Gem, Elise 540, Studio 3 gas, Cottage renovation

Instagrammer and renovator Gem Beeston tells us more about her project, and why she chose Stovax and Gazco products to heat her home.

Gem, UK
February 25, 2019

Tell us about your project

Our home is a very old terraced cottage that was built in 1864. When we bought the cottage, it was rather run down and in need of some love. We had plans drawn up to extend the house on both the ground floor and the first floor and to also to convert the attic into useable space. The renovation took us 6 months in total and we finally completed the work in the summer of 2018.

Elise 540

Were there existing fireplaces in place before your renovation? Talk us through the installation process.

There were two existing fireplaces in the house but we only ended up keeping one of them.

The one that we kept is in our snug. When we purchased the house, the fireplace in there was rather small, so we had the builders open it all up to make enough room to fit in a wood burner. Then we got in touch with a fire installer, who came and lined the chimney for us and installed the hearth, mantle and the wood burner. It was really easy and only took him 1 day.

Due to the new internal layout that we had created for house, we unfortunately had to remove the second chimney, however we did still want a second fire in our open plan space. So in this room, we built a fake chimney breast and decided to go with a gas fire inset into the new chimney. As this was being built from scratch, we could design the whole thing, so we worked with our builders and fire installer to come up with a drawing of how we wanted it. The fire installer then built it all for us and installed the fire. The new chimney is sat on an outside wall, which allowed us to pop the flue for the gas fire straight outside with a balanced flue, which was very handy indeed!

Which products did you choose and why?

We knew we wanted a wood burning stove in our front snug and we absolutely fell in love with the Elise. We wanted something that had a modern feel and the Elise literally couldn’t not have been more perfect. We also loved that she came in a black finish, as we didn’t want a traditional cast iron stove look.

For our open plan, we went with the Studio Edge gas fire, as again it has a really modern feel and we loved how long it is and also the fact that it is frameless. It just worked perfectly for the size that we had for the chimney breast and the look that we wanted to achieve. We also loved how many options it comes with; there are lots of choices for how it can look internally.

What do you like most about having a gas fire?

The gas fire is amazing, we love how it makes a big open plan space feel very cosy and inviting. It really kicks out some heat too, so we know we will never ever be cold sat in that space. I think aesthetically it also creates a real statement in the room, but without being overpowering and taking over the room completely.

What do you like most about your wood burning stove?

We absolutely love the look of the Elise, but aside from that we just love the cosiness that having a wood burner creates in the room. Again, she is also a great size, so really kicks out a great punch of heat, which is perfect for those cold evenings.

What is it like owning a low emissions Ecodesign Ready stove?

We really try to be a ‘green’ and ‘eco-friendly’ household, so it’s amazing that we managed to find such a beautiful contemporary looking wood burner that is also friendly on the environment. The stove also burns really efficiently and we only need to use a couple of logs to keep us toasty all night!

What advice would you give to anyone else renovating their home?

Plan ahead. You literally cannot do enough planning in advance of starting the project. I really think that the more that you have decided on ahead of the build, the easier (and less stressful) the whole experience will be. This is down to the smallest of details too… the things that I try to think about are where things are going (furniture etc), how we are going to use and live in the space and finally about what specific items we want to put in.

Fires are actually a great example of this… we needed to know upfront before we started the work which fires we were going to be putting in our house. The reason for this is because the gas fire in the open plan needed a gas feed running to it and that needed to be put in very early on in the project at the first fix plumbing stage. For the wood burner, we also needed to plan, because we were opening up the fireplace to fit the wood burner in, so we needed to know the dimensions of the Elise to know that she would fit!

Which is your favourite room in the house?

Our snug! I just love how cosy it is and how peaceful it feels in there. We can go in shut the door, light the fire and really relax. It is our little piece of tranquillity within our home.

Follow Gem on Instagram, and be sure to keep up to date with her home improvements on her blog.


*Always ensure that there is the required distance between your stove and any combustibles. It’s important to refer to your instruction manual for the minimum clearance distances for your own model of stove.*


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 Matt, Devon
 February 4, 2019

Excellent Stove!

 Dan, Devon
 February 4, 2019

“Perfection”

“Perfection”

 Carol, Devon
 January 10, 2019

“Warmth and so convenient”

 James, Buckinghamshire
 January 10, 2019

“Bliss”

“Bliss”

 Neil & Anne, Holywell
 January 9, 2019

“Winter warmer”

“Winter warmer”

 Emma, Llangollen
 January 9, 2019

“One of the first items we chose for our home restoration”

“One of the first items we chose for our home restoration”

 Sean, Stokesley, North Yorkshire
 January 9, 2019

“Enjoying our multi-fuel stove”

“Enjoying our multi-fuel stove”

 Bev & Charles, North Yorkshire
 January 9, 2019

Cosy!”

Cosy!”

 Dawn, Yealmpton
 December 15, 2018

“Picture perfect”

“Picture perfect”

 Marcus Giles, St Albans
 December 14, 2018

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Stovax”

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Stovax”

 Steve Kidd, Telford
 December 12, 2018

“A Pug Heaven”

“A Pug Heaven”

 Gordon, Lancaster
 December 12, 2018

“Warm and toasty winter”

“Warm and toasty winter”

 Nicola, Gloucester
 October 24, 2018

“So warm and toasty!”

“So warm and toasty!”

 Sharon, Preston
 August 8, 2018

“Looks great hot and cold”

“Looks great hot and cold”

 Stewart, Hants
 May 25, 2018

“Wonderful Xmas evening by our new fireplace”

“Wonderful Xmas evening by our new fireplace”

 Richard, Coventry
 May 5, 2018

Thanks for all the sofa love on yesterday’s post! 💕 I was a bit nervous about its arrival as we had ordered it online without ever seeing it but I just love it and it’s really nice to have a bit of colour for once! I also bought some lovely old lights from @rosiebuddecorative which you can just see in the mirror, they’re now wired up and working ✨✨ i do love this little room! I’m off to Work today but I’d really like to stay at home as I’m feeling really behind on the Christmas front! 🎄Have a lovely Wednesday 😀#stovax #festivefireside

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Dad felt left out after hearing about the competition so here is his #festivefireside with his Huntingdon 40 gas stove 🔥

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William Hunter
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“Bertie’s favourite spot!”

 Lizzie, Burgess
 November 28, 2017

“Refurbished lounge”

“Refurbished lounge”

 Louise Talbot, Newport Shropshire
 November 7, 2017

bubbsyching #cosycarvings

bubbsyching #cosycarvings

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 October 27, 2017

“Fabulous!”

“Fabulous!”

 Chris, Swindon
 September 27, 2017

“Amazing, beats all our expectations”

“Amazing, beats all our expectations”

 Micheal, Rotherham
 September 27, 2017

“A Living Log Fire without chopping logs”

“A Living Log Fire without chopping logs”

 Roger, Malvern
 September 27, 2017

“Homemaker”

“Homemaker”

 Sally, Teignmouth
 September 27, 2017

“Contemporary”

“Contemporary”

 Evelyn, Berwick-upon-Tweed
 September 27, 2017

“A sheer delight”

“A sheer delight”

 Sally, Teignmouth
 September 15, 2017

“Cosy and comforting”

“Cosy and comforting”

 Helen, Watford
 September 13, 2017

“Even the Dog is Fooled!”

“Even the Dog is Fooled!”

 Marion Whitby, Whitby
 August 23, 2017

“The dogs approve!”

“The dogs approve!”

 Robert Elswood, Somerset
 August 23, 2017

“Small but perfectly formed”

“Small but perfectly formed”

 Dawn, Tyne & Wear
 August 23, 2017

‘Worth Every ‘Cosy’ Penny!’

 Gary Campbell, Dorchester
 June 16, 2017

“Warm glow”

“Warm glow”

 Eric Harrison, Minehead
 June 6, 2017

“Transformed the room”

“Transformed the room”

 Graham and Joy, Plymouth
 June 6, 2017

“Clean instant log burner alternative”

“Clean instant log burner alternative”

 Mr and Mrs L, Southampton
 June 2, 2017

“Stovax still looks good in the summer”

“Stovax still looks good in the summer”

 Paul Green, Coventry
 May 15, 2017

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 John & Margaret, Keighley
 May 15, 2017

“Enhances and warms the room”

“Enhances and warms the room”

 Eric & Linda Bradley, Cotswolds
 May 15, 2017

“A Delight!”

 Chris Streets, Much Wenlock
 May 15, 2017

“Even the duck loves the stove”

“Even the duck loves the stove”

 Niall, Everton
 May 12, 2017

“Delighted”

 Barry, Lawford
 May 10, 2017

“Great looking stove”

 Kevin, Witney Oxon
 May 9, 2017

“Heat and looks combined.”

“Heat and looks combined.”

 John, Exmouth
 May 9, 2017

“Our Home is Cosy Again”

“Our Home is Cosy Again”

 Margaret Harrington, Co. Carlow, Ireland
 May 8, 2017

“A Rosie Glow”

“A Rosie Glow”

 Elizabeth Howard, Hampshire
 May 5, 2017

“Cosy cold nights”

“Cosy cold nights”

 Graeme Kitchen, UK
 May 2, 2017

“Finally!”

“Finally!”

 Ian, Aberystwyth
 April 10, 2017

“Great addition for our lounge”

“Great addition for our lounge”

 Barry K Heath, Sandhurst, Berkshire
 April 7, 2017

“Beautiful and Functional”

“Beautiful and Functional”

 Wayne, Buckinghamshire
 April 3, 2017

“Heart of the home”

“Heart of the home”

 Jude Bowler, Northwich
 April 3, 2017

“It’s brought the room to life”

“It’s brought the room to life”

 Stephen Wright, Denmead
 April 3, 2017

“Warm and cozy gas fire”

“Warm and cozy gas fire”

 Darrell, Devon
 April 3, 2017

“A great heating investment”

“A great heating investment”

 Peter, Exmouth, Devon
 April 3, 2017

“Brings warmth and cheer whenever lit”

“Brings warmth and cheer whenever lit”

 Nick & Jane, Darwen, Lancashire
 April 3, 2017

“Heart of the home”

“Heart of the home”

 Stuart, Stratford-upon-Avon
 April 3, 2017

“A great stove, great heat, great looks”

“A great stove, great heat, great looks”

 Lesley, Fort William
 March 31, 2017

“Provides a wonderful focal point”

 Glyn, Cowbridge
 March 31, 2017

“Oscar seems to like the new fire!”

“Oscar seems to like the new fire!”

 Heather, Newtownabbey
 March 31, 2017

“Comfy and cosy”

“Comfy and cosy”

 Di, Sandbach
 March 31, 2017

“The Heart of the Home”

“The Heart of the Home”

 Alex, Ebford, Devon
 March 30, 2017

“Perfect – wonderful and warm!”

“Perfect – wonderful and warm!”

 Margaret, Shetland
 February 27, 2017

“Fire looks amazing”

“Fire looks amazing”

 Karen,
 February 24, 2017

“What A Difference a Day Makes”

“What A Difference a Day Makes”

 Jean, Winlaton Tyne & Wear
 February 24, 2017

“Approved by this family member!!”

“Approved by this family member!!”

 Bob, Chris and Ollie, Northumberland
 February 24, 2017

“Modern Ambience”

“Modern Ambience”

 Hajra, Nuneaton
 February 23, 2017

“Adds to the Artwork”

“Adds to the Artwork”

 Brian, Middlesbrough
 February 23, 2017

“New build”

“New build”

 Caryn Richardson, Lisburn
 February 16, 2017

“Superb little dual fuel burner”

“Superb little dual fuel burner”

 Jacqueline Curtis, Eye Suffolk
 February 16, 2017

“Looks cool, feels warm”

“Looks cool, feels warm”

 Linda, Somerset
 February 16, 2017

Stylish, Neat and Warming

Stylish, Neat and Warming

 Graeme, Ashington, West Sussex
 February 9, 2017

“Comfortable & Efficient”

 John, Buckinghamshire
 January 26, 2017

“Wish I had done it years ago”

 Colin,
 January 25, 2017

“Looks great”

“Looks great”

 Dave, West mids
 January 25, 2017