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How Much Does It Cost To Remodel A Fireplace?

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Fireplaces lend a distinct charm to living rooms and other areas of the home. The luminescent glow, the soothing crackling and the cozy warmth combine to invite relaxation and enjoyment. But, like any item in your home, a fireplace requires improvements from time to time. More and more people are choosing to remodel their fireplaces, whether to update the look of a room or to make necessary enhancements. Of course, no matter the renovation, there is a fireplace remodel cost to follow.

See the average fireplace renovation costs below and then, use ImproveNet to find reliable and trustworthy fireplace contractors.

Table of Contents

  1. Fireplace Remodel Cost
  2. Fireplace Refacing Cost
  3. Fireplace Renovation Cost FAQs
  4. Fireplace Remodeling Cost Factors
  5. Cheap Fireplace Remodel Ideas
  6. Fireplace Remodeling Ideas
  7. Fireplace Refacing Options
  8. DIY Or Hire A Fireplace Contractor?
  9. Find A Fireplace Contractor

Fireplace Remodel Cost

The cost to remodel a fireplace ranges from $390 to just over $2,000, if done by a professional. A small fireplace remodel might involve repairing or enhancing a fireplace façade, while a larger project would include installing a wood stove or replacing the chimney.

Fireplace renovations run the gamut from repairing mortar between bricks and refacing a fireplace façade to rebuilding an entire chimney. Mortar work is relatively inexpensive, depending on the amount of repair work needed. You can expect to pay as little as $54 to have a professional repair mortar. On the high end of the spectrum, renovations such as rebuilding a chimney due to severe damage can cost around $1,700. Extensive renovations such as replacing gas lines and adding ventilation can cost upwards of $2,000.

More often than not, homeowners hire fireplace contractors to remodel their fireplaces. Small projects, such as fireplace painting are weekend DIY projects, but to ensure a beautiful fireplace that raises the value of your home, most homeowners contact local pros.

Fireplace Renovation Prices

Fireplace Refacing Cost

Refacing a fireplace can cost about $1,100, but the final price will depend on the size of the fireplace and the materials used. If you want to keep your fireplace refacing price down, go with stucco, reclaimed wood or cheaper tiles such as ceramic or porcelain. If price is no concern, stone slabs such as granite or quartz, as well as standard wood panels, are both trending!

Fireplace Renovation Cost FAQs

Americans across the country are remodeling and installing new and improved fireplaces. While design and functionality of course play their part, more often than not, it comes down to price. As such, it pays to know all fireplace costs before embarking on such a project.

How Much Does it Cost to Update A Fireplace?

The cost to remodel a fireplace ranges from $390 to just over $2,000, if done by a professional.

How Much Does it Cost to Replace A Fireplace?

Assuming no gas lines or ventilation has to be replaced, the cost to replace an existing fireplace ranges between $1,000 and $3,000.

How Much Does A Fireplace Add to the Value of A Home?

Fireplaces can boost a home’s value by as much as $15,000 in certain parts of the country. Furthermore, according to a recent Angie’s List survey, nearly 70% of real estate agents polled said they see a value increase after a fireplace installation.

How Much Does it Cost for A Wood-Burning Fireplace?

Wood-burning fireplaces are the most expensive among fireplace additions. If you have to add a chimney, it could cost upwards of $10,000.

How Much Does it Cost to Put in A Brick Fireplace?

A brick fireplace installation usually ranges between $2,000 and $5,000. Again, if a chimney or gas line has to be installed, your brick fireplace cost can increase up to $10,000.

Cheap Fireplace Remodel Ideas

Fireplace Remodeling Cost Factors

As mentioned earlier, the cost of remodeling a fireplace will depend on the size of the project and whether you choose to handle it yourself or hire a mason. Other factors can raise or lower the price of a fireplace remodel as well. For example, if you’re repairing water-damaged areas of a fireplace, you will need to check the extent of the damage. If bricks on the exterior of the chimney are crumbling and many cracks are apparent, a total rebuild of the chimney may be necessary (very costly). If a lot of mortar has worn off the bricks, more repair work will be required. Converting a fireplace from wood-burning to gas will also incur extra costs to allow for installing a gas line (as much as $2,000) and providing proper ventilation.

Cheap Fireplace Remodel Ideas

If you’re minding your budget, you’ll find many inexpensive ways to remodel a fireplace. One idea is to paint the existing brick or wood. This is a simple and cheap way to give new life to an older fireplace. You’ll need to buy a tarp to cover nearby flooring, appropriate paints to cover the bricks or wood and one or more brushes. Painting a fireplace can cost as little as $100 if you DIY, or as little as $300 if you hire a professional painter.

Another inexpensive remodeling idea is to add ornate architectural elements on each side of the fireplace. You can find these architectural elements at DIY shops, antique stores or flea markets. You will need a good epoxy to adhere the pieces to the fireplace. Finally, consider adding a new log holder and fire screen. These minor details add a lot of style without adding lots of dollars to your budget.

Fireplace Remodeling Cost Factors

Fireplace Remodeling Ideas

You can do more with your fireplace than you think. From painting and adding built-ins to replacing the mantel and converting your fireplace, the world is your oyster when it comes to fireplace remodeling.

To start, if your fireplace is not as efficient as it once was, you may want to start off by cleaning the chimney. Chimney cleaning costs are not only low, but it ensures your fireplace functions well and is safe to use. If you’ve recently moved into a house that has a fireplace, or if you haven’t used your fireplace in a while, you’ll want to contact a pro to have the fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned.

On to design, many homeowners want to change and/or remove an existing mantel. They’re terrific for housing pictures or adding a bit of contrast from the rest of the fireplace, but if you want a more modern or minimal feel to your living room, you can also have it removed for a little as $50.

Jumping up the cost chain is adding built-in shelving around your fireplace. While built-ins have somewhat fallen out of flavor, thoughtful and unique built-in shelves have a place in most homes. Whether you want to make a bigger statement in your living room or need extra storage, adding built-in shelving certainly makes sense. Beware, this remodel is not cheap and will likely cost at least $5,000.

Finally, you can convert your fireplace. This won’t play a huge role in the overall look, but if you’ve always wanted a wood-burning fireplace to get that rustic smell into the home, converting your gas fireplace into a wood-burning fireplace is certainly possible (albeit expensive).

Renovating a fireplace is an excellent option for interiors that need to be refreshed. While some of these enhancements can be expensive, they infuse a living room, family room or bedroom with updated elegance.

Fireplace Refacing Options

Fireplace refacing is the most common fireplace renovation as it’s the quickest way to transform a fireplace. Luckily, you have plenty of refacing options to choose from:

  • Drywall
  • Wood
  • Tile
  • Stone (Granite, Quartz or Marble)
  • Paint
  • Concrete or Stucco
  • Veneers

Stucco, veneers, reclaimed wood and inexpensive tiles are more affordable, while stone and wood panels are generally more expensive. Beyond the material, their installation processes clearly indicate why some materials are pricier than others.

Stucco, drywall, paint, veneers and some tiles can oftentimes be attached to the existing fireplace surface. Wood panels, stone and certain tiles need either an extremely flat surface or something more to attach to. As such, they require much more labor and materials, thus increasing your fireplace refacing cost.

Fireplace Refacing Cost

DIY Or Hire A Fireplace Contractor?

Your decision to DIY or hire a pro depends on the scope of the fireplace remodel. For example, if you need to fix some mortar between bricks on a fireplace or want to paint it, you may be able to successfully do so on your own. If the remodeling project involves removing and replacing the mantel, cleaning the chimney or making major brick repairs on a rooftop chimney, you’ll likely want to hire a local fireplace contractor.

Find A Fireplace Contractor

While the idea of remodeling your fireplace on your own sounds rewarding, it can also be a lot of hard work. What seemed like a fun weekend project can turn into a months-long endeavor depending on the complexity of the task. Professional masons have skills necessary to complete a project efficiently and safely.

Once you’ve decided on the perfect fireplace remodel, it’s time to find the right professional for the job. Use ImproveNet to connect with up to four fireplace contractors near you.

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Last updated on Jul 10, 2018

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