Amanda Cotton, 1930’s Fireplace Renovation, Stovax Decorative Arched Insert Fireplace with Victorian Corbel Stone Mantel
Amanda Cotton, Watford, Hertfordshire
November 24, 2021
Tell us a bit more about your home project and your style.
I like to think of myself as a mid-maximalist. I love colour, print and texture with most of my home being in shades of pink and green.
We bought our home in October 2019 which was a renovation project. Our building plans were granted in February 2020 which is when building work commenced. We took the whole house back to brick and added a 7m ground floor and 3.75 first floor extension which happened all throughout the first lockdown.
What fire have you had installed?
We have the Stovax Decorative Arched Insert Fireplace with Victorian Corbel Stone mantel.
Where did you get the fire installed in your home, and why that location?
We already had a 1930’s brick fireplace in our lounge when we bought it, but it wasn’t to our taste level so we took it out and replaced it with the Stovax Decorative Arched Insert Fireplace and Victorian Corbel Stone mantel to finish off.
We absolutely love it, and have zero regrets in removing the original one as it wasn’t at all to our taste level and this one is so much more elegant and really elevates the room.
What drew you to a Stovax product?
We were drawn to Stovax because we knew that they only make beautiful timeless fireplaces.
What was the greatest challenge when undergoing your renovation?
We started our building project just before the first lockdown started in the march 2020, so we had material shortages to contend with throughout a lot of the build. Everything seemed to either be out of stock, take ages to arrive or the price had doubled.
Why is it important to you to have a fireplace?
We love having a fireplace because it really makes a house feel like a home to me. I love lighting the fire in winter, and also styling the beautiful stone mantle is important to me. It’s like a fashion accessory to an outfit. It finishes the room off perfectly.
Any tips for other people renovating?
Do your research on builders, and if your doing a full renovation project then plan the house from the top down. I didn’t realise that the fireplace in the lounge would be one of the last rooms to be done as the whole of the upstairs was worked on first.
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