NY Good Questions: Is This Fireplace Worth Saving?

NY Good Questions: Is This Fireplace Worth Saving?

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Maxwell Ryan
Jun 17, 2008

Dear AT,

I'll be moving in September and will be doing a number of renovations to my new house in Brooklyn.

The house currently has this fireplace, which I have been told is custom-made out of Tiger Oak wood, which is very exotic/rare, and that it would be a waste to just rip it out?...

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Anyway, if I were to preserve it, I'd like to modernize it a bit to go with my decorating plan.

I was thinking of having the two wooden side panels removed (the ones with the paintings), having the remaining fireplace structure stained a dark brown, replacing the glass doors, and then replacing the marble face and base with either slate or glass tiles.

What do you all think?

Is it worth salvaging this fireplace or should I just have the whole thing ripped out and redone?

Of course, furniture, lighting, window coverings and rug will also be replaced as these are the seller's things.

Any thoughts/ideas?

Thanks! Tracy

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