchen.

A before photo of the proposed new location of the fireplace for the living room remodel.

A wall that was dividing the house in half was removed and this allowed the new gas fireplace to be centered in the space.  New windows, facing towards the lake, balance the room and provide additional light.

During the constuction of the living room remodel after the framing and sheetrock was completed.

The cabinetry, flanking either side of the fireplace house the electronics and provide additional storage. A simple 3" high mantel caps the fireplace.

White painted Dura Supreme Cabinetry built-ins and woodwork surrounding the fireplace.

The updated space is warm and inviting.   A far cry from the 70’s space that it once was.

After Photo: The completed fireplace renovation in this living room remodel with white painted cabinets and woodwork.

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