This is the orginal fireplace when we bought the house. The insert was electric.
This is how it sat for 6 and a half years. Ben ripped the tiles off and the insert out shortly after buying the place.
Just plywood over the rough floor after the tiles were ripped out. All that cement junk in there had to be chipped out too.
My brother Nick, (an aspiring Mason!) came and laid all the stone around the fireplace. Ben did all the cutting for him, but the rest was all Nick. He's good eh?
Ben had this stone leftover from a project at work. I never got any pictures of Ben laying the floor tile unfortunately....