Family room remodel

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Project by mikega posted 11-05-2007 05:20 PM 2058 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 1981 I built a family room onto my house. I put in a wood stove to heat the room. At the time I really enjoyed cutting and splitting firewood. However the older I got the less fun it was to cut, split and haul wood every weekend, so about 4 years ago I took out the stove and ran heat out into the room. The corner that held the stove just sat empty until a few months ago when I decided to redo the whole family room. A few things I wanted to do was to make all the window, door and chair rail molding and to rebuild the window seat with raised panels. For the corner that the wood stove sat I decided to make a fake raised panel fireplace. Here are the results.

-- Mike

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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 11-05-2007 05:47 PM

Wow, really great work! Fitting things into angled spaces can be pretty difficult, especially against brick. This really looks nice.

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#2 posted 11-05-2007 05:48 PM

I hear ya re: the wood hauling!

Love the new fireplace. Very rich looking.

I saw on TV once that there is a “fake fireplace” insert thingy (can’t remember what it looks like, maybe just a tub of liquid) that creates heat, makes a little flame and yet doesn’t need venting.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 11-05-2007 07:09 PM

I have one of those Debbie…It’s called propane and being ventless, it’s also 100% fuel efficient. I really like the fact that I don’t have to handle firewood and I can turn it off when it’s no longer nessessary.

But Mike, I went on to your Flickr postings…Did you do all those carvings and turnings? You’ve got some absolutely fabulous work there! I like to reccomend it to anyone else:

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#4 posted 11-05-2007 09:27 PM

Beautiful workmanship. Don’t know what that window looked like before – but it is really nice now. I like the raised panel look.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 11-05-2007 09:29 PM

Nice work, Mike.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 11-05-2007 09:40 PM

Great job!

I can’t believe you got tired of “saving all that money” on heating bills. I almost put in a fireplace at one point in my life, because I thought it would save me money. But, then I began to count the cost of the pickup truck, chain saw, log splitter, trips to the ER, and decided I not to do it. Life is a learning experience.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 11-06-2007 04:49 AM

Yeah this is a nice project, but you are definitely holding out on us! I just followed Dadoo’s link – WOW!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 04-09-2008 01:21 AM

Beautiful add ons to the family room. You did a great job on them.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 01-30-2009 06:55 PM

Nice job Mike,
very proportional and a nice color.

-- I want to know Gods are details "A. Einstein"

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