16 June 2011

Our house: The fireplace is in! And crackling!

Is there anything better then sitting in front of the gentle, glowing warmth of an open fire in winter? Well, I can confidently say no, no there isn't! Because I'm doing it as I type! Finally, our excellent plumber Mark popped over on Wednesday morning and hooked up the gas. Mr Tonic, meanwhile... actually, I might let the pictures do the talking. Let's just say Mr Tonic is a jack of all trades. A true handyman. So here she is (and yes, amidst all this, he undercoated the "Mad Men Bar" as well!):


And it's always fun to play before and afters, so let's do this. Below: One of the real estate campaign photos.


Below: The day we moved in.



Below: "Demolition" morning.


Below: The tacked on hearth is demolished!
 

Below: Mr Tonic begins building the "surround"...
 

Below: Judy the Jetmaster! PS There is only one company who do Jetmasters in Australia, and if you're thinking of buying one, best prepare yourself for some appalling customer service. 


Below: Ta-daaa! Yes, we're just worshipping Judy Jetmaster and can't wait to have you all over to toast marshmallows!

28 comments:

  1. Good job Tonics. I wish I had a spot to put one in my place. Hope you are perfectly warm and cosy X

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  2. If you have Judy Jetmaster .. we have Freddie Fireplace .. not fashionable Freddie - but still fantastic Freddie. Gotta love an open fire (-:

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  3. Looks great, very cozy indeed!!

    Suzanne

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  4. That is looking fantastic.
    I don't understand though, doesn't the sparks fly out of the fire as you walk past?
    Looks so cosy!! :)

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  5. Perfectly toasty. The place is looking fab, love the before and after pics, they are my favourite blog genre I reckon :) Nicolex

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  6. Looks fabulous Lou....enjoy the cozying up!
    xo Trina

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  7. I can't get enough of your house!!

    I noticed you put two poufs under your coffee table. I've been thinking of doing that, to alleviate some of my anxiety when my toddler tries to climb on it!

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  8. What a transformation! Very clever and looks warm...and warm is very good right now. Love it. Also tried to use Jetmaster in Perth about 5 years ago - USE-LESS! I wanted to install a double sided fire into our villa's old chimney stack and they told me they were very expensive and did I really want to do it?! Annie x.

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  9. Superb! Love the DIY projects. My Mr. built a hearth for our new cast iron fire - I wasn't at all picky - I wanted it covered in pressed metal!

    I LOVE those blue chairs BTW. LOVE them.

    xx

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  10. I love an open fire too. Although ours is not open, it's a big inbuilt fire. I just love it. We had to demolish a "lovely" 80's hearth too. Mmmm. Your's looks lovely :)

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  11. Ooohh so love a cosy fire in winter. Jason Jetmaster works hard for us everynight. And wont Jetmaster be thinking about getting back to Customer Service 101 after your rap! No call for poor service ever when you're handing over money I say. A rug now for you to lie on. The transformation is fantastic. Love you homes' style. Favourite era.

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  12. It looks amazing!! With a temperature of 91 degrees today in NC, it's hard to imagine a fire, but there's nothing I love better when there's a nip in the air!!

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  13. What a breath of fresh air that last photo is - getting rid of the hearth lightened the space so much and also lovely to look through to the green outside and on the sofa cushions. Cant wait to see the Mad Men Bar complete!!

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  14. Aw stop it..! Very jealous of your toasty new friend! lLove the transformation too!!I It's all looking so good, the brick, the blue, the berber...

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  15. Looking fab! Loving the TWO berber rugs xx

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  16. So great! Are you putting a colour on the timber?

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  17. Thanks for the lovely comments, everyone!
    Lauren, we will be doing the timber bar in wall colour (Dulux Natural White). Keeping it simple!
    xLouise

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  18. Looks great! and do I spy funky blue chairs with fur AND a cute dog??? love those too!! and the view out your back/front? window!! :0

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  19. it looks great and extremely warm - you have great vision, i would have been stumped with what to do with it?

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  20. MASSIVE improvement! Can I ask if the grumpy folk at Jetmaster made a specific size for you or did you size your fireplace to fit the Jetmaster? Weird question I know - but we have a narrow fireplace that needs to be fitted with a gas insert and can't find anyone that makes/alters them for awkward spaces.

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  21. Hi Surfingfree - No, we actually just COMPLETELY fluked it! It just so happaened to fit like a glove in the existing fireplace!!!!!!!

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  22. Damn! Some people have all the luck :) Thanks for the info though.

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  23. Great review. And of course, who would not say that your house has the fantastic interior design (not to mention, your desperate about it) but there were no sign in your style. I have tried this hydronic heating fireplace, what's good about this, is that each room can be individually thermostatically controlled, giving the ultimate in flexibility and comfort and is beneficial for asthma and allergy sufferers.

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  24. I can't get enough of your house!!

    I noticed you put two poufs under your coffee table. I've been thinking of doing that, to alleviate some of my anxiety when my toddler tries to climb on it!

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  25. Looks fabulous Lou....enjoy the cozying up!
    xo Trina

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  26. That is looking fantastic.
    I don't understand though, doesn't the sparks fly out of the fire as you walk past?
    Looks so cosy!! :)

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