We have pulled out the wood-burning stove and removed the fake rock facade and now realize that: 1) the brick work on the interior of the fireplace needs work, 2) there's a metal casing going up the flu (necessary for the wood-burning stove but not a traditional fireplace) that is all one piece and needs to be removed, 3) we want to put granite on the face and hearth for more of a contemporary look and 4) install a new mantel we purchased which requires some carpentry work in order to mount it to the wall.
We have been overwhelmed with this work and tried to hire a contractor. The one contractor who finally gave us a quote detailed they will not make the mantel fit. We need help and are frustrated; the house has been in shambles for months and our living room furniture is in the garage. We need help !