Antique Fireplace Buying Guide 2018

Antique Fireplaces, Reproduction and Vintage Repairs

A fireplace is usually the focal point in any room, whether it’s a cosy roaring open fire, a contemporary fire basket, a gas fire or an antique cast iron fireplace surround, so it’s imperative to get it just right.

Antique Victorian Stone Fireplaces

How to choose the right style of antique stone fireplaces.

Some customers are looking to reinstate original features in their period property, so we take time to ask questions about the overall style and era of the home, whether it’s Georgian, a Victorian town house or a listed Regency or Louis mansion – we have extensive experience to give great advice.

Then there’s the homeowners who are looking for a reproduction fireplace with a variety of features that will blend perfectly with modern colour schemes.

What Year Was Your House Built? Is it Victorian or Georgian?

When we speak to our customers over the phone or in person at our Leicester showroom helping them to choose a fireplace for their property, our first question to them is usually “How old is your house?”

 

Our Boscombe Surround and Hearth limestone fireplace (below) impresses with a timeless classic design and superior quality workmanship, plus it features a chamber inner hearth and stove or a panel for gas fires.

Antique Limestone Fireplace Surround UK

Antique Marble Fireplace Surrounds

We have an extensive range of genuine antique marble fireplaces which you can buy online. Here we showcase a fireplace which is of breathtaking beauty.

Antique Edwardian Carrara Marble Chimney Piece

Heritage Fireplaces acquired this Edwardian beauty and carefully restored to it’s former glory. It’s a large piece – the dimensions are as follows: Opening Width: 37.76″ (959mm), Opening Height: 37.28″ (947mm), Opening Rebate: 0.98″ (25mm), Shelf Width: 68.11″ (1730mm), Shelf Depth: 10″ (254mm), Height: 47.01″ (1194mm) and the width across the legs is 61.77″

Antique Edwardian Fireplace Carrara Marble Chimney Piece

Choosing the right size of a fireplace for your room

Get out your tape measure and find out the following measurements before you start shopping for your fireplace:

  • The height, width and depth of the fireplace opening
  • The entire width of the chimney breast in total
  • Dimensions of the room and the wall chosen for installation
  • The ceiling height from the floorboards upwards

Choosing the right size fireplace

Should the fireplace opening be slightly off centre on the chimney breast  simply take the shortest measurement from the opening to the edge of the chimney breast. Tip: The fireplace shelf should not go beyond the chimney breast, it’s considered to look better when the shelf is at least one inch from each opposite edge of the chimney breast.

Send a message via our Contact Form should you need help with this.

 

Victorian and Edwardian Antique Fireplace Tiles

In the latter periods of the Victorian and Edwardian era, the fireplaces often had tiled inserts. Tiled inserts require a larger opening so be vigilant when measuring up for your room to allow for this. Here at Britain’s Heritage we always have stock featuring a diverse range of original antique and reproduction tiles available.

ANTIQUE Victorian MAJOLICA LEAF Fireplace TILE SET

ANTIQUE Victorian MAJOLICA LEAF Fireplace TILE SETThis Majolica Leaf Antique Fireplace Tile set includes both sides to suit a cast iron tiled fireplace. Unusual rare set date unknown prob. around 1890s.

For Tiled Inserts for these Tiles please Click Here to Open Tiled Cast Iron Inserts Pages!

Antique Fireplace Restoration Services UK Nationwide

How much does it cost to restore a fireplace or old Aga? Every project is unique so therefore every price is unique and dependent on the materials required and the amount of hours’ labour that’s needed to bring back a fireplace to near original condition.

·  First of all, take several photographs and email us direct on info@britainsheritage.co.uk

·  Remember to provide as much information about the fireplace, dimensions, history (if known). Is the restoration request simply down to age or was there accidental damage, for example?

·  Depending on the size of the job we will provide a telephone, email, hard copy quotation or proforma invoice.

·  Our courier will call the customer on the phone in advance of picking up the fireplace to arrange a suitable date.

·  What’s the courier cost? Is this pick up and delivery? Prices are from £70 each way.

Read our full Restoration FAQ’s here.

We are proud to be experts in fully restoring antique fireplaces, sales of reproduction and antique fireplaces and stoves throughout the UK. Send a message via our Contact Form or call our highly experienced team for free advice on 0116 251 9592.

Britain’s Heritage stock of original antique fireplaces includes elegant carved Georgian Fireplaces and Hob Grates, French Marble, Victorian Fireplaces and Edwardian Fireplaces as well as a range of Art Nouveau and 1930’s Art Deco . All fireplaces and surrounds are fully restored to their original splendor.

Our Leicester showroom is open Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.00pm – Closed Sunday & Monday. Pop in for free advice, we’re looking forward to helping you with your next project.

How To Refurbish An Aga Cooker

How To Restore and Aga Stove in 2018

Do you have an old Aga that is in need of restoration? Perhaps you are in the property clearing industry, or have come across a forgotten Aga in a relatives abode that’s not been able to finction for decades?

Here at Heritage Fireplaces we pickup, restore and redeliver Aga Ranges UK Nationwide and have outstanding experience in our field.

How to restore an aga stove range cooker before and after
Aga Stove Restoration – Before and After photos

Timeline of events to restore an Aga Cooker Range

  • Contact us and send as many photos as you can with background information – has it been working recently? Has it been stored in a garage? Is it a barn find you have purchased?
  • Once the Aga has been transported to our workshop then we can begin. The Aga will be expertly stripped and cleaned in preparation for a highly thorough examination of its condition and repair potential. We document the steps required to restore the Aga to pristine condition and communicate with you of our findings and also to confirm the repair cost.
  • All cast iron parts are cleaned and treated against corrosion, with worn and broken parts being replaced.
  • Should there be any chrome parts we will replace with new shiny parts.
    We will replace all door linings, seals, and side panels of the range.
  • Our team of retoration experts then examine all enamel surfaces to double checked for issues then the vitreous enamelling can be applied in the colour of your choice.
  • Once the chrome parts, door linings and side panels are in place and the enamel surface coating has dried, we then carefully rebuild ensuring that all of the Aga surfaces are prepared and new seals applied.
  • In the workshop enamel parts are reconstructed up with the doors being refitted to the front plate, the Aga door linings are replaced and the lids reconstructed.
  • A telephone call to the client will be made for approval, and either collection or redelivery.

Aga Cooker and Fireplace Restoration Services UK Nationwide

Read more about our Fireplace Restoration Methods with photos or read the Restoration FAQ’s. Need more information or have questions? Send a message via our Contact Form or call our highly experienced team for free advice on 0116 251 9592

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Decorate Your Fireplace Mantle This Christmas

How to make a greenery garland for your fireplace

To create a garland (like the one here), use a length of rope and cover with greenery, securing it with gardener’s twine in individual bunches. Continue all down the length of rope, working in one direction until densely covered.

One trick is to use a mix of fresh foliage and combine it with artificial hips and berries. This garland combines evergreen foliage, holly, myrtle and ivy, combined with artificial berried sprays, pussy willow and hellebores. Using a combination like this means it becomes very hard to spot the faux elements.

Secure the garland with hooks or nails at intervals, or you can lay it along the mantel shelf so that it falls down in swags.

Paper garlands – Beware The Naked Flame

Use a paper decoration to create an attractive sweep along the mantel. Amazon have a good selection of cut paper decorations including honeycomb garlands. Remember these would be best suited to a high mantle of an electric fire so take caution should you consider a real fire!

Another unusual garland for a fireplace is one incorporating letters or pom poms, you can also have a personalised paper garland, which spell out a message. Try eBay or notonthehighstreet.

You could work Christmas decorations into your garland to make it feel more festive or dress the mantle itself with decs.

How to use candles on a Christmas fireplace

Candles lend atmosphere to any setting. They work particularly well in combination with metallic elements. Gilt picture frames, metallic decorations and accessories such as brass, pewter or silver look especially lovely in flickering candlelight.

Traditional hand-rolled beeswax candles look and smell wonderful, more expensive and faster-burning than solid wax candles, they are lovely for a special occasion when they scent the house with honey

How to decorate with seasonal flowers

antique fireplace christmas decorations victorian fireplace restoration britains heritageForced winter bulbs such as scarlet amaryllis, scented paper white narcissus or hyacinths are a good choice for dressing a mantle and last well indoors. We have found these and similar bulbs in Wiko’s, large supermarket and department stores.

Winter bulbs often get ‘leggy’ and spindly growing in the warmth inside so cut the flowers short and place in low vases or a mug, cup or tankard.

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Pablo Picasso’s Restored French Villa Sells Twice

Restoration Took 2 Years

Mas de Notre Dame de Vie in Mougins, on the Côte d’Azur was bought by the Spanish artist in 1961, and he lived and worked there until his death in 1973, aged 91.

The 15-bedroom property was left empty after the death of Picasso’s wife, Jacqueline Roque, in 1986, but went up for auction on October 12th 2017 following a two-year refurbishment project, with bids starting at 20.2 million euros (£18.7million). Source

Restored Original Fireplace

One of its living rooms leads out to a terrace with a fireplace, adjacent to the kitted-out kitchen with a utility, prepping kitchen, two cold storage areas, and a wine cellar with space for 5,000 bottles.

Pablo Picasso Antique Fireplace Restoration 2017Originally, the estate had 24 rooms, but the legendary artist extended several areas of the house to turn it into his dream home, including building a large studio with a terrace in the main building. 

Property Sells At Auction – Twice – To The Same Man

There was only one bidder in the courtroom in the southern French town of Grasse and his name is Rayo Withanage.
Mr. Withanage had bought the house just four months before in June 2017, when it sold at a previous auction for just over €20 million, bidding up from €18.3 million.
After that sale, though, he failed to arrange financing and lost the house to the bank. Source
With a starting price of €20.2 million, and nobody else competing it was picked up on October 12th 2017, by Mr. Withanage again.

Bank lawyer Maxime Van Rolleghem told AFP that the selling price was a disappointing bargain because “it is worth at least €30 million.”

The long saga of the 15-bedroom property and three-hectare estate started long before the Spanish painter bought it, when for decades it belonged to the Anglo-Irish Guinness brewing family.

Illustrious celebrities were frequent visitors, among them Winston Churchill, who liked to paint on the grounds of the sprawling villa.

Sophisticated Renovations

The property dates from the 18th century and has extensive views on the massif of Estérel and the Bay of Cannes It’s composed of various dwellings and during the most recent remodeling was enlarged with a number of sophisticated additions.

These included a renovated fireplace, new glass windows, a pool house, swimming pool, elevator, air conditioning, spa, garages, house for caretakers and various other annexes.

The only original space from the Picasso period is the studio in the main house that the legendary artist had created by opening several spaces and which still bears traces of paint but none of his works.

Pablo Picasso At His French Villa

Fireplace Restoration FAQ’s

Antique Fireplace Restoration UK

What’s involved in repairing my antique fireplace?

This blog post provides answers to the most popular questions our customers ask. You can view ‘Before, During and After’ antique fireplace restoration photos on our website. Our friendly and experienced team are happy to answer all of your queries over the telephone on 0116 251 9592.

·  First of all, take several photographs and email us direct on info@britainsheritage.co.uk

·  Remember to provide as much information about the fireplace, dimensions, history (if known). Is the restoration request simply down to age or was there accidental damage, for example?

·  Depending on the size of the job we will provide a telephone, email, hard copy quotation or proforma invoice.

·  Our courier will call the customer on the phone in advance of picking up the fireplace to arrange a suitable date.

·  What’s the courier cost? Is this pick up and delivery? Prices are from £70 each way.

·  Which areas of the UK does the courier not go to – Excludes: Channel Islands, Isle of Wight, Isle of Man, Scilly Isles, Scottish Highlands, Scottish Islands, Northern Ireland. We can arrange collection and delivery services in these areas sourcing different couriers however transport costs are from £120. We also deliver around the world, pricing for this is usually done on request.

·  Does the customer get a turnaround estimation? What’s a regular restoration lead time? Normal turnaround is 4 weeks

·  Will the customer get an email or telephone call once the job is complete to arrange redelivery? The courier contacts customer prior to delivery

·  Redlivery – Restored fireplaces do not get wrapped (only for transport protection) to allow the customer can see the finish on delivery and sign off accordingly with the driver in attendance.

·  If a customer wanted to leave a review where’s the best place to support the company? Facebook reviews are always appreciated. We are also on Google+ so if you gave a Google account you can leave a review here on our Google+ Page.

Fireplace Restoration Video

The Owner of Britain’s Heritage, Jeff Dennis, explains and demonstrates the art of antique fireplace restoration.